High-Performance Compounding for Food Packaging
Alcan Packaging Thermaplate’s facility in Russellville, Arkansas uses a Melt-To-Mold® extrusion and thermoforming process to produce trays for frozen food, bakery and retail uses. Seven days a week, the company relies on ENTEK extruders for high quality compounding of their material blends.
Alcan was expanding capacity and needed extrusion lines with high reliability and consistent compounding performance. Two Alcan engineers visited ENTEK’s headquarters in Lebanon, Oregon to run lab trials.
The success achieved running their materials during that visit led to the order for two ENTEK 103mm extruders, complete with feeders, melt pumps, and dies.
Mike Frazier, Site Manager of Alcan’s Russellville facility, says their two 103mm extruders provide two key attributes.
“The ENTEK extruders do a great job compounding at high operating temperatures. In addition, they are extremely dependable. We can’t tolerate stops and starts due to machinery issues, and of all of our processing lines, the ENTEK machines are the most reliable.”
After four years of continuous service, “we are very pleased – the ENTEK machines perform extremely well, and are very user friendly,” said Frazier.