The latest addition to the battenfeld-cincinnati Germany GmbH technical center in Bad Oeynhausen is a multifunctional thermoforming sheet line. The complete extrusion line is equipped with cutting-edge machine components and can produce sheets and thin boards made from new materials, recycled materials, bioplastics, and combinations of materials. “The new lab line will enable our customers to develop new types of sheets or optimize their existing products – something that is becoming increasingly important in the context of “design for recycling”,” says CTO Dr. Henning Stieglitz.
The core components of the lab line are the high-speed extruder 75 T6.1, the STARextruder 120-40, and the Multi-Touch roll stack with a width of 1,400 mm. The three modern units clearly demonstrate that the specialist in sheet and board extrusion is committed to developing and improving its individual components and, hence, its complete extrusion lines on a continual basis and is constantly adapting to changing requirements in the industry. The extrusion line comprises the two main extruders and a 45 mm co-extruder, each with a multi-component dispensing unit, melt pump, and screen changer, a feed block for B, AB, BA, or ABA layer structures, as well as the Multi-Touch roll stack with subsequent winder. Depending on the configuration, the line can achieve a maximum output level of 1,900 kg/h for PP or PS and around 1,200 kg/h for PET with line speeds of up to 120 m/min.