MASSILLON, OHIO — Amplas Compounding Inc. bought one of the first Toshiba compounding extruders built in Massillon — a 75-millimeter twin-screw machine delivered in January.
This is the first twin-screw extruder for Amplas, a compounder in Sterling Heights, Mich.
The company already was running three single-screw extruders.
Darin Beaupre, executive vice president, said the Toshiba offers Amplas better mixing and alloying ability.
Amplas will be able to compete better with big resin companies making glass-filled nylon and other materials.
Amplas officials toured NFM Welding Engineers in December, before the machine was shipped.
The Amplas machine is the fifth Toshiba compounding extruder built in Massillon, according to Bill Wells, vice president of sales and marketing at NFM Welding Engineers.
Amplas bought a Toshiba S extruder. Toshiba introduced the S in 1990, then came out with the SS machine in 1997.
Founded in 1986, Amplas compounds engineering resins such as glass-filled nylon, reinforced ABS, acetal and polycarbonate/polybutylene terephthalate.
The company also processes recycled-content materials for carmakers.
Other markets include toys and lawn furniture.
Beaupre said Amplas also manufactures a line of standard compounds.
Amplas earned ISO 9002 certification in late February, he said.