Daca Instruments said the new model of its MicroCompounder can be controlled using a desktop computer.
The new controller is compatible with earlier MicroCompounders, according to the company in Goleta, Calif. The software controls the temperature and speed of compounding to study the impact of processing temperature on the viscosity of the polymer.
The tiny twin-screw extruder, which has conical screws, is designed to process just 0.15 ounces of material. The unit mimics the behavior of large twin-screw compounders.
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