| The MIXING GROUP’s world
A CP 550 continuous mixer with various applications represents the heart
of the testing centre in Oxford, Connecticut, USA.
now become a kind of Mecca for the international tyre
and technical rubber goods industry. Also striking is the
increasing number of people interested in mixing re-
newable raw materials and other special applications.
In these areas, too, the centre also provides the ideal
testing environment.
Highly modern and customer-friendly:
the FARREL POMINI process laboratories
The counterpart to the Freudenberger technical centre
is located in Oxford, Connecticut: just a few kilometres
from the HF site, the FARREL POMINI offices, in Ansonia.
The FARREL POMINI customer demonstration labora‑
tory shows customers what is technically possible for
continuous mixers. The modern laboratory in the USA
was built almost two years ago at a cost of 500,000 US
dollars. Within the HF MIXING GROUP, this business
unit is responsible for machinery used primarily for
plastic applications. However, this facility is used for
more than just customer demonstrations, it is also the
home of the FARREL POMINI research and development
centre for the continuous mixer product series.
In addition to Oxford, FARREL POMINI operates another
modern testing laboratory in Rochdale, Great Britain.
Both facilities offer customers from around the world
the opportunity to test their highly specialized pro-
cessing needs for various materials under real condi-
tions. Among the equipment available at both facilities is
a CP550 processor, which provides options for under-
water pelletising, stranding and other special applica-
tions. This CP550 Compact Processor from the CP
Series II™ is a production-sized processor which
routinely scales up machine conditions and product
qualities to our larger production machines. It has a
number of additional features for evaluating different
configurations, geometries and mixing conditions. A
CPXL chamber and CPXL rotors make it possible to
demonstrate LCM technologies in the latest CPXL
The CP550 is part of a ‘real’ and highly modern process
line which customers can use for conducting their tests.
Both the Oxford and Rochdale facilities are equipped
with a range of different feed-in options and offer vari-
ous possibilities for the accurate filling and processing
of pellets, powders, liquids and other raw materials.
Latest design control and data acquisition systems are
integrated with the laboratory equipment.
The testing availability offers a number of advantages to
those interested in making a purchase: ‘Our customers
are able to see with their own eyes what they can expect
and also see that our products live up to their promises.
They are taught operation techniques from our experts
and can make their purchase with the peace of mind
that they have chosen the right system for their market
challenges,’ says FARREL POMINI business unit director
Paul Lloyd. ‘We are delighted to be able to offer our
customers so much with these laboratories,’ he adds. It
is now a standard for customers to be able to test their
compounds in a realistic situation. It is an opportunity
that many people use. ‘We conduct several tests every
month at each location. The money spent by the HF
MIXING GROUP on these facilities has been well invested,’
explains Paul Lloyd.
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