Extrusion International USA 3-2021

24 Extrusion International 3/2021 EXTRUSION INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRY NEWS Poly Vinyl polyvinyl.com Davis-Standard, LLC davis-standard.com/market-solutions/ Mark Schnettlerwith the recent rebuildof a3.5-inch (90mm)Davis-Standard extruder „ As a family-owned business spanning three generations and 60 years, Poly Vinyl Co. of Sheboygan Falls, Wisc., thrives in the customextrusion segment. Instrumental to their success isDavis- Standard extrusion technology and ongoing aftermarket col- laboration that supports a diverse product range. Poly Vinyl Co. employs standard, co-extrusion and tri-extrusion processes to produce custom pro fi les for multiple industries, including large appliance, commercial refrigeration, building products and sev- eral OEM’s. Not only has Poly Vinyl Co. turned toDavis-Standard for nearly every extruder over the years, but they have taken ad- vantage of upgrade and rebuild services to enhance processing options and extruder performance. “My father, James Schnettler, has been working with Davis- Standard extruders for over 43 years. Matching products and pro fi les to the right extruder has always been a point of pride for us,” explained Mark Schnettler, Poly Vinyl’s President. “It’s nice to buy brand newmachines, but that isn’t always necessary. This is especially truewithDavis-Standard because their gearcas- es are designed to run thousands of hours. If the gearing is set up properly and the right feedscrews are used, you’re going to have positive long-term results. We also have an excellent main- tenance programandmake appropriate upgrades and changes based onmaterials.” Poly Vinyl Co. runs several Davis-Standard co-extruders for its dual-durometer processes ranging from 1.25 to 1.5 inches (32 to 38mm) as well as 28 main extrusion lines, all equipped with Davis-Standard extruders and feedscrews. These extruders range from 2 inch (50mm) 24:1 single screw models to GC-65 conical twin-screw designs and are engineered to process poly- ethylene, polypropylene, PVC, polycarbonate, and ABS; among others. Over the past 10 years, Poly Vinyl Co. has worked with Davis-Standard on fi ve major rebuilds to boost processing ca- pabilities. These include conical twin-screw extruder upgrades Cooperation as well as a recent rebuild of a 3.5-inch (90mm) Davis-Standard extruder, purchased via the used market, which was completed in less than 12weeks. In all cases, Poly Vinyl Co. has beenpleased with turn-around time and processing results, which have add- ed value to customer products. Schnettler credits the attention to detail by Davis-Standard’s aftermarket department and their collective working relationship with his team at Poly Vinyl Co. “Joe Guigli and his teamhave really helped us with our extruder knowledge, maintenance procedures, and in getting the most out of our machines,” said Schnettler. “Davis-Standard is very timely in their response, which has been especially helpful dur- ing COVID. They are also great at record-keeping, which helps us work through any challenges.” In addition to outstanding equipment capabilities, Schnettler says Poly Vinyl’s employee-driven culture, sales focus and op- erations execution has been paramount to their competitive advantage. “The fact that we are a multi-generational family-owned busi- ness with 130 talented employees makes us unique. As we look to expand, we will continue to carry out the goodwork that our customers expect while enjoying the journey along the way.” „ Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), one of the world’s larg- est manufacturers of composite components, is expanding its facility in Sarepta, Louisiana in the US, with the purchase of an LFT-D line that includes a DIEFFENBACHER press with a pressing force of 2,500 tonnes (25,000 kN). CSP will use its new LFT-D line, scheduled to begin operating in the fi rst quarter of 2022, to produce tailgate covers for pickup trucks. LFT-D Line with 2,500-Tonne Press Ordered Dieffenbacher www.dieffenbacher.de CSP has operated three DIEFFENBACHER LFT-D lines with iden- tically constructed presses in Sarepta for 20 years. “Our DIEF- FENBACHER lines from 2001 have done an excellent job for two decades. That’s why we’ve decided to order another LFT-D line with a 2,500-tonne hydraulic press fromDIEFFENBACHER,” said Dale Armstrong, Advanced Process Engineer at CSP. “In addi- tion, we always feel very well supported by the local DIEFFEN- BACHER staff here in North America,” he added. A Teijin Group Company, CSP manufactures composite com- ponents for a variety of industries, including automotive, trucking, leisure and construction. CSP is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and operates facilities in the United States, Mexico, France, Portugal, Czech Republic and China. DIEFFENBACHER hydraulic press at CSP’s Sarepta, Louisiana, site