Low-priced Chinese-built extruders have arrived in North America to make pipe, sheet, film, and profiles. Some customers find them a good buy; others don’t. Here’s what you need to know.
Custom compounders use underwater pelletizers for a growing range of engineering polymers, including resins like PET, nylon, and polycarbonate that exhibit such “difficult” characteristics as low viscosity and/or rapid cooling or high me... ArticlePublished: 9/1/2006
Chris Kasmer, operations manager and co-founder of LTL Color Compounders Inc. in Morrisville, Pa., likes to point to a single green plastic button on the keyboard of his computer when he describes what LTL does: “We color that.” LTL stan... ArticlePublished: 9/1/2004
A continuous blending device called the SmartBlender is creating polymer blends with novel properties by folding the two melts together, rather than distributing one evenly throughout the other. ArticlePublished: 3/1/2004
For the second straight NPE show, the focus in compounding is on twin-screw machines that deliver more speed and torque—thus more output—than ever before. No fewer than six suppliers of twin-screw compounders are showing such machines. T... ArticlePublished: 6/1/2000