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Chinaplas 2019: KraussMaffei Berstorff launches ZE GP Agile twin-screw extruder
– Market launch of ZE GP Agile compounding extruder
– State-of-the-art twin-screw extruder

(Hannover / Guanghou, 20 May 2019) At this year's Chinaplas in Guangzhou from 21 to 24 May 2019, KraussMaffei Berstorff will showcase its new ZE GP Agile twin-screw extruder series at booth J41 located in hall 5.1. This extruder generation manufactured at the Haiyan production site of KraussMaffei Group is specifically aimed at compounding companies on the growth track that intend to substantially increase their productivity.

"For KraussMaffei Berstorff, China is an extremely important market as the growth trend is expected to continue in the years to come," says Leo Yuan, Vice President Extrusion China of Shanghai KraussMaffei Machinery. "The development of the new series was focused on the key requirements of customers in China and in the Asian region in general: unparalleled productivity, outstanding reliability and a highly attractive price-performance ratio."

The series comes in three sizes with screw diameters of 52, 62 and 77 mm and is suited for a wide range of different applications and output rates. The extruders can be driven by two different water-cooled motors designed for screw speeds of 600 rpm or 900 rpm.

State-of-the-art twin-screw extruder

The new ZE GP Agile extruder generation is equipped with screw elements and shafts made of special material, enabling compounders to achieve maximum throughput rates. In addition, the innovative series scores with an extended range of 4 and 6D barrel housings to precisely tailor the processing section to specific customer requirements. All barrel housings are characterized by precise temperature control. While cooling is based on cooling water injection, high-performance electric cartridge heaters are used for direct and rapid heating. The C-clamp flange system facilitates assembly and disassembly of the barrel housings and substantially reduces set-up times during barrel housing changes.

The standard equipment comprises the sturdy base frame designed to accommodate the temperature control units and the oil lubrication system. The state-of-the-art control software can be seamlessly integrated into the digital factory, ready for Industry 4.0. The on-board operating panel with display of all important extruder information saves time and provides enhanced ease of use.

The new series is characterized by a constant level of excellent product quality, easy operation and uncompromising reliability. Its high productivity makes it a safe investment with a short payback period. It is aimed specifically at Chinese compounding companies with standard compounding applications.