Extrusion is the process NewAge Industries uses to make its plastic tubing and reinforced hose for medical, pharma and other applications.
The extrusion equipment purchased in the ’90s was still performing well, producing hundreds of thousands of feet of tubing every month, but the company’s engineering team was concerned. The equipment showed signs of wear, and the group felt that breakdowns were only a matter of time.
“The availability of replacement parts was starting to come into question. And extrusion equipment and the software that helps run it has come a long way in the past twenty-plus years. Upgrading and replacing the extruders before any potential failure is just smart business,” said John-Paul Deitz, NewAge’s manager of manufacturing engineering.