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Troisdorf, 02.07.2013.At the K 2013 Reifenhäuser Extrusion Technology,
a subsidiary of the Reifenhäuser Group, will present a single-screw extruder future study that looks at least six years into the future. The study will show visitors which features will be state of the art in the future. In this future study, the developers at Reifenhäuser Extrusion Technology have put special emphasis on the issues of energy, power, reliability, maintenance, operation and the meaningful interplay of design and functionality.
Dr. Tim Pohl, managing director of Reifenhäuser Extrusion Technology, said: "Offering leading technology requires looking into the future and projecting beforehand which technologies are not available today but meet the demands of current trends. We will show our visitors at the K which of these trends are forward-looking from our perspective. We have integrated into the study current developments that will already appear shortly after the plastics trade fair – but also visionary developments that will first become economically feasible in six years. With the new extruder, we will also show how innovative design improves functionality and operation.“
The future study will show among other things an innovative plasticisation concept called Energizer that minimises energy influx and for the most part runs without barrel cooling. Energizer technology will enable up to 20 degrees colder melting temperatures at the same output rate and melting quality. This allows both energy to be saved as well as the production output of the complete extrusion line to be significantly increased, if needed.
Together with Siemens, Extrusion Technology will show a new extruder drive design that will enable the free selection of the motor type. Without additional engineering investment, the customer will in the future be able to freely select the motor protection class and the type of motor cooling. In this way the extruder can be flexibly adapted to specific ambient conditions such as a clean room environment. The extruder technology is expected to be on the market by 2015. It will be already available for viewing from Reifenhäuser at this year's K. Siemens state-of-the-art Simogear technology has been combined with a 1PHA8 motor.
Another vision is the utilisation of Peltier elements for cooling and targeted heating in the area of grooved bushes. Peltier elements are special thermoelectric generators that create a temperature difference when a current is applied. By skilfully combining the elements with ventilation blowers, it will be possible in the future to completely dispense with the usual water tempering in grooved bush extruders.
All further features and the new design will be shown by Reifenhäuser Extrusion Technology for the first time from the 16th to the 23rd of October at the Reifenhäuser stand C22 in Hall 17.