ENTEK, has introduced new QC3™ (Quick-Change, Quick-Clean, and Quality Control) features to both its 27MM and 53MM co-rotating twin-screw extruders. These features were originally introduced on the all-new ENTEK QC3-43MM co-rotating twin-screw extruder that the company launched at NPE 2015 in Orlando, FL.
The addition of these new features to the ENTEK 27MM and 53MM twin-screw extruders marks the next phase of the plan to integrate many of the features of the QC3-43MM machine into the entire ENTEK twin-screw extruder product line. These features were incorporated into the new QC3-43MM after several years of design and development, where ENTEK worked closely with its customers and used lean principles to deliver a machine that provides important benefits to compounders.
New features now being incorporated into the ENTEK 27MM and 53MM co-rotating twin-screw extruders include:
- quick-align shaft to gearbox couplers
- shroud covers incorporate single-turn fasteners
- quick-open guards for easy access to screw couplings and clutch
- air deflector on end of motor
- point-of-use tool kit with all necessary tools mounted in holder on machine
“The response to our new QC3-43MM machine has been tremendous, and we are happy to be able to now offer our customers the same features on our 27MM and 53MM twin-screw extruders as well,” said John Effmann, ENTEK Extruders’ Director of Sales & Marketing. “All of these benefits were things that our customers communicated to us that they wanted, to solve common problems, make their lives easier and ultimately improve their productivity.”
ENTEK builds co-rotating twin-screw extruders up to 133MM. The plan is to phase in the QC3™ design changes to the entire machinery line in the future.
QC3™ Features and Benefits
‘QC3™’ stands for Quick Change, Quick Clean, and Quality Control, and represents features that provide important benefits to compounders:
-Quick Change: allows for fast, easy screw-set changeovers. New self-alignment feature takes the worry out of installing the screws into couplings. Guards come off quickly, and go back on the same way. All necessary tools for changeover and maintenance are mounted at point-of-use on the extruder.
-Quick Clean: New extruder frame design deflects dust and keeps machine clean under the hood, and Stainless Steel and powder-coated surfaces look great today and 10 years from now. Optional device allows for fast, easy barrel cleaning.
-Quality Control: All QC3ä twin-screw extruders are engineered and built at ENTEK’s headquarters in Lebanon, Oregon U.S.A. Top-quality components manufactured here in ENTEK’s shop give years of top-quality performance. Because ENTEK is a processor and a machinery builder, it features vertically integrated operations and has engineering and manufacturing capabilities that are second to none in the twin-screw extrusion market.
-Ease of Use: SMART controls feature enhanced graphics, recipe system, trending software, and web-based connectivity for remote troubleshooting.
The graphic below shows many of the QC features incorporated into the new ENTEK QC3-43MM co-rotating twin-screw extruder. For further information on these exciting new features contact any ENTEK salesperson.