Leading Extrusion Manufacturer Yields Big Results from Blender Enhancement
Northland Plastics upgrades to an innovative new paddle design for faster, cost-saving materials blending
Since 1953, Northland Plastics is a manufacturer of high-quality custom plastic profile extrusions.
The company aimed to produce quality parts faster and minimize costly additive waste.
Northland Plastics upgraded its BD Batch Weigh Blender with a new easy-to-install new and innovative paddle design.
Immediately after installing, mixing quality improved, and they started producing quality products four times faster.
Northland Plastics is committed to producing high-quality products and delivering on-time results with short lead times. To achieve these goals, Northland Plastics looked to improve the efficiency of their materials blending process.
For a custom profile extruder like Northland Plastics, achieving the right product colors and material properties hinges heavily on how well different materials are blended together. An optimal blend is difficult to achieve when performing a job change-over or starting-up the extruder. This results in scrap that impacts material costs, labor efficiency and even turnaround time. The scrap costs add up significantly when running multiple jobs every day.
“That was no surprise to me. The AEC blender has always been a lot easier to use versus the other smaller brand of blenders we have on the floor.” -Maintenance & Purchasing Manager, Northland Plastics