Extrusion Equipment Services
A thorough understanding of application, desired profile, and operating conditions is the basis for developing an efficient and productive extrusion process. Diamond America works closely with our customers to understand their individual extrusion equipment and die needs. This collaboration continues throughout the entire process, from design to laboratory testing to manufacturing through equipment installation.
In many cases we can solve an extrusion challenge with our superior component designs, or by suggesting modifications to existing extrusion processes and equipment. We have helped many of our customers decrease energy costs while increasing throughput and quality by suggesting ways to better control temperature, moisture content, or material flow.
Diamond America designs and manufactures high-quality, long-lasting extrusion equipment through a knowledge-based approach intent on finding singular solutions to a customer’s individual needs.
We maximize our equipment performance by utilizing many design enhancements. For example, by changing the geometry of our screws, barrel liners, and feeders we reduce unwanted friction, eliminate dead spaces, and resulting stagnation. The result: peak performance with improved energy efficiencies.
Our 3D modeling system provides flexibility during the design phase, adding to the level of customization we can provide. We also utilize FEA software and a proprietary flow analysis program to optimize extruder, die, and component performance and quality.
Before we build we design. Before we design we research.
- End Product (pellet, profile, sheet, etc)
- Target Production Rate (lbs/hr)
- Process Temperature (target, limits)
- Die Pressure
- Viscosity information
- Metallurgy requirements (corrosion, abrasion)
Diamond America’s team of engineers and technicians has extensive experience in the manufacture of extrusion equipment. Whether looking for a complete extrusion process or individual parts — including hoppers, feeders, barrels, screws, dies and cutters — we manufacture and fabricate what you need at our 15,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Akron, Ohio.
Diamond America is committed to continuing investments in new machine technologies and ongoing training for our technicians and machinists. Staying current with manufacturing trends allows us to provide better engineered solutions and recommendations to our customers, providing them with the newest developments in metallurgy, heat treatment, weld overlays, and specialty coatings.
Some of our more unique capabilities include the following:
- Wire EDM – 26” Z axis cutting height
- O.D. grinding – 12” diameter x 168” long
- Surface grinding – 25” x 120” long
- Horizontal Boring Mill – 4th axis machining
- PTA/TIG Weld capabilities – stellite, colmonoy, and other hard face overlays
- Vertical Milling – three axis, high rpm cutting capabilities
As important as manufacture and design, the selection of a suitable material for your extrusion process is critical. Concern must be given to a variety of steel properties including yield, tensile strength, elongation, and ductility to name a few. With over sixty years of manufacturing experience, Diamond America has developed an extensive database of metallurgical solutions for all types of processing problems.
In addition to our extrusion equipment, Diamond America’s testing laboratory is available to assist customers in research and development of material applications, extrusion processes, and, when needed, formulations. The facility is equipped with our table-top and floor standing extruders, which are designed to handle batches ranging from a handful of material to pilot size runs.
Put our experience and technology to work for you. Send or bring sample material to our lab and let us assist in the development of an extrusion process that works for you.
Diamond America offers remanufacturing services for extrusion equipment of all makes. We go beyond simple reconditioning and/or replacement of worn parts. By taking a close look at your extrusion process and complete production system, we can recommend improved design as necessary to increase functionality and performance.
We also refurbish sheet, cast film, blown film, laminating and coating dies as well as screws and barrels.
Beyond extrusion we offer rebuild of wear parts in the granulating/compaction/pelletizing industries. Our experience in metallurgy, combined with our extensive manufacturing capabilities, allows us to produce components of superior quality and increased durability.
Diamond America’s Field Service Technicians are available to assist our customers with the installation, inspection, and repair of extrusion equipment, including screw and barrel measurement as well as bore scoping.
Our technicians work closely with our engineers to assess your processing operation and make recommendations for improvements that may be available through additional components, new equipment, or technological advances.