CTC Plastics — a maker of plastic materials and finished products — has added a new compounding line in Dayton, Ohio.
The new line is a 92 millimeter, co-rotating twin-screw compounding machine, officials with Dayton-based CTC said in a news release. The addition allows CTC to provide customers with enhanced toll compounding and adds to CTC's formulating, blending and testing services, they added.
The twin-screw machine has two rotating assemblies, allowing for a higher mixing action. This allows CTC to compound in higher percentages of fill to a given compound.
The new line “should be up and running” by the end of the year, operations director Jeff Cartmell said in a recent phone interview. It's the fifth compounding line for CTC, which primarily makes compounds based on polypropylene, he added.
Annual production capacity for the new line is 25 million pounds. CTC officials said it will allow the firm to support additional business in key markets such as automotive, construction, housewares, lawn and garden, retail and consumer goods. Throughput for new line when compounding a mineral — most commonly talc and calcium — is 2,200 pounds per hour. Pellet output can be in the form of strand cut, water ring or underwater.
The machine also features single or double side feed of mineral introduction into the line and provides CTC with the ability to change screw configuration to meet any thermoplastic demand. Depending on sales results, CTC might add another twin-screw line in the future, Cartmell said.
CTC Plastics, a unit of holding company Soin International LLC, is minority owned and ISO-certified. In addition to custom and toll compounding, the firm does compression molding work and makes resusable plastic pallets.