Sustainable Extrusion

Onderzoeksproject (lopend) - A project about sustainable extrusion processes in the production of pipes.

Project background

Energy consumption constitutes about 10% of the costs within the plastics processing industry, which is, after material and labor, the third main cost. In this industry the main energy uses and costs are related to machinery and services (92%). Whilst setting up an Energy Saving Plan, companies can consider four different stages in energy policy: namely energy awareness, energy management, process optimization and process innovation. 

Research goal

For shareholders in this project, Wavin and Windesheim, the overall goal is to obtain at least 15% energy reduction over the course of the next five years. Another goal, shared by the stakeholders, is to develop the necessary knowledge to improve the training of young professionals and to update this training to the current state of the art, in the field of extrusion processes. In order to meet both objectives, the project is focussed on the process optimization and process innovation, since potentially the most reduction in energy can be obtained from these optimizations and innovations, plus knowledge of the extrusion process is increased on a fundamental level. 


Keeping this in mind, the following objectives were defined:

  • To define rules to implement energy saving measures whilst maintaining product quality.
  • To adjust the engineering rules for higher throughputs, keeping optimized energy usage in mind.
  • To develop a plan for an energy-neutral building in which no additional heating is required.
Soort Experimenteel onderzoek 
Opdrachtgever Lectoraat Kunststoftechnolgie
Partners Wavin en Hogeschool Windesheim
Status  Lopend


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Dit project wordt mede mogelijk gemaakt door TechForFuture, Centre of Expertise HTSM Oost, een initiatief van Saxion en Windesheim.