World-leading plastics machinery specialist, Krauss Maffei Extrusion of Munich Germany has recently installed complete pipe extrusion production lines for a large Belgian and German pipe manufacturer that incorporate their QuickSwitch calibration technology.
Two complete pipe lines were installed in the Belgian plants to manufacture pipes with a diameter range of 25-63mm and 70-160mm. Core components of the systems include the 36D single-screw extruder, spiral distributor pipehead and the QuickSwitch calibration technology.
The line currently being installed in the German plant will manufacture pipe in the 160-250mm diameter range, and also features the Internal Pipe Cooling (IPC) system, which will enable the producer to step up output without the cost of a longer cooling zone.
The QuickSwitch calibration system increases the production flexibility as it can change pipe dimensions along the entire production line within minutes at the touch of a button. In addition to producing less waste, QuickSwitch also eliminates the labour and material intensive work processes involved in a conventional pipe dimension change.
QuickSwitch systems are available for producing polyolefin pipe in diameter ranges of 25-63mm, 70-160mm and 160-250mm as well as for PVC pipe in 75-160mm diameters.
Krauss Maffei is represented in Australia by HBM Packaging & Plastics Technologies .