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Configuring twin-screw extruder processing sections in next to no time

– ScrewCon 3: on-screen design of precisely tailored screw and barrel housing combinations

– Individual screw configuration 

– Inventory management for screw and barrel housing elements

The ScrewCon configuration software developed by KraussMaffei for screw and housing elements of twin-screw extruders has proven its excellence for over twenty years. The latest 3.0 version of this program comes with a completely new user interface with numerous innovative features. ScrewCon is now also available for use by our customers.

Ultra-rapid configuration based on about 2,000 screw and barrel housing elements

“ScrewCon offers an impressive array of resources. There is a library of about 2,000 screw and barrel housing elements the user can choose from for the different twin-screw extruder sizes in the ZE BluePower, ZE UTi, ZE UTXi and ZE Basic series. Customized configurations for specific requirements and individual machines can be prepared within a minimum of time,” says Andreas Madle, responsible for process-engineering developments at KraussMaffei Berstorff and in charge of the complete redesign of the ScrewCon software. “In addition, the configuration process is extremely simple using the click and drop function.”

The ScrewCon 3 software used for this purpose is a proprietary product of KraussMaffei Berstorff. This Windows-based solution is characterized by unparalleled user friendliness. Owing to the intuitive operator guidance, no specific previous knowledge is required to use the software. Combined with the extensive portfolio of integrated features, this unsurpassed ease of use turns ScrewCon 3 into an ideal tool for designing and documenting the set-up of twin-screw extruder processing sections.

The clear and true-to-scale visualization of screw and housing elements substantially reduces the time required to prepare tailored configurations. As the two elements are directly displayed below each other, screws and barrel housings can be perfectly adapted within shortest time. The user will be able to see instantly whether the two selected elements match or not. In addition, the screw elements can be precisely positioned relative to the barrel housing openings.

Inventory management for screw and barrel housing elements

The inventory management feature for screw and barrel housing elements offers added benefits to customers. While configuring the extruder set-up best suited to the current requirements, users can automatically view the available stock of elements needed for their purpose and will thus know instantly whether the desired configuration can be implemented or not.

Individual screw configuration

A further highlight of the new ScrewCon 3 software is the simultaneous on-screen display of right and left screws of the twin-screw extruder. Each screw can thus be individually designed and even different elements can be selected for the two screws, if required. In this case, system visualization also helps to avoid installation errors when configuring left and right screws with different screw elements.

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