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QUICK COLOUR CHANGE LINE


Tycabís ongoing strategy is to implement state of the art technology and processes in order to be cost effective and provide the best customer service. †

As part of this strategy Tycab has introduced quick colour change technology.

The time has arrived and the quick colour change line is commissioned and successfully operational. The new system allows change of product colour automatically resulting in less down time and ultimately better customer service.

In comparison to previous technology, in order to change colour, the line had to be stopped for long periods of time. This resulted in a lot of unnecessary product waste and long down times.

At the heart of the new machine you will find a quick colour change head assembly which looks rather daunting with all its hydraulic hoses and actuators. In reality the extrusion principles are the same as that of any other extrusion line with a co-extruder attached with a maximum of 2 colours. The extruders have been doubled up, resulting in two main extruders with two co-extruders, with the possibility of adding 12 different colours.

The main advantage of the system is that the material from the two main and two co-extruders can be changed from one flow channel to another, automatically.

This diagram shows the basic concept of a single colour change system with two extruders, by adding two more of the same we now add a stripe to the configuration. This results in the flexibility to change either the base colour or the stipe colour or both at the push of a button, or automatically.



Please note the picture is highly magnified to demonstrate the product structure. The actual product will appear to be almost the same as currently supplied.



Product performance is not affected and is exactly the same as current supply. Externally the finished product has exactly the same appearance as products manufactured by our current extrusion methods, only on cross sectional examination will you see the differing sub-layers.

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Graphic demonstration of the execution of a colour change
 
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