Baker Perkins will demonstrate a capability to supply complete turnkey powder coatings systems at the Paintistanbul & Turkcoat exhibition at the Istanbul Expo Center from March 22 to 24.
Find us in Hall 9 on stand D251.
Full detail of the exhibition can be found at www.turkcoat-paintistanbul.com
The Forefront of Extrusion Technology
Baker Perkins is joined on the stand by partners BBA-Innova to offer full, industrial-scale continuous systems for powder coatings with capacities reaching 2,900 kg/hour.
An MPX40 production extruder, plus a chill roll from BBA-Innova, will be on display on the stand.
Two of Baker Perkins’ latest upgrades increasing system throughput and reliability, plus the new Innovation Centre for customer trials, will also be highlighted.
Baker Perkins’ twin-screw extruders are at the heart of the new turnkey systems. They are specifically designed for all types of powder coating formulations, including epoxy, hybrids, polyester, acrylics and fines recycling. Options range from basic manual operation to a fully automated process line with centralised controls.
Baker Perkins pioneered the introduction of twin-screw extruders and has been at the forefront of the technology for over 30 years. We have the experience and know-how to supply efficient systems that precisely match customer needs.
BBA-Innova is a Swiss company with a core strength in cooling, classifying and flaking of viscous materials. A choice of cooler types for different outputs has been developed specifically for the powder coatings industry.
MAX³ feed system for increased throughput
A new feed system for Baker Perkins’ powder coating extruders will be featured on the MPX40 production extruder on display at the stand.
The MAX³ feed system features a re-designed feed port and screws to improve flow of material into the extruder barrel and air out of it, which can lead to a throughput increase of up to 30%. A patent has been applied for this new development, which can be retrofitted to existing machines.
The innovation addresses a long-term problem within the industry of restricted output and torque surges caused by material building up in the extruder feed port. This occurs when particles hit the intake screws and ‘bounce’ back into the infeed areas rather than flowing into the machine.
As material builds up in the infeed area, it becomes progressively more difficult for air to escape, further reducing the flow of material into the extruder barrel. Torque load increases either until the blockage clears – and the cycle repeats - or the machine cuts out. Other manufacturers have dealt with the problem by reducing the feed rate of material into the extruder, inevitably cutting output.
In production, the MAX³ is providing increased output of as much as 30% across all formulas. A major benefit is that lightweight, low density materials are handled more efficiently. This eliminates the need for side feeding, reducing capital cost, floor space and running costs: side feeding forces product into the screws causing high levels of wear.
The MAX³ is available with Baker Perkins MPX30, 40, 50, 65 and 80 barrel diameter extruders and also the MPX24 Integra laboratory and small batch machine.
Gearbox condition monitoring cuts downtime
Also featured on the stand is a gearbox condition monitoring system that reduces unexpected downtime.
This simple, low-cost system continuously monitors the frequency and amplitude of vibrations within the gearbox, allowing the ongoing condition of vital components to be measured. The principal benefit is elimination of unforeseen loss of production because of gearbox repair or replacement: maintenance scheduling is significantly enhanced.
It can be integrated into the PLC control system of new machines, or installed as a stand-alone system on existing machines.
Dedicated Powder Coating Innovation Centre opens
Baker Perkins’ new Extrusion Innovation Centre is now open, offering full powder coating production facilities, alongside research and development services for a whole range of Industrial Extrusion applications.
It is available for customers looking to develop new products and processes, produce samples, or conduct feasibility trials.
The Centre, located at Peterborough in the UK, offers use of a MPX24 Integra twin-screw extruder with feeder, chill roll and flaking unit. There are grinding, spraying and curing facilities available, plus a full set of analytical instruments to check consistency and quality for characteristics including thickness, gloss and imperfections.
Customers from around the world can work with their own raw materials and are guaranteed complete confidentiality, working alongside Baker Perkins’ technologists to supply data to enable smooth, uncomplicated commissioning of new equipment or development of new products.
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