Small Space Saving Footprint:
Using the latest 3D Computer Design Software Boston Matthews has been able make substantial reductions to the already compact footprint of the jockey extruder range. The reduction of footprint not only makes for easier positioning but allows the user to save valuable floor space. Production floor space is always at a premium especially when an application requires multiple extruders such as multi-layer tube production. These multi-layer applications are extremely complex utilising up to 5 extruders as well as additional production equipment. A small extruder ‘cluster’ allows additional production equipment to easily integrate into the extrusion line with little disruption and loss of production floor space. Boston Matthews has provided several ‘turn-key’ multi-layer extrusion lines for such applications as PEX Pipe, Automotive Tubing and Cosmetic Tubing where the co-extruder has played a pivotal role.
Energy Efficient Design:
An AC Motor with encoder feedback together with a Flux Vector Drive with Forced Ventilation fitted as standard provide the basis for efficient and ‘energy aware ’operation. Direct-Drive ensures that maximum power is transferred for more energy efficient operation and removes the need for belts and pulleys virtually eliminating maintenance.
Intelligent electronics ensure that when certain systems of the extruder are not required they are automatically shut down to reduce energy consumption. An example of this is the Temperature Sensor System that shuts down the ventilation fans when not required. Additional Intelligent systems help to prevent possible damage to the extruder. A cold start interlock and over pressure protection are examples of such standard features. An additional standard feature is the Accutrol Barrel Temperature Control system which features improved response time and increased precision to further improve polymer processing control.
Fast & Simple Maintenance:
The Jockey Extruder has been designed to allow for fast and simple maintenance to be fulfilled by operators without the need to call upon a specialist Service Supervisor. Therefore in the case of a breakdown downtime is reduced to a minimum. An example of this is all electrical components are fitted with plugs & sockets allowing operators to change thermocouples, heaters, and fans without the need for an electrician.
AC technology as standard not only ensures maximum machine efficiency it also
provides drive interrogation and diagnostics for fast and easy fault-finding. Again resulting in fast problem solving reducing downtime.
Choice of Design:
Jockey Extruders from Boston Matthews have been designed to operate in a wide range of production environments and therefore meet with specific requirements of the user. This includes a choice of machine ‘style’ including Universal, Vertical, and Horizontal. The Co-extruders are available in a number of sizes including ¾”,(1 ¼”, 1½”, and 1¾” in order to meet all output and processing requirements.