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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.
April’s Index: 48.2
Larger plants doing much better. Capital spending plans jump.
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.
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.
March 2016 Index: 52.8
Processing business index registers growth for first time in 10 months.
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.
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
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.
Save the Date for Second Annual Extrusion Conference
Plastics Technology’s Extrusion 2016 Conference will be held Dec. 6-8 in Charlotte, N.C.
Processing market at highest level since last April.