You run the risk of wasting time and money by not understanding what’s causing your screws to wear.
CO2 can be used as a totally “green” solvent to remove many kinds of contamination in recycled plastics without the need for toxic solvents.
This usually crops up when the two stages are not matched in output. The best solution is to install a pressure-adjusting valve at the discharge end of the extruder.
Every processor should get hold of the viscosity curves for the polymers they use or contemplate using in their operations, and learn how to read them.
Since many plastic products are made of a combination of materials with very different melting points, careful consideration must be given to designing screws when it comes time to recycle these products.
Coronavirus pandemic has made extrusion processors curious about entering the face-mask market. But melt-blown fiber is very different from most other extrusion processes and requires specialized equipment.
Tweaking the temperature settings of the first barrel zones may not yield the desired result. In fact, they may yield the opposite. Here’s why.
Very small screws have become more common with the growth of additive manufacturing. Designing such screws requires balancing their output requirements with their torque strength.
The more you know about what happens in a screw, the more you’ll be able to work with your supplier to optimize design.
Just like selecting the extruder size and drive combination, the L/D should be carefully evaluated.
Key considerations range from determining the right extruder sizes to tooling, matching material viscosities, and lots more. Take a look.
The other half? Aligning and supporting downstream equipment. Here are best practices.
It’s one of the biggest quandaries in extrusion, as there is little or nothing published to give operators some guidance. So let’s try to shed some light on this trial-and-error process.
Extruders are not like ovens. Tweaking barrel-temperature profiles will not influence melt temperature all that much. Here’s why.
You can avoid complicated melting equations when designing or evaluating a screw by using simpler methods that can save time and provide good results.
Variables such as shear rates, melting rate, residence time and conductive heating are all influenced in the scale-up.