Conveyor belts

The Xplore conveyor belt (CB) units were specially designed to be used to guide polymer strands directly from a smaller extruder or compounder die. The conveyor belt units do fit perfectly to our MC 5 and MC 15. The belt speed of the conveyor belts are adjustable, allowing it to be precisely tailored to each individual application.

Instead of being conventionally extruded into a water bath, the polymer strand is extruded directly onto a blue woven (CB version, see image below) or to a non-sticking PTFE conveyor belt (CB Pro, see image above), which carefully, in a controlled manner, draws the fragile nascent strands. This controlled drawing of the strands ,while they are still in a non-solid state, prevents breaks or cracks in the strands. This enables the polymer strand to cool down in a predetermined shape ready for a subsequent analysing step or to be directly fed into a small pelletizer.

Benefits 

  • Large operating window
  • Very slow draw rates possible; as low as 1 m/min
  • Gentle, straight-line strand cool down avoids strand breaks for a subsequent analyzing or pelletizing step 
  • Can be retrofitted into existing extrusion lines
  • Versatile; 2 versions are available: a cost effective low budget version and a high end "Pro" version