Software designs twin-screw extruder processing sections in next to no time

  • ScrewCon 3: on-screen design of tailored screw and barrel housing combinations
  • Individual screw configuration
  • Inventory management for screw and barrel housing elements

KraussMaffei’s configuration software for screw and housing elements of twin-screw extruders has been further developed. The software offers several new features and comes with a completely new user interface. The latest 3.0 version of ScrewCon is now also available to KraussMaffei’s customers.

Rapid configuration based on 2,000 screw and barrel housing elements

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. 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. No specific knowledge is required to use this windows-based software.

The clear and true-to-scale visualization of screw and housing elements reduces the time to prepare tailored configurations. As the two elements are directly displayed below each other, screws and barrel housings can be easily 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.

ScrewCon software for extruder sections

ScrewCon 3 software – easy processing section configuration (source: KraussMaffei)

Inventory management for screw and barrel housing elements

The integrated inventory management feature for screw and barrel housing elements offers added benefits: Users can automatically view the available stock of elements needed and will know instantly whether the desired configuration can be implemented or not.

Individual screw configuration

A further feature of the ScrewCon 3 software is the simultaneous on-screen display of right and left screws of the twin-screw extruder. As a result each screw can be individually designed. If required, different elements can be selected for the two screws. 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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