Design and implementation of an automatically controlled plastic bottles cutting recycling machine


  • Luis Hidalgo Aguilera Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial
  • Jimmy Imbaquingo Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial
  • Daniel Mideros Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial



contaminant, containers, machine, plastic, recycling


An automatic machine has been designed to obtain threads and ribbons through a continuous rotational cutting process. This machine processes plastic bottles used as containers for storage and transportation of soft drinks and non-carbonated drinks with a capacity of three liters. It is a mechatronic design, composed of simple mechanical / pneumatic, electrical and control systems, which allows to process up to fifty bottles per hour. A variety of products can be obtained; from threads with approximately 46.5 m in length and 1.6 mm thick (width) to ribbons with 11.3 m in length and 6.7 mm in width per bottle can be obtained. These products are economic raw material obtained from waste material such as plastic bottles, which are highly polluting elements of the environment due to the small percentage that is recycled especially in Ecuador. This raw material can have applications in some manufacturing processes such as the manufacture of brooms, ropes, baskets, bags, fasteners among others.


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How to Cite

Hidalgo Aguilera, L., Imbaquingo, J., & Mideros, D. (2017). Design and implementation of an automatically controlled plastic bottles cutting recycling machine. Enfoque UTE, 8(5), pp. 89 - 102.