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Super Brush supersizes with a new extrusion line

Foam swab and applicator manufacturer Super Brush LLC (Springfield, MA) has added a new extruder, its first, to its stable of injection molding machines. The new line, supplied by American Kuhne (Ashaway, RI), will be put to use increasing the company’s applicator handle manufacturing capacity. “Our product demand has really grown and that justified the purchase of a new dedicated extrusion line for us,” said Brian Crawford, engineering manager for Super Brush.

PlasticsToday Staff

October 28, 2009

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Super Brush supersizes with a new extrusion line

Foam swab and applicator manufacturer Super Brush LLC (Springfield, MA) has added a new extruder, its first, to its stable of injection molding machines. The new line, supplied by American Kuhne (Ashaway, RI), will be put to use increasing the company’s applicator handle manufacturing capacity. “Our product demand has really grown and that justified the purchase of a new dedicated extrusion line for us,” said Brian Crawford, engineering manager for Super Brush. “Because of the critical nature of our products and tight specifications called out by our customers we did a lot of due diligence to make sure we had the right supplier to partner with.”

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A new extruder entered service at the Springfield facility.

Crawford told MPW the new extruder will be used to process polypropylene and high-density polyethylene (HDPE). Super Brush’s foam swabs, applicators, and probes see use in the pharmaceutical, medical device, dental, cleanroom, and industrial markets.

American Kuhne supplied Super Brush with a turnkey extrusion system that includes an Ultra series 1.75-inch (44-mm) 24:1 L/D extruder suitable for processing the polypropylene tubing and profiles, and the heavy-wall, HDPE tubes. Ed Steward, American Kuhne’s director of process technology, said Super Brush is not the first processor it has helped enter the extrusion market. He explains, “We do a tremendous amount of work to prove out our systems. We ran our lab line for them during their initial supplier investigation phase. After their new system is customer engineered and manufactured, we qualify the system at our facility by running a comprehensive factory acceptance test prior to shipping. Once the system arrives at their plant we performed a complete on-site acceptance test to ensure that the system is running at peak performance.” Operator and maintenance training programs are scheduled during these tests. —[email protected]

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