Automating Plastic Extrusion Color Quality Control- Eliminating the 'Black Magic'

Sponsored by: HunterLab and Plastore

Focused on:

  • Plastic
  • Extrusion
  • Process

Date: 19 February


Time: 3PM London/10AM New York

Best Practices and Solution Tools to Automate Color Quality Control in plastic extrusion processing

Today's plastic extrusion process is a bit of 'black magic' when it comes to color control. Readings are taken every 30 minutes or longer, and adjustments are made based on these static results. This does not give a close enough view of the process or process stability to know its baseline, what its true variation is, or how much the process can be improved.The process is not very controllable, predictable or often times even understandable. In today's competitive environment where efficiency is critical, this can be recipe for disaster. Color process automation technology takes the 'black magic' out of the process and makes it something that operators can control, predict and troubleshoot. The result is improvements in efficiency, productivity and profitability stemming from Quality and Customer Satisfaction improvements, process and yield improvements, material cost reductions, operator efficiency improvements, and enhancements to an organizations green initiative and carbon footprint reduction.

Color Process Automation Technology (cPAT) introduces best practices and solution tools to help plastics manufacturers achieve greater performance by moving from a philosophy of time-interval based color QC to a more dynamic approach of continuous monitoring, closed-loop color control, and automated defect containment. Color process automation technology allows organizations to measure, analyze, control and document the color of extruded plastic in real-time through the measurement of Critical Color Process Parameters (CCPP) which affect Critical Color Quality Attributes (CCQA)

Sign up now to learn how plastic extrusion companies around the globe are leveraging the latest color process automation technologies to address these common issues and improve their productivity, profitability and competitiveness while enhancing shareholder and stakeholder value.

Presented by

Ken Phillips,

Market Development Manager hunterlab.com

Ken Phillips currently holds the position of market development manager at HunterLab in Reston, Virginia, USA. Ken has many years of experience in developing color measurement and management solutions that meet the needs of the plastics extrusion manufacturing industry. Most recently, in partnership with Plastore Inc., Ken helped in the strategic business planning and product development of cPATâ„¢ (Color Process Automation Technology)for plastic extrusion manufacturing, designed to address key and on-going color quality and cost challenges faced by this industry today.

Axel Rosenlund,


Axel Rosenlund is President of Plastore, Inc., a leading feeder manufacturer located in Hudson Ohio, USA. Through his many years of involvement in the plastics extrusion industry, Axel has in depth knowledge of the challenges faced by plastics extrusion operations and has spent the last several years working with key customers and partners in the development of cPAT Color Process Automation Technology as a tool and best practice to facilitate improvements in process efficiencies, cost reductions and profit enhancements.

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Key Learning Objectives

  • Reduce color quality costs and improve customer satisfaction through automated defect containment.
  • Reduce material costs through reduced pigment use and increased use of recycled content.
  • Enable operators to improve planning and problem solving with more proactive measures, supporting a more engaged and intelligent workforce.
  • Improve overall equation for green initiatives and carbon footprint improvements.


  • Plant Managers
  • Production Managers
  • Process Engineers
  • Directors of Color Quality
  • QC Managers
  • Executives