Sharon Mitchell, Process Engineer at polymermedics
Medical injection moulding specialist, polymermedics, has teamed up with Piovan to produce a modified version of its Quantum Q7 gravimetric blender, achieving new levels of reliability while minimising dust creation.
The variant of the standard Q7 was a result of observations made by Cornwall-based polymermedics’ team as to how the blender could be adapted for the needs of the medical moulding industry.
“I looked at the system from an operator’s point of view, and how I want it to work,” explained Sharon Mitchell, Process Engineer at polymermedics.
By feeding regrinds directly back into the throat of the blender and ensuring a perfect blend of material is fed into the barrel, Mitchell realised she could dramatically simplify the process – further improving reliability, efficiency, and colour consistency, while reducing dust generation in the company’s clean moulding environment.
“We have an excellent working relationship with Piovan, so I knew they’d be interested in hearing our suggestions for the system,” explained polymermedics’ Technical Manager, Neil Skyba.
Following discussions with Piovan in Venice, the modifications were made to the Q7 and the customised Q7 is now installed in polymermedics’ moulding hall.
“Thanks to Sharon and Piovan, the Quantum Q7 now perfectly meets the needs of our industry, and helps us to produce our products in a cleaner, more accurate and more efficient way,” Skyba continued. “It’s another major investment for us, and it’s already working really well.”