A Wadsworth, Ohio, compounder has invested $450,000 to add a twin-screw extruder, a vacuum dryer and a blender at its 200,000-square-foot plant. Michael Day Enterprises Inc. installed a 57-millimeter Werner & Pfleiderer co-rotating twin-screw extruder, a double-cone solid-state reactor and its fourth double-cone off-line blender for homogeneous truckloads of resin.
The twin-screw extruder, the company's third, will be used for small-run specialty compounds and for product development, said Michael Day, president.
``This is designed to give better scale up to mainstream manufacturing,'' he added.
Nylon compounds make up roughly one-third of Michael Day Enterprises' $26 million in sales; acetals, polyesters and polycarbonates account for 10 percent each; and miscellaneous resins, such as ABS, the rest. For the most part, its customers are injection molders, many of whom are parts suppliers to Big Three carmakers, Day said recently by telephone. The company also makes some extrusion compounds for tubing.
At its Wadsworth headquarters plant, Michael Day Enterprises also has two Leistritz twin-screw extruders and three single-screw lines. Day noted that the new twin-screw machine boosted the plant's capabilities more than its capacity, which he put at roughly 30 million pounds a year.
``We've built our reputation on being customer-oriented with fast turnaround. It was just determined that we should not lose that as we grow bigger,'' he said.
The company's proprietary products include compounds that use post-industrial and post-consumer plastic, most of which is recycled off-site.
Those compounds are sold mainly to automotive molders, he said.
Day projected sales next year of $30 million. The firm employs 126.