Japan Steel Works at K 2016

Japan Steel Works at K 2016
The K2016 exhibit: In hall 13, on stand B45, The Japan Steel Works, Ltd. JSW, shows its TEX25αIII laboratory extruder with a special side feeder, the compounding range of which extends to super engineering plastics and rubber/elastomer compound. The compact 26.5 mm diameter co-rotating twin-screw extruder (first worldwide debut in 2014), for product development of various compounds and masterbatches in engineering and high performance thermoplastics is the smallest one of eight types in the TEX-αIII series (up to 129.5 mm diameter) available in Europe.

The TEX25αIII compounding range covers all general purpose/engineering plastics recipes and extends to super engineering plastics such as PEEK, PPA, PPS, LCP, PEI, and PI, also rubber/elastomer compound such as TPV. This makes the compounder ideal for research and development with frequent material and process changes, as cartridge heaters and a barrel clamping mechanism enable easy and rapid barrel section block changes., The total screw length/diameter (L/D) ratios can be selected from 42 with 12 blocks, 52.5 with 15 blocks, and 70 with 20 blocks. The machine accommodates vented or closed barrel sections and side feeding of abrasive reinforcements, heat- or shear-sensitive compound additives and materials into the melt via a downstream barrel section. Wear resistant LSP-2 modified tool steel screws and barrels in N60-S nickel based alloy made by JSW promise long life of barrel and screw (high wear and corrosion resistance) for various kinds of compounds containing abrasive and/or corrosive materials and additives.

TEX25αIII series advantages include a new gearbox design combined with enhanced gears and bearings, screw shafts and barrels as well as individual barrel temperature control. The result is a surprisingly high torque of up to 194 Nm per shaft (or 387 Nm in total) combined with wider processing windows as well as more aggressive kneading and mixing. Its torque density value is 18.2 Td i.e. reduced screw speed without reducing the throughput and keeping the temperature at an optimally reduced level. A standard torque limiting function disengages motor and gearbox to stop the screw rotation and protect the machinery. A low noise water-cooled motor is optional, as is direct drive instead of the standard V-belt drive in Europe.

A TKD Twist Kneading Disc screw element with a twisted tip developed for energy-efficiency of kneading and mixing supports this "tip-clearance technology" by ensuring fast material conveying and relatively low material temperature while retaining appropriate mixing efficiency. "Such features make the TEX25αIII the worldwide highest performance compact twin-screw extruder," says Jun Kakizaki, JSW Europe General Manager since July 2016.

JSW's patented TEX-FAN Flow Analysis Network R&D support tool developed for TEX25αIII analyses polymer melt pressure, temperature, residence time and fill factor with special dedicated software developed by JSW.

The TEX25αIII comes with JSW's EXANET 64-bit RISC high-speed control system. Its 15-inch colour LCD touchscreen provides for easy operation, optimum process control and monitoring, storing thousands of operation conditions and process parameters. It integrates with auxiliary equipment, from JSW's gravimetric feeders, side feeder, through to strand and underwater pelletizer units.

The NIC special kneading barrel developed by JSW is discussed as a possible option. It achieves good mixing/dispersion at repeated high-low shear rate and high viscosity for good compound material properties – without dead zones at the mixing zone through the introduction of several longitudinal grooves of particular geometry on the inside barrel surface for more screw to barrel clearance.

New "TEXenter": "We would also like to announce that we will open our new technical center called "TEXenter" at K2016 in Düsseldorf from January 2017," says Hayato Hobo, Sales Representative at JSW Europe since June 2016. The "TEXenter" will be equipped with all high-end equipment for R&D on extrusion processes, compounding, dewatering, devolatilizing, pelletizing etc.

The TEX44αIII will be installed for high-end compound test and a specialized TEX30α will be available for devolatilizing test. The 700 square meter floor space "TEXenter" is combined with a 200 square meter office section. "We welcome customers and prospects to come to us for TEX-αIII demonstrations," promises Kenji Inagawa, Process Engineer. Apart from hands on equipment, the "TEXenter" has the appropriate facilities for seminars, lectures and training on customer demand.