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This course will help you better understand the whole extrusion process, helping you to optimize your processes, troubleshoot and avoid problems.
Please note: This course will concentrate on the single screw extrusion process, both within the extruder and downstream. Areas such as compounding (single and twin screw) rheology, pipe extrusion, film, sheet, cable and PVC profiles will be addressed in short modules.
This course will take place over two days, commencing at 9.15am on the first day and finishing at 4.30pm on the second day.
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Gain CPD Credits
This course is IOM3 approved
- Wider understanding of extrusion processes
- Recognise the different extrusion techniques
- Identify the most common faults to be found in extrusion
- Quicker resolution of process problems
- Improved efficiency of production
- Design improved laboratory (R&D) projects with a view to scaling up to production
- Understand why different polymers perform differently during extrusion
- Make informed choices when purchasing equipment
- Understand how to achieve better quality end product
- Improved communications with suppliers and customer companies
- The Basic Extrusion Process: What are we trying to achieve? Densification, Mixing, Compounding, Reinforcement, Reactive Processing, or the production of a particular shape.
- Extrusion Theory: Feeding, Melting, and Pumping processes in single and twin screw machines, and the energy balance of the process.
- Rheology: Its influence on the extrusion process.
- Extrusion Design: Aspects of design, choice and purchase of equipment.
- Twin Screw Extrusion: Different types of twin screw, their uses and compounding optimisation
- Mixing: Various mixing techniques exist, add on mixing heads, barrier screws and modular kneading elements.
- Scale-up: Sizing of a machine from laboratory trials, scale-up, and choice of equipment.
- Downstream: Compound, pipe, film, sheet, cable sheathing, profiles.
- Trouble shooting: Fault finding, practical solutions to common problems, i.e. probable causes of surging, melt fracture, etc., difficulties encountered in handling rework
- Materials, feeding systems etc.
- Practical Demonstration
Who will benefit?
- Process/production engineers
- Technical managers
- Personnel involved in quality control
- Customer/technical services
- Those responsible for selling or purchasing extrusion equipment
What our delegates say
"Very helpful and highly knowledgeable"
"A very useful guide to how extrusion machines work"
Gerard Eaton (Hozelock Ltd)
Mike Baillon (Stretch Polytech)
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