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Polymer processing

Hosokawa Micron provides the plastics industry with a wide range of process technologies and equipment for the manufacture of (specialty) polymers.

Drying

The Nauta® vacuum dryer is the ideal solution for drying after synthesis, applying vacuum and heat to evaporate all liquid components and also to cure the product. If the boiling point of the fluid is higher than the melting point of the polymer, the valuable ‒ normally toxic and flammable ‒ fluid (monomer) can be recuperated in a controlled manner in the condensing step.

The Nauta dryer can perform a number of consecutive production steps in one piece of equipment without intermediate transfer, which is a big advantage when contamination is a concern. Another advantage of this dryer is that the temperature to which the polymer is exposed can be kept low and no quality loss occurs.

For higher throughputs and a continuous process, a disc dryer can be used.

Mixing

Nauta® conical screw mixers can mix polymers with additives to enhance product properties, such as flow properties and static discharge. Nauta mixers can also be used for recycling scrap and trims into virgin material: offline for pre-mixing or online using semi-continuous production.

Extrusion

Many polymers are extruded either to obtain final products or to be cut into pellets. Important for extrusion is that moisture is extremely low, also the virgin polymer is to be fed homogeneously to the extruder. The Nauta® conical screw dryer meets both requirements in one piece of equipment.

Coating

The Nauta® conical screw mixer is suitable for the coating of polymers with pigments before extrusion. For coating in continuous processes a continuous paddle mixer can be used.

Product development

Polymer producers are continuously developing special products with tailor made properties. These high value products require ever more complex production methods. With our knowledge, equipment and especially our test centre, Hosokawa Micron is an ideal partner to help develop new polymer production processes.

Try before you buy

At Hosokawa Micron we have our own test centre in Doetinchem, the Netherlands. It offers unique possibilities for testing your product to determine the most efficient process, system or plant prior to final design. We can provide laboratory-level as well as production-sized trials.

Whether you wish to test a single machine or a complete powder processing system, the same skilled and experienced staff are here to help ensure that your requirements are met, and that you are entirely satisfied with the results.

From pilot plant to production scale

Hosokawa Micron offers process equipment and technologies from individual units to large scale bespoke system solutions. Our principle is to deliver high performance yet affordable solutions that meet our customers' demands and long term challenges.

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Hosokawa Micron B.V. is a process machinery supplier, providing mixing, drying and agglomeration equipment and systems for the powder and bulk processing industry.