>> Some people think it's our research department. Actually, it’s yours. We are able to design and develop the suitable process and the optimal compounding system for every product because, in addition to the simulation and scale-up, we have an ideal facility to simulate the world of tomorrow today: the Coperion Test Labs.
Test Lab for Compounding & Extrusion
Coperion has Test Labs for Compounding & Extrusion in Stuttgart (D), Pitman (USA) and Nanjing (CN). These three Test Labs are the platform on which we can test future tasks of a production plant such as the development of the optimal screw configuration for a new product formulation in advance.
A total of 30 compounding lines and systems are available worldwide for tests – from the ZSK 18 MEGAlab laboratory extruder to the ZSK 70 twin screw extruder and the UK and LUK kneading machines. With throughput rates of 1 – 2,000 kg/h we can realistically simulate the conditions from laboratory tests to a medium production scale in our Test Lab.
With our Food Test Lab at the Stuttgart site we have a test facility which we have designed especially for the requirements in food technology. A ZSK 43 MEGAvolume PLUS twin screw extruder with the relevant auxiliaries is available for tests there. The applications for this extruder range from the production of direct expanding breakfast cereals and snacks and the modification of flours and starches to the production of dry petfood.
An own laboratory for fast analysis of the product quality is affiliated to every compounding and extrusion Test Lab. We apply the Test Lab results to the production scale with proven scale-up methods.