Coperion works remotely to update extruder

German compounding/extrusion and materials handling machine supplier Coperion will be showcasing its STS Mc11 compounder at Booth number: 10J29. With its specific torque of 11.3 Nm/cm3 it sets new standards as it features up to 27% higher throughput rates than the preceding model, while the higher degree of screw fill results in a decrease of melt temperature, thus improving compound quality. Maximum screw speed has been increased from 800 to 900 rpm.

Meanwhile, last year, at the height of the pandemic Coperion says it modernised a customer’s ZSK 250 highcapacity extruder completely utilising remote processes and support via Coperion ServiceBox, an integrated system for online monitoring and failure recording in extruders and compounders as well as communication methods like video and telecommunication to complete customer requests.

The ZSK 250 extruder modernisation package encompassed both a control software update as well as mechanical overhauls on the system. A significant throughput increase was achieved on the extruder by modernising the gearbox, mounting a new coupling, installing a ZS-EG side devolatilisation and updating the EpcNT control, including a rebuild of the control cabinet and monitor.

Coperion works remotely to update extruder

Coperion’s three member team, based in Stuttgart, Germany, worked directly with the customer to ensure proper software and mechanical updates, especially given the pandemic’s restricted travelling.

Although Coperion has been utilising the Coperion ServiceBox for many years to perform remote software updates on its extrusion systems, more complex mechanical remote tasks have been limited so far. Thus, it adds, the modernisation has set a milestone for complex maintenance and modernisation projects utilising remote service.

Stefan Lachenmayer, Head of Coperion’s Extruder Modernisation team, is confident in the future potential. “Through partnership and planning with our customers we can successfully execute complex remote projects. This recent success proves as another milestone in Coperion’s ability to evolve to meet current market requirements and successfully coordinate both mechanical and software modernization tasks utilising the latest communication technology. We, as Coperion, are committed to supporting our customers via remote commissioning and modernisation for both for large-scale extruders as well as refurbishing projects of any size.”


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