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03.09.2018 Innovative feeding technology at Fakuma

Coperion, Stuttgart, Germany, reports that – in association with Coperion K-Tron (see above) – the two companies will be exhibiting latest plastics processing solutions at their joint booth (A6-6406) at this year’s Fakuma which takes place 16-20 October in Friedrichshafen, Germany. There will be a special focus on efficient feeding of bulk material into the compounding process. On display will be a Coperion ZS-B side feeder which is used to feed raw materials into multiple extrusion processes. The side feeder is equipped with the patented Feed Enhancement Technology (FET) that increases the material intake capacity in the processing of feed-restricted products by up to three times. For the improved feeding accuracy of loss-in-weight feeders, Coperion K-Tron will be presenting the unique EPC electronic pressure compensation system.

The main advantages of this new system include improved accuracy and reliability as well as lower initial cost and easier installation compared to traditional mechanical pressure compensation systems. Coperion K-Tron will also present a clever but simple electronic solution for accurate and steady pressure compensation in feeder hoppers and outlets. The modular design incorporates pressure sensors and electronics tailored to interact smoothly with Coperion K-Tron’s KCM feeder control system. Retrofitting options for existing feeders are available. EPC can be installed on a majority of Coperion K-Tron gravimetric feeders in almost any application and all industries.


The Coperion ZS-B side feeder equipped with patented feed enhancement technology (FET) increases material intake capacity of feed-restricted products by up to three times; schematic presentation (below) of the basic principle of EPC electronic pressure compensation applied in a gravimetric feeding system


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