More speed, flexibility and robustness. Across a gamut of extrusion applications, machine builders are introducing new machinery, components, and systems to dramatically raise the bar on productivity. W&H’s TurboClean quick-change technology for blown film is now retrofittable to certain other of the supplier’s Varex lines. US Extrusion will debut a range of extruders at its first NPE, including machines that feature easy-open features. Macchi will be running a blown film line for the third straight NPE, this one a five-layer PE system for stand-up pouches. PTi’s high-speed sheet extrusion line for PP and PS packaging i snow available in a smaller footprint. Coperion has redesigned its MC11 line of compounding twins to accommodate fast changeovers for color compounders. New screen changer from High-Technology can advance the filter screen at twice the rate of previous models to permit filtration of higher levels of contaminants. Extrusion processors want more. That’s evident by what suppliers of extrusion and compounding systems and equipment are bringing to NPE2018. Here a guide to what’s new in extrusion and compounding at the giant show, divided by product and process ty...