The process requirements for semiconducting cable compounds are very demanding. Conductivity values must be dependable both at room temperatures and at higher operating temperatures. Highly structured carbon black must remain unchanged and be distributed extremely homogeneously to form the required conductive network. The polymers used must be degraded as little as possible. The surfaces of the coextruded layers must be very smooth and uniform. Usually peroxide-based cross-linking is required.
The BUSS Co-Kneader within the semi conductive cable compounding systems meet all these complex requirements thanks to its specific strengths: The high content of conductive additives can be introduced at several feed points along the processing section. Immediate mixing at moderate shear rates, with intermediate relaxation phases, ensures excellent distribution without damaging the internal structure of the polymers and conductive materials. The system design flexibility also enables specific attention to the increased viscosity in the process zones through targeted configurations. This allows custom-tailored monitoring and control of the process conditions.
Since the Buss Kneader’s two-stage system separates compounding and pressure build-up, processing is optimized for best possible product quality and throughput, independently of pressurization, melt filtration and pelletizing.
The modular design of the entire BUSS Kneader line makes it easily adaptable. Together with the widely based BUSS processing expertise, the BUSS Co-Kneader has always been the first choice for almost all needs of semi conductive cable compounding in all parts of the world and for all output rate requirements.