Exploring the: Extrusion Zone



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Food Packaging Should Remain Strong
But industrial markets could slip.
Columns Published: 6/22/2016
May’s Index: 52.1
Large and mid-sized processors doing particularly well.
Columns Published: 6/22/2016
EXTRUSION: Better Mix In Means Better Mix Out
Segregation or de-mixing of polymers and additives can be a big problem in single-screw extrusion. Here’s why it happens, and how to fix it.
Columns Published: 6/22/2016
April’s Index: 48.2
Larger plants doing much better. Capital spending plans jump.
Columns Published: 5/26/2016
EXTRUSION: How Slow Can You Go?
Larger screws designed for high outputs will generate a variety of problems if run too slowly. Here’s why.
Columns Published: 5/26/2016
What Does It Take To Take on the World?
Participate in Plastics Technology’s second annual World Class Processors benchmarking survey and see how you stack up.
Columns Published: 5/26/2016
March 2016 Index: 52.8
Processing business index registers growth for first time in 10 months.
Columns Published: 4/25/2016
EXTRUSION: Finding the Sweet Spot
The compression ratio of a screw does not provide enough detail on how it will perform. Screw design is a balancing act that takes many variables into account.
Columns Published: 4/25/2016
Color Done Right
Look for a supplement to the September Issue of Plastics Technology with tips and techniques that will help you make your coloring operations as efficient as possible
Columns Published: 4/25/2016
EXTRUSION: Barrel Heat and Melting
Barrel temperature may impact melting in the case of very small extruders running very slowly. Otherwise, melting is mainly the result of shear heating of the polymer.
Columns Published: 3/24/2016

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