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than our 27mm,” he said. “The QC3 33mm allows reliable scale-up from a small lot machine to a large production machine; you can extrapolate changes from small to large, and vice versa.”


President of Entek Extruders,


Above: The new ZSC34 compounder from Noris Plastic bridges the gap


between lab and production


these machines are now being used more frequently to compound production lots


Right: Entek’s QC3-33mm twin screw extruder offers a solution for small scale and pilot production


of materials. “There is a crossover we’re seeing now that we didn’t see in the past,” he says. “We are now selling the same 27mm twin-screw extruder for small scale production runs that we used to sell as a lab-size line.” Hanawalt explains that the 27mm and 33mm machines are still used regularly for traditional laboratory applications, but customers are often upgrading their lab lines with loss-in-weight feed systems to turn their small machines into production lines. He says there are several reasons for this trend, including the increased need for smaller lots of materials and more high value-added products. This cites this as one of the reasons the company developed and launched its QC3 33mm twin-screw extruder. “We had numerous requests from customers to build a machine that would excel at produc- ing small lots of materials, but was slightly larger


Scaled for production REV Materials, of River Falls, Wisconsin, US, was one of those firms calling for a 33mm model. Incubated and launched by Interfacial Consultants in 2016, it is a company with a novel business model to rapidly produce small lots of highly customised materials for customers – typically within 7-14 days. This provides customers with unprecedented speed in receiving custom com- pounds for testing, then scale-up and production. It also allows them to order custom compounds in an e-commerce format on the REV Materials website. “We consider REV Materials a disruptive,


innovative company that can do what no other plastics industry company has done,” said Dr Jeff Cernohous, CEO and Chairman of Interfacial


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