Vinyl is composed of two abundant building blocks: chlorine, based on common salt, and ethylene from natural gas. Vinyl, with more chemistry, can be made flexible or rigid, clear or colorful, thick or thin, making it the world’s most versatile plastic material and the third largest volume plastic in North America. Products made with vinyl are strong, durable, abrasion and moisture resistant, withstand rust and corrosion, are electrically non-conductive and have excellent fire performance properties. Take these characteristics, apply superior design and engineering, and VEKA vinyl profiles offer our customers energy efficiency, aesthetics, design flexibility, and cost effectiveness.
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Today, VEKA continues to utilize High Output Technology. With such innovative processes in place, VEKA can maximize productivity while keeping the costs of manufacturing down.
It is possible to produce more with less. It is also possible to provide superior products and top notch customer support at affordable prices. VEKA uses vertical integration and Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) to help accomplish this.
Every aspect of VEKA's daily operations is networked through an extensive array of computer systems. Micro ingredients added to PVC are weighed to within 1/100th of a pound to ensure consistency batch after batch.
Blending hoppers are monitored for compound consistency and temperature variations that may affect the final product. Computers control the delivery of the compound to the extrusion lines and constantly check and recheck the operation of the automated delivery system.
Twin screw extrusion lines are utilized throughout the production floor because of their speed reliability. Controlled and maintained through advanced computer technology, these extrusion lines maximize output and reduce the man-hours required for changeover. Window designs are created and refined with advanced CAD systems.
When finalized, these drawings are downloaded to wire EDM, automated milling and machining tools that create the necessary dies and calibration systems required for extrusion. Computerized tooling production allows VEKA to react quickly and effectively to customer and market demands
Production histories combined with Statistical Process Control (SPC) ensure maximum efficiency, minimum downtime, and the highest quality in each lineal. But it takes more than machines and computers to drive a company.
It takes skilled craftsmen and detail oriented technicians to operate, maintain, and carry out this advanced technology.
Few companies can match the level of experience employed at VEKA, and fewer companies have the history to prove it. VEKA's greatest resource is its workforce.
Defining whether a building material is "green" is not an exact science. But there is still a role for objective analysis, comparison of materials and the discussion of testing methods.
VEKA is a German based, privately held, multi-national corporation with extrusion facilities in many countries. As such we have greater control over our business operations and the corporate culture, which is to think globally and act locally. To that end we are careful to mind not only the profitability of the business but to act as a responsible member of the communities in which we live and operate. We have found that economic health and environmental/social concerns are not mutually exclusive.
VEKA has created the dedicated position of Safety & Environmental Manager with the responsibility to constantly review our operations for safety concerns and process efficiency. We have found that improved safety, productivity and resource use can and does reduce overall operating costs while minimizing strain on local infrastructure and ecosystem.
Vinyl is a versatile material because PVC resin can be combined with many performance additives and modifiers. Vinyl is a highly efficient user of natural resources and saves resources and energy during its life cycle. Its fire performance is well known and well tested and vinyl scraps can be recycled after construction or demolition to be used again.
VEKA recycles some in-house vinyl scrap with our DualEdge® Technology into products produced for the outdoor living products division and into non-critical PVC shapes, such as our bundle box packaging for smaller shapes.
VEKA ships finished profile in returnable steel racks. These racks safely transport product and serves as a convenient storage system for our vinyl lineals at the customer's fabrication facility.
We encourage customers to use cut-offs (scrap) to manufacture other saleable products such as birdhouses, planters, benches, trellis etc. This generates more money than scrap buy back while reducing overall waste.