Compound Process Flexibility
Innovation and continuous improvement are two of our guiding principals. We strive to eliminate waste in all our processes by implementing efficiency improvement initiatives that benefit both PolyComp and our customers. We are passionate about sustainability and have implemented measures to lower energy consumption in our processes and facilities.
We have developed solutions that add value to our customers’ supply and production chains, and we work with suppliers and partners who share the same goals. To ensure we continually improve our methodologies and processes, PolyComp has implemented quality and energy standards and initiatives that we are committed to achieving. What is your benefit? You gain a long-term, reliable partner, with unrivalled industry expertise, who continually strives to improve quality and sustainability.
Warehousing and Logistics
To supply our production facilities and store granular polymers, we have six modern raw material silos with a total capacity of approximately 500 tonnes. We also have unloading facilities for silo vehicles, containers, octabins, big bags and bags. We have installed a modern silo facility (including hybrid silos and standard silos) for the warehousing and interim storage of manufactured compounds. And our assembly line production facilities are coupled with small containers to enable immediate, flexible packaging of smaller quantities. Our seven finished product silos, comprising four hybrid (multi-pipe) silos and three standard silos, have a total capacity of approximately 500 tonnes. We have facilities available for interior and exterior warehousing which cover a floor space of approximately 7,000 m². Our modern product management system with barcode reading ensures efficient, effective warehouse movements.
We Offer State-of-the-Art Technology
We have installed state-of-the-art technology for modifying and processing a wide range of polymers. Mixing and feeding are controlled by computerised process systems, which ensure accurate dosing via continuous or batch systems. To provide the maximum compound process flexibility, we have installed extrusion technologies from Berstorff, Coperion Buss and Coperion Werner & Pfleiderer. These high-speed lines, high-torque, single and twin-screw units ensure the optimum conditions for high- and low-temperature processing and provide the control needed for shear or temperature-sensitive materials.
By using strand cutting and underwater-pelletising systems, we can ensure a high degree of flexibility in handling, dosing and processing, which enables us to meet all our customers’ needs. Our processing expertise covers a very broad range of polymer types such as PO, PA, PES, PC, ABS and PMMA. These resins can also be modified with fillers such as talc, glass reinforcement and elastomer for impact modification. Different additives and pigments can also be added to produce colored compounds.
Risk Contamination Assessment
Extreme care has to be taken to avoid any risk of contamination when manufacturing. That is why PolyComp has implemented a number of special processes to ensure its compounds meet the maximum cleanliness levels. In conjunction with melt filters, low gel content is one of the key quality prerequisites that has to be fulfilled. Quality methodologies like Risk Contamination Assessment and specific value-adding quality controls result in a high and consistent quality level for these products.
Our well-established laboratory was modernised in 2014 to accommodate our customers’ demands. An injection moulding machine with a closing force of 500 kN enables us to mould a broad range of plastics, which can then be subjected to all the necessary tests. Our advanced tensile test machine with an Xforce sensor, for example, can be used for versatile tensile and compression testing whereas our impact pendulum for conducting compact bend tests enables us to carry out Charpy tests. Furthermore, we are able to determine other physical classification figures such as moisture, filler content, ash content, melt flow rate, melt volume rate, density, Vicat (softening point) or intrinsic viscosity as well as hardness Shore A/D measurements. At the PolyComp laboratory, these are all standard measurements. Additionally, we can measure visual aspects such as the yellowness index or color values (DE*, DL*, Da*, Db*/L*, a*, b* according to CIElab).