Exploring the: Extrusion Zone



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Second Contraction in Three Months
Slowdown among small-to-mid-size processors drags index down.
Columns Published: 7/1/2015
EXTRUSION: Another Technique for Controlling Melt Temperature
Flight widths are almost always designed at 10% of the screw diameter. But they can be optimized to reduce melt temperature and perhaps boost output.
Columns Published: 7/1/2015
Processing Market Flattens
Processing has grown significantly since the beginning of 2014, but April dipped 11% on a year-to-year basis.
Columns Published: 5/25/2015
Transplants: More Evidence of Processing’s Resurgence in U.S.
While reshoring continues, another trend is emerging: Global processors setting up shop in America.
Columns Published: 5/25/2015
EXTRUSION: Cooling: The Critical Function in Extrusion
Figuring out how much cooling your process needs is complicated. But there are ways to approximate.
Columns Published: 5/25/2015
Processors’ Growth Returns
After a one-month dip, the market expands once more, though the rate has slowed.
Columns Published: 4/27/2015
EXTRUSION: Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Run Your Extruders Dry
At least not for longer than a few minutes. The thin film that’s captured between the screw flights and barrel wall supports the screw and acts as a lubricant. Without it, galling can occur.
Columns Published: 4/27/2015
First Contraction Since December 2013
A temporary pause after 15 straight months of expansion?
Columns Published: 3/31/2015
Extrusion: What’s the Best Way to Vent?
There are advantages and disadvantages to each, and they must be evaluated before making a decision.
Columns Published: 3/31/2015
Are You a ‘World-Class’ Processor?
Participate in Plastics Technology’s industry-wide benchmarking survey and you might find out.
Columns Published: 3/31/2015

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