Plasticizing Unit provides abrasion resistance.

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Pairing X8000™ screw encapsulation with X800® barrel inlay, Plasticizing Unit Package provides abrasion resistance for heavily filled molding and extrusion compounds. Nickel-based alloy with high tungsten carbide content is applied to entire screw geometry in high-velocity oxy-fuel coating process. Alloy is then fused to parent metal of screw in 2-stop method that forms metallurgical bond. Also nickel-based alloy with tungsten carbide, inlay provides wear, abrasion, and corrosion resistance.

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Plasticizing Unit Provides Exceedingly High Abrasion Resistance for Today's Heavily Filled Molding and Extrusion Compounds

Nordson Xaloy Pairs X8000™ Screw Encapsulation with X800® Barrel Inlay in a Package that Prolongs Equipment Life Even with Highly Filled Composites for Auto Light-Weighting

NEW CASTLE, PA, U.S.A., – A combination of abrasion-resistant screw and barrel materials based on Nordson’s metallurgical expertise extends the working life of plasticizing units for injection molding and extrusion by substantially reducing wear from filled compounds in an era when loadings of 50% or more are not unheard of, it was announced today by Nordson Corporation.      

The new plasticizing unit package takes advantage of the high resistance to abrasion of two Nordson Xaloy alloys:

X8000™ Screw Encapsulation. Nordson applies this nickel-based alloy with high tungsten carbide content to the entire screw geometry in a high-velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) coating process; it then fuses the alloy to the parent metal of the screw in a two-step method that forms a metallurgical bond, rather than the purely mechanical bond formed by standard HVOF coatings. In addition, X8000 coating is double the thickness of other HVOF-applied coatings—0.50 mm versus 0.25 mm. The high nickel content provides enhanced corrosion resistance.

X800® Barrel Inlay. Also a nickel-based alloy with tungsten carbide, the X800 inlay is more wear-resistant than iron-based, iron-chromium, and nickel-cobalt alloys, providing exceptional abrasion and corrosion resistance with highly filled materials and high-temperature engineering polymers.     

Nordson offers the abrasion-resistant package as a way for processors to meet the challenge posed by growing demand for highly filled compounds. In automotive manufacturing, for example, carbon fiber-reinforced composites are in growing demand as light-weighting alternatives to metals. In under-hood auto applications, compounds heavily filled with glass and minerals are now widely used. A similar challenge is posed by the growing demand for highly filled halogen-free flame retardant (HFFR) compounds for wire and cable. Processors are commonly using calcium carbonate filler at 50% loadings. And the growth of metal injection molding poses yet another abrasion challenge.

“There was a time when 15% glass-filled nylon was considered a high-abrasion compound, but today filler loadings often exceed 35% and may even exceed 50%,” said Mark Colella, Nordson Xaloy global product manager. “Our abrasion-resistant plasticizing unit is based on proprietary formulating, machining, and coating techniques that build in long-lasting wear properties that translate into extended working lives for screws and barrels. And we are constantly striving to advance our technologies to meet future abrasion and corrosion challenges.” 

Nordson Corporation engineers, manufactures and markets differentiated products and systems used for the precision dispensing of adhesives, coatings, sealants, biomaterials, polymers,  plastics and other materials, fluid management, test and inspection, UV curing and plasma surface treatment, all supported by application expertise and direct global sales and service.  Nordson serves a wide variety of consumer non-durable, durable and technology end markets including packaging, nonwovens, electronics, medical, appliances, energy, transportation, construction, and general product assembly and finishing.  Founded in 1954 and headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, the company has operations and support offices in more than 30 countries.  Visit Nordson on the web at, @Nordson_Corp, or

Nordson Polymer Processing Systems provides customers with engineered components to melt, homogenize, filter, meter, and give shape to plastic and fluid coating materials. Nordson Corporation leverages the collective plastics industry experience from a series of strategic acquisitions to offer a uniquely broad portfolio of industry-leading technologies.  Nordson delivers a full range of precision melt stream products — from screws and barrels for extrusion and injection molding — to filtration systems, pumps, and valves — to the extrusion dies and pelletizing systems to meet the constantly evolving needs of the polymer industry.

Nordson Corporation provides customers with local technical sales, service and remanufacturing capabilities through sales organizations and regional manufacturing facilities in over 30 countries.  To learn more visit us at

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