Refurbishing has become an increasingly attractive option for processors looking to squeeze the most from their existing equipment. In one recent instance, Automated Packaging of Garfield Heights, Ohio, worked with Gloucester Engineering Co., Gloucester, Mass., to retrofit a blown film line for monolayer, converter-grade film utilizing materials such as LLDPE and LDPE blends.
This project upgraded a number of components, including the Extrol 6016 with an integrated IBC controller; power and control panels with air-to-water heat exchangers; 4.5-in., 30:1 L/D ContraCool extruder with continuous screen changer; 26-in. oscillating IBC die; UltraCool II Air Ring; and bubble cage.
As a result of the upgrades, the line can be set up and changed over more quickly, says Tim Braithwaite, the processor’s v.p. of plastics operations. Output rate and quality have been enhanced too, he adds.
Retrofits, rebuilds and refurbishments are a key part of Gloucester’s strategy moving forward, notes Mark Steele, the machine builder’s CEO. “Our large installed base provides numerous opportunities to help customers in mature markets, such as the U.S., to increase their output while avoiding the need to purchase new equipment. We are committed to helping them push the envelope in this regard.