Plastic extrusion is a manufacturing process used to create long objects of a fixed cross-sectional profile. The material, like plastic, is drawn through a die of the target profile shapes and forms a continuous length of that shape. Vacuum is used during the process of plastic extrusion to create a variety of items like custom plastic profiles, extruded rods and tubes, piping, edges, molding, specialty plastic coatings, and multi-material extrusions known as co-extrusions.
Nash recognizes the varying vacuum demand required by the plastic extrusion industry; therefore, Nash vacuum pumps can be configured to handle the water carryover associated with sizing and calibration tables as well as optimizing for extruder barrel venting.
Once the melted plastic leaves the barrel, it travels through a screen pack and removes any contaminants. The screens are reinforced by breaker plates, which are thick metal pucks with many holes. The plates can withstand the high pressure at that stage of the process, which can exceed 5,000 psi. They also serve to create backpressure in the barrel, which is required for uniform melting and proper mixing of the resin and it converts the "rotational memory" of the material to "longitudinal memory," adding strength.
Nash is a leading global provider of engineered vacuum solutions and has supported the growing plastic extrusion industry for several decades. The NASH Vectra is rugged in construction with lower water consumption and associated utility costs. The Vectra is the ideal solution and supports customer’s specific demands and offers:
NASH liquid ring vacuum pumps are tested prior to installation. Thus, ensuring top quality and avoiding operational downtime. Nash is the leading global manufacturer of highly-engineered vacuum products.
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