Leading manufacturers and industries partner with CFR to recycle carbon fiber waste in large quantities. Carbon Fiber Recycling, Tennessee.

Recycling: Carbon Fiber Fabric Waste and Bobbins

Our process is designed to accommodate all forms of waste and make your life easier. In the weaving process, you will have waste that has tape and all other contaminants on it. At CFR, we want to make your life easier. We can process all types of contaminants EXCEPT GLASS FIBER. This will save you time and labor by not going back through your waste stream and preparing it to be recycled. All you need to do is put it in a box and ship it to us. We call this RECYCLING MADE EASY.

Recycling: Type 3, 4, and 5 Pressure Vessels and Production Waste

Once pressure vessels have reached the end of their useful life they are typically buried or thrown into the landfill. These tanks can be extremely large, some over 1,000 pounds. They have a thick layer of carbon fiber and are lined with either plastic or aluminum.

To recycle them, we first remove the liners, and then use large shredders and grinders to prepare the fiber for the reactor. All the epoxy on the carbon fiber is turned into volatile gas and distilled, leaving just the clean carbon fiber that can be used in multiple applications.

Our clean 6mm random length rCF can be use to produce pellets used in the manufacturing of composites, concrete, matting, and to lighten and strengthen products. Companies can purchase large quantities of rCF, which has a much lower price point than virgin carbon fiber without comprising on the strength and lightening qualities of the fiber.

Carbon Fiber Recycling’s patented technology produces the cleanest and lowest cost recycled carbon fiber in the industry.

Recycling: Aerospace Prepreg Materials

Prepreg materials have a limited shelf life before they are unusable. CFR can process and recycle expired cured and uncured prepreg materials.

In our process, we recycle every aspect of your prepreg material. It all starts with the packaging that will be separated from the carbon fiber and recycled back into the appropriate markets. A few examples of this process are the cardboard box, and the core will be separated along with the paper and plastic. All these materials will be recycled, and nothing will go to waste.

The cured carbon roll fiber will be reduced down to less than one inch in size and sent through our system. This guarantees that your intellectual property is destroyed and your material is ready to be recycled. After our recycling process is over, your prepreg material will become an unsized less than one-inch dry fiber prepared to be used to make another great product.

Recycling: Protecting Intellectual Property

Carbon Fiber Recycling’s process is designed around protecting our clients. Material recycled with CFR goes through many steps to reduce the size and ensure that your intellectual property is secure.

In our process, we can accommodate materials that are 3 feet by 4 feet in any two directions and 7 feet in the third direction.

As the material travels through our system, it will eventually be reduced to under one inch in size. Once it reaches its desired length, it is sent through our recycling pyrolysis system, removing all the resin and any other material on the fiber. After this process is completed, all that is left is a dry fluffy unsized carbon fiber ready to be used again in another application.

Recycling: Carbon Fiber Parts

The automotive industry is under massive pressure to increase the gas mileage for all vehicles. One of the solutions to this problem is being solved by using carbon fiber in lightweight cars to improve gas mileage. In this process, manufacturers will have carbon fiber waste from their production process. CFR can recycle carbon fiber waste material, and that waste can then be used again to produce more great products. The use of carbon fiber and carbon fiber recycling will solve both the gas milage issue and the landfill issue at the same time.

Recycling: Carbon Fiber Production Defects

Making carbon fiber is complicated, and many things can go wrong in the production process. If for some reason there’s a defect or something doesn’t meet the standards asked for by the client, the material is scrapped and ends up in landfill.

Manufacturers try their best to limit defects, but they still happen. CFR helps you avoid landfill because most prepregs and other production waste can be recycled and reused.

Many companies have a sustainability pledge to reduce waste and avoid landfills the best they can. CFR allows you to be 100 percent carbon fiber waste-free and achieve that goal.

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