Massive Dimension Industrial Series
Our extruders are used in a broad range of applications, from novel polymer development to rapid prototyping and large-scale production. In the production “factory” setting, long-life machines allow manufacturing outfits to produce articles with lower overhead, maintaining high quality and minimizing downtime due to maintenance. In recognition of this need from our customers and collaborators, we are introducing the MD Industrial Series, a new product line focused on extending the longevity of our extruders for demanding industrial applications. Our first extruders to join this lineup will be the MDPE10 and the MDPE50.
The standard screws and barrels are hardened through carefully controlled heat treatment to provide improved durability compared to untreated steel. While this hardening does increase longevity, we are now able to offer a superior alternative for even greater durability. With the introduction of our Industrial Series extruders, the screw and barrel assemblies for these systems are hardened through a nitriding process that increases the hardness up to 71 C Rockwell scale. Additionally, the nitriding process leaves the surface of the screw and barrel with a smooth, ceramic-like finish that reduces friction during processing and makes cleaning easier.
100x magnification of extruder barrel wall, showing nitrated layer of steel
As we continue to build products, a cornerstone of our engineering philosophy is to continually learn from our prior experience and improve upon earlier designs. The Industrial Series is a highlight of that commitment. These performance improvements will give our customers a leading-edge for production functions.
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