A Russian chemical company has tasked Italy’s Persico to supply what Persico says I a giant polyamide 6 casting line, with about 14 trucks needed to carry the line to the unidentified customer. The casting plant will produce semi-finished nylon products by anionic casting, by which production starts from liquid caprolactam at 120° C.
The line is large enough to cast about 250 semi-finished parts of different sizes per cycle, with up to 24 cycles/day.
The plant is able to produce automatically bars in nylon with a diameter from 20mm to 800 mm, flat slabs weighing up to 500kg, and tubing with external diameter wall thickness from 80mm to 600mm. Automated parts removal means that only two operators are needed per shift. Cast nylon parts have better mechanical properties compared to those molded or extruded, and also self-lubricate, so that they see use as large diameter gears, pulleys, wheels and anti-wear guides.