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THURSDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY lyondellbasell.com/NPE Obtain an optimal balance between ease of processing and high performance end-product properties, never before achieved, with our next generation HDPE that will be produced with our new Hyperzone PE technology. Visit us room in W206 or go to lyb.com/NPE. Making the Future of Plastics Possible our next generation HDPE Coming in 2019 High-Uঞlity, Mulঞfuncঞonal Purging Agents That Are 'Just-in-Time' By Lilli Manolis Sherman Plascs Technology Summing up what his company has learned in its 35-year history, Ken Shuman, president of Shuman Plasঞcs—manufac- turer of the well-known Dyna-Purge brand of mechanical purging compounds—says, "Ulঞmately, our conclusion is that customers want high-uঞlity, mulঞfuncঞonal products, where- by they can stock fewer products and have one that works across a wider array of heat, resin and process type." Shuman points out that some in the industry have sought to come up with products that address a variety of niche mar- kets. "A small indicaঞon of this trend has been a push to ad- dress purging of low-temperature, so[-touch polymers—the broad range of TPEs used in consumer goods, and another push to address purging of mid-to-high temperature (600 F) polymers that have increasingly been used to replace metals and ceramics, such as automoঞve underhood components." The two newest Dyna-Purge products—D2 and F2—are broader spectrum products that are efficient within the tem- perature range of 320-625 F vs. 350-600 F for earlier grades. "Years ago, we had 14 products. We now have six leading technology products, introduced within the last 5-8 years," he says, noঞng that the company can sঞll supply some of the old- er "legacy" products upon request. F2 is a variaঞon of the company's top-producing product D2, which is based on a unique technology that scrubs, cleans, and removes contaminaঞon with very li•le residue. Says Shu- man, "We had some customers asking if we could provide them with a version that has even less residue." These were typically processors running high melt-flow products, like polyolefins, or companies with extrusion applicaঞons where there was an intricate die with thin-wall features or difficult geometry, Shuman says. Meanwhile, Shuman Plasঞcs has been aiming to address another key trend: processors wanঞng product ready-to-go with orders filled just-in-ঞme (JIT) to avoid shutdowns. "We now have mulঞple warehouses across the country and one in Canada and can ship product within 24 hours, o[en with de- livery to the client in 48 hours. Over the last 20 years or so, people have become increasingly lean in their inventories and work off JIT. In effect, they said, 'Let's put inventory back up the supply chain—so we had to respond to that challenge.'" Meanwhile, Shuman notes the company experienced 2017 growth of more than 10%—about 9% domesঞc while its growing overseas business was 15%. The company's new packaging line will allow it to boost output by over 30%, he says, enabling the company to saঞsfy future demand. New Equipment and a New Leader at Pelletron Pelletron's HR45 DeDuster features a half-round cone technology that allows the system to uঞlize a smaller air system. By Tony Deligio Plascs Technology Heinz Schneider will officially step down as the president of Pelletron (Booth W2153) at the end of May, following NPE2018, with Thomas Bayer taking his place. Bayer is cur- rently Pelletron's execuঞve vice president. Schneider joined Pelletron as president and minority shareholder in 2003, and along with Paul Wagner, he took ownership of the company in 2008. Both men sold their stakes to current owner, IPEG, in 2016, with Schneider retained as president. Bayer, who became Pelletron's execuঞve VP in January, has more than 20 years of experience in water treatment, separaঞon systems and bulk solids handling. He earned a degree in chemical engineering in Germany in 1987. Schneider came to the U.S. from Germany in 1995, founding pneumaঞc conveying systems supplier Waeschle Inc. in Chicago. Pelletron has a completely redesigned C-20 DeDuster model at the show. The dust-removal system is capable of processing up to 100 lb/hr of dry, granular material. New features include higher temperature capabiliঞes from 150 to 185 F, and an integrated level sensor in the glass tube hopper that can stop the material flow if needed. The completely new feeder assembly features variable speed paddles for finer control of solids feed rate, and the system's flat disc- type filters have more surface area than previous closed-end cylinder-type filters, easing maintenance. Also new is the HR45 DeDuster. Here, the half-round cone technology, which allows the system to uঞlize a smaller air system, is patent pending. This breakthrough reduces the product's footprint, capital investment and operaঞng costs. This model will ulঞmately replace the XP45 DeDuster. The company says the same size range that's available for the XP series will be developed for the HR in coming years. A Pelletron spokesperson says that in the patent-pending half-round design, flow is directed uniformly over the wash decks and Venturi zone where cleaning occurs, improving cleaning performance. The HR45 has an overall capacity of 10,000 lb/hr (4.5 tons/hr) for average bulk-density materials. Other professed advantages of the new HR45 DeDuster include reduced operaঞng costs with 40 percent less power consumpঞon, as well as reduced equipment costs thanks to smaller filters and cyclones—700 [³/min versus 1,100 [³/min. 24

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