ENTEK has recently introduced several new hardware and software products to support its line of QC3TM co-rotating twin-screw extruders.
New QC3 Vacuum Stuffer/Side Feeder Combination Unit
The newest QC3TM hardware introduced by ENTEK is its new QC3TM Vacuum Stuffer/Side Feeder Combination Unit. For use with the QC3-43MM twin-screw extruder, this innovative unit was designed with numerous features that allow for easier operation and faster service than traditional vacuum stuffers and side feeders. Features and benefits include:
-Stuffer barrel can stay mounted to the extruder, while the rest of the unit is pulled out for cleaning. This means the barrel can be cleaned in place and the screws will be exposed for easier cleaning. (Quick Change + Quick Clean feature)
-Can be used as a vacuum stuffer or a side feeder, switching only cooling and vacuum hoses to change configuration. (Quick Change feature)
-Unit can be mounted to any of the 6 closest barrels to the arm mount (3 upstream & 3 downstream) (Quick Change feature)
-Bolts are designed to be easily removable with the built-in air ratchet. All bolts intended for frequent assembly/disassembly are the same size; some are at an angle for easier assembly/disassembly (Quick Change feature)
-Mounted to top deck of extruder; preferable to separate unit with casters on the floor (typical side feeder), and easier access/service than mounting above extruder (typical vacuum stuffer)
-Arm is easily maneuverable
New ENTEK Software Program Allows for Faster, Easier Screw & Barrel Layout Design
One of ENTEK’s newest products is a new software program designed for customers to quickly and easily design screw and barrel layouts for their specific applications. Currently in beta test, this new program has shown great promise in helping cut lead times and enhance communication between ENTEK and its customers.
There are several built in features for this new software, including:
-Drag and drop on all components that customers need to specify: barrel sections, screws, metallurgy, etc.
-Automatic calculation of remaining space on the screw shafts
-Safeguards to prevent putting certain elements where they do not belong
-Easier part ordering as complete part numbers are furnished within the program
-Easy save within the program or export to an excel file options once design is complete
“All of these new products are things that our customers communicated to us that they wanted,” said Linda Campbell, ENTEK’s Director of Sales. “They solve common problems, make their lives easier and ultimately improve their productivity.”
For the screw design program: http://screwdesign.entek.com