Axion Polymers has invested in new laboratory and testing facilities to ensure consistent quality of its solid recovered fuel (SRF) products and to satisfy the stringent standards of its technical end markets.
It has installed a laboratory-scale furnace unit at its large-scale processing facility, shredder waste advanced processing plant (SWAPP), in Trafford Park, Manchester, UK to enhance accurate measurement and testing of the physical and thermal properties of its Axfuel SRF 30, an alternative environmental high-energy fuel.
Axion has also recruited a quality control team working within ISO 9001 operating procedures to conduct in-house product testing, including analysis on critical aspects such as SRF calorific value and chemical composition. Samples are sent on a weekly basis to external laboratories for further testing and verification.
Derived from automotive shredder residue, Axfuel SRF 30 is a sub 30mm-sized mixture of textiles, fibre-fluff, plastic, foam and rubber, with a calorific value (gross) of 18-22 MJ/Kg and available in large tonnages.
Axion director Roger Morton says the company made this investment “because alternative fuels from waste need to be treated as a product, not as a waste.”
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