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ribbon cutting at BKG Systems laboratory

Nordson Opens Pelletizing and Melt Delivery Lab in North Carolina

The first BKG Systems laboratory in the Americas is designed to serve as a resource for product demonstrations, trial runs, operator training, and pilot-scale process development.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 3 by Nordson Corp. marked the startup of an extensively equipped process laboratory serving the Americas for pelletizing systems and melt-delivery equipment.

Present at the ribbon-cutting ceremony were (left to right) Parke Strong, R&D Engineer; Merritt Christian, Market Development Manager; Kevin Tuttle, Business Director, Americas; Udo Gielen, Business Development Manager; and Suzann Smith, OEM Sales Director.

Installed at an existing Nordson facility in Hickory, NC, the new lab has a pelletizing line with up to 1,000 lbs/hr throughput capacity. The line includes a twin-screw extruder, BKG pelletizer, Optigon self-cleaning process water and pellet drying system, and jet cleaner for removing polymer residue from die plates. Both underwater and water-ring pelletizers are available for testing. Melt-delivery components include three HiCon screen changers (backflush, continuous, and discontinuous types), a BlueFlow gear pump, and a HyFlex diverter valve. The facility also offers rheological analysis of materials.

“The new BKG technical center is the latest example of Nordson’s global commitment to support the needs of customers and prospects with local, state-of-the-art laboratories,” said Kevin Tuttle, Business Director for the Americas. “The move is part of our company’s overall strategy for business growth and our continued investment in the BKG Americas business.”

The laboratory enables existing and prospective customers to see BKG systems in operation for comparison with competing products, evaluate new formulations, carry on application development, and train equipment operators, said Nordson.

“The new Nordson BKG laboratory enables customers and prospects to do applications development and test runs without sacrificing productivity in their own plants,” added Merritt Christian, Market Development Manager. “Use of the laboratory is available on a rental basis, and processors can test new technologies in the strictest confidence. When required, Nordson will sign a nondisclosure agreement.

In addition to the Hickory site, Nordson operates process laboratories in Münster, Germany; Shanghai, China; and Chonburi, Thailand. “The new BKG laboratory in Hickory is Nordson’s first in the Americas, supporting the rapid growth in this region for our pelletizing and melt-delivery systems,” said Tuttle.

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