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Custom Compounding in Small-to-Medium Sized Lots

PolyOne® Corporation
Avon Lake, OH

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PolyOne Corporation is a global polymer services company that lives by a simple ideal: Helping customers succeed by providing them with products, services and solutions that they need, want, and appreciate.

Challenge

The customers want to hold fewer inventories and receive materials on a just-in-time basis. That meant PolyOne was receiving orders for smaller lot sizes. Efficiently filling these orders created a need for an extrusion system optimized for smaller lot sizes.

Solution

The ENTEK 40mm twin-screw extruder was optimized to run small-to-medium sized lots. The capability of this extruder to start-up quickly and run challenging material formulations with minimal waste means it is ideally suited to help PolyOne meet the stringent performance and delivery demands of its customers.

Result

PolyOne purchased its first E40 machine off the floor at the National Plastics Exposition in 2006. “We needed a high output machine that would efficiently manufacture smaller order sizes with rapid turnaround,” said Dale Yarbrough, director of manufacturing for PolyOne’s Color and Additives, North America.

“Our customers were increasingly looking for small-to-medium sized lots, from 500 – 3,000 lbs., delivered more quickly than in past years.” ENTEK’s new 40mm twin-screw extruder corresponded perfectly with PolyOne’s needs.

“When we saw ENTEK’s new machine we believed it might be an ideal solution,” said Yarbrough. “Once we took delivery, ENTEK helped us get it up and running with superb technical service and support. Their team was and is there when we need them.”


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