Dr.Babu Padmanabhan phd


Driving the future of compounding

Driving the future of compounding

Here is an organization where constant innovation and ceaseless hard-work have enabled it to carve out a prominent position, globally, for the quality and  precision of its products.  STEER Engineering (P) Ltd, based in Bangalore, has radically reinvented the method by which twin-screw compounding elements were being manufactured and now supplies to some of the largest OEMs and compounders around the world. It has achieved this through efficiency in the application of proven technology, use of superior quality materials, effectiveness in manufacturing assembly processes and infrastructure utilisation, among others.  Since 1993, its key achievements include one significant innovation every year of its existence and selling over 30 specialised twin-deeper into STEER’s   past, present and future.

Compounding is a process that creates new polymer grades. This process converts raw polymer or base resin to a desired plastic that is more effective, more uniform and more usable. There are more than 1,00,000 different grades of plastics materials used in the manufacture of automobile parts, electronic appliances, consumer durables, sports goods, toys and in other engineering applications.
The overall amount of compounded plastics material is roughly one half of the global polymer consumption. The most advanced way to manufacture these plastic materials is using co-rotating twin-screw extruders. The remarkable ability to handle a variety of materials and applications make these equipment the preferred choice of all users ranging from resin suppliers, custom compounders to end-users.

Manufacturing prowess

One of the most integrated manufacturers of co-rotating twin-screw extruders, STEER Engineering based in Bangalore, has to its credit, the ability to make chrome-vanadium tool steel castings in its own foundry. Starting with the manufacturing of elements using co-rotating twin-screw extruders where STEER reinvented the methods, the company has several key facilities. These include production, material treatment, CAD/CAM technology and EDM technology for manufacturing various components of the extruder such as barrels, shafts and die-heads apart from the twin-screw elements.
Its manufacturing merit is further supplemented with design & engineering competence with the success of several extruders, many of them with gearboxes, side-feeders and volumetric feeding systems made by STEER. The company now satisfies 'highly demanding' polymer processing requirements in the field of compounding using twin-screw extrusion technology with the supply of its world­ class Generation Next extruder hardware and software.

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