AMETEK Westchester Plastics (Wapakoneta, Ohio, USa), an independent toll compounder of engineering resins, alloys, blends, reactive modifiers and other thermoplastic materials, reports that it has expanded compounding capabilities at its Wapakoneta facility. The new capacity provides Westchester Plastics with greater flexibility and processing capabilities and positions the plant to better meet the needs of its customers for high performance engineering resins in numerous markets.
The Wapakoneta facility has more than 50 years of experience in custom compounding of plastic resins and offers a range of capabilities in state-of-the-art twin-screw compounding, as well as continuous-mixer technology. Recent capital investments include:
- Commissioning of a new twin-screw compounding line, featuring a 92-mm Coperion ZSK MEGA compounder PLUS extrusion system.
- Commissioning of a new twin-screw development size and/or production capable compounding line that features a 40-mm Century extrusion CXE40 high-speed and high-torque extrusion system.
- Upgrading and lengthening of an existing 70-mm nine-barrel Coperion Super Compounder to an 11-barrel MEGA compounder.
- Rebuilding and upgrading of an existing #4 Farrell continuous mixer compounding line.
AMETEK Westchester Plastics also has plans in place for 2012 to upgrade and lengthen another existing 92-mm nine-barrel Coperion Super Compounder to an 11-barrel machine with similar downstream components as on the recently commissioned lines. This upgrade is scheduled for completion during the second quarter of 2012.