Screen changer manufacturer PSI Polymer Systems Inc. has expanded to new headquarters, adding laboratory facilities and substantially increasing its capacity.
PSI, based in Hickory, N.C., moved Oct. 1 into a new, 14,000-square-foot facility from its current, 4,500-square-foot site. Both plants are in Hickory.
``We see the business growing at a fairly rapid rate,'' said President Glenn Woodcock. The company started about three years ago and anticipates reaching $2 million in sales this year. ``We needed the move to keep up with business demands.''
The expansion will allow the company to install an extrusion lab for both research and development and customer testing, Woodcock said.
The company has 14 employees and will be adding staff, he said.
At NPE 2003, the firm introduced several new products, including a hydraulic slide plate screen changer, a temperature probe and an extrusion gear pump.
The hydraulic plate screen changer is PSI's first, adding to its line of continuous and manual screen changers.
The screen changer, developed by PSI consultant Bart Jones, has a patent-pending seal design and a guard to prevent polymer spray from injuring employees, Jones said.
Jones founded former screen changer firm Extek Inc., which later was purchased by Dynisco. He said his noncompete clause ended about a year ago and he was recruited to PSI by Woodcock, a former Dynisco executive.
The company also introduced a temperature probe designed to measure the temperature profile across any extrusion line. The unit will let technicians determine flow patterns, core temperatures, wall temperatures and melt homogeneity, the company said.
PSI also showed a new extrusion gear pump with an improved seal and an internally lubricated pump.
The company makes polymer filtration equipment, extrusion gear pumps, static mixers, divert valves and complete systems.