Milacron Keeps Advancing Polyolefin Sheet Extrusion
Polyolefins make up the highest volume of thermoplastic products in the world and uses range from rigid materials to industrial food packaging and waterproof film. Research and development are increasing the variety of polyolefins, and as a result, they are steadily replacing traditional materials in many applications.
Milacron Holdings Corp., Cincinnati, OH/USA, an industrial technology company serving the plastics processing industry, announced its successful entry into the polyolefin sheet extrusion market. In the second quarter of 2015 Milacron delivered its first polyolefin thick sheet extrusion line consisting of a PAK400 single screw extruder and a PAK650 single screw extruder. The twin machines increased the output rates to 2100 lbs/hr (950 kg/hr). This represents a new product category for Milacron’s extrusion offering. Milacron has since delivered a second line in the second quarter of 2016 and has additional systems to deliver in early 2017.
The first Sheet Extrusion line has been in operation for 12 months, running 24/7 and the customer is reporting excellent performance. Milacron has installed in-line embossing capability to these sheet extrusion lines, eliminating the need to emboss offline, saving the customer another setup and eliminating the need to reheat the sheet, which can result in additional stress, and cause possible warping. These new sheet lines are engineered and installed by Milacron. This advancement allows Milacron to broaden their capability in packaging, medical and other high-output sheet applications.
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