Our patented Plasloc product is renowned across the industry for its eco-friendliness, outstanding durability, and safe secure modular installation. As it enjoys such a glowing reputation, we are often asked how it is made. So, to give you an idea of how we create the outstanding Plasloc product, we have covered the process below.
Step 1. We start by putting granules of uPVC into a hopper. These granules are then heated until they are in molten state, before they are forced through our specialist machine by a large screw.
Step 2. The large screw pushes the molten uPVC into a dye, which is made up in stages to ensure the material flows into the final profile shape.
Step 3. As the material swells out of the dye, it goes into a calibration unit which sets it to the required dimensions. This takes place within a water bath, so the material cools and returns to its original, rigid state.
Step 4. The rigid uPVC profile then exits the bath whilst air blades blow away any excess water from it. Next, customer/batch information is ink-jetted onto the profile.
Step 5. For the next step, the uPVC profile is drawn through a haul-off unit that has been carefully set to the perfect speed. The right speed is essential as it keeps the profile under enough tension to stay straight but not too much that it starts to stretch and become misshaped.
Step 6. As the profile makes its way out the haul-off unit, it goes through a computerised saw unit, which cuts it to the specified length.
Step 7. The section is now complete, so it drops down onto a lower table, ready to be carefully and securely packed by our expert team before it is shipped out to one of our many clients.
Did you know PVC and uPVC are very different materials and it is important not to get the two confused.
PVC is not environmentally friendly because it contains toxic ingredients like Phthalates and BPA. In fact, only 1% of PVC is recyclable.
On the other hand, Plasloc products are manufactured from uPVC
uPVC is 100% recyclable and is manufactured without any toxic ingredients. The ‘U’ stands for Un-plasticised. uPVC has improved durability and insulation properties.
Just to let you know that in Morrisons Monthly Contractors Meeting (all their main contractors) it was noted by Morrisons how impressed they was with the quality of the Plasloc external hoarding and indicated that that’s what they would like to see on all their projects that required solid external hoarding.
Terry Heath // Project Manager ISG PLC
Yesterday I was having a walk round with the architects and the client and they all commented on how good the hoarding looked. To the point the client wanted to know why after 10 years of us working at Redbull why we have not used this system before.
Simon Whittaker // Site Manager SDC Special projects
A nice email to start the day… I would like to pass on my thanks to your two operatives on site last night at Water Lane. If everyone was that efficient, tidy and helpful it would make the world of construction a lot easier.
Ryan Wilks // Site Manager RG Group
Plasloc is a great example of an innovative company, addressing and utilising the sustainability agenda as a business opportunity. By developing high quality carbon friendly products, they have capitalised on new market opportunities and increased their competitiveness.
Paul Gilbert // Manufacturing Specialist SWMA
Thanks for a job well done. I have been impressed with the product and would definitely use you guys again should the opportunity arise.
Matt Davis // Balfour Beatty Project Manager
The install team was always polite and well presented, the work was carried out with the minimal interruption to the hospital and on completion the area was left clean and tidy. The product is very well suited to the clinical needs of a hospital environment
Ian West // Project Manager West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust
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