Norton Wheeler Died at the Age of 96 Years
His Career at Davis-Standard Spanned Six Decades
The Davis-Standard pioneer Norton C. Wheeler, Jr. is dead. Wheeler’s career at Davis-Standard Corp., Pawcatuck, USA, spanned six decades. Even after his retirement in 1989, he remained engaged as a consultant until the age of 90.
Wheeler spearheaded Davis-Standard’s first lab in the 1960s, growing the facility from a small space to a building equipped for customer trials and extensive R&D within a decade. During the following 20 years, he conducted revolutionary research with regard to feedscrew design and extrusion process control. Of all of his achievements, Wheler was most proud of the fact that Davis-Standard was the first company to fully instrument an extruder with multiple pressure transducers.
In the early 1980s, Wheeler patented the DSB screw design. This design overcame limitations of existing barrier screws by optimizing the screw’s melt region, leading to improved stability and performance.
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