• April 25, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm

This course involves the students in hands-on troubleshooting of common problems in the plastics extrusion process. It is designed for operators, technicians, process engineers, and maintenance personnel. The course is intended to give the student the information necessary to effectively operate and troubleshoot the extrusion process.

Topics Include:

  • Problem Solving Methodology
  • Troubleshooting the Extrusion Process
  • Examples of Troubleshooting Guides for Various Extruded Products
  • Discussion of Processes to be Used for Practical Exercise – One of Two Below
    – Single Screw Extrusion Line
    – Twin Screw Extrusion Line
  • Practical Exercise – Finding Problems on the Line Such As
    – Improper Line Settings
    – Thermocouple Issues
    – Heater Issues
    – Flow Abnormalities
    – Die Issues
    – Mixing Issues
    – Drying Issues
  • Review and Discussion

An attempt will be made to use the most applicable process for students in each class.

Venue:   Polymers Center Campus

8900 Research Drive, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28262, United States


The Polymers Center of Excellence is a not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization created by the state of North Carolina to increase knowledge, provide technical support, and assist in the development of emerging technologies in the plastics industry.

The Polymer Center was founded in 1972 when the State of North Carolina funded plastics specialists in the Industrial Extension Service program at UNCC. The center, located at that time on the UNCC campus, expanded in 1994 when a joint venture was entered into with NCSU to form PEP (Polymers Extension Program). By 1999, PEP moved off of the UNCC campus and became today’s Polymers Center of Excellence (PCE). In 2012, Polymers Technology Center (PTC) was added for small scale production. Since then, the Polymers Center has continued to impact economic development through education, research and development, and trial production.