COMPOUNDING

Entek Names New President

Kimberly Medford promoted from v.p., general counsel to succeed Dr. Kirk Hanawalt, who retired earlier this year.  

Novel Single-Extruder Line For Direct Long-Fiber Thermoplastics

Dieffenbacher builds single-extruder line for LFT-D to compound recycled materials as powder, chips or pellets.

Reusable Insulation Blanket for Processing Machinery

Can be used on any style extruder, as well as extruder barrels, heads and injection and blow molding machines.  

Double Planetary Mixers Granulate and Dry

High-precision mixing, granulation and vacuum drying in a single vessel.  

KNOW HOW: EXPERT ADVICE

Compounding: Part 2 of 2 Demystifying Devolatilization

Here are some simple tools to help monitor and optimize your devolatilization process.

Compounding: Part 1 of 2: Demystifying Devolatilization

Very little has been written about this critical topic, and most of what has been published is theoretical. Here’s some practical guidance to help you better understand the process and improve your operation.

How and Where Twin-Screw Extruders Fit in Recycling

When utilized in a thoughtful way, the corotating intermeshing twin-screw extruder can transform recycled materials into value-added products and parts. Here’s what you need to know, and some real-world examples of the technology deployed for both post-industrial and post-consumer recycling.
#bestpractices #sustainability

Reactive Extrusion: Industry Icons Impart Their Insights

Three distinguished experts in the area of reactive extrusion shed some light on this process.

Demystifying the Devolatilization Process

Here are some practical guidance and simple tools to help you better understand the process and improve your operation.
#bestpractices

Mixing: Skid-Mounted Mixing and Pumping Station

ROSS has recently designed a skid system capable of mixing and pumping low to moderately viscous products.

Millsaps Joins Farrel Pomini in Sales Post

Named regional sales manager for the northern tier of the U.S.

Mixing: Planetary Mixing & Discharging in a Sanitary Turnkey System

Common stainless steel workbench holds both the mixer and a matching discharge system.  

Two for One: Molding, Extrusion Conferences Co-Located in October

Plastics Technology  will bring its Molding and Extrusion Conferences to Illinois. Attendees for either can attend sessions in both.
#editorial

How Two Compounders Step Up to Meet Rising Demand for Recycle Content

Two compounders that specialize in engineering thermoplastics for technical applications discuss what they are doing to meet demands for PCR compounds.
#polyolefins

Compounding: Higher-Performing Pilot Machine

Series is height adjustable and can process highly filled and viscous materials.

American Manufacturing Steps Up to the Coronavirus Challenge

Plastics processors are among the manufacturers that stepped up big-time in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic. I’m proud to turn over this space this month to Rick Kline Jr., president of our parent company Gardner Business Media, whose comments below (edited) appeared originally March 31 in a OpEd piece published by the Wall Street Journal.

Compounding: Continuous Processor Can Run Safely on Empty

Proprietary power transmission design and bearing configuration make this possible.  

Mixing: Inline Rotor/Stator Homogenizers Can Be Moved About

Saves time, money by eliminating the need for multiple mixers separately dedicated to each vessel or product