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North Carolina-based Advanced Plastic Extrusion LLC (Apex) recently installed a Davis-Standard sheet system with excellent results. The new company focused on processing high-quality sheet with a "class A" surface for specialty and laminated sheet applications.

PlasticsToday Staff

January 7, 2016

1 Min Read
Apex's high-end sheet operation a success with Davis-Standard system

apex-davis-standard.jpgSince beginning production in September, Apex has been processing sheet using acrylic, ABS, HIPS, PC/ABS and TPO resins in thicknesses ranging from .010 to .187 mil and in widths up to 54 inches. The Davis-Standard system, extruder through roll stand, has been an essential part of Apex's successful start from the perspective of both technology and service.

"After looking at several extrusion vendors, we chose Davis-Standard because of their quality, support services and longevity in the business," said Apex founder and owner Ronnie Buck. "For me to produce the very best sheet, we had to go with the best equipment, even if it cost more. Not only is Davis-Standard's equipment proven, but they survived the economic downturn when many others did not. The fact that they are in it for the long haul and have the reputation for quality is huge in terms of support and value after the purchase."

Before deciding to buy the system, Buck sent two of his most critical resins to Davis-Standard's technical facility in Pawcatuck, CT. Davis-Standard was able to try out the resins on a full-scale sheet line, successfully running both resins in various thicknesses and to the exacting quality requirements. For Buck, this sealed the deal on investing in the system.

"My business has very specific goals and the lab trial was crucial. The line has performed as advertised and the training my operators received from Davis-Standard's engineers was invaluable," Buck explained. "Specific to the technology, I appreciate the automatic nip control for quick gauge adjustment and changeovers as well as the customized screw design, which enables us to process all resins using the same screw."

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