Introducing Xtrutech’s Innovation Centre: Elevating Customer Experience and Industry Advancements

Innovation remains the driving force behind progress in the ever-evolving landscape of extruder manufacturing and technology. Xtrutech, leaders in extruder design and industry solutions, proudly announce that the “Innovation Centre” is now open for process trials.

This brand-new facility is located at the UK Headquarters and will house the XTS19 and XTS35 Twin Screw Extruder lines, along with various ancillaries from the XTS range, including the M5 High-Speed Mixer and MKV Compactor. XTS customers can rest assured that they have chosen the right partner in Xtrutech, as they collaborate in this new space to create their optimal Twin Screw Extruder line.

A New Dawn of Possibilities

The Xtrutech Innovation Centre has been designed to empower our customers with a firsthand experience, this facility provides an environment where creative ideas flourish and groundbreaking solutions take shape. Investing in machinery is a pivotal decision requiring confidence in its performance.  The Innovation Centre is here to bridge that gap, offering a unique chance to witness the potential of the machinery in action. Xtrutech specialises in creating Twin Screw Extruder lines that focus on high performance and easy maintenance. XTS extruders are adaptable to suit many industries, including but not limited to Powder Coatings, Thermoplastics, Biopolymers, Medical Plastics, Chemicals, Food, and Pharmaceuticals.

Experience Before Investment

In the competitive landscape of manufacturing, making informed decisions is imperative. Xtrutech recognize that witnessing the capabilities of its machinery firsthand can make all the difference. The Innovation Centre allows prospective clients to conduct process trials, replicating real-world scenarios and applications. This hands-on experience showcases our equipment’s efficiency and reliability and allows customers to fine-tune their processes for optimal results. Process optimisation is just one of the many services offered at Xtrutech. Their experienced engineers possess expertise across multiple industries and can advise on subjects such as screw profiles, barrel temperature profiles, mixing, intake, and feed issues.

The newly renovated facility spans two floors and features a dedicated conference area where trials on the XTS19 line can be observed in comfort. This setup also enables international customers to participate more actively in the trial process through video links.

The XTS Range

All XTS Twin Screw Extruders showcase a clamshell barrel design, demonstrating the ease with which screw elements and shafts can be accessed for cleaning and maintenance. Barrel lengths are available in standard sizes of 18.5D and 24.5D, with 6D increments up to 54L/D for more complex applications. Furthermore, XTS extruders include insert barrel liners for enhanced longevity, crafted from materials resistant to wear and corrosion. Additionally, the segmented structure of XTS screw elements enables targeted replacement of worn components.

XTS19 Twin Screw Extruder Line

The XTS19 is one of the smaller extruders, perfect for small-batch testing and experimentation with new formulations. Available ancillaries for this model include a water bath, pelletizer, or air-cooled conveyor, which is especially beneficial for hygroscopic applications such as biopolymers.

XTS water baths feature stainless-steel tanks and offer a ‘recirculation’ choice, integrating a heat exchanger for effective heat dissipation during extended runs. Xtrutech’s strand pelletizers produce 3mm pellets with an easily accessible panel for cleaning. All XTS Strand Pelletizers are fully safety interlocked and equipped with electrical controls.

XTS35 Twin Screw Extruder Line

The XTS35 is a versatile extruder, serving both laboratory and production functions. It particularly excels as a lab machine when increased free volume is required. Ideal for low-scale production, the XTS35 offers high throughput, particularly suitable for speciality products. Xtrutech provides a selection of feeders with either top or side feeding options, benefiting from a Clean-in-Place system. The in-house model can demonstrate the CIP system, which was developed to further reduce customer maintenance times by automating part of the cleaning process for feeders and hoppers.

The XTS35 line also includes the XTDC3 Drum Cooler, an efficiently designed cooling solution. The XTDC features innovative maintenance enhancements. For instance, the Kibbler shaft can be completely removed for a thorough cleaning, and the side access door facilitates easy removal and replacement of the cooling belt.

XTS Ancillaries

The Innovation Centre also houses the M5, one of Xtrutech’s laboratory scale High-Speed Mixers. It has a change bowl design featuring single and jacketed bowls for improved temperature control. The M5 has many user-friendly features such as programmable mixing cycles which can be saved for consistent batches, with adjustable parameters such as RPM, maximum temperature, and mixing duration.

The UK team are excited to share that the powder coatings customers’ latest generation of their Compactor, the MKV, is available for trials at the new facility. The MKV Compactor is a fines recycling system tailored to the powder coatings industry. The machine is designed to efficiently reduce waste by compacting fines and reintroducing them to the mill as usable chips.

Embrace the Future with Xtrutech

The Xtrutech Innovation Centre represents a significant leap forward for the company and the manufacturing sector. The team invite you to join in embracing this new era of possibilities, where innovation knows no bounds. Discover the power of firsthand experience, witness machinery in action, and redefine your approach to manufacturing excellence.

If you are interested in arranging a trial at Xtrutech’s innovation centre or would just like to learn more about the machines discussed, don’t hesitate to get in touch with sales@xtrutech.com or call on +44 (0)1782 621122.

 

 

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