Optimised for processing sensitive PVC
In the two-stage version of the COMPEO in cascade design, the discharge and pelletizing unit is mechanically decoupled from the compounder and is fed in free fall via a connecting tube. The process engineering advantages are obvious. Because the compounding and pelletizing process steps are decoupled, no back pressure is created in the transition area between the compounder and the discharge unit. This offers a decisive advantage when processing sensitive products such as PVC. The melt can be degassed in the connecting tube, which at the same time allows the process section of the compounder to be shortened by the degassing module. This enables a more compact machine, but also reduces the residence time of degradation-critical polymer in the process chamber.
Pivoting connecting tube for easier, space-saving work
In developing this system configuration, BUSS has built on the experience gained with previous models and further optimised ease of use. For example, the pivoting COMPEO connecting tube is equipped with a start-up diverter valve that simplifies and shortens starting up when processing highly filled compounds. This reduces the amount of ungelled start-up material to a minimum. A sight glass allows visual assessment of the compound and – supported by a temperature sensor in the connecting tube – also serves to monitor potential fill-up. Both the tube and the diverter valve can be moved without tools, which allows for easy operation and cleaning. Additionally, the COMPEO in cascade design requires less space than previous models. The fact that the connecting tube can pivot means that there is no need for a retractable discharge unit, which in turn saves space.
Additional flexibility through an alternative discharge unit
The COMPEO in cascade design generates pressure for pelletizing with a single tube discharge unit arranged at a 90-degree angle to the compounder. The discharge screw is equipped with an elongated feed opening, which in combination with the large screw diameter, results in optimum feed characteristics. While the screw tube is water tempered, the screw housing is electrically heated and air-cooled. The discharge screw is designed in 4 or 6 L/D, depending on the pressure build-up requirements. The short 4 L/D version can be extended at any time if necessary. With this alternative discharge option, BUSS underlines the modularity of the COMPEO series. It benefits from the advantages of the discharge units that have proven themselves over decades, particular with regard to PVC processing.
Pelletizing unit with maximum safety and ease of use
The BUSS die-face pelletizing unit is equipped with a two-, three-, or four-bladed knife arm, depending on process requirements. An adjustable knife drive allows the distance between knife and die plate to be optimised during operation. This leads to optimal cutting quality and, in turn, to uniform, cylindrical pellets. This is also served by powerful and homogenous heating of the die plate. A large viewing window enables a perfect view of the die plate and thus optimal monitoring of the process area.