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Packaged Liquid Product Reclamation

Controlled, Sanitary Recovery of Packaged Liquids and Packaging Materials

Liquid-product recovery events will occur, whether caused by mislabeling, off-spec filling, overruns, or other process defects. When product and package recovery is necessary, NBE reclaim systems for liquid-filled packages enable packaging and processing operations to reduce product loss, reduce or eliminate packaging waste, and protect corporate and product brands. Be it PET bottles, aluminum cans, coated paperboard, flexible packaging, poly-based tubes, or other packaging or contents, NBE engineered-to-application (ETA) project execution ensures our process-specific insights in the design, engineering, and automation of liquid-product reclaim equipment are leveraged to improve your total process effectiveness.

Application Selections

NBE liquid-product reclaim equipment provides automated separation and recovery of packaged liquid contents from its packaging. Because liquid flow properties differ, particulate levels vary, and package fill volumes change, every NBE liquid reclaim system is engineered to the particular requirements of each application. For liquid filling operations that value safety, sanitation, and sustainability in their recovery process, liquid recovery is no place for a force-fit, misapplied dry product recovery unit. NBE engineered-to-application project execution advances liquid-filled package product recovery equipment performance.

  • Package Loading: Liquid-filled packages pose reclamation process requirements that differ greatly from those of dry packaged products. Package weight by volume, package materials of construction, and liquid flow characteristics are just a few of those factors addressed by NBE during the design and engineering of liquid reclamation package loading systems. Optimal package cycle times, process run rates, and reclamation yields begin with NBE application-specific package loading systems.
    • Automated Package Loading: When the volume of packages, the condition of the packages, or other process issues makes manual package loading impractical, NBE automated package loading systems provide reliable, repeatable supply to the package infeed conveyor of liquid-filled packages. Operators are kept from potential repetitive motion injury. Contents spills and cleanup are prevented.
    • Manual Package Loading: When target reclamation rates are appropriate, and operator procedures and system interactions are suitable, manual package loading to the package infeed conveyor, or directly into the package opener, may be further improved with the use of a scissor lift table or skatewheel conveyor.
  • Package Infeed, Incline Conveyor: For applications where rate targets, equipment layout, or labor allocation require automated infeed to the package opener, NBE application-specific package infeed incline conveyors provide exceptional performance. Optimal run rate for the reclamation and recovery sequence is controlled by the variable frequency drive of the incline conveyor. Application-specific engineering of the conveyor framework, together with proper conveyor belt design and materials of construction, ensure reliable process performance while operators are kept safely away from the package opener infeed.
  • Package Opener, High-torque Compression Screw: Designed by NBE specifically for the unique process demands of packaged liquid contents reclamation, the high-torque compression feature provides exceptional removal of packaged contents regardless of the content’s viscosity, solids mix, or melting point. The compression action of the conical-core screw conveyor, within the screw enclosure bulkhead, ruptures and crushes the packages; forcing the contents from the package. This compression action increases reclamation yield, relative to blade-type designs, and helps reduce package fine contaminants that can enter the product stream from blade-type package opening systems.
  • Liquid Release, Compression Stage: Recovery of the liquid contents from the packaging materials occurs in two stages. Most all liquid recovery volume occurs in the compression screw enclosure. The compression action of the rotating screw flights forces contents separated from the packages to be pressed through the grated screw enclosure into the collection tank.
  • Liquid Release, Compaction Stage: Ruptured, opened packages are pressed into the final compactor chamber. Large-bore pneumatic cylinders press together the chamber walls to further compact the packages and release remaining liquid contents from the packages into the collection tank. Emptied packages are automatically discharged from the compactor chamber ready for recycling.
  • Product Recovery Tank: Engineered and constructed by NBE to the specific capacity and processing requirements of each application, the product recovery tank functions as the central collection point for all liquid recovered from both liquid release stages. NBE application-specific engineering capabilities enable effective integration and supply to downstream processes of recovered liquid contents.
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