Film is divided into two subcategories: cast, or flat film; and blown film. In the former, hot plastic is extruded through a flat, slit die onto a polished chill roll where it is quenched, pulled to a second set of rolls to cool the other side, then wound. In blown film, plastic is extruded into a cylindrical die, then inflated to form a bubble, which is ultimately cooled and collapsed. Films can be either single or multi-layer. Most are based on polyethylene. Bags are one primary example of film extrusions.
Features Shorter product runs mean frequent product changeovers for processors, and suppliers responded to these trends across all extrusion technologies.
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