The developmental process to create new products is critical to the future of companies in the polymer industry. New ideas can be a slow and expensive process if traditional scale production facilities are used. Traditional size facilities often waste expensive materials and are forced to deal with the headache of commercial production down time during the R&D process.
The average toll compounder will not let you participate directly in your R&D project. Traditionally, a person is only allowed to supply the compounder with ingredients and a formula and hope for the best. Unfortunately, if you’re not promising truckloads of material in business, the project will often fail to get the true attention it deserves. This leaves a customer with zero ability to modify control methods as needed. This process can too easily result in wasted time and most importantly, lots of wasted money!