As part of the SUSTAIN packaging innovation project of 2012, Lincolnshire County Council supported a Dragons Den style competition for ideas to enhance the development of sustainable packaging amongst the SME community. It was an objective of the project to leave a legacy of investment to the Lincolnshire companies long after the competition was completed.
The investment in the machine you see before you came as a direct result of an idea for the re-use of plastics materials in packaging , which although already happening is an expensive process in terms of experimental activity in a production environment, and usually not accessible to SME’s. Therefore Lincolnshire County Council agreed to award one of the competition grants to procure a plastic injection mould machine to carry out testing and trials of sustainable and recycled materials, and place it in a controlled experimental environment, the University of Lincoln Engineering Hub. The machine is available for use by all Lincolnshire based SME’s, or larger companies involved in research projects. The University of Lincoln will also be utilising the machine in support of any pertinent research projects.
The machine was supplied with a materials blending machine to allow different mixes of materials to be trialled, and a sample tool to carry out such trials and also to demonstrate the plastic injection moulding process.
It is anticipated that training and education relative to plastic Injection Moulding will take place on this machine, and invites will be sent to Lincolnshire Schools to visit.
The Machine can only be accessed through the University of Lincolns Trained Staff, and via the following initial contacts.
All enquiries to use the machine must be directed through Ray Newell, Oakwell Management Services Limited, 07883222607, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Richard Allarton at the University of Lincoln 01522 882000.
This project was only possible as part of the wider erdf funded project known as SUSTAIN Lincolnshire.