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20 Years of Building Twin-Screw Extruders!


20 Years of ENTEK Extruders


2018 marks the 20th anniversary of ENTEK Extruders. While ENTEK has been in business since 1984, the Extruder division of the company was established in 1998. The story of how and why ENTEK Extruders came to be is not really typical for a leading machine supplier to the plastics industry.


The Early Years


ENTEK began operations in the 1980’s as a processor, compounding materials and producing highly-filled, specialized sheet used in battery separators for the automotive industry. The materials used in this application were challenging to run on twin-screw extruders, to say the least. The wear on the screws and barrels in the extruders created the need for frequent replacement of these critical parts, and ENTEK was dealing with long lead times to get replacement parts from their machine suppliers. Downtime was not an option, so ENTEK began producing its own wear parts, which led to making its own twin-screw extruders for in-house use.


“ENTEK’s experience with its own 24/7 for 355+ days per year extrusion operation taught us the importance of equipment reliability, locally sourced parts, and outstanding customer service,” said Dr. Kirk Hanawalt, ENTEK President. “ENTEK’s background in running extrusion lines really guided our development as an extrusion line supplier. We know that running extrusion lines to make money is hard work and as a supplier we have to go the extra mile in our technical support and service to ensure our customers are successful.”


In 1998 the company decided to branch out and market its twin-screw extruders to the plastics industry, and made its first sale. The company that purchased ENTEK’s first machine in 1998 has continued to purchase ENTEK extruders over the years, including a recent purchase of multiple machines in 2018.


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Left: ENTEK’s Bill Petrozelli (right) sharing his processing knowledge in 2000 Center: ENTEK’s Al Bailey monitoring production on a 2001 control system Right: ENTEK’s booth at NPE2006


ENTEK was honored with the “100 Best Companies to Work For” award in 2010 by Oregon Business magazine


OptiColor Chooses ENTEK (continued from page 1)


The 40mm ENTEK machine that OptiColor purchased in 2012 was the right machine for them at the time; they process mostly small lots of materials, and it’s not unusual for them to produce 50-200lb lots. The 40mm machine was ideal for this and also robust enough to support their small to large production quantities.


“We’re looking at a second, larger ENTEK machine to support our rapid growth in markets we serve that require high quality concentrates,” said Jim Drew. “Our niche is producing specialty colors and small lots with concentrate production quantities ranging from 300 to 50,000 lbs. As we continue to grow and the time comes to add another twin-screw extruder, we would start with ENTEK.”


EXTRUSION SOLUTIONS is an ENTEK publication. Visit us at www.entek.com OCTOBER 2018 PAGE 3


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