Thermosetting polymer production starts by compounding polymer pre-products with glass or carbon reinforcement fibers, fillers or natural fibers. This is followed in many cases by the respective reaction systems for final thermosetting. Gentle incorporation of the additives is just as essential as strict compliance with the absolute temperature limits required for thermosets. The BUSS conpounding technology and especially the BUSS Co-Kneader handles this perfectly thanks to its harmonic operating principle, with a relaxation phase after each graduated shear stroke. Optimal process temperatures can be verified at all times by precise measurement of the product temperature through hollow-bored kneading bolts fitted with thermocouples at several locations along the processing section. As a result of custom-tailored materials engineering, optimally long service life is typical for thermosetting materials.
BUSS Co-Kneader technology is perfectly suited to the compounding of thermosets due to its cost-effective throughput and the numerous advantages of continuous production. These include unwaveringly excellent and reproducible product quality, renown temperature control, optimal plant utilization and high production yields. After compounding, the thermosets are rolled out and crushed. Some of these products, such as phenoplastics and melamine resins, can also be hot-pelletized. This brings further productivity gains over alternative processing methods.
Together with broadly based BUSS compounding process expertise, the BUSS Co-Kneader is therefore first choice for continuous thermoset compounding, as witnessed by the numerous plants already installed in this field throughout the world.