Custom compounder Polymer Resources Ltd. said it has boosted capacity about 25 percent by adding more equipment, improving business information systems and providing each of its two plants with more focused production. Marketing manager Eric Kniager said Polymer Resources' annualized production capacity reached 25 million to 30 million pounds in early March.
The Stamford, Conn.-based firm invested about $500,000 in the vqrious programs.
Polymer Resources' major equipment purchases were two Henschel high-intensity mixers that it installed at its Farmington, Conn., facility early this year.
The company bought the machines from an undisclosed engineering resin supplier that decided not to use the machines after they were delivered, according to Kniager.
Polymer Resources will use the mixers, its first with high-intensity capability, for pre-mixing engineering materials prior to compounding extrusion.
The machines fit Farmington's new emphasis on flexible production of short-run compounds. Polymer Resources decided to make most long production runs of engineering compounds at its Rochester, N.Y., facility, Kniager said in a telephone interview.
Rochester also compounds post-consumer engineering resins when customers specify such ma-terials, but decided not to injection mold recycled-resin parts there as it originally planned 11/2 year ago.
Productivity improvements and installation of 24-hour color matching capability allow the company to deliver custom-colored compounds in as little as two weeks, Polymer Resources claimed in a news release.
Kniager said the Farmington operation believes it solved local air-quality issues last year when it installed air-handling equipment at the plant and started a monitoring program. However, municipal officials still want to be involved in air-quality monitoring, despite Polymer Resources' adherence to state procedures.
A judge will rule whether the municipality has the right to get its own monitoring plan.