Dyvex Industries Inc. has invested more than $1 million to install new production lines and other equipment at its compounding plant in Carbondale, Pa.
The new production lines are a Coperion twin-screw compounding system, and a cryogenic grinding attrition mill supplied by Reduction Engineering Inc. of Kent, Ohio. The Coperion line uses a Gala underwater pelletizer and Brabender gravimetric feeders. Existing lines also have received new gravimetric feeding systems.
``As a company, we felt that this was the next logical progression for the continued growth of Dyvex,'' said David Pettinato, the firm's vice president of sales and marketing. ``With the addition of a co-rotating twin-screw, we can broaden our customer base with new capabilities and capacities.
``The new cryogenic attrition mill increases grinding capacity and allows for more flexibility to grind nylon and polypropylene. Our two new systems will increase throughputs [and] substantially reduce our lead times.''
In a telephone interview, Pettinato said Dyvex is one of the country's largest suppliers of scented polymer concentrates used in air fresheners and other scented parts. The firm also sells concentrates and compounds to customers in automotive, pharmaceutical, packaging and several other markets.
Dyvex's product line is based on polyolefins, PVC and engineering resins. Most of the firm's sales are in custom work, but it also does toll compounding.
The new equipment was installed in April. Dyvex now operates four extrusion lines and two cryogenic grinding lines at a 20,000-square-foot plant.
Dyvex employs 15 and has annual sales of about $5 million.