Adam Dreiblatt

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Compounding for the Green Economy

Adam Dreiblatt, Director Process Technology, CPM Extrusion Group

Abstract: The green economy is changing the materials selection criteria for the majority of plastics applications, for both durable and single-use plastics. Renewable, compostable and sustainable polymers are now readily available - but must be formulated and compounded to meet the property requirements for most of these applications.

Compounders are then faced with this new reality to maximize use of recycled resins, bio-based fillers and fibers and biodegradable polymers using existing equipment designed for traditional (i.e. petrochemical-based) compound formulations. The modular design of twin-screw compounding extruders allows for easy reconfiguration of the extruder to adapt to the unique requirements for successful production of these new ‘green’ compounds.

The presentation will highlight the many processing challenges faced by the compounding industry for production of bio-based, compostable and “natural” materials.

Biography: Mr. Adam Dreiblatt has over forty years of experience with twin-screw extrusion as a consultant, teacher and practitioner. His hands-on experience processing a wide variety of materials across diverse industries and extruder platforms provides him with unique capabilities to develop, optimize, scale-up and troubleshoot most any extrusion process.

His employment history is as follows:

CPM Century Extrusion, Traverse City, Michigan, 2007 to present. Director of Process Technology for one of the leading suppliers of compounding extruders and replacement part, providing technical support to sales organization and customer base as well as technical support for sister company Ruiya Extrusion in Nanjing, China.

Extrusioneering International, Randolph, New Jersey, 1994 to 2007. Founder of consulting organization for twin-screw extrusion, providing training and simulation software. Specialized in implementation of extrusion technology within the pharmaceutical industry. Developed training seminars and workshops for the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).

Novon Products Group, Division of Warner Lambert, Morris Plains, New Jersey, 1990 to 1994. Director of Manufacturing Technology. Developed compounding technology for the first company to commercialize starch-based biodegradable polymers.

Werner & Pfleiderer Corporation (now known as Coperion), Ramsey, New Jersey, 1981 to 1990. Manager of Applications Development, responsible for developing novel applications for twin-screw extruders outside of traditional markets.

Adam Dreiblatt is a member of the Board of Directors for SPE Extrusion Division, serving as Chair for 2018-2019 and ANTEC® 2017 Technical Program Chair for the Extrusion Division.

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