Farrel Pomini Debuts New HQ For Continuous Compounding
More than 50 visitors were given a tour of Farrel Pomini's new headquarters for continuous compounding systems in Ansonia, Conn.
On a breezy hilltop with a clear view down to the sprawling old mill on the Naugatuck River that had been its home since 1848, Farrel Pomini now occupies handsome new headquarters and assembly plant in Ansonia, Conn. Although the official ribbon cutting was last month, the firm’s 86 employees actually moved into the 60,000-ft2 facility last September. “It’s the first time in 100-plus years that all U.S. Farrel people are under one roof,” said Paul Lloyd, the business unit director, FARREL POMINI.
More than 50 visitors were given a tour of the new headquarters for continuous compounding systems based on Continuous Mixers and Compact Processors. It incorporates offices, machine assembly, spare-parts stocking, rotor repair and refurbishment, and a processing laboratory and customer demonstration area with a CP550 Compact Processor equipped with automated upstream materials handling and downstream pelletizing, plus the new CPeX lab-sized Compact Processor that was introduced at K 2016.
The facility also includes an R&D department with a 3D printer for prototyping scaled-down rotors and other machine components, and also an automation laboratory for designing and testing control systems for compounding process lines.
Lloyd reported that his business unit has enjoyed 15-20% annual growth, supplying continuous compounding equipment for flexible PVC, polyolefins, and TPEs. A promising new area of opportunity, he added, is biopolymers such as PLA, which require gentle handling due to their heat and shear sensitivity. The Compact Processor, which consists of a Continuous Mixer with twin “wing-type” rotors mounted over a short single-screw discharge extruder, is well suited to PLA, said Lloyd, because its large open feed area allows for high levels of fillers and additives; its short 6:1 L/D minimizes the heat history, and its design separates mixing and pressurizing functions, so mixing can be optimized while still providing a shorter residence time than a twin-screw extruder.