COMPOUNDING: Twin-Screw Extruder Alerts Users to Trouble

Predictive maintenance features for a twin-screw compounding extruder.

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The I-Smart solution from Italy’s ICMA San Giorgio SpA consists of a co-rotating twin-screw extruder equipped with advanced sensors with diagnostic capabilities able to signal the presence of malfunctions to enable compounders to plan preventive maintenance. This solution also makes it possible for operators to monitor specific process parameters to ensure product quality. The subsequent digital data collection can also be made available in new ways, for example in via mobile Apps and/or through specifically designed web portals on PCs. The system debuted last month at K 2016.