Clifford Whye has breathed new life into some older technology at Plastics Color Corp., making the Danbury, Conn.-based compounder more productive.
After 28 years with toll compounder Brandywine Compounding in Wilmington, Del., Whye joined PCC early last year. He immediately set to work improving the company's operation of a compounding line that used a newly installed Skinner-brand, Banbury-type mixer with a single-screw extruder.
``There aren't a lot of processing guys who are used to the [Banbury mixers] anymore,'' Whye said in a recent telephone interview. ``A lot of companies have switched over to mixing on twin-screw extruders in the last 15 or 20 years, but they can't compete with the Banburys for quality of the finished product.''
Whye was able to increase the line's hourly compounding output from 1,000 pounds to 3,000 pounds on some jobs. Overall, Whye's work with the new line and other PCC compounding equipment has lifted the Dayville site's annual compounding capacity from 65 million pounds to 85 million - a jump of more than 30 percent.