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Mission (Nearly) Impossible: Estimating Extrusion Melt Temperature
Extrusion processors often ask screw designers to estimate the output and melt temperature of a new design in the works. Projected output of a new screw can usually be estimated fairly accurately. Melt-temperature estimate, however, is another story
Columns Published: 7/30/2012
Get Smarter on Extruder Sizes
Processors tend to recommend a much larger extruder than what’s really necessary for the job and the capabilities of the downstream equipment.
Columns Published: 6/26/2012
What’s the Deal With High-Speed Extruders?
If we are talking about extruder screw speed, how about 1800 rpm? That’s how fast some extruders are running today.
Columns Published: 5/29/2012
Salt and Screw Cooling
With both, watch how much you use.
Columns Published: 4/26/2012
Water, Oil, Air, or None?
There is no one 'best' barrel cooling medium, but there seems to be a shift in the industry toward air cooling.
Columns Published: 3/26/2012
Well, It Worked on Brand X
You need to give your designer a lot more data than that to make sure you get a screw that's right for you.
Columns Published: 2/21/2012
Working with Color Concentrates
Perhaps the greatest difficulty involving the use of color concentrates is specifying them appropriately for the material to which they are being added.
Columns Published: 2/21/2012
‘Wedging’ Can Cause Severe Screw Wear
In a column I wrote for the July 2011 issue, I discussed the value of conducting “forensic” examination of worn screws when they are removed for clues to design flaws.
Columns Published: 1/28/2012
The Melting Precision of Barrier Screws
These types of screws offer more melt uniformity.
Columns Published: 12/27/2011
How Much L/D Do You Really Need?
Just like selecting the extruder size and drive combination, the L/D should be carefully evaluated.
Columns Published: 11/28/2011

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