To further advance hardware, controls and process development initiatives, a Thermatic Series 4.5-inch (114mm) extruder is now available for trials at Davis-Standard’s Extrusion Technology Development Centre in Connecticut, USA. The extruder, installed in July, is being used for internal R&D and product development for customers.

Its modern platform represents a collaboration among Davis-Standard’s mechanical, electrical, process and controls engineering departments to create optimum processing for Davis-Standard’s full portfolio of extruder applications from blown film to wire and cable.

Features of the new Thermatic include 400 HP water-cooled motor technology, screw-speeds up to 375 rpm, advanced and conventional vent diverter geometry, an improved barrel cooling system and next-generation gearbox technology. The extruder is equipped with an EPIC III control system that features a streamlined console, high-data transmission rate and improved graphics. It is also engineered with smart extruder technology for preventive maintenance monitoring of vibration, oil composition, motor parameters, heater status, screw wear algorithm and energy consumption.

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