Nordson Corp. held a ribbon cutting ceremony Feb. 26 marking the startup of its process laboratory in Hickory, N.C., to serve the Americas for pelletizing systems and melt delivery equipment.
The lab has a pelletizing line with a throughput of up to 1,000 pounds an hour. The line includes a twin-screw extruder, BKG pelletizer, Optigon self-cleaning process water and pellet drying system and jet cleaner for removing polymer residue from die plates.
Both underwater and water ring pelletizers are available for testing.
Melt delivery components include three HiCon screen changers — backflush, continuous and discontinuous types — a BlueFlow gear pump and a HyFlex diverter valve. The facility also provides rheological analysis for evaluating materials for processing.
“The new Nordson BKG laboratory in Hickory enables customers and prospects to do application development and test runs without sacrificing productivity in their own plants,” Merritt Christian, market development manager, said. “Use of the laboratory is available on a rental basis, and processors can test new technologies in the strictest confidence. When required, Nordson will sign a non-disclosure agreement.”
Nordson is based in Westlake, Ohio.
For information, www.nordsonpolymerprocessing.com.