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Published: 4/23/2014

EXTRUSION: Effect of the Screw Flight On Melt Temperature, Energy Use
So-called rules of thumb regarding the design of flight clearance and width do not consider the temperature effect, both from the point of view of melt temperature and energy efficiency.

Published: 3/21/2014

A Better Way to Balance Die Flow
Use temperature adjustments before making any mechanical tweaks.

Published: 2/25/2014

Extruding High-Temperature Resins
Older extrusion lines might not be suitable for processing materials up to 750 F. Here's what you need to know to get started.

Published: 1/23/2014

AC Drives Take Hold
With progress in electronics and the introduction of the flux vector drive using complex control algorithms, AC drives are now equal to or better than DC drives for most applications.

Published: 12/29/2013

Telltale Temperatures
Here's how to get a 'feel' for a screw design without actually seeing it. And how to use this information.

Published: 11/26/2013

Don’t Overlook the Feed Section
Most extrusion screw designers often do not design the feed section with the same rigor as other sections. This is odd since nothing goes through the screw that doesn’t first go through the feed section.

Published: 10/24/2013

Regrind and Melt Pumps
Changing levels of regrind can result in unstable output. If not set up properly, a melt pump can add to this instability—the opposite of the intended effect.

Published: 9/23/2013

‘General Purpose’ = No Purpose
Such screws have no value in extrusion operations.

Published: 8/26/2013

The Scale-Up Conundrum
There are many methods used to determine scale-up based on output, but most designers do not scale the melting requirement along with the output.

Published: 7/29/2013

Understanding Screw Breakage
You might think you're over-torquing the screw, but more often than not bending is the reason.