Extrusion specialist JSW acquires SMP; introduces latest co-rotating extruder

Tokyo-headquartered machinery manufacturer, JSW has recently acquired 80% of the issued shares of Korean twin-screw extruder manufacturer SM Platek (SMP); the latter has also become a consolidated subsidiary of JSW as of May 8 this year.

JSW is a leading manufacturer of various kinds of plastics processing machinery including polyolefin pelletisers, compounding extruders, blow moulding machines, and injection molding machines as well as film and sheet manufacturing equipment. It is alsp leading supplier of compounding twin screw extruders from 25 mm screw diameter (laboratory scale) up to 443 mm, which is the world largest size.

Meanwhile, the Ansan city-headquartered SMP has supplied over 1,000 sets of twin screw extruders, having a major market share in Korea. Recently, the demand for compounding extruders is rapidly growing; SMP is also concentrating to export to Japan, South East Asia, India, Russia and China. As of April, SMP supplied to 23 countries and 228 clients all over the world.

After this transaction, SMP will supply its twin screw extruders (TEK series) as a “Global Standard Model” to the general compounding markets all over the world. SMP will concentrate mainly under 100mm screw diameter. And JSW will supply its twin screw extruders (TEX series) for high functional, value added, special application purpose extrusion such as for super engineering plastics, reaction, dewatering, degassing all over the world. As a JSW group, SMP and JSW will cover all areas and markets in compounding.

Mergers & acquisitions (M&A) is one of the most important strategies for JSW, and will continue any kind of alliance accordingly.

On a related development, has introduced a TEX 25 Alpha III laboratory co-rotating extruder. The new compact 25mm screw diameter machine, for production of compounds & masterbatches in engineering & high performance thermoplastics, is the smallest of seven TEX Alpha III extruders (up to 130mm diameter) available in Europe. Its introduction follows the K 2013 European launch of the TEX 44 Alpha III model.

TEX 25 Alpha III series advantages include a new gearbox design combined with enhanced gears & bearings, screw shafts and barrels. The result is a surprisingly high torque of up to 194 Nm per shaft (or 387 Nm in total) combined with wider processing windows as well as more powerful kneading and mixing.

A standard torque limiting function stops the screw to protect machinery and operators. A low noise water-cooled version of the infinitely variable three-phase motor is optional, as is direct drive instead of the standard V-belt drive.

The NIC special kneading barrel invented by JSW achieves good mixing/dispersion at low shear rate and high viscosity without dead zones for good compound material properties, though introduction of several longitudinal grooves of particular geometry on the inside barrel surface for more screw to barrel clearance. A TKD or Twist Kneading Disc kneading screw element with a twisted tip developed for energy-efficiency supports this “tip-clearance technology” by ensuring fast relatively low temperature material conveying, while retaining appropriate mixing efficiency. JSW claims such features make the Tex 25 Alpha III the “worldwide highest performance compact twin screw extruder”.

While feed section water temperature control is manual, PID (proportional-integral-derivative, i.e., closed-loop/feedback) water and heater temperature control is used for other barrel sections. The extruder is ideal for R&D work with frequent material and process changes, as cartridge heaters and a patented barrel clamping mechanism enable easy and rapid barrel section block changes, achieving screw length/diameter (L/D) ratios of 42 with 12 blocks, 52.5 with 15, and 70 with 20 blocks. The machine accommodates vented or closed barrel sections and side feeding of abrasive reinforcements, heat- or shear-sensitive compound additives and materials into the melt via a later barrel section.

Wear resistant LSP-2 modified tool steel screws and barrels in N60-S nickel based alloy made by JSW promise long life of barrel and screw (high wear and corrosion resistance) for various kinds of compounds containing abrasive and/or corrosive materials and additives.

JSW’s patented TEX-FAN Flow Analysis Network R&D support tool developed for TEX twin screw extruders analyses polymer melt pressure, temperature, residence time and fill factor with a special dedicated computer developed by JSW.

The TEX 25 Alpha III comes with JSW’s EXANET 64-bit RISC high-speed control system. Its 15 inch colour LCD touchscreen provides for optimum process control and monitoring, storing thousands of settings & process parameters for years. It integrates with ancillary equipment, from JSW compact JSW-TTF 20 & SFT-15 gravimetric feeders and mixers, TSF25 side feeder, through to strand pelletization and underwater granulation.

Other JSW accessories include screen changers, a SFD 25 degassing side feeder, liquid injection nozzle with a plug, barrel cooling water unit, vacuum, liquid injection and gear pumps, strand cooling baths, pellet conveyors and compacters.

JSW signed a contract in February 2014 whereby Stork Technical Services in Antwerp, Belgium provides western European JSW extruder servicing, overhaul, modernisation and enhancement, with future extension foreseen for installation, commissioning and maintenance of TEX twin-screw extruders throughout Europe. JSW has a technical centre in Overpelt in Belgium, where it showed the TEX 44 Alpha III extruder after the K 2013 launch.


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