In collaboration with Prof. dr. em. Han Meijer, Xplore Instruments BV recently developed a tape die line (TDL ) add-on which enables you to produce ultra-oriented foils with exceptional properties from just a small amount of material. This tape die is a unique asset for the development of new ultra-oriented foil or tape formulations. It will create new product opportunities by delivering quick reliable test results of foils and tapes with excellent mechanical properties. When connected to our Xplore MC 15 or MC40 compounder it is a full-fledged ultra-oriented tape or foil casting solution for your R&D challenges. Are you in for a game-changer regarding the mechanical properties of tapes or foils?
Then our TD add-on for our MC 15 offers you the solution: reliable and reproducible, very fast results with less material and waste and less equipment and infrastructural costs. The core of this laboratory oriented tape/foil die is formed with our MC 15 compounder and an insulated temperature controlled, easy to clean, tool steel housing tape/foil die. The die has an ability to adjust its slit height between 0,05 and 0,4 mm, which enables you to be flexible in your processing workflows.
A sophisticated coat hanger design inside the tape/foil die in combination with the 125 holes (0,5 mm) of the channel plate (optional 512 holes of 0,12 mm) together with the inner fiber fusion section creates an optimal flow of the visco-elastic material processed.
This results in an ultra-oriented tape/foil with excellent unique mechanical properties.
The MC 15 compounder will, in addition, be equipped with a pre-feeding unit, stainless steel feeding hopper and elongated forced feeding screws.
This guarantees an equilibrium in the main barrel, in combination with the existing force measurement (Fv) this enables a constant throughput of molten material, hence near-perfect tape or foil dimensions. The die temperature, cast and draw speed can be monitored on the provided control box which is part of the total set up.
Key features and benefits
- Large operating window
- Wide range of draw rates possible
- Possibility to produce tapes with excellent mechanical properties
- Saves costs and time
- Support and guide film prevent tapes or foils from necking
- Can be retrofitted onto any Xplore MC 15 compounder
- Versatile; optional dedicated cone structure channel plate for high viscous polymers