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Instruction Manual

Measuring Mixer 50 EHT


ID no. 8 352 05.090

for drive units


Plasti-Corder® Lab-Station
Plastograph® EC/EC Plus

Brabender® GmbH & Co. KG • Kulturstr. 51-55 • 47055 Duisburg • Germany


Phone - 49 - 203 - 7788 - 0 • Fax - 49 - 203 - 7788 - 101
E-mail: brabender@brabender.com

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Contents

1 GENERAL INFORMATION.....................................................................9
1.1 Use of the instruction manual.........................................................................................................9
1.2 Disclaimer of liability.......................................................................................................................9
1.3 Software .......................................................................................................................................10
1.4 Scope of supply............................................................................................................................10
1.5 Acquisition of components from external suppliers......................................................................10

2 CONTACT.............................................................................................11
3 STYLISTIC FEATURES ........................................................................13
3.1 General stylistic features..............................................................................................................13
3.2 Mandatory signs ...........................................................................................................................13
3.3 Hazard warning signs...................................................................................................................13
3.4 Design of safety messages ..........................................................................................................14
3.5 Definitions.....................................................................................................................................14

4 SAFETY ................................................................................................15
4.1 Intended use.................................................................................................................................15
4.2 Target group.................................................................................................................................15
4.3 Carrier duties................................................................................................................................16
4.4 Protective devices ........................................................................................................................17
4.4.1 Emergency motor stop button at the drive unit* ...............................................................17
4.4.1.1 Position and function of the emergency motor stop button ................................17
4.4.1.2 Procedure after actuation of the emergency motor stop button .............................18
4.4.2 Emergency shut-off switch (isolator switch) at the drive unit* ..........................................19
4.4.2.1 Position and function of the emergency shut-off switch (isolator switch) ...........19
4.4.2.2 Procedure after actuation of the emergency shut-off switch ..............................20
4.4.3 Safety device ....................................................................................................................21
4.4.4 Two-hand control device...................................................................................................22
4.4.5 Automatic instrument recognition and torque limitation....................................................23
4.4.5.1 Procedure after stoppage of the drive motor by the automatic torque limitation23
4.5 Residual dangers .........................................................................................................................24
4.5.1 Rotating blades - Danger of crushing ...............................................................................24
4.5.2 Hot surfaces - Danger of burning......................................................................................25
4.5.3 Danger by electricity .........................................................................................................25

5 TRANSPORT AND STORAGE .............................................................27


5.1 Packing.........................................................................................................................................27
5.2 Unpacking ....................................................................................................................................28
5.3 Checking the scope of supply ......................................................................................................29
5.4 Checking for and notification of damage......................................................................................29
5.5 Transport ......................................................................................................................................30
5.6 Storage.........................................................................................................................................30

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6 COMPONENTS AND FUNCTIONAL FEATURES ................................31
6.1 General description, definitions....................................................................................................31
6.2 Product labels...............................................................................................................................32
6.2.1 Name plate........................................................................................................................32
6.2.2 Further product labels .......................................................................................................32
6.3 General description ......................................................................................................................33
6.3.1 Description of the main mixer components.......................................................................33
6.3.2 Measuring principle...........................................................................................................33
6.3.3 Mixer blades* ....................................................................................................................34
6.3.4 Heating/cooling of the measuring mixer ...........................................................................34
6.4 Connections .................................................................................................................................35
6.4.1 Electric connections of the safety devices ........................................................................35
6.4.1.1 Socket "Safety Device" for the safety device .....................................................35
6.4.1.2 Connection of the two-hand control device ........................................................36
6.4.2 Heating/cooling connections.............................................................................................37
6.4.3 Cooling air connections.....................................................................................................37
6.4.4 Mains connection ..............................................................................................................37
6.5 Supplementary modules/additional equipment ............................................................................38
6.5.1 Quick loading chute* .........................................................................................................38
6.5.2 Pressure ram* ...................................................................................................................39
6.5.3 Pressure ram* with a bore ................................................................................................39
6.5.4 Pneumatic loading chute* .................................................................................................40
6.5.5 Precision metering pump*.................................................................................................41
6.5.6 Sealing cover*...................................................................................................................41

7 TECHNICAL DATA...............................................................................43
7.1 Noise measurement .....................................................................................................................43

8 MOUNTING...........................................................................................45
8.1 Safety notes concerning mounting...............................................................................................45
8.2 Requirements to the place of mounting .......................................................................................46
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8.3 Mounting the measuring mixer to the Plastograph EC*...................................................................47
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8.3.1 Mounting of the mixer supporting fork* (additional equipment of the Plastograph EC*).47
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8.3.2 Mounting of the mixer support* (additional equipment of the Plastograph EC*) ............48
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8.3.3 Mounting the measuring mixer to the Plastograph EC*..................................................49
8.3.4 Electric connections ..........................................................................................................52
8.3.4.1 Safety devices, torque limitation.........................................................................52
8.3.4.2 Connection of stock and control temperature ....................................................53
8.3.4.3 CAN connection..................................................................................................55
8.3.5 Cooling air connections.....................................................................................................57
8.3.5.1 Gear cooling .......................................................................................................57
8.3.5.2 Cooling of the mixer bowl ...................................................................................58
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8.4 Mounting the measuring mixer to the Plasti-Corder Lab-Station*..............................................59
8.4.1 Mounting the supporting module with drawer* of the Universal Docking Station*................59
8.4.2 Mounting the measuring mixer to the Universal Docking Station*........................................60
8.4.3 Electric connections between the measuring mixer and the Universal Docking Station* 63
8.4.3.1 Safety devices, stock and control temperature ..................................................63
8.4.3.2 CAN connection..................................................................................................66
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8.4.4 Mounting and connection of the Universal Docking Station* to the Plasti-Corder Lab-
Station* .............................................................................................................................68

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8.4.5 Cooling air connections at the measuring mixer...............................................................70
8.4.5.1 Cooling of the gear unit ......................................................................................70
8.4.5.2 Cooling of the mixer bowl ...................................................................................71
8.5 Mounting the blades into the measuring mixer ............................................................................72
8.6 Mounting of loading devices* .......................................................................................................75
8.6.1 Quick loading chute* .........................................................................................................75
8.6.2 Pressure ram* ...................................................................................................................76
8.6.3 Pneumatic loading chute* .................................................................................................77

9 START-UP ............................................................................................79
9.1 Safety notes concerning start-up .................................................................................................79
9.2 Preparations, switching on ...........................................................................................................80
9.3 Functional check of the safety devices ........................................................................................81
9.3.1 Safety device and two-hand control device ......................................................................81
9.3.2 Emergency motor stop button at the drive unit* ...............................................................83
9.3.3 Emergency shut-off switch (isolator switch) at the drive unit * .........................................83
9.3.4 Emergency shut-off switch (isolator switch) at the Universal Docking Station* (only with
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Plasti-Corder Lab-Station*) .............................................................................................83

10 SETUP AND OPERATION....................................................................85


10.1 Target group.................................................................................................................................85
10.2 Daily work before start of operation .............................................................................................85
10.3 Running a measurement..............................................................................................................86
10.3.1 General remarks ...............................................................................................................86
10.3.2 Reference test...................................................................................................................88
10.3.3 Preparations prior to test start ..........................................................................................88
10.3.4 Measurement ....................................................................................................................90

11 CLEANING............................................................................................99
11.1 Safety notes concerning cleaning ................................................................................................99
11.2 Cleaning the measuring mixer after each test ...........................................................................101
11.2.1 Substitution in case of materials that tend to stick to the walls .........................................101
11.2.2 Cleaning the measuring mixer ........................................................................................106

12 EVALUATION OF THE TEST .............................................................111


12.1 Evaluation criteria.......................................................................................................................111
12.2 Accuracy and reproducibility ......................................................................................................112

13 MAINTENANCE ..................................................................................113
13.1 Safety notes concerning maintenance.......................................................................................113
13.2 Maintenance intervals ................................................................................................................113
13.3 Maintenance work ......................................................................................................................114
13.3.1 Abrasion check ...............................................................................................................114

14 TROUBLE-SHOOTING .......................................................................117
15 REPAIR...............................................................................................121

16 DISPOSAL ..........................................................................................123
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17 ACCESSORIES ..................................................................................125
17.1 Reordering instructions ..............................................................................................................125
17.2 List of accessories......................................................................................................................126

18 SPARE PARTS ...................................................................................127


18.1 Ordering instructions ..................................................................................................................127
18.2 Spare parts list ...........................................................................................................................128

19 SUPPLEMENTARY MODULES, ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT ............129


19.1 Ordering instructions ..................................................................................................................129
19.2 List of supplementary modules and additional equipment.........................................................130

20 ANNEX................................................................................................133
20.1 Electrical documents, wiring diagrams.......................................................................................133

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1 GENERAL INFORMATION

1 GENERAL INFORMATION
1.1 Use of the instruction manual
Read the manual thoroughly! • ®
Brabender instruments/software are developed/designed and built
according to the state-of-the-art and comply with the demand for
simple and safe handling. In order to become familiar with the
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applications and to use the Brabender instrument/software in an
optimum way, it is imperative to study this instruction manual very
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carefully before putting the Brabender instrument into operation.
Strictly observe instructions and • The instructions, safety instructions and precautions given in the
safety instructions! present instruction manual have to be observed strictly.
• This instruction manual was supplied together with the Brabender
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instrument/software and is intended for operation in practice. It is to


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make the operating personnel familiar with the Brabender
instrument/software and to inform them about details concerning
transport, storage, mounting, start-up, operation, maintenance,
trouble-shooting, and disposal.
• Maintenance and service instructions must be observed for reasons
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of effective operational safety and a long lifetime of the Brabender
instrument.

Keep and hand over • This instruction manual is, therefore, to be considered part of the
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together with the instrument! Brabender instrument/software and must be kept and handed over
together with the instrument/software.
Keep instruction manual • The operating personnel as well as the personnel in charge of
accessible at any time! maintenance and repair must always have free access to this
instruction manual.

1.2 Disclaimer of liability


• ®
Within the scope of legal regulations, Brabender GmbH & Co. KG
refuses any liability - for whatever legal argument - for direct or
indirect damage caused in connection with the delivery or use of the
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Brabender instrument/software. This is in particular true for - but not
limited to - improper use and/or improper operation and handling of
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the Brabender instrument/software.
In this context, Brabender explicitly excludes any warranty for wear
parts, in particular for those with product contact.
• ®
Under no circumstances, Brabender GmbH & Co. KG can be made
liable for any damage or injuries caused by non-observance of the safety
regulations included in the data sheets of the producer of substances to
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be tested or processed with the Brabender instrument. This is also valid
if a recommendation was made concerning the application of certain
substances and/or if the provision of test material (polymer) is part of the
scope of supply and service.
• The Brabender instrument is subject to modifications of color and
design as well as to technical modification without prior notice.

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1.3 Software
• ®
The Brabender software is developed with due care and is tested
internally - within the frame of general safety standards also for
computer virus. This does, however, not involve any warranty
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whatsoever that the data carriers provided by Brabender and/or
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data transmitted electronically by Brabender are virus free.
• It is within the exclusive responsibility of the user to test the
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Brabender software by means of state-of-the-art virus searching
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programs and to make sure that only Brabender software is applied
which has been duly tested for computer virus by the user and has
been found virus free.
• Any claims under material damage liability for functioning,
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faultlessness, and usability of Brabender software and/or for
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Brabender software being virus free are, therefore, excluded.
• Our liability for any other damage arisen by the use of the
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Brabender software is limited to intent or gross negligence. Any
further liability - for whatever legal argument, in particular for direct or
indirect consequential damage - is excluded.
• The software is subject to modification serving functional
improvement and technical progress without prior notice.
Due to continuous progress and development of the software, the
screen dumps included in the present instruction manual may slightly
differ from the software version supplied.

1.4 Scope of supply


• The scope of supply is given in the shipping documents.
• Any special tools required for mounting are listed in chapter 17
"Accessories". Apart from these, customary tools like screw-drivers,
etc. are required for mounting, cleaning, and maintenance.

1.5 Acquisition of components from external suppliers


• Brabender cannot guarantee that any components bought by the
carrier/user from external suppliers and incorporated into the system
without prior consultation of Brabender will be recognized correctly
by the Brabender software and will work properly within the system.

Brabender urgently recommends contacting the Brabender


Service dept. before installing such foreign components.

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2 CONTACT
Data to be stated in case of inquiries
All data on the name plate • ®
If there are any inquiries to Brabender - e.g. relating to handling of
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the Brabender instrument/software, ordering of spare parts,
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accessories, additional equipment or to sending back Brabender
instruments or instrument parts for maintenance or repair - all data
given on the name plate must be stated.

Concerning the name plate, please refer to chapter 6.2.1.


Inquiries concerning software: • ®
For questions concerning the Brabender software, the ident. no. of
state ident. no. and version no.! the software and the version no. must be stated.

Contact
• For any questions, further information, or in case of problems with
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the Brabender instrument/software, please do not hesitate to
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contact the Brabender customer service/service department.

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Contact Contact: Brabender GmbH & Co. KG
Kulturstraße 51 - 55
47055 Duisburg
Germany
Phone -49-203-7788-0
E-mail: service@brabender.com

North American Regions


Contact: C.W. Brabender Instruments, Inc.
50 East Wesley Street
South Hackensack, New Jersey 07606
USA
Phone 201-343-8425
E-mail: service@cwbrabender.com

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3 STYLISTIC FEATURES

3 STYLISTIC FEATURES
3.1 General stylistic features
The following stylistic features are used in the instruction manual:
* marks optional or additional equipment

1
marks instructions for actions to be taken in their serial order

[indented] marks individual steps of a preceding general


instruction
[indented] marks the consequences of a preceding action

[in safety messages] marks instructions for actions to be taken

• marks lists or (in instructions) alternatives


- [indented] marks subordinated lists

3.2 Mandatory signs


The following mandatory signs are used in the instruction manual:

General mandatory sign, additional information

Read the instructions before, cross reference

3.3 Hazard warning signs


The following hazard warning signs are used in the instruction manual:

General warning sign

Hot surface

Rotating parts - entanglement hazard! Keep hands, loose clothing,


and long hair away from moving parts

Entanglement - rotating parts

Danger machine starts automatically

Danger electricity, electric shock

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3.4 Design of safety messages


Signal word, signal color The safety messages given in the instruction manual are marked by a
hazard warning sign and a signal word.
The signal word and the associated signal color indicate the relative
degree of the hazard:

DANGER
Describes an imminently hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, will result in death or serious injury.

WARNING
Describes a potentially hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.

CAUTION
Describes a potentially hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, may result in minor or moderate injury.

NOTICE
Describes a situation which, if not avoided, may result in
property damage.

3.5 Definitions
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Plastograph EC In order to facilitate reading, the notion "Plastograph EC" stands for both
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= Plastograph EC/EC Plus "Plastograph EC" and "Plastograph EC Plus" in the following because
the steps for mounting the measuring mixer and operation of both
instruments are mostly identical.
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Plasti-Corder Lab-Station For the same reason, the notion "Plasti-Corder Lab-Station" stands for
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= Plasti-Corder Lab-Station/ both "Plasti-Corder Lab-Station" and "Plasti-Corder Lab-Station EC" in
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Plasti-Corder Lab-Station EC the following.

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4 SAFETY
4.1 Intended use
Intended use
• ®
The Brabender measuring mixer may only be used in non-hazardous
locations when having been completely assembled.
• ®
The Brabender measuring mixer may only be used for testing and
processing non-explosive, free-flowing materials.
• ®
The Brabender measuring mixer may only be used in combination
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with Brabender drive units* type Plastograph EC* or Plasti-Corder
Lab-Station* (year of mounting 2008 or later).
• ®
For operation with a Brabender Plasti-Corder Lab-Station* (year of
mounting 2008 or later), the Brabender measuring mixer must be
mounted onto a Brabender Universal Docking Station*.
• Brabender measuring instruments are high-precision instruments
with a highly sensitive measuring system. Always handle the
instrument with due care in order to avoid damage to the instrument
and to the measuring system.

Improper application
NEVER operate the instrument • ®
The Brabender measuring mixer must NEVER be used for testing of
with explosives! or in connection with explosives - explosion hazard!

Do not undertake any • ®


Unauthorized modifications of the Brabender measuring mixer may
unauthorized modifications! cause danger for the personnel or property damage and, moreover,
result in loss of guarantee and are, therefore, forbidden.

4.2 Target group


Mounting, modification, disposal
• Mounting, modification, and disposal of the Brabender measuring
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mixer may only be carried out by technically skilled personnel with the
corresponding qualification.
• Electric work is only allowed to be carried out by skilled electricians.

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Operation, cleaning, maintenance


• Routine operation, cleaning during routine operation, and maintenance
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of the Brabender measuring mixer may be carried out by unskilled
personnel.
• However, the personnel in charge of operation, cleaning, and maintenance
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of the Brabender measuring mixer must have been instructed by a
skilled person.
• The persons in charge of operation, cleaning, and maintenance of
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the Brabender measuring mixer must have the technical and
computer skills enabling them to carry out the work described in
chapters 10 "Set-up and operation", 11 "Cleaning", and 13
"Maintenance" safely and without any risk for themselves or others.

Repair
• ®
Repair work at the Brabender measuring mixer is only allowed to be
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executed by Brabender service technicians or by skilled personnel
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authorized for this work by Brabender .

4.3 Carrier duties


• ®
The carrier of the Brabender measuring mixer has to make sure that
mounting, operation, and maintenance of the instrument as well as
repair and disposal, if applicable, are carried out exclusively by the
personnel defined in chapter 4.2 "Target group".
• ®
The carrier of the Brabender measuring mixer has to furnish proof of
training of the personnel in charge of operation, cleaning, and
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maintenance of the Brabender measuring mixer.
• ®
Prior to instrument set-up, the carrier of the Brabender measuring
mixer has to make sure of the proper condition, assembly, and
mounting of the instrument according to the instructions given in
chapter 8 "Mounting".
• ®
The carrier of the Brabender measuring mixer has to make sure that
the operating personnel, prior to testing and processing any test
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material with the Brabender measuring mixer, read and understood
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the instruction manual of the Brabender measuring mixer as well as
the safety data sheets of the respective producer of the test material
and will observe them.
• The measures listed in the respective safety data sheets of the
producer of the test material for avoiding any possible danger when
handling the corresponding material must strictly be observed.

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4.4 Protective devices


4.4.1 Emergency motor stop button at the drive unit*
4.4.1.1 Position and function of the emergency motor stop button

• ®
The drive unit* of the measuring mixer (Plastograph EC* or Plasti-
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Corder Lab-Station*) is equipped with an emergency motor stop
button which immediately stops the drive motor upon actuation.
• The emergency motor stop button is located on the top surface of the
drive unit* above the control panel of the controller (see figs. below).

WARNING
The emergency motor stop button does NOT switch off the
heating/cooling system!
The measuring head still remains hot even after actuation of the
emergency motor stop button!
Strictly observe the safety messages concerning hot surfaces
in chapter 4.5.2!

WARNING
The emergency motor stop button helps to avoid potentially
hazardous situations.
Never bridge the emergency motor stop button!
Never lock the emergency motor stop button mechanically!
Always keep the emergency motor stop button visible and
easily accessible!

Emergency
motor stop
button

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Fig. 4-1: Emergency motor stop button at the Plastograph EC*

Emergency
motor stop
button

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Fig. 4-2: Emergency motor stop button at the Plasti-Corder Lab-Station*

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4.4.1.2 Procedure after actuation of the emergency motor stop button

WARNING
Risk of injury, risk of property damage!
Before restarting the system upon actuation of the emergency
motor stop button
Make sure that the cause for the actuation of the emergency
motor stop button has been eliminated.
Make sure that there is no risk for the personnel or for the
machine when restarting the system!

1
Pull up the emergency motor stop button.

2
Press the "Start" button at the temperature control and
display unit of the drive unit* in order to switch on the drive*
again.

The green LED at the "Start" key lights up.


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The Brabender measuring mixer immediately starts rotating
with the speed set last in the software ("Remote" mode) or at
the potentiometer ("Local" mode).

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4.4.2 Emergency shut-off switch (isolator switch) at the drive unit*


4.4.2.1 Position and function of the emergency shut-off switch
(isolator switch)

• ®
The drive unit* of the measuring mixer (Plastograph EC* or Plasti-
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Corder Lab-Station* in combination with a Universal Docking Station*)
is equipped with an emergency shut-off switch (isolator switch).
• Depending on the drive unit*, the position of the emergency shut-off
switch may vary.

See the corresponding separate instruction manual of the drive


unit* and, if applicable, of the Universal Docking Station*.

- Plastograph® EC*: on the left side ("terminal side")


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- Plasti-Corder Lab-Station*: on the rear side
- Universal Docking Station*: on the front side
• Turning the emergency shut-off switch of the drive unit* to position "0"
immediately cuts off power supply to the entire machine system.

Turning only the emergency shut-off of the Universal Docking


Station* to position "0" only cuts off power supply to the Universal
Docking Station* and to the measuring mixer mounted
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thereupon. The Plasti-Corder Lab-Station remains alive.

Position "I" Position "0" Fig. 4-3: Emergency shut-off


ON OFF switch (isolator switch)

WARNING
The measuring head still remains hot even after having switched
off heating/cooling by actuation of the emergency shut-off switch!
Danger of burning even after actuation of the emergency shut-off
switch!

Strictly observe the safety messages concerning hot surfaces


in chapter 4.5.2!

WARNING
The emergency shut-off switch helps to avoid potentially
hazardous situations.

Never bridge the emergency shut-off switch!


Never lock the emergency shut-off switch mechanically!
Always keep the emergency shut-off switch visible and
easily accessible!

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4.4.2.2 Procedure after actuation of the emergency shut-off switch

WARNING
Risk of injury, risk of property damage!
Before restarting the system upon actuation of the emergency
shut-off switch
Make sure that the cause for the actuation of the emergency
shut-off switch has been eliminated.
Make sure that the system cannot be started before having
reached full operating temperature.
Make sure that there is no risk for the personal or for the
machine when restarting the system!

1
Turn the emergency shut-off switch clockwise to position "I"
again.

2
Wait until the system has reached full operating temperature.

3
Press the "Start" button at the temperature control and
display unit of the drive unit* in order to switch on the drive* again.

The green LED at the "Start" key lights up.


®
The Brabender measuring mixer immediately starts rotating
with the speed set last in the software ("Remote" mode) or at
the potentiometer ("Local" mode).

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4.4.3 Safety device

• ®
The Brabender measuring mixer as such is equipped with a safety
device preventing unintentional operation of the system when the
measuring mixer is open or has been disassembled.
• This safety device triggers the control unit of the drive unit* via a
safety relay.

WARNING
Danger of most serious injury by the rotating mixer blades when the
measuring mixer is open or when the front plate has been
disassembled.
The safety device prevents operation of the instrument system
when the measuring mixer is open or has been disassembled.

Never bridge the safety device or put it out of function in any


other way!

• ®
On the right side of the Brabender measuring mixer (front view), the
mixer bowl and the front plate are connected via a safety shackle with
two proximity safety switches. Only if the measuring mixer has been
mounted completely and both contacts are closed, the drive unit* of
the measuring mixer can be started.
• As soon as one of the two contacts is interrupted by opening the safety
shackle or by disassembly of the front wall, the drive unit* is stopped
immediately by the inverter.
• In this case, the measuring mixer can only be started at crawling
speed by actuating the two-hand control device.

For the two-hand control device, please refer to chapter 4.4.4.

Safety shackle with


safety device

Socket "Safety
Device" for mixer
safety device at the
®
Plastograph EC

®
Fig. 4-4: Safety device at the Brabender measuring mixer

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4.4.4 Two-hand control device

• In some cases, emptying of the Brabender measuring mixer is only


feasible by drawing off the mixer bowl while the blades are still
rotating.
• However, as the safety device automatically stops the drive* when
the front plate of the measuring mixer is disassembled, the
®
Brabender measuring mixer is equipped with a two-hand control
device.
• The two-hand control device consists of two separate buttons in the
two mixer handles (see fig. below).
• The cables of the two buttons are connected to the two sockets "2
®
Hand Safety Device" (on the control side of the Plastograph EC* or,
®
in case of a Plasti-Corder Lab-Station* and a Universal Docking
Station*, at the terminal board and on top of the Universal Docking
Station*).

For connecting the two-hand control device, please refer to


chapter 6.4.1.2.
• By pressing simultaneously the two buttons in the mixer handles, the
-1
drive unit* runs at a crawling speed of approx. 10 min even if the
measuring mixer is open.

This facilitates disassembly of the mixer bowl for cleaning


after a test.

Sockets "2 Hand


Buttons of the Safety Device" for
two-hand control device two-hand control
device

®
Fig. 4-5: Two-hand control device at the Brabender measuring mixer

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4.4.5 Automatic instrument recognition and torque limitation

• The Brabender measuring mixer is equipped with an automatic


instrument recognition and a torque limitation. For this purpose, the
8-pole cable coming out on the left side from under the gear cover
hood must be connected to the socket "Torque limit key" in the left top
corner of the control side of the corresponding drive unit*.
• The drive unit* now recognizes automatically the measuring mixer
connected and the corresponding maximum admissible torque.
• When the maximum admissible torque is exceeded, the motor of the
drive unit* is switched off immediately.

Socket "Torque limit key" Socket


®
at the Plastograph EC* "Torque limit
key" at the
®
Plasti-Corder
Lab-Station*

Fig. 4-6

4.4.5.1 Procedure after stoppage of the drive motor by the


automatic torque limitation

WARNING
Risk of injury, risk of property damage!
Before restarting the system upon stoppage of the drive motor by
the automatic torque limitation
Make sure that the reason for motor stoppage has been
eliminated!
Make sure that the system cannot be started before having
reached full operating temperature.
Make sure that there is no risk for the personal or for the
machine when restarting the system!

1
If applicable, wait until the system has reached full operating
temperature again.

2
Press the "Start" button at the temperature control and
display unit of the drive unit* in order to switch on the drive* again.

The green LED at the "Start" key lights up.


®
The Brabender measuring mixer immediately starts
rotating with the speed set last in the software ("Remote"
mode) or at the potentiometer ("Local" mode).

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4.5 Residual dangers


4.5.1 Rotating blades - Danger of crushing

When the feed opening of the measuring mixer has not yet been or is no
longer closed by the loading chute* or by the pressure ram*, the rotating
mixer blades are no longer secured against access.
This may be the case, for example
• during start-up
• during material feeding with the with the pressure ram*
• after removal of the loading chute* for observing the mixing process
• during cleaning

WARNING
If the feed opening of the measuring mixer is open and the drive
unit* is running, the rotating blades are accessible.
Danger of most serious injury!

Press the "Stop" key at the temperature control and


display unit of the drive unit* before putting your hands (or
any tool) into the mixer!

Make sure by all means that the "Start" key at the


temperature control and display unit of the drive unit*
cannot be pressed by third persons!
Entanglement hazard!

NEVER work at the measuring mixer with open long hair or


with garments hanging down (tie, scarf, shawl or the like)!
Danger of injury, risk of property damage by unintentional starting
of the drive unit when several persons work simultaneously at the
open measuring mixer.

NEVER have two or more persons work simultaneously at


®
the Brabender measuring mixer!

Residual danger
at the feed opening

Fig. 4-7: Residual danger at the feed opening

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4.5.2 Hot surfaces - Danger of burning


Due to the high processing temperatures required for many materials
®
tested with the Brabender measuring mixer, the entire measuring mixer
including the gear cover hood may be very hot during operation.

WARNING
During start-up, operation, and during cleaning and maintenance
work, the surfaces of the Brabender measuring mixer, of the
loading chute* or pressure ram*, and of the gear cover hood may
reach temperatures of up to approx. 500°C.
Even after switching off of the system, these surfaces may still be
very hot for a long time.
Risk of severe burning!

Always wear suitable protective gloves when working at the


measuring mixer!

Always take care to keep a sufficient distance of unprotected


parts of your body to the hot mixer surfaces!

4.5.3 Danger by electricity

®
Current for the Brabender measuring mixer is supplied via the
drive unit*.
• Do not expose the mains cable and the mains plug to humidity!
• Connect the drive unit* to a properly installed mains socket with a
protective earth contact (PE) only!
• ®
Before connecting the Brabender drive unit* used with the
measuring mixer to the mains, make sure that the line voltage and
frequency match the data given on the name plate of the drive unit*!

See also the separate instruction manual of the


®
corresponding Brabender drive unit*!
• Always pull the mains cable at the plug, never pull it at the cable

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5 TRANSPORT AND STORAGE


5.1 Packing
Packing of the instrument, accessories, and additional equipment
• ®
Brabender instruments are packed properly and professionally into
wooden crates.

Small parts, accessories, and • Small parts and accessories are packed separately into cardboard
additional equipment may be boxes or bags contained in the crates.
packed in separate boxes or
• Additional equipment is packed either in the same crate as the
crates
instrument or in a separate crate, depending on the scope of the
order.

Shipping labels at the crate


• On the outside of the crate(s), there are the following labels which
must be observed by all means:

This side up!

Fragile, handle with care!

Keep dry!

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5.2 Unpacking

1 ®
Upon arrival of the Brabender instrument, the carrier of the
®
Brabender instrument must inspect the shipping crate for any
outside damage.

2
If any damage is detected, notify the transport carrier immediately.

Please also refer to chapter 5.4 "Checking for and


notification of damage".

3
Remove the cover of the crate(s).

4
NOTICE
Parts of the instrument may be damaged!
When removing the lateral walls of the crate, take
care of braces and supports within the crate as well as
of bolt connections at the bottom of the crate, etc.!

Carefully remove the lateral walls of the crate.

5 ®
Unpack the Brabender instrument with due care. Take particular
care for small parts or accessories within the packing material.

®
Leave cover hoods and protective films at the Brabender
instrument until mounting and commissioning, respectively.

6
Search the whole packing material very carefully.

Depending on the shipping way and on circumstances


®
which are beyond Brabender 's influence, parts of the
®
Brabender instrument may have loosened during
transport despite proper and professional packing and
may be hidden within the packing material.

7
Dispose the packing material in an ecologically friendly way in
compliance with the local regulations concerning disposal only
®
after the carrier of the Brabender instrument has found the
scope of supply to be complete.

For checking the scope of supply, please refer to chapter


5.3 "Checking the scope of supply".

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5.3 Checking the scope of supply

1 ®
The carrier of the Brabender instrument must compare the
scope of supply with the shipping documents near in time to
®
arrival of the Brabender instrument at the place of destination.

2 ®
If there is any discrepancy, notify Brabender GmbH & Co. KG
®
or in North America, C.W. Brabender Instruments, Inc.
immediately in writing.

®
Any claims of the carrier of the Brabender instrument
for subsequent supply free of charge shall be excluded
®
if the carrier of the Brabender instrument neglects to
state completeness of the scope of supply or states
incompleteness late.

5.4 Checking for and notification of damage

1 ®
Upon arrival of the Brabender instrument, inspect the shipping
crate(s) for outside damage.

2
Immediately upon unpacking and checking of the scope of supply,
®
check the Brabender instrument as such for any signs of damage.

3
In case of damage, In case of damage, notify the transport carrier immediately.
notify immediately:
4
• the transport carrier Immediately send a copy of the notification of shipment damage,
®
• ®
Brabender GmbH & Co. KG stating also place and time of damage detection to Brabender
®
or in North America GmbH & Co. KG or in North America, C.W. Brabender
® Instruments, Inc.
C.W. Brabender Instruments, Inc.

If, in the order, the risks of carriage were agreed to be


taken by the buyer or by the receiver, the buyer or the
receiver has to observe the regulations of the
insurance policy.

If necessary, the average adjuster appointed by the


opposing partner of the rightful claimant must be given
the opportunity to inspect the shipment/the
®
Brabender instrument.

WARNING
Risk of injury, risk of property damage by a defective instrument!
Never mount or use a defective instrument!

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5.5 Transport

1
Move the unpacked instrument very carefully to the intended
mounting place.

2
NOTICE
The instrument or parts of it may be damaged by a hard
touchdown!

Avoid hard touchdowns! Put down the instrument with utmost care!

5.6 Storage

NOTICE
Risk of property damage!
Residual product, in particular residues of aggressive products
like e.g. ceramics, distilled water, etc. may cause wear such as
abrasion and/or corrosion up to pitting within very short time.
Likewise, storage in humid or aggressive environment may cause
corrosion and, in extreme cases, pitting corrosion.

Thoroughly clean and dry all machine parts before storage, in


particular those with product contact. Particular care must be
taken for clean and dry edges, angles, and grooves.
Prior to storage, disassemble all parts with product contact
and thoroughly clean and dry them.
Apply a thin (!) film of machine oil (multi-purpose oil) on all
parts with product contact.
Individual parts must be packed individually in protective nets.
®
Store the Brabender instrument and all parts thereof in dry
rooms only.
®
Put the Brabender instrument on a support which is at least
200 mm high in order to protect the instrument from ground
humidity.
Arrange storage areas so that moisture can escape and
periodical inspections are possible.
Extreme temperature variations or long exposure to direct sun may
cause damage to the instrument or machine.
®
Do not expose the Brabender instrument or parts thereof to
extreme temperature variations or direct sun.

For details concerning the admissible limit values of ambient


temperature and humidity, please refer to chapter 7 "Technical data".

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6 COMPONENTS AND FUNCTIONAL FEATURES


6.1 General description, definitions
• ®
The Brabender measuring mixer 50 EHT is a measuring head
®
heated electrically and driven by a Brabender Plastograph EC* or
 ®
a Brabender Plasti-Corder Lab-Station*.
• ®
For operation with a Brabender Plastograph EC*, the measuring
®
mixer must be mounted and connected to the Plastograph EC*.

®
For operation with the Brabender Plasti-Corder Lab-Station*,
the measuring mixer must be mounted and connected to the
Brabender Universal Docking Station* (or to any other Brabender
®
docking station* suited for operation with the Plasti-Corder Lab-
Station*) and the Universal Docking Station* must be mounted to the
®
Plasti-Corder Lab-Station*.

For mounting the measuring mixer to the Brabender


Universal Docking Station*, please refer to the separate
instruction manual of the Universal Docking Station*.
• ®
The scope of supply of the Brabender measuring mixer 50 EHT
comprises:
- control thermocouples for mixer temperature control
- a stock temperature thermocouple for recording the stock
temperature in the measuring mixer
• The following components need to be ordered separately:
- mixer blades*
- drive unit*
- additionally for the Plasti-Corder® Lab-Station*: a Universal Docking
Station*
- computer* and peripheral units* (the configuration software
CANfig and the measuring and evaluation software WinMix for all
®
current Windows versions are included in the scope of supply of
the drive unit*)
- further software programs* (e.g. WinMix data correlation program)
- further supplementary modules, e.g. loading chutes*, sealing cover*

®
Definition of "front side" The side of the Brabender measuring mixer with the front wall is
referred to as "front side" in the following.

Definition of "rear side" The side opposite to the front side with the coupling for the drive
unit* is referred to as "rear side" in the following.

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6.2 Product labels


6.2.1 Name plate
®
The name plate of the Brabender measuring mixer contains the following
information:

Manufacturer's name
and address

Instrument name Serial number


ID no. Year of mounting
Admissible mains frequency Rated power
Admissible voltage Rated current
Electric drawing no.

Fig. 6-1: Name plate (example)

6.2.2 Further product labels

Signification: Proof of instrument check in the


®
Brabender workshop

Signification: Proof of instrument check in the


®
Brabender workshop

Position: [etched]
On top of the mixer bowl and
on the gear cover hood of the
®
Brabender measuring mixer
Signification: Risk of injury at the rotating mixer
blades

Position: [etched]
On top of the mixer bowl and
on the gear cover hood of the
®
Brabender measuring mixer
Signification: Danger of burning at the hot
surfaces
®
of the Brabender measuring mixer

Signification: Read instruction manual before


®
starting the Brabender instrument!

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6.3 General description


6.3.1 Description of the main mixer components
®
The Brabender measuring mixer consists of the following main components:
• mixer backstand with gear unit and mixer rear wall
• detachable mixer front wall
• detachable mixer bowl
• mixer blades*

Cooling air connection for gear Mixer backstand with gear unit
cooling (continuous cooling only)
Safety shackle
Bayonet nipple for control thermocouple
Mixer rear wall
Rear wall heating
Mixer blades*

Bayonet nipple for control thermocouple


Two-hand control device
Bowl heating
Mixer bowl
Cooling air connection for mixer
Stock temperature
(continuous air supply or via a solenoid
thermocouple
valve* controlled by a temperature
controller Receptacle for safety shackle
Front wall
Front wall heating

Bayonet nipple for control thermocouple


®
Fig. 6-2: Main components of the Brabender measuring mixer

6.3.2 Measuring principle

• ®
The Brabender measuring mixer is connected via a spiral tooth gear
® ® ®
clutch to a Brabender Plasti-Corder * Lab-Station* or to a Plastograph
EC* serving as a drive unit for the mixer blades.
• The measuring principle is based on making visible the resistance
which the sample material in the mixer bowl opposes to the rotating
blades, the corresponding torque moving a pendulum dynamometer
out of its zero position.
• In compliance with the existing standards and test specifications, a
®
typical "Plastogramm " (torque and stock temperature versus time) is
recorded for each sample material. This diagram shows the
relationship between torque (viscosity) and temperature/time in
consideration of structural changes of the material.
• The measuring data are displayed during the running test on the
monitor* of the computer* and can be stored and printed on a
connected printer*.

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6.3.3 Mixer blades*

• The mixer blades* made of corrosion-proof and wear-resistant steel


are fixed through a bayonet locking and held by thrust bearings.
• Different blades can be mounted at choice for handling a great
variety of materials:
- Roller blades*
- Cam blades*
- Banbury blades*
- Sigma blades*
- MB blades*

Fig. 6-3: Mixer blades*, arranged in pairs, from the left to the right
MB, Banbury, sigma, cam, and roller blades*

6.3.4 Heating/cooling of the measuring mixer

• Heating/cooling of the measuring mixers is done electrically with air


cooling.
• The temperature of the individual mixer zones is measured by
separate control thermocouples and displayed and controlled by self-
optimizing electronic temperature controllers*.
• Cooling is done by controlled cooling air supply through cooling air
solenoid valves*.

The cooling air solenoid valves* are integrated in the


®
Plastograph EC*/EC Plus* and in the Universal Docking
Station*.
• The stock temperature is recorded by a thermocouple screwed from
the bottom into the mixer bowl.

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6.4 Connections
6.4.1 Electric connections of the safety devices
6.4.1.1 Socket "Safety Device" for the safety device

Depending on the drive unit* used, the cable of the safety device of the
measuring mixer is connected as follows (see figs. below):
• ®
Plastograph EC*: Socket "Safety Device" (control side of
®
the Plastograph EC*)

• ®
Plasti-Corder Lab-Station*: Socket "Safety Device" (on top of the
docking station*)

The position of the socket "Safety Device" at the respective drive


unit* is also described in the separate instruction manual of the
drive unit*.

The measuring mixer can only be operated if the cable of the


safety device is connected properly to the corresponding socket.

Socket Socket
"Safety Device" "Safety Device"

Fig. 6-4: Socket "Safety Device" Fig. 6-5: Socket "Safety Device"
®
at the Plastograph EC* at the docking station*
(here: Universal Docking Station*)

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6.4.1.2 Connection of the two-hand control device


Depending on the drive unit*, the two cables of the two-hand control
device from the lateral handles of the measuring mixer are connected as
follows.

Operation of the measuring mixer is only permissible with the


two-hand control device being connected properly.

• ®
Plastograph EC*: Sockets "2 Hand Safety Device"
®
(control side of the Plastograph EC*)

Sockets "2 Hand Safety Device"

Fig. 6-6

• ®
Plasti-Corder Lab-Station*:
- Cable from the right
mixer handle: Socket "2 Hand Safety Device" on top
of the docking station*

Socket for right mixer handle

Fig. 6-7

- Cable from the left mixer


handle: Socket "2 Hand Safety Device" on the
right top of the terminal board of the
docking station* (see fig. below,
example: Universal Docking Station*)

Socket for left mixer handle


(left: Universal Docking Station*
up to year of mounting 2014
(ID no. ≤ 6 70 237.001
right: Universal Docking Station*
year of mounting 2014 or later
(ID no. 6 70 237.002 and further)
Fig. 6-8

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6.4.2 Heating/cooling connections


The heating/cooling connections are located on the left side of the
measuring mixer (front view).
Bayonet nipple for
control thermocouple
of the mixer bowl
Bayonet nipple for control (zone no. 2)
thermocouple of the rear wall
(zone no. 3)
Bayonet nipple for
control thermocouple
of the front wall
(zone no. 1)

Heater cables

Fig. 6-9: Connections for control thermocouples and heating

6.4.3 Cooling air connections

The cooling air connections are positioned on the underside of the


measuring mixer and on the left side of the gear cover hood (front view,
see fig. below).

Air supply connection for mixer bowl


(continuous air supply or via a
solenoid valve*)

Cooling air outlets

Cooling air connection for gear


cooling
Stock
temperature
thermocouple

Fig. 6-10: Cooling air connections at the measuring mixer 50 EHT

6.4.4 Mains connection

Power to the Brabender measuring mixer is supplied through the heater


®
cables from the drive unit* Plastograph EC* or from the docking station*.

®
Before connecting the Brabender measuring mixer to the drive
unit*, make sure that the drive unit* is connected properly to the
mains as described in the separate instruction manual of the
drive unit*.

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6.5 Supplementary modules/additional equipment


®
Brabender provides many supplementary modules and additional
equipment for the measuring mixer 50 EHT, some of which will be
presented in the following.

The supplementary modules and additional equipment are not


comprised in the scope of supply of the measuring mixer and
need to be ordered separately.

Chapter 19 "Supplementary modules, additional equipment"


contains a list of the available supplementary modules and
additional equipment together with the corresponding ident nos.

6.5.1 Quick loading chute*

Loading weight*

Quick loading chute*

Feed opening of the


®
Brabender measuring mixer

Fig. 6-11: Quick loading chute* with loading weight*, mounted on a


®
Brabender measuring mixer 50 EHT

• The quick loading chute* facilitates and accelerates feeding of


®
powdery substances into the Brabender measuring mixer.

Certain tests, e.g. the determination of the fusion time of


rigid PVC dry blends, can only be executed with the help of
a quick or pneumatic loading chute*.
• The quick loading chute* is made of corrosion-proof steel. The individual
components of the quick loading chute* are screwed and pinned together.
• The quick loading chute* is mounted and fixed on the measuring
mixer only just before the material is fed into the measuring mixer.

For mounting the quick loading chute*, please refer to


chapter 8.6 "Mounting of loading devices".
• The sample material is fed from the top into the loading chute* while
the mixer blades are running.
• The plunger is put onto the loading chute* immediately afterwards,
charged with the loading weight*, and pressed down evenly and as
quickly as possible in order to feed the sample quickly and evenly
into the measuring mixer.

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6.5.2 Pressure ram*

Loading weight*

Pressure ram*

Fig. 6-12: Pressure ram* with loading weight*, mounted on a


®
Brabender measuring mixer 50 EHT

• The pressure ram* facilitates and accelerates feeding of non-


powdery substances into the Brabender measuring mixer. It also
serves for feeding materials which e.g. become gluey already at low
temperatures or are compressed that strongly already under low
pressures that they cannot be pressed into the mixer by means of
the quick or pneumatic loading chute*.
• For fixing the pressure ram*, a supporting block is screwed on top of
the rear wall of the Brabender measuring mixer. The pressure ram*
with the handle is fixed in this supporting block so that it can be tilted
open towards the top.
• For feeding the sample into the measuring mixer, the pressure ram*
is tilted open towards the top so that the feed opening of the
measuring mixer is opened.
• The sample material is fed into the feed opening of the measuring
mixer while the blades are running.
• The pressure ram is pressed down immediately afterwards in order
to press the sample material down into the mixer.
• As soon as the sample material has been filled completely into the
measuring mixer, the loading weight* is put onto the pressure ram*
so as to firmly close the feed opening of the measuring mixer and
prevent the sample material from rising out of the mixer bowl.

6.5.3 Pressure ram* with a bore

• The pressure ram* with a bore is used for absorption tests.


• The pressure ram* with a bore can be connected to an automatic
buret* or to a precision metering pump* in order to add a liquid
through the bore into the mixer bowl.

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6.5.4 Pneumatic loading chute*

Pneumatic cylinder

Piston

Manometer
Keys of the two-hand
control device

Feed hopper

Loading chute

Fig. 6-13: Pneumatic loading chute*, mounted on a measuring mixer


50 EHT

For details concerning mounting and operation of the pneumatic


loading chute*, please refer to the separate instruction manual
of the pneumatic loading chute*.
• The pneumatic loading chute* permits quick and well-defined feeding
®
of pourable substances into the Brabender measuring mixer.

Certain tests, e.g. the determination of the fusion time of


rigid PVC dry blends, can only be executed with the help of
a quick or pneumatic loading chute*.
• On top of the pressure ram, there is a pneumatic cylinder, the piston
of which is pressurized with compressed air.
• At the pneumatic cylinder, there is a manometer for monitoring the
closing pressure, a pressure reducing valve for changing the
pressure, and two throttle valves for changing the lifting and lowering
speed of the piston.
• The loading chute is equipped with a feed hopper.
• Before a test is started, the required air pressure is set at the
pressure reducing valve.
• While the blades are running, the sample is filled in through the feed
hopper, and the piston is lowered immediately by actuating the two
hand safety switch.
• When the sample material has plasticized, the loading chute usually
is lifted.

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6.5.5 Precision metering pump*

• An automatic precision metering pump* is available for feeding


liquids into the measuring mixer.
• The dosing rate can be adjusted.

6.5.6 Sealing cover*

• The sealing cover* permits to run tests under inert gas in the
®
Brabender measuring mixer.
• Moreover, gas or vapors accumulating in the mixer bowl during the
test can be discharged through the valves in the sealing cover*.
• The sealing cover* is made of corrosion-proof steel.
• It is equipped with two valves for the connection of flexible tubes.
• The underside of the sealing cover* has a strong PTFE sealing.

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7 TECHNICAL DATA

7 TECHNICAL DATA

W 50 EHT N 50 EHT B 50 EHT S 50 EHT MB 50 EHT

Type of mixer blades* Roller Cam blades* Banbury Sigma MB blades*


blades* blades* blades*
Bowl volume approx. 55 cm³ approx. 80 cm³ approx. 70 cm³ approx. 85 cm³ approx. 53 cm³
Sample weight 40 - 70 g 40 - 80 g 40 - 70 g 40 - 70 g 40 - 70 g
(dep. on specific weight and
bulk density of the sample)
Speed ratio 2:3 2:3 2:3 2:3 3:2
driven : idle blade

Max. torque 200 Nm 200 Nm 200 Nm 50 Nm 200 Nm


Max. operating temperature 500°C
Current supply 240 V + PE,
50/60 Hz,
16.2 A

Heating capacity 3.88 kW

Dimensions (W * H * D) 550 * 200 * 450 mm

Weight (net) approx. 17 kg

Environmental conditions

• Storage:
Temperature - 25°C - + 55°C
relative humidity 5 - 95 %
• Operation:
Temperature + 5°C - + 45°C
relative humidity 5 - 95 %

7.1 Noise measurement


Noise measurement was made under normal operating conditions within
®
the speed range of the Brabender measuring mixer at a distance of
approximately 1 m and at a height of approximately 1.6 m.
The equivalent continuous sound pressure level measured is
Leq < 70 dB(A)

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8.1 Safety notes concerning mounting

WARNING
Risk of injury, risk of property damage!
Danger of serious injuries and entanglement hazard by mixer
blades suddenly starting when mounting the mixer when the drive
unit* is on!
Danger of damage to or destruction of the blades when these
suddenly start during mounting.

Always pull the mains plug of the drive unit* before mounting
the measuring mixer to the drive unit*!

CAUTION
Danger of injury, risk of property damage!
Improper mounting of the instrument involves the danger of injury
for the personnel and the risk of damage to the instrument.
®
All mounting work at the Brabender measuring mixer may
only be carried out with due care by technically skilled
personnel!

For a definition of the target group for mounting and the required
skills, please refer to chapter 4.2.

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8.2 Requirements to the place of mounting

1 ®
Mount the Brabender instrument in a closed room where it is
protected from weather factors.

2 ®
Do not mount the Brabender instrument in the vicinity of heat
sources (heating, presses, etc.).

3
The intended base for mounting the instrument must be
• even and plane
• clean
• strong enough to carry the instrument

4 ®
Make sure that the Brabender instrument is protected against
vibration (take care that the instrument is stable!).

5
The connection and adaptation points for power supply to the
instrument must be as near as possible to the mounting place of
the instrument.

The Brabender measuring mixers are connected as


® ®
measuring heads to a Brabender Plasti-Corder Lab-
®
Station* or to a Brabender Plastograph EC*.
The heating energy required is provided by the
temperature control unit of the drive unit*.

6
Supply data Requirements:
• Electric energy: 240 V + PE, 50/60 Hz, 16.2 A
no separate mains connection of
the measuring mixer required,
®
power supply via the Plastograph
EC* or (in case of operation with a
®
Plasti-Corder Lab-Station*) via the
Universal Docking Station*
• Compressed air: 0.5 - 1.5 bars, max. 2 bars
(mixer and gear cooling)

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8.3 Mounting the measuring mixer to the Plastograph® EC*


8.3.1 Mounting of the mixer supporting fork* (additional equipment
®
of the Plastograph EC*)

The mixer supporting fork* (additional equipment of the


®
Plastograph EC*, ident no. 4 56 195) serves for safe deposition
of the mixer front plate and of the mixer bowl.

The mixer supporting fork* is not mounted if the mixer support*


®
(additional equipment of the Plastograph EC*, ident no. 6 19
150) is to be mounted (see 8.3.2).

1
Unscrew the two hexagon nuts M10 of the stud bolts on the
®
underside of the mounting surface of the Plastograph EC and
remove them together with the washers.

Hexagon nuts M10


for fixing the mixer supporting Bild neu
fork*

Fig. 8-1

2
Mount the mixer supporting fork from below onto the stud bolts
and screw them with the two hexagon nuts M10 and the
washers from below to the underside of the mounting surface.

Hexagon nuts M10


for fixing the mixer supporting
fork*

Fig. 8-2

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8.3.2 Mounting of the mixer support* (additional equipment of the


®
Plastograph EC*)

®
The mixer support* (additional equipment of the Plastograph
EC*, ident no. 6 19 150) serves for safe deposition of the mixer front
plate and of the mixer bowl.
In contrast to the mixer supporting fork*, the mixer support* is
equipped with a drawer into which the sample material can be
emptied from the mixer bowl after the test.

1
If screwed in, unscrew the four M5 Allen screws on the
®
underside of the Plastograph EC* mounting surface.

M5 Allen screws for fixing the


mixer support*

Fig. 8-3

2
Fix the mixer support* with the four Allen screws to the underside
®
of the Plastograph EC* mounting surface.

The nut of the left stud bolt must fit into the recess of
the mixer support* (see fig. below, green arrow).

Mixer support*

Allen screws
for fixing the mixer support* Fig. 8-4

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®
8.3.3 Mounting the measuring mixer to the Plastograph EC*

WARNING
Risk of injury, risk of property damage!
Entanglement hazard by mixer blades suddenly starting when
mounting the mixer when the drive unit* is on!
Danger of damage to or destruction of the blades when these
suddenly start during mounting.
Danger of burning and danger of damage to the heaters due to
uncontrolled heating of the measuring mixer when mounting the
measuring mixer without the drive unit* having been switched off.
®
Always switch off the isolator switch of the Plastograph
EC* prior to mounting the measuring mixer!

Never mount the measuring mixer when the drive unit* is on!

1 ®
Remove all cover hoods from the Brabender measuring mixer.

2 ®
Make sure that the Plastograph EC* is leveled exactly horizontally.

3 ®
Make sure that the mounting surface of the Plastograph EC* is
perfectly clean.

4
If the cover hood was put onto the motor shaft of the
®
Plastograph EC*, remove the cover hood.

When the Brabender measuring mixer is supplied, the stock


temperature thermocouple usually has been mounted in factory.
In this case, continue with step no. 7.
If the stock temperature thermocouple has not yet been
mounted, continue with step no. 5.

5
If the stock temperature thermocouple has not yet been
mounted, screw it from below into the threaded bore on the
underside of the mixer bowl.

Stock temperature thermocouple


mounted into the mixer bowl
(view from the bottom onto the
measuring mixer)

Fig. 8-5

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6
Check the position of the tip of the melt temperature
thermocouple within the mixer bowl: The melt temperature
thermocouple should reach approx. 1.0 to 1.5 mm into the mixer
bowl (see fig. below).

Maintain this position in order to obtain reproducible


temperature data.

Fig. 8-6

7
Open the knurled nuts on the two stud bolts on the mounting
®
surface of the Plastograph EC* by turning them counter-
clockwise until they are in line with the top surface of the stud
bolts.

8
Push the coupling sleeve* (accessory of the drive unit*) onto the
®
clutch of the Plastograph EC*.

Coupling sleeve

Fig. 8-7

CAUTION
The measuring mixer may overturn!
Danger of injury, danger of damage to the measuring mixer when the
measuring mixer overturns or falls down.

Secure the measuring mixer with your hands as long as it


®
has not yet been fixed tightly to the Plastograph EC*!

9
Put the measuring mixer onto the mounting surface of the
®
Plastograph EC* so that the clutch halves of the measuring
®
mixer and of the Plastograph EC* are axially in line.

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10 ®
Push the measuring mixer against the Plastograph EC* up to the
limit stop.

The stud bolts on the mounting surface of the


®
Plastograph EC* must fit into the recesses of the two
mixer feet and the coupling sleeve* must completely
embrace the clutch of the measuring mixer.

If necessary, slightly turn the clutch of the measuring


mixer* manually until it fits into the coupling sleeve.

Fig. 8-8

11
Tighten the knurled nuts on the stud bolts by hand.

12
Firmly tighten the knurled nuts on the stud bolts using the cam
®
wrench from the accessory kit of the Plastograph EC*.

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8.3.4 Electric connections


8.3.4.1 Safety devices, torque limitation

1
Connect the cable of the safety device of the measuring mixer
with the socket "Safety Device" on the control side of the
®
Plastograph EC* (see fig. below).

See point marks on plug and socket!

Socket
"Safety Device"

Fig. 8-9

2
Connect the cables of the two-hand control device from the mixer
handles to the sockets "2 Hand Safety Device" on the control side
®
of the Plastograph EC* and tighten the connector coupling
rings by turning them clockwise (see fig. below).
Sockets
"2 Hand Safety Device"

Fig. 8-10

3
Connect the 8-pole cable of the torque limitation coming out on
the left side under the gear cover hood to the socket "Torque
®
limit key" in the left top corner of the control side of Plastograph
EC* (see fig. below).
Socket
"Torque limit key"

Connection cable
of the torque limitation

Fig. 8-11

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8.3.4.2 Connection of stock and control temperature

CAUTION
Danger of burning, danger of damage to the heaters due to
uncontrolled heating of the measuring mixer when connecting the
control thermocouples without the drive unit* having been switched off.
®
Make sure that the Plastograph EC* has been switched off
before connecting the control thermocouples!

1
Connect the cable of the melt temperature thermocouple to the
socket "Stock Temperature" no. 1 at the terminal board of the
® ® ®
Brabender Plastograph EC* (see Fig. 8-12 for Plastograph
®
EC Plus* and Fig. 8-13 for Plastograph EC*).
Socket Socket
"Stock Temperature" "Stock Temperature"
no. 1 no. 1

® ®
Fig. 8-12: Terminal board of the Plastograph EC Plus* Fig. 8-13: Terminal board of the Plastograph EC*

2
Mount the control thermocouples into the corresponding bayonet
nipples of the measuring mixer and lock them by pressing the
bayonet lock down and, at the same time, turning it clockwise.

The spring of the control thermocouple must have a


slight tension when locked.
Bayonet nipple for
control thermocouple
Bayonet nipple for control of mixer bowl
thermocouple of rear wall (zone no. 2)
(zone no. 3)
Bayonet nipple for
control thermocouple
of front plate
(zone no. 1)

Fig. 8-14

NOTICE
Danger of damage to the heaters due to control thermocouples
mounted wrongly or not at all!

Make sure for correct allocation of the control thermocouples to


the serial order of heating zones:
Zone no. 1 (front plate) to controller no. 1
Zone no. 2 (mixer bowl) to controller no. 2
Zone no. 3 (rear wall) to controller no. 3

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3
Connect the cables of the control thermocouples according to
their zone number to the corresponding rectangular sockets
®
"Control Temperature" at the terminal board of the Plastograph
®
EC* (see Fig. 8-15 for Plastograph EC Plus* and Fig. 8-16 for
®
Plastograph EC*).

4
Plug any free "Stock Temperature" and "Control Temperature"
sockets with short-circuit plugs.

5
Make sure that all control thermocouples have been mounted
and connected properly.

6
Connect the cables of the three heater zones of the measuring
mixer to the corresponding round sockets "Control Temperature"
®
no. 1 - 3 at the terminal board of the Plastograph EC* according
to their zone number (see Fig. 8-15 and Fig. 8-16).

Socket CAN-OUT Socket CAN-OUT

Sockets for control Sockets for control


thermocouples and thermocouples and
heater cables heater cables
zones no. 1 - 3 zones no. 1 - 3
® ®
Fig. 8-15: Terminal board of the Plastograph EC Plus* Fig. 8-16: Terminal board of the Plastograph EC*

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8.3.4.3 CAN connection

NOTICE
Risk of property damage!
Live connection or disconnection of CAN bus cables may cause
short-circuit and, as a consequence, cause damage or destruction of
modules in the CAN instrument.

Before connecting the CAN bus cable, make sure that the CAN-
bus cable and the plug are in an operationally safe condition
(visual check)!

Before connecting or disconnecting the CAN bus cable, make


sure that the isolator switch of all instruments is in position "0"
(OFF).

The following always applies to the connection of CAN modules:


• The PC (if any) is always the 1. module of the CAN system.
• On the last CAN module of the system, the terminal resistor
must be plugged into the CAN-OUT socket.
• The terminal resistor must be plugged into the second
terminal of the PC CAN card.

If, instead of the PC, a Laptop or a Mini-PC is used (only with


software version 4.x and further), into which the standard PC
CAN card IXXAT) does not fit, a USB-to-CAN interface with an
additional gender changer must be used. In this case, the
terminal resistor must be plugged onto the USB interface (see
fig. below).

When connecting a USB interface to a normal PC, always


connect the USB interface to a USB port on the rear side of
the PC because data transmission from the rear side ports is
usually better than from the front side USB ports of the PC, if any.

Laptop*

CAN cable USB cable

Gender changer*
(ID no. 2 16 027)
Terminal resistor CAN cable
(ID no. 2 22 131) Fig. 8-17
USB-to-CAN interface*
(ID no. 2 41 907.002) ®
Concerning the CAN connection of the Plastograph EC* to the
PC*, please refer to the separate instruction manual of the
®
Plastograph EC*.

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1
Connect the PC* via the CAN connection cable to the socket
"CAN-IN" of the drive unit*.

2 ®
CAN-OUT socket at the Plastograph EC* (see Fig. 8-15 and
Fig. 8-16):
• ®
If the Plastograph EC* is the last CAN module of the
system (this is the standard case with measuring mixers):
Plug the terminal resistor onto the CAN-OUT socket.

• In case of subsequent CAN modules (e.g. measuring mixer


with conductivity measuring device*):
Plug the CAN connection cable onto the CAN-OUT
®
socket of the Plastograph EC*.
Connect the other side of the CAN connection cable to
the CAN-IN socket of the subsequent CAN module.

The following figures show various system configurations.

Connection of CAN modules:

Fig. 8-18: Measuring mixer without subsequent CAN module*

Fig. 8-19: Measuring mixer with CAN conductivity meter*

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8.3.5 Cooling air connections

In order to allow for both gear cooling and cooling of the mixer
bowl, you either need two separate cooling air outlets from your
cooling air circuit or a single outlet with a Y-piece.

Cooling air pressure: 0.5 - 1.5 bars, max. 2 bars


Usually, a cooling air pressure of 0.5 bar suffices for gear and
mixer cooling. If strong cooling is required, the air pressure may
be increased for a short time which, however, increases the
noise level.
Max. admissible air pressure: 2 bars

8.3.5.1 Gear cooling

NOTICE
Risk of property damage!
Danger of damage to the gear unit by elevated temperatures!

In case of mixer temperatures of more that approx. 200°C the


gear unit must be cooled!

1
Use a suitable hose to connect cooling air from the compressed
air net (approx. 0.5 bar) to the cooling air connection on the left
side of the gear unit of the mixer* (see fig. below).

2
Secure hose connections with hose clamps.

Cooling air connection


to the mixer gear

Fig. 8-20

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8.3.5.2 Cooling of the mixer bowl

For mixer tests, the measuring mixer must be kept at a constant


temperature. For this purpose, cooling air (controlled by the
®
solenoid valve unit of the Plastograph EC*) can be supplied to
the mixer.

1
Connect cooling air for bowl For cooling the mixer bowl, connect the Y-piece of the
cooling to "Air cooling" no. 2 measuring mixer via a suitable hose to the cooling air flange "Air
®
cooling" no. 2 at the terminal board of the Plastograph EC*.

The mixer bowl of the measuring mixer is zone no. 2.

Air Cooling IN

Y-piece for mixer bowl cooling Air Cooling no. 2

Fig. 8-21

2
Connect the flange "Air cooling - IN" at the terminal board of the
®
Plastograph EC* to the cooling air net.

3
Secure all hose connections with hose clamps.

4 ®
Switch on the Plastograph EC* (isolator switch to position "I").
The machine system is now ready for operation.

®
Before taking the Brabender measuring mixer into operation,
®
make yourself familiar with the functions of the Plastograph EC*
and with the functions and menus of the corresponding measuring
program using the corresponding separate instruction manual!

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8.4 Mounting the measuring mixer to the Plasti-Corder®


Lab-Station*
8.4.1 Mounting the supporting module with drawer* of the Universal
Docking Station*

1 If the supporting module with drawer* of the Universal Docking


Station* has not yet been mounted (e.g. after operation of the
Universal Docking Station* with a measuring extruder*), mount it
as follows.
Lift off the cover plate between the front side and the
terminal side of the Universal Docking Station*.

Cover plate

Fig. 8-22

Suspend the supporting module with drawer* on the two


screws on top of the front side of the Universal Docking
Station* and press it vertically downwards until the surface
is aligned with the mounting surface of the Universal
Docking Station*.

Supporting module
with drawer*

Suspension screws for the


supporting module with drawer* Fig. 8-23

2 Make sure that the mounting surface of the Universal Docking


Station* is clean and free from any tools or residues.

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8.4.2 Mounting the measuring mixer to the Universal Docking Station*

WARNING
Risk of injury, risk of property damage!
Entanglement hazard by mixer blades suddenly starting when
mounting the measuring mixer to the Universal Docking Station* when
®
this has already been connected to the Plasti-Corder Lab-Station*!
Danger of damage to or destruction of the mixer blades* when
these suddenly start during mounting.
Danger of burning and danger of damage to the heaters due to
uncontrolled heating of the measuring mixer when mounting the
measuring mixer on the live Universal Docking Station.

Always switch off the isolator switch of the Universal


Docking Station* and (if applicable) of the Brabender Plasti-
®
Corder Lab-Station* prior to mounting the measuring mixer!
Never mount the measuring mixer when the Universal
®
Docking Station* and/or the Plasti-Corder Lab-Station* are on!

1
Remove all cover hoods and protective films from the
®
Brabender measuring mixer.

2
Make sure that the isolator switch on the front side of the
Universal Docking Station* is in position "0".

3
If the Universal Docking Station* has already been mounted and
®
connected to the Plasti-Corder Lab-Station*, make sure that the
®
isolator switch of the Plasti-Corder Lab-Station* is in position "0"
as well.

4
Make sure that the mounting surface of the Universal Docking
Station* is clean and free from any tools or residues.

Usually, the stock temperature thermocouple has been factory-


mounted when the measuring mixer is supplied. In this case,
continue with step no. 6. If the stock temperature thermocouple
has not yet been mounted, continue with step no. 5.

5
If the stock temperature thermocouple has not yet been
mounted, screw it from below into the threaded bore on the
underside of the mixer bowl.

Stock temperature
thermocouple screwed into the
bottom of the mixer bowl
(view from below onto the
underside of the measuring
mixer) Fig. 8-24

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6
Check the position of the tip of the stock temperature thermocouple
within the mixer bowl: The stock temperature thermocouple should
reach approx. 1.0 to 1.5 mm into the mixer bowl (see fig. below).

Maintain this position in order to obtain reproducible


temperature data.

Fig. 8-25

7
Open the knurled nuts on the two stud bolts on the mounting
surface of the Universal Docking Station* by turning them
counter-clockwise until they are in line with the top surface of the
stud bolts.

Stud bolts with knurled nuts

Fig. 8-26

CAUTION
The measuring mixer may overturn!
Danger of injury, danger of damage to the measuring mixer when the
measuring mixer overturns or falls down.

Secure the measuring mixer with your hands as long as it has


not yet been fixed tightly to the Universal Docking Station*!

8 Put the measuring mixer from the front side of the Universal
Docking Station* onto the mounting surface of the Universal
Docking Station* and push it towards the rear side so that the
stud bolts on the mounting surface of the Universal Docking
Station* fit completely into the recesses of the two mixer feet.

Fig. 8-27

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9 Tighten the knurled nuts on the stud bolts by hand.

10
Firmly tighten the knurled nuts on the stud bolts using the cam
wrench from the accessory kit of the Universal Docking Station*.

11
If required, adapt the width of the supporting module with
drawer* of the Universal Docking Station* to the width of the mixer
bowl by means of the two knurled set screws on top of the front
side of the supporting module with drawer*.

The two stud bolts of the supporting module with


drawer* must fit into the two lateral holes of the mixer
bowl when disposing the bowl (see fig. below).

For adjusting the width of the supporting module with


drawer*, please refer to the separate instruction
manual of the Universal Docking Station*.
Supporting module with drawer*
(top view)

Holes for stud bolts

Knurled set screws for adjusting


the with of the support

Fig. 8-28

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8.4.3 Electric connections between the measuring mixer and the


Universal Docking Station*
8.4.3.1 Safety devices, stock and control temperature

1 Connect the cable of the safety device of the measuring mixer


with the socket "Safety Device" on top of the Universal Docking
Station* (see fig. below).

See point mark on plug and socket!


Cable of the mixer safety device

Socket "2 Hand Safety Device" for Socket


cable from the right mixer handle "Safety Device"

Fig. 8-29

2 Connect the cable of the two-hand control device from the right
mixer handle (front view) to the socket "2 Hand Safety Device" on
top of the Universal Docking Station* and tighten the connector
coupling rings by turning them clockwise (see fig. above).

3 Connect the cable of the two-hand control device from the left
mixer handle (front view) to the socket "2 Hand Safety Device" on
the right top of the terminal board of the Universal Docking
Station* and tighten the connector coupling rings by turning
them clockwise (see fig. below).

Socket "2 Hand


Safety Device"
for cable from the
left mixer handle

Socket for stock temperature


thermocouple
(plug sockets no. 2 - 4 with
short-circuit plugs)
Fig. 8-30
Universal Docking Station* Universal Docking Station*
up to YoM 2014 YoM 2014 or later
(ID no. ≤ 6 70 237.001) (ID no. ≤ 6 70 237.002)

4 Connect the cable of the melt temperature thermocouple to the


socket "Stock Temperature" no. 1 at the terminal board of the
®
Brabender Universal Docking Station* (see fig. above).

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5 Mount the control thermocouples into the corresponding bayonet


nipples of the measuring mixer and lock them by pressing the
bayonet lock down and, at the same time, turning it clockwise.

The spring of the control thermocouple must have a


slight tension when locked.
Bayonet nipple for control
thermocouple of mixer bowl
Bayonet nipple for control (zone no. 2)
thermocouple of rear wall
(zone no. 3) Bayonet nipple for control
thermocouple of front plate
(zone no. 1)
Fig. 8-31

CAUTION
Danger of burning, danger of damage to the heaters due to
uncontrolled heating of the measuring mixer when connecting the
control thermocouples to the live Universal Docking Station*.
Make sure that the Universal Docking Station* has been
switched off before connecting the control thermocouples!

NOTICE
Danger of damage to the heaters due to control thermocouples
mounted wrongly or not at all!
Make sure for correct allocation of the control thermocouples to
the serial order of heating zones:
Zone no. 1 (front plate) to socket "ZONE 1"
Zone no. 2 (mixer bowl) to socket "ZONE 2"
Zone no. 3 (rear wall) to socket "ZONE 3"

6 Connect the control thermocouples according to their position in


the measuring mixer to the corresponding sockets "Zone 1 - 3" at the
terminal board of the Universal Docking Station (see fig. below).

Sockets for heater cables and


control thermocouples zone 1 - 3 Sockets for heater cables
and control thermocouples
zone 1 - 6
(plug zone 4 - 6 with
Sockets for heater cables and short-circuit plugs)
control thermocouples zone 4 - 6
(plug with short-circuit plugs)

Socket CAN-OUT at the


Universal Docking Station* Fig. 8-32
Universal Docking Station* Universal Docking Station*
up to YoM 2014 YoM 2014 or later
(ID no. ≤ 6 70 237.001) (ID no. ≤ 6 70 237.002)
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7
Plug any free sockets ("Stock Temperature" no. 2 - 4 and control
thermocouple sockets "Zone 4 - 6") with short-circuit plugs (see
Fig. 8-32).

8 Make sure that all control thermocouples have been mounted


and connected properly.

9
Connect the cables of the three heater zones of the measuring
mixer according to their position in the measuring mixer to the
corresponding round sockets "Zone 1 - 3" terminal board of the
®
Brabender Universal Docking Station* (see Fig. 8-32).

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8.4.3.2 CAN connection

NOTICE
Risk of property damage!
Live connection or disconnection of CAN bus cables may cause
short-circuit and, as a consequence, cause damage or destruction of
modules in the CAN instrument.

Before connecting the CAN bus cable, make sure that the CAN-
bus cable and the plug are in an operationally safe condition
(visual check)!

Before connecting or disconnecting the CAN bus cable,


make sure that the isolator switch of all instruments is in
position "0" (OFF).

The following always applies to the connection of CAN modules:


• The PC (if any) is always the 1. module of the CAN system.
• On the last CAN module of the system, the terminal resistor
must be plugged into the CAN-OUT socket.
• The terminal resistor must be plugged into the second
terminal of the PC CAN card.

If, instead of the PC, a Laptop or a Mini-PC is used (only with


software version 4.x and further), into which the standard PC
CAN card IXXAT) does not fit, a USB-to-CAN interface with an
additional gender changer must be used. In this case, the
terminal resistor must be plugged onto the USB interface (see
fig. below).

When connecting a USB interface to a normal PC, always


connect the USB interface to a USB port on the rear side of
the PC because data transmission from the rear side ports is
usually better than from the front side USB ports of the PC, if any.

Laptop*

CAN cable USB cable

Gender changer*
(ID no. 2 16 027)
Terminal resistor CAN cable
(ID no. 2 22 131) Fig. 8-33
USB-to-CAN interface*
(ID no. 2 41 907.002) ®
Concerning the CAN connection of the Plasti-Corder Lab-Station*
to the PC*, please refer to the separate instruction manual of
®
the Plasti-Corder Lab-Station*.

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1
Connect the PC* via the CAN connection cable to the socket
"CAN-IN" of the drive unit*.

2
CAN-OUT socket at the Universal Docking Station*:
• If the Universal Docking Station* is the last CAN module of
the system (this is the standard case with measuring mixers):
Plug the terminal resistor onto the CAN-OUT socket.

• In case of subsequent CAN modules (e.g. measuring mixer


with conductivity measuring device*):
Plug the CAN connection cable onto the CAN-OUT
socket of the Universal Docking Station*.
Connect the other side of the CAN connection cable to
the CAN-IN socket of the subsequent CAN module.

The following figures show various system configurations.

Connection of CAN modules:

Fig. 8-34: Measuring mixer without subsequent CAN module*

Fig. 8-35: Measuring mixer with CAN conductivity meter*

If the measuring mixer mounted on the Universal Docking


Station* is to be preheated before being mounted to the Plasti-
®
Corder Lab-Station*, connect cooling air already now (see
chapter 8.4.5).
Otherwise, connect cooling air only after having mounted the
®
Universal Docking Station* to the Plasti-Corder Lab-Station* in
order to prevent damage to or tearing off of the hoses when
moving the Universal Docking Station*.

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8.4.4 Mounting and connection of the Universal Docking Station* to


®
the Plasti-Corder Lab-Station*

1 Make sure that the isolator switch on the rear side of the Plasti-
®
Corder Lab-Station* is in position "0".

2
Make sure that the isolator switch at the Universal Docking
Station* is in position "0".

3
If the locking wheel is in "Locked" position (see fig. below), open
it as follows:

Position "Locked" Position "Open" Fig. 8-36

Tilt the cylindrical handle out of the locking wheel (see fig.
below, "1").
Take the cylindrical handle and turn the locking wheel
clockwise by 180° to "Open" position (see fig. belo w, "2").

Locking wheel

Cylindrical handle 1
Fig. 8-37
Draw out the cylindrical handle and tilt it back into the
locking wheel.

4 Push the coupling sleeve* (accessory of the Plasti-Corder Lab-


®

®
Station*) onto the clutch of the Plasti-Corder Lab-Station*.

Coupling sleeve*

Fig. 8-38

5 Push the Universal Docking Station* with the measuring mixer


®
mounted towards the Plasti-Corder Lab-Station* so that the
locking bolts of the Universal Docking Station* fit into the location
®
holes of the Plasti-Corder Lab-Station* and the coupling sleeve*
completely embraces the clutch of the measuring mixer.

6
Push the Universal Docking Station* with the measuring mixer
®
towards the Plasti-Corder Lab-Station* up to the limit stop.

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7 ®
Lock the Universal Docking Station* at the Plasti-Corder Lab-Station*:
Tilt the cylindrical handle out of the locking wheel (see fig.
below, "1").
Take the cylindrical handle and turn the locking wheel
counterclockwise by 180° to "Locked" position ("2") .

Cylindrical handle
1
Locking wheel

Fig. 8-39
Draw out the cylindrical handle (see fig. below, "1") and tilt it
back into the locking wheel ("2").

Cylindrical handle

1 2
Fig. 8-40

8 Connect the 8-pole cable of the torque limitation coming out on


the left of the gear cover hood to the socket "Torque limit key"
®
on the control side of the Plasti-Corder Lab-Station* (see fig.
below).

See point mark on plug and socket!


Socket "Torque limit key"
for 8-pole cable of the torque
limitation
Socket "Communication"
for 12-pole
CAN communication cable

Fig. 8-41

9 Connect the 12-pole CAN communication cable from the left top
of the terminal side of the Universal Docking Station* to the
®
socket "Communication" on the control side of the Plasti-Corder
Lab-Station* (see fig. above).

See point mark on plug and socket!

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8.4.5 Cooling air connections at the measuring mixer

Cooling air pressure: 0.5 - 1.5 bars, max. 2 bars


Usually, a cooling air pressure of 0.5 bar suffices for gear and
mixer cooling. If strong cooling is required, the air pressure may
be increased for a short time which, however, increases the
noise level.
Max. admissible air pressure: 2 bars

8.4.5.1 Cooling of the gear unit

NOTICE
Risk of property damage!
Danger of damage to the gear unit by elevated temperatures!

In case of mixer temperatures of more that approx. 200°C the


gear unit must be cooled!

1
Use a suitable hose to connect the cooling air flange at the gear
unit of the measuring mixer to the socket "Gearbox cooling" at
the Universal Docking Station* (see fig. below).

2
Secure hose connections with hose clamps.

Socket "Gearbox cooling" at the


Universal Docking Station*
(up to ID no. 6 70 237.001)

Socket "Gearbox cooling" at the Cooling air flange


Universal Docking Station* at the mixer gear
(ID no. 6 70 237.002 and further)

Fig. 8-42 Fig. 8-43

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8.4.5.2 Cooling of the mixer bowl

For mixer tests, the measuring mixer must be kept at a constant


temperature. For this purpose, cooling air (controlled by the
solenoid valve unit of Universal Docking Station*) can be
supplied to the mixer.

1
For cooling the mixer bowl, connect the Y-piece of the
measuring mixer via a suitable hose to the cooling air flange
"Zone 2" on the terminal board of the Universal Docking Station*.

Cooling air flange "Zone 2" Cooling air flange


"Zone 2"

Fig. 8-44
Universal Docking Station* Universal Docking Station*
up to YoM 2014 YoM 2014 or later
(ID no. ≤ 6 70 237.001) (ID no. ≤ 6 70 237.002)

NOTICE
Excessive air pressure may tear off the hose from the cooling air flange.
Connect compressed air of max. 2 bars only!

2
Use a suitable hose to connect cooling air from the compressed
air net to the cooling air connection on the terminal side of the
Universal Docking Station* (at the bottom of the frame, beside
the mains cable, see fig. below).

Cooling air
connection

Fig. 8-45

3 Secure all hose connections with hose clamps.

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8.5 Mounting the blades into the measuring mixer

If the mixer blades* are included in the scope of supply of the


measuring mixer, they have already been mounted in factory. If
this is not the case or if other blades* are to be mounted,
proceed as follows.

1 ®
For opening the Brabender measuring mixer, loosen the two M10
Allen screws at the front plate (see fig. below).

Only loosen the screws, do not completely unscrew


them!

M10 Allen screws

Swivel tie-bar Fig. 8-46

2
Tilt the swivel tie-bar open by turning it clockwise (see fig. above).

3
Tilt the safety shackle on the right side open towards the top.

Safety shackle

Fig. 8-47

4
Draw off the front plate of the measuring mixer straight to the
front with both of your hands and put it onto a suitable, clean
support.

Various supporting devices are available as accessory


®
or supplementary modules of the Plastograph EC*
and of the Universal Docking Station*.

5
Draw off the mixer bowl straight to the front with both hands as
well and put it onto a suitable, clean support.

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6
Insert the shorter one of the two blades* from the front side into
the right bushing of the mixer rear wall up to the limit stop.

Slightly turn the blade* to the right and left until you
can push it into the bushing up to the limit stop.

7
Insert the longer one of the two blades* from the front side into
the left bushing of the mixer rear wall up to the limit stop.

Slightly turn the blade* to the right and left until you
can push it into the bushing up to the limit stop.

8
Hold the left blade* with your hand and turn the right blade*
clockwise by approx. 30° in order to lock it.

9
Hold the right blade* with your hand and turn the left blade*
counter-clockwise by approx. 30° in order to lock i t.

CAUTION
Blades* that have not been locked properly may work loose during
operation.
Risk of injury, risk of damage to the measuring mixer and to the
drive unit* by blades* not properly locked!
Make sure by all means that both blades have been mounted
and locked properly!

10
Make sure that none of the two blades* can be drawn out
towards the front.

11
Push the mixer bowl evenly onto the two stud bolts with both of
your hands until it contacts the mixer rear wall.

12
Push the front wall evenly onto the two stud bolts with both of
your hands until it contacts the mixer bowl.

13
Close the swivel tie-bar by turning it counter-clockwise down to
the limit stop.

The M10 Allen screws of the front plate must fit into the
recesses of the swivel tie-bar.

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CAUTION
Risk of injury, risk of damage to the measuring mixer and to the
drive unit* due to improper mounting of the mixer bowl and/or of
the front plate!
When tightening the Allen screws at the front plate, take care
that the mixer bowl and/or the front plate are not chocked!

14
Evenly tighten the M10 Allen screws at the front plate.

15
Tilt the safety shackle on the right side of the measuring mixer
(front view) down to the limit stop.

Fig. 8-48

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8.6 Mounting of loading devices*


8.6.1 Quick loading chute*

1
If the holding block for fixing the quick loading chute* or the
pressure ram* has not yet been mounted on the measuring
mixer, screw it from the top into the left bore on top of the mixer
rear wall (open-jawed wrench size 13).

Usually, this holding block has been factory-mounted


when the Brabender measuring mixer is supplied.

Holding block

Fig. 8-49

2
Only after heating up of the measuring mixer and the request in the
software to fill the mixer (see chapter 10.3.4), put the quick loading
chute* into the feed opening of the measuring mixer so that the
fixing device mounted at the quick loading chute* and the
holding block on the rear wall of the measuring mixer fit into
each other (see fig. below).

Mount the quick loading chute* only after heating of the


measuring mixer and the request to fill the measuring
mixer in order to prevent early preheating of the quick
loading chute* by radiant heat.

3
Push the retention pin from the front side of the measuring
mixer through the bores of the holding block and of the fixing
device up to the limit stop (see fig. below, detail).

Fixing device

Holding block

Retention pin

Fig. 8-50 Top view: Fixing device and


holding block fit into each other

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8.6.2 Pressure ram*

1
If the holding block for fixing the quick loading chute* or the
pressure ram* has not yet been mounted on the measuring
mixer, screw it from the top into the left bore on top of the mixer
rear wall (open-jawed wrench size 13, see Fig. 8-49).

Usually, this holding block has been factory-mounted


when the Brabender measuring mixer is supplied.

2
Fix the pressure ram* at the holding block as follows by means
of the retention pin:
Draw the retention pin of the pressure ram* out up to the limit
stop.
Insert the lever of the pressure ram* into the recess of the
holding block so that the hole of the lever is in line with the
bores of the holding block.
Push the retention pin from the front side of the measuring
mixer through the bores of the holding block and of the
lever up to the limit stop.

Lever

1
Holding block Retention pin

Fig. 8-51

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8.6.3 Pneumatic loading chute*

1
If the holding block for fixing the quick loading chute* or the
pressure ram* is still mounted on the measuring mixer, unscrew
it from the mixer rear wall (open-jawed wrench size 13) and
remove it.

For mounting the pneumatic loading chute* onto the


®
Brabender measuring mixer, please refer to the separate
instruction manual of the pneumatic loading chute*.

2
Upon having mounted the pneumatic loading chute*,
disassemble the loading chute of the pneumatic loading chute*
and place it beside the measuring mixer.

Mount the loading chute of the pneumatic loading


chute* only after heating up of the measuring mixer
and the request in the software to fill the mixer in order to
prevent early heating up of the loading chute by
radiant heat, as this might render loading of the
sample material into the measuring mixer more
difficult.

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9.1 Safety notes concerning start-up

WARNING
When the feed opening is open and the motor drive is running, the
rotating blades are accessible.
Danger of serious injuries, entanglement hazard by mixer blades!

NEVER grasp into the open measuring mixer when the drive
unit* is on!
NEVER work at the measuring mixer with open long hair or
with garments hanging down (tie, scarf, shawl or the like)!

Danger of injury, risk of property damage by unintentional starting


of the drive unit* when several persons work simultaneously at the
open Brabender measuring mixer.

NEVER have two or more persons work simultaneously at


the measuring mixer!

CAUTION
Danger of injury, risk of property damage!
Improper start-up of the instrument involves the danger of injury
for the personnel and the risk of damage to the instrument.
®
Start-up of the Brabender measuring mixer may only be
carried out by qualified operating personnel!

®
For starting up the Brabender measuring mixer, it is imperative
to observe the separate instruction manuals of the drive unit* and,
if applicable, of the Universal Docking Station*!

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9.2 Preparations, switching on

1
Check all connections and fittings for proper seat and tightness.

2
Make sure that the emergency motor stop button and the
emergency shut-off switch at the drive unit* are free and easily
accessible.

3 ®
When using a Plasti-Corder Lab-Station*, make sure that the
Universal Docking Station* stands firmly and safely.

4
Make sure that the Universal Docking Station* has been locked
®
properly at the Plasti-Corder Lab-Station*.

5
Make sure that the emergency shut-off switch at the Universal
Docking Station* is free and easily accessible.

6
Make sure that the plug of the safety device of the measuring
mixer has been connected properly to the socket "Safety
®
Device" on the control side of the Plastograph EC* or on top of
the Universal Docking Station*.

7
Make sure that the two plugs of the two-hand control device
have been connected properly to the corresponding sockets "2
Hand Safety Device".

8
Start up the drive unit* according to the instructions given in the
corresponding separate instruction manual.

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9.3 Functional check of the safety devices


9.3.1 Safety device and two-hand control device

Check function of the safety Make this check every day before starting work!
switch and of the two-hand
control device daily 1
Set the speed potentiometer at the drive unit* to 0.
before starting work!

2
Press the "Loc" key at the temperature control and display unit.

The yellow LED at the "Loc" key lights up.

3
Press the "Start" key at the temperature control and display
unit in order to activate the drive unit*.

The green LED at the "Start" key lights up.

4 -1
Set a low speed (approx. 10 min ) at the speed potentiometer
of the drive unit*.
The drive starts rotating with the preset speed.

Emergency motor stop button

Speed potentiometer

"Start" key

"Loc" key

Fig. 9-1

5
Tilt the safety shackle on the right side of the measuring mixer
(front view) open towards the top (see fig. below).

Fig. 9-2
Safety shackle opened The motor of the drive unit* must stop immediately.

If the motor of the drive unit* does not stop


Drive unit* must stop immediately
immediately, the safety switch is defective.

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WARNING
In case of a defective safety switch, the mixer blades will continue
running even if the measuring mixer is opened or disassembled.
Risk of injury, entanglement hazard!
In case of a defective safety switch:

Switch off the drive unit* of the Brabender measuring mixer


immediately!
®
Inform the Brabender Service dept. (see chapter 2 "Contact")!
Do not start-up the measuring mixer and the drive unit*!

7
If the motor of the drive unit* stops properly, simultaneously
press the two pushbuttons of the two-hand control device at the
mixer handles.

Buttons of the
two-hand control device

Fig. 9-3

The motor of the drive unit* must now run at crawling speed
-1
of approx. 10 min .

If the motor of the drive unit* does not start or


-1
runs faster than approx. 10 min , the two-hand
control device is defective.

WARNING
Risk of injury by mixer blades suddenly starting in an uncontrolled
manner in case of a defective two-hand control device.
Risk of injury, entanglement hazard!
In case of a defective two-hand control device:

Switch off the drive unit* of the Brabender measuring mixer


immediately!
®
Inform the Brabender Service dept. (see chapter 2 "Contact")!
Do not start-up the measuring mixer and the drive unit*!

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9.3.2 Emergency motor stop button at the drive unit*

Check function of the emergency For checking the emergency motor stop button of the drive unit*,
motor stop button of the drive please refer to the separate instruction manual of the
unit* daily before starting work! corresponding drive unit*.

9.3.3 Emergency shut-off switch (isolator switch) at the drive unit *

Check function of the emergency For checking the emergency shut-off switch of the drive unit*,
shut-off switch of the drive unit* please refer to the separate instruction manual of the
daily before starting work! corresponding drive unit*.

9.3.4 Emergency shut-off switch (isolator switch) at the Universal


®
Docking Station* (only with Plasti-Corder Lab-Station*)

This chapter is applicable only when using the measuring mixer


®
together with a Plasti-Corder Lab-Station* and a Universal
Docking Station*.

Check function of the emergency For checking the emergency shut-off switch of the Universal
shut-off switch of the Universal Docking Station*, please refer to the separate instruction
Docking Station* daily before manual of the Universal Docking Station*.
starting work!

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10.1 Target group

For a definition of the target group for setup and operation of the
®
Brabender measuring mixer, please refer to chapter 4.2.

For setup and operation of the entire measuring system, it is


imperative to observe the separate instruction manuals of all
other system modules* and of the mixer program WinMix.

10.2 Daily work before start of operation

1
If not yet done, switch on the drive unit* and the Universal Docking
Station*, if applicable, by turning the isolator switch to position "I".

2
Check the function of the safety devices acc. to chapter 9.2.

3
Make sure that the interior of the mixer bowl is perfectly clean.

4
Make sure that the mixer blades* are locked properly.

5
Make sure that all control thermocouples have been mounted
properly in the respective heating zones.

The spring of the control thermocouple must have a


slight tension when locked.

6
Make sure that all control thermocouples have been connected
properly to the temperature controller of the respective zone.

7
Make sure that all heater cables have been connected properly.

8
Prepare the loading chute*:
• Quick loading chute*:
Take the piston out of the quick loading chute* and put
it beside the measuring mixer.
Put the quick loading chute* beside the measuring mixer.
• Pressure ram*:
Tilt open the pressure ram* at the conical handle.
• Pneumatic loading chute*:
Put the loading chute of the pneumatic loading chute*
beside the mixer.

9
Start the mixer program WinMix at the computer*.

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10.3 Running a measurement


10.3.1 General remarks

WARNING
Danger of injury, risk of property damage!

Some Brabender software programs offer the possibility of


programming speed profiles. In this context, the machine system,
controlled by the program, may start automatically from standstill
position.
Danger of injury, danger of damage to the machine system!

Never put your hands into the open measuring mixer or


insert any tools into the measuring mixer when the drive
unit* is connected to the mains!
Always disconnect the mains plug from the mains before
reaching or inserting any tools into the open measuring mixer!

WARNING
Danger of injury, risk of property damage!
When the feed opening is open and the motor drive is running, the
rotating blades are accessible.
Danger of serious injuries, entanglement hazard by mixer blades!

NEVER grasp into the open measuring mixer when the drive
unit* is on!
NEVER work at the measuring mixer with open long hair or
with garments hanging down (tie, scarf, shawl or the like)!

WARNING
Danger of injury, risk of property damage!
The surfaces of the measuring mixer, of the loading chute* or
pressure ram*, and of the gear cover hood may reach
temperatures of up to approx. 500°C.
Even after switching off of the system, these surfaces may still be
very hot for a long time.
Risk of severe burning!

Always wear suitable protective gloves when working at the


measuring mixer!
Always take care to keep a sufficient distance of unprotected
parts of your body to the hot mixer surfaces!

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CAUTION
®
Operation of the Brabender drive unit* in "Local" mode may cause
operating troubles due to wrong parameter setting.
Danger of injury, danger of damage to the machine system!
®
In normal operation, always control the Brabender drive
unit* through the software (i.e. in "Remote" mode)!

Measurements must not be run in "Local" mode!

Use the "Local" mode only for short terms and only for
cleaning purposes!

As many settings in the WinMix software* depend on the


material to be processed and on the entire system configuration
(measuring mixer, blades*, type of loading chute*), only some
general instructions concerning the test procedure are given in
the following.
For this reason, the program windows shown are just examples
and the entries in the individual fields may vary.
If you have any questions concerning the test procedure, please
®
do not hesitate to ask the experts of the Brabender laboratory.

®
For running a test with the Brabender measuring mixer, it is
imperative to read the corresponding chapters of the separate
instruction manual of the drive unit* used, of the Universal
Docking Station* (if any), of the WinMix program*, and, if
applicable, of the additional equipment* used as well.

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10.3.2 Reference test

• Before using the Brabender measuring mixer in daily operation, it is


recommended to run and record a reference curve with a stable,
moisture-resistant reference material (e.g. a high-molecular
polyethylene) under normal and reproducible conditions according to
the instructions for running a measurement.

The first measurement run with the new instrument must be


rejected.
Subsequently, run several measurements under reproducible
conditions and average the results.
• Keep the reference material and the resulting diagram for the annual
abrasion check!
• In order to get familiar with the instrument, it is recommended first to
run tests with low viscosity, non-curing compounds and to observe
the torque and the temperature development very carefully.

10.3.3 Preparations prior to test start

In case of unknown materials, determine the optimum test


parameters in a preliminary test.

1
On the basis of the documentation of the raw material supplier,
determine:
• type
• density
• softening and melting temperatures of the sample material

2
Determine the sample weight as follows:

m = V (cm3 ) • ρ M ( g / cm3 ) • K

with:
m = mass of the sample material
3
V = mixer volume: 55 cm with roller blades*
3
80 cm with cam blades*
3
70 cm with Banbury blades*
3
85 cm with Sigma blades*
3
53 cm with MB blades*
ρM = density of the sample material at ambient temperature
K = constant 0.7...0.8

The constant K is a non-dimensional coefficient which


considers the optimum filling level for different
dynamic loads. Usually, this factor is < 1.
For initial tests, we recommend to use K = 0.7.

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3
Make sure that the mixer bowl is perfectly clean and dry.

NOTICE
In case of excessive torque values due to wrong test parameters,
the motor of the drive unit* is stopped automatically by the torque
limitation.

In case of unknown sample material, always first set a low


-1
speed (e.g. 20 - 30 min ).
Select the mixer temperature so that the sample material
completely melts in the measuring mixer.

4
In the WinMix program*, click the button or select the
menu "File" - "New".
The parameter window appears:

Fig. 10-1

5
Set the desired test parameters in the parameter window.

Please refer to the separate instruction of the WinMix


program* concerning entry of test parameters.

Start with a low speed and a In order to prevent switching-off of the drive unit* due to
-1
large measuring range! excessive torque, start with a low speed (20 - 30 min ).
In order to make sure that the measuring curve is
recorded completely, first set a large measuring range.

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10.3.4 Measurement

WARNING
When the feed opening is open and the motor drive is running, the
rotating blades are accessible.
Danger of serious injuries, entanglement hazard by mixer blades!

NEVER grasp into the open measuring mixer when the drive
unit* is on!
NEVER work at the measuring mixer with open long hair or
with garments hanging down (tie, scarf, shawl or the like)!

WARNING
The hot surfaces of the measuring mixer, of the loading chute*,
and of the cover of the gear unit* may reach temperatures of up to
approx. 500°C.
Even after switching off of the system, these surfaces may still be
very hot for a long time.
Risk of severe burning!

Always wear suitable protective gloves!


Always take care to keep a sufficient distance of unprotected
parts of your body to the hot mixer surfaces!

1
Make sure that the drive unit* and the Universal Docking
Station* (if applicable) have been switched on.

Otherwise, system calibration is not possible.

2 For starting the measurement:


• Click the button at the bottom of the parameter
window or

• Click the button in the toolbar of the program or


• Select the menu "Run" - "Start Test".
The measuring mixer is heated up now. The following
window is shown in the program:

Fig. 10-2

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3
Wait until all actual values ("Real") have reached the set values
and all temperatures are constant.

4 When constant temperatures have been reached, click the field


in the window with actual and set values (see Fig. 10-2).
The speed is now automatically set to the nominal value set
in the parameter window and the program shows a message
window that the system is now being calibrated.
Upon calibration, the following window appears on the
monitor*:

Fig. 10-3

Upon clicking the button , recording of the


measuring values starts immediately, otherwise,
recording of the measuring values starts
automatically when the torque limit shown in this
window is exceeded (in the above fig.: 1 Nm).

WARNING
Risk of serious injury, entanglement hazard when feeding the
sample material into the mixer with a loading device* not properly
mounted or without any loading device*!

Only use original Brabender loading devices*!


ALWAYS load the sample material with the help of a loading
device* designed and permitted for this measuring mixer!
NEVER load any sample material directly into the Brabender
measuring mixer without any loading device*!
When loading the sample material with the pressure ram*, the feed
opening of the measuring mixer is opened again and again.
Risk of serious injury!

Take care to keep a sufficient distance of your hands to the


feed opening of the measuring mixer!
NEVER work at the measuring mixer with open long hair or
with garments hanging down (tie, scarf, shawl or the like)!

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5
Depending on the loading device* used, proceed as follows:
• Quick loading chute* (see fig. below):
Mount the quick loading chute* (without piston) onto
the feed opening of the measuring mixer so that the
fixing device of the quick loading chute* embraces the
holding block on the rear wall of the measuring mixer
(see fig. below, "1").
Push the retention pin from the front side of the
measuring mixer through the bores of the holding
block and of the fixing device up to the limit stop (see
fig. below, "2").

Fixing device

1
Holding block Retention pin

2
Fig. 10-4
• Pressure ram*:
If the lever of the pressure ram* has not yet been
lifted, tilt it open at the conical handle towards the top
so as to open the feed opening of the measuring
mixer.
• Pneumatic loading chute*:
Mount the loading chute of the pneumatic loading
chute*.

For details concerning the pneumatic loading


chute*, please refer to the separate instruction
manual of the pneumatic loading chute*.

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NOTICE
In case of excessive torque values during material feeding, the
motor of the drive unit* can be stopped automatically by the torque
limitation.

Crush coarse and/or tenacious fractions of the sample


material before loading them into the measuring mixer!
Screen coarse bulk material before loading it into the
measuring mixer!
®
Make sure that the Brabender measuring mixer has
completely reached full operating temperature!
Always carefully observe the torque signal during material
feeding.
In case of torque values exceeding 180 Nm, slightly lift the
piston of the loading chute* and the pressure ram*,
respectively, until the torque has slightly lowered again.

6
Depending on the loading device* used, load the sample
material as follows into the measuring mixer:
• Loading with the quick loading chute*:
Fill the sample material into the chute of the quick
loading chute* while the blades* are running.
Insert the piston from the top into the chute of the
quick loading chute*.
Put the loading weight* onto the top of the piston of
the quick loading chute*.
Press the loading weight* down quickly and evenly
with your hands.

• ®
Loading with the Brabender pressure ram*:

When feeding strips into the measuring mixer, take


care to always load same number and size of
strips in order to obtain reproducibility.

Fill the sample material into the feed opening of the


measuring mixer while the blades* are running.
Tilt the lever of the pressure ram* down so that the
hinged piston forces the material into the measuring
mixer and closes the feed opening of the measuring
mixer.
Put the loading weight* onto the supporting bolt on top
of the lever of the pressure ram*.

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• Loading with the pneumatic loading chute*:

Make sure that the required pressure (max. 2.5 bars)


and the piston speed have been set correctly
(please refer to the separate instruction manual
of the pneumatic loading chute*).

Fill the material into the feed hopper of the pneumatic


loading chute* while the blades* are running.
Press the two buttons of the two-hand control device
of the pneumatic loading chute*.
The piston of the pneumatic loading chute* runs
downwards.

7
Wait until the torque and the stock temperature have reached a
constant level.

8
For checking the filling level of the measuring mixer, remove the
loading chute* or lift the pressure ram* as follows:

WARNING
When the feed opening is open and the motor drive is running, the
rotating blades* are accessible.
Danger of serious injuries, entanglement hazard by mixer blades*!

NEVER grasp into the open measuring mixer when the drive
unit* is on!

NEVER work at the measuring mixer with open long hair or


with garments hanging down (tie, scarf, shawl or the like)!
Danger of damage to the measuring mixer!

NEVER insert any objects into the running measuring mixer!

CAUTION
Risk of injury by material that may spout out of the mixer bowl
when removing the loading chute* and lifting the pressure ram*,
respectively*.

Never look directly into the feed opening of the measuring


mixer!

Always put on safety glasses!

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As soon as the loading chute* has been removed or the


pressure ram* has been lifted, the torque signal must
decrease by 1 - 2 %.
• If there is no decrease of the torque signal
The measuring mixer is underfilled
• If the torque decreases by more than 2 %
The measuring mixer is overfilled

For comparative tests with different materials, this


torque decrease must always be the same!

• Disassembly of the quick loading chute*:


Take off the loading weight* towards the top and put it
beside the measuring mixer.
Completely tear out the retention pin fixing the quick
loading chute* at the holding block towards the front.
Lift the quick loading chute* out of the holding block and
put it beside the measuring mixer.
The torque signal shown on the monitor* of the
computer* must immediately decrease by 1 - 2 %.
Take the piston out of the chute of the quick loading
chute* towards the top.
Immediately clean the piston and the chute of the
quick loading chute* with the brass brush from the
accessory kit.
Place the piston and the chute of the quick loading
chute* separately from each other (i.e. do not insert
the piston into the chute) in order to accelerate cooling
down of these parts.

• Lifting the pressure ram*:


Take off the loading weight* from the lever of the
pressure ram* towards the top and put it beside the
measuring mixer.
Tilt open the lever of the pressure ram* towards the
top.
The torque signal shown on the monitor* of the
computer* must immediately decrease by 1 - 2 %.

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• Disassembly of the chute of the pneumatic loading chute*:


Press the two buttons of the two-hand control device of
the pneumatic loading chute* in order to lift the piston.
The piston is lifted.
The torque signal shown on the monitor* of the
computer* must immediately decrease by 1 - 2 %.
Unscrew and remove the two fixing screws of the
chute at the front side of the pneumatic loading chute*.
Lift the chute the pneumatic loading chute* and take it
out towards the front side.
Immediately clean the chute with the with the brass brush.
Place the chute beside the measuring mixer.

Usually, the chute is not reinserted in order


to prevent excessive heating up of the chute.

9
Check the filling level of the measuring mixer visually, observing
the following points:
• The blades must be completely covered by the material.
• The material layers must be compounded and shifted
continuously from one blade to the other.
• However, no material may emerge through the feed
opening of the mixer.

WARNING
Danger of serious injuries, entanglement hazard when reloading
sample material into the measuring mixer with a loading device*
not properly mounted or without any loading device*!

ALWAYS load the sample material with the help of a loading


device* designed and permitted for this measuring mixer!

NEVER load any sample material directly into the Brabender


measuring mixer without any loading device*!
Danger of serious injuries, entanglement hazard, and risk of
damage to the measuring mixer when removing sample material
from the measuring mixer!
For removing sample material from the measuring mixer:

Press the "Stop" key at the drive unit*.


Make sure that the drive* cannot be started by mistake.
NEVER take out any material when the drive unit* is still on!
NEVER work at the measuring mixer with open long hair or
with garments hanging down (tie, scarf, shawl or the like)!!
NEVER insert any objects into the running measuring mixer!

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10 Upon verification of the filling level, proceed as follows:


• With an optimum filling level: continue with step no. 11.
• In case of underfilling:
Reload sample material into the measuring mixer using
the loading device* until the optimum filling level is reached.
Have the test continue for some more minutes.

Click the button in the WinMix program*.


The drive unit* is stopped automatically.

Press the "Stop" key at the temperature control


and display unit of the drive unit* or lift the safety
shackle of the measuring mixer.
Clean the measuring mixer.

For this purpose, follow the safety instructions


and the instructions in chapter 11 "Cleaning".

Press the "Start" key at the temperature control


and display unit of the drive unit*.
Start a new test with the correct amount of sample material.

• In case of overfilling:

Click the button in the WinMix program*.


The drive unit* is stopped automatically.

Press the "Stop" key at the temperature control


and display unit of the drive unit* or lift the safety
shackle of the measuring mixer.
Clean the measuring mixer.

For this purpose, follow the safety instructions


and the instructions in chapter 11 "Cleaning".

Press the "Start" key at the temperature control


and display unit of the drive unit*.
Start a new test with a reduced amount of sample material.

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NOTICE
Risk of high wear of the blades* and of stoppage of the drive motor
due to excessive torque!
For tests with cross-linking (curing) materials:
Remove the loading chute* shortly after having passed the
minimum of the curve!
Manually stop the test shortly after the second torque
maximum has been passed!
Immediately remove the sample material from the mixer!
Do not have the material cool down in the mixer bowl!

11
Have tests with non cross-linking materials continue until the
test time preset in the parameter window has expired.

The loading chute* usually is not remounted.


Upon expiry of the preset test time, the test is stopped
automatically.
The speed of the drive unit* is set to zero automatically.

Heating continues until it is switched off manually.

Cleaning of the measuring mixer must be done immediately


in order to prevent cooing down of the sample material in the
measuring mixer.
Cleaning should be done as quickly as possible in order to
prevent excessive cooling of the mixer bowl and of the blades*.
The longer the time needed for cleaning, the longer the time
needed for reaching the previous starting conditions again.

For cleaning, please follow the instructions in chapter 11


"Cleaning".
For test evaluation, please refer to chapter 12 "Evaluation of the
test" and to the separate instruction manual of the WinMix
program*.

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11.1 Safety notes concerning cleaning

WARNING
Danger of injury, risk of property damage!
When several persons work simultaneously at the open measuring
mixer, the drive unit* may be started by mistake.
Danger of serious injuries, entanglement hazard by mixer blades!

NEVER have two or more persons work simultaneously at


the measuring mixer!

WARNING
Danger of injury, risk of property damage!
Hot surfaces at the measuring mixer, at the loading devices*, and
at the cover hood of the gear unit!
Risk of severe burning, risk of property damage!

Always wear suitable protective gloves!


Always take care to keep a sufficient distance of unprotected
parts of your body to the hot surfaces!
Dispose the front plate, the mixer bowl, and the blades* on
suitable, heat-resistant surfaces only!

NOTICE
Risk of property damage!
The use of unpermitted cleaning agents or tools involves the risk of
®
damage to the Brabender measuring mixer and to the blades*.

For removing the sample material and for cleaning the


measuring mixer and the blades*, only use the tools from the
accessory kit (brass brush and bronze spatula)!
Never use any sharp-edged or pointed tools or any other
tools that might damage the surfaces of the measuring mixer
and of the blades*!

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NOTICE
Risk of property damage!
Residual product which hardens or cross-links within the machine
or instrument involves the risk of automatic motor shut-down by
the automatic torque limitation.
Humidity, in particular distilled water, or residues of other
aggressive products, cause wear such as abrasion and/or
corrosion up to pitting.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All parts with product contact are wear
parts, i.e. warranty for such parts is
generally excluded!

Empty the instrument or machine completely after each test!


Thoroughly clean all parts with product contact after each test.
Particular care must be taken for clean and dry sealing
surfaces, angles, and grooves.
Thoroughly dry all parts after cleaning!
Never have any cross-linking material cool down or harden
within the instrument or machine!
Never leave any residues of aggressive products such as
ceramics, distilled water, etc. within the instrument or
machine for a prolonged time!
During cleaning, take care for any signs of wear!

For a definition of the target group for cleaning of the


®
Brabender measuring mixer and the required skills, please
refer to chapter 4.2.

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11.2 Cleaning the measuring mixer after each test

®
The Brabender measuring mixer must be cleaned thoroughly
after each measurement in order to avoid falsification of the
results of the subsequent tests due to material residues.
The chute and piston of the loading device* must be cleaned
immediately after the measurement as well.

The holding block of the loading device* does not need to be


disassembled for cleaning the measuring mixer.

11.2.1 Substitution in case of materials that tend to stick to the walls

After tests with materials that do not tend to stick to the walls, a
substitution is not necessary. In this case, proceed with chapter
11.2.2 "Cleaning the measuring mixer".
Before cleaning the measuring mixer after tests with materials
that tend to stick to the mixer walls, a substitution with one of
the following materials is recommended.
• highly stabilized PVC compounds
• a high-molecular PE (e.g. Lupolene 5261 Z, additional
equipment, ident no. 0 28 098)
• crude rubber (only for temperatures < 150°C)
Moreover, a commercial scouring agent can be added to the
cleaning compound (e.g. ident no. 2 13 138).

1 ®
For opening the Brabender measuring mixer, loosen the two
M10 Allen screws at the front plate.

Only loosen the screws, do not completely unscrew them!

2
Tilt the swivel tie-bar open by turning it clockwise.

3
Tilt the safety shackle on the right side (front view) open
towards the top.

4
Draw off the front plate of the measuring mixer straight to the
front with both of your hands and put it onto a suitable, clean support.

A suitable mixer holder* is included in the accessory


®
kit of the Plastograph EC*.
Further mixer supports* are available as supplementary
®
modules of the Plastograph EC* and of the Universal
Docking Station* (see instruction manuals of the Plasto-
®
graph EC* and of the Universal-Docking-Station*,
respectively).

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WARNING
When taking off the mixer bowl while the drive* is running, the
rotating blades* are bare.
Danger of serious injuries, entanglement hazard by mixer blades*!
NEVER grasp into the open measuring mixer when the drive
unit* is on!
NEVER work at the measuring mixer with open long hair or
with garments hanging down (tie, scarf, shawl or the like)!
Danger of damage to the measuring mixer!
NEVER insert any objects into the running measuring mixer!

5
Simultaneously press and hold the two buttons of the two-hand
control device at the mixer handles.
The drive unit* starts running at crawling speed.
By the rotation of the blades within the mixer bowl, the
mixer bowl is slightly pushed off the rear wall.

6
When the mixer bowl has slightly been separated from the rear
wall, release the two buttons of the two-hand control device.
The drive unit* stops.

7
Carefully and uniformly draw off the mixer bowl with both your
hands from the stud bolts and place it onto a suitable, clean surface.

8
Use the supplied brass spatula in order to remove the sample
material as far as possible from the blades and the three mixer
parts (front plate, rear wall, and bowl).

In particular the sealing surfaces of the front and rear


wall and of the mixer bowl must be free of any residues.

Dispose the sample material in an ecologically sound


way only after cleaning and reassembly of the
®
Brabender measuring mixer.

For disposal of the sample material, please refer to


chapter 16 "Disposal".

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CAUTION
Blades* that have not been locked properly may work loose during
operation.
Risk of injury, risk of damage to the measuring mixer and to the
drive unit* by blades* not properly locked!

Make sure by all means that both blades* have been mounted
and locked properly!

9
Make sure that both blades* are still locked properly.

10
Immediately push the mixer bowl evenly onto the two stud bolts
again with both of your hands until it contacts the mixer rear wall.

11
Push the front wall evenly onto the two stud bolts with both of
your hands until it contacts the mixer bowl.

12
Close the swivel tie-bar by turning it counter-clockwise down to
the limit stop.

The M10 Allen screws of the front plate must fit into the
recesses of the swivel tie-bar.

CAUTION
Risk of injury, risk of damage to the measuring mixer and to the
drive unit* due to improper mounting of the mixer bowl and/or of
the front plate!

Tighten the Allen screws at the front plate alternately step by


step!
When tightening the Allen screws at the front plate, take care
that the mixer bowl and/or the front plate are not chocked!

13
Evenly tighten the M10 Allen screws at the front plate.

14
Set the speed potentiometer at the drive unit* to 0.

15
Press the "Loc" key at the temperature control and display
unit.

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16
Press the "Start" key at the temperature control and display
unit in order to activate the drive unit*.

The green LED at the "Start" key lights up.

WARNING
When the drive unit* is on, the rotating blades* are bare.
Danger of serious injuries, entanglement hazard by mixer blades*!

NEVER grasp into the running measuring mixer!


NEVER work at the measuring mixer with open long hair or
with garments hanging down (tie, scarf, shawl or the like)!
Danger of damage to the measuring mixer!

NEVER insert any objects into the running measuring mixer!

17 -1
Set a low speed (approx. 20 - 30 min ) at the speed potentiometer
of the drive unit*.
The drive starts rotating with the preset speed.

NOTICE
During material substitution, high torques may arise in the
measuring mixer and the measuring mixer may be overfilled.
Risk of shear element failure when closing the measuring mixer
with a loading device*.
Load substitution material directly into the feed opening of the
measuring mixer (i.e. without any loading device*)!

18
Carefully load the cleaning compound from the top into the feed
opening of the measuring mixer.

Concerning the ingredients of the cleaning compound,


see notice at the beginning of chapter 11.2.1.

19
As soon as the material rises through the feed opening of the

measuring mixer, press the "Stop" key at the temperature


control and display unit of the drive unit*.
The drive motor* stops.

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20
Make sure that the drive unit* cannot be started by mistake.

21
Use the brass spatula from the accessory kit in order to remove
any material that has risen through the feed opening.

22
Press the "Start" key at the temperature control and display
unit in order to reactivate the drive unit*.
The drive* starts rotating with the speed set at the speed
potentiometer.

23
Repeat steps no. 18 - 23 several times until the material forced
out through the feed opening hardly contains any more residues
of the original polymer melt.

24
Press the "Stop" key at the temperature control and display
unit of the drive unit*.
The drive motor* stops.

25
Completely clean the measuring mixer as described in chapter
11.2.2.

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11.2.2 Cleaning the measuring mixer

1 ®
For opening the Brabender measuring mixer, loosen the two
M10 Allen screws at the front plate.

Only loosen the screws, do not completely unscrew them!

2
Tilt the swivel tie-bar open by turning it clockwise.

3
Tilt the safety shackle on the right side (front view) open
towards the top.

4
Draw off the front plate of the measuring mixer straight to the
front with both of your hands and put it onto a suitable, clean support.

A suitable mixer holder* is included in the accessory


®
kit of the Plastograph EC*.
Further mixer supports* are available as supplementary
®
modules of the Plastograph EC* and of the Universal
Docking Station*.

5
Use the supplied brass spatula in order to remove the sample
material as far as possible from the measuring mixer.

Dispose the sample material in an ecologically sound


way only after cleaning and reassembly of the
®
Brabender measuring mixer.

See chapter 16 "Disposal".

WARNING
When taking off the mixer bowl while the drive* is running, the
rotating blades* are bare.
Danger of serious injuries, entanglement hazard by mixer blades*!
NEVER grasp into the open measuring mixer when the drive
unit* is on!
NEVER work at the measuring mixer with open long hair or
with garments hanging down (tie, scarf, shawl or the like)!
Danger of damage to the measuring mixer!
NEVER insert any objects into the running measuring mixer!

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6
Simultaneously press and hold the two buttons of the two-hand
control device at the mixer handles.
The drive unit* starts running at crawling speed.
By the rotation of the blades within the mixer bowl, the
mixer bowl is slightly pushed off the rear wall.

7
When the mixer bowl has slightly been separated from the rear
wall, release the two buttons of the two-hand control device at
the mixer handles.
The drive unit* stops.

8
Carefully and uniformly draw off the mixer bowl with both your
hands from the stud bolts and place it onto a suitable, clean surface.

9
Disassemble the mixer blades* as follows:

Removal of the blades is facilitated by a suitable blade


extractor (see list of supplementary modules in the annex).
Hold the right mixer blade* with your hands.
Turn the left blade* clockwise by approx. 30° in or der to
unlock it and draw it out towards the front.
Turn the right blade* counter-clockwise by approx. 30° in
order to unlock it and draw it out towards the front.

First clean the blades* and the bushings and remount


the blades*, then clean the mixer bowl in order to
keep loss of heat in the blades as low as possible.

10
Thoroughly clean both blades* with the supplied brass brush
and brass spatula.

11
Remove any material residues from the blades* with a clean,
dry, and non-fraying cotton cloth.

12
Use the round brush from the accessory kit in order to clean the
bushings.

13
Immediately mount the shorter one of the two blades* from the
front side into the right bushing of the mixer rear wall up to the
limit stop.

Slightly turn the blade* to the right and left until you
can push it into the bushing up to the limit stop.

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14
Insert the longer one of the two blades* from the front side into
the left bushing of the mixer rear wall up to the limit stop.

Slightly turn the blade* to the right and left until you
can push it into the bushing up to the limit stop.

15
Hold the left blade* with your hand and turn the right blade*
clockwise by approx. 30° in order to lock it.

16
Hold the right blade* with your hand and turn the left blade*
counter-clockwise by approx. 30° in order to lock i t.

CAUTION
Blades* that have not been locked properly may work loose during
operation.
Risk of injury, risk of damage to the measuring mixer and to the
drive unit* by blades* not properly locked!

Make sure by all means that both blades have been mounted
and locked properly!

17
Make sure that none of the two blades* can be drawn out
towards the front.

18
Immediately afterwards, thoroughly clean the mixer bowl with
the brass spatula and brass brush from the accessory kit.

19
Remove any material residues from the bowl with a clean, dry,
and non-fraying cotton cloth.

20
Push the clean mixer bowl evenly onto the two stud bolts with
both of your hands until it contacts the mixer rear wall.

21
Immediately afterwards, thoroughly clean the front plate with the
brass spatula and brass brush from the accessory kit.

22
Remove any material residues from the front plate a clean, dry,
and non-fraying cotton cloth.

23
Push the front wall evenly onto the two stud bolts with both of
your hands until it contacts the mixer bowl.

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24
Close the swivel tie-bar by turning it counter-clockwise down to
the limit stop.

The M10 Allen screws of the front plate must fit into the
recesses of the swivel tie-bar.

CAUTION
Risk of injury, risk of damage to the measuring mixer and to the
drive unit* due to improper mounting of the mixer bowl and/or of
the front plate!

Tighten the Allen screws at the front plate alternately step by


step!
When tightening the Allen screws at the front plate, take care
that the mixer bowl and/or the front plate are not chocked!

25
Evenly tighten the M10 Allen screws at the front plate.

26
Before starting the next test, make sure that the loading device*
has cooled down to ambient temperature.

Otherwise, the loading process may be impeded,


particularly in case of powders with a low melting
point.

27
Before starting the next test, make sure that the test conditions
are constant.

The control temperatures and the stock temperature


should have been constant for 3 min before starting
the next test.

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12 EVALUATION OF THE TEST

For detailed information concerning test evaluation and further


processing of the measuring results by means of the Brabender
mixer program*, please refer to the separate instruction manual
of the WinMix mixer program*.

12.1 Evaluation criteria


Before starting the evaluation of the measurement, verify the following
criteria.

Even if only a single criterion was not met, the test results must
be rejected and a new test must be run.

Criterion Demand

• Starting The starting temperature must have been


temperature constant for at least 3 min before loading the
(stock temperature sample material into the measuring mixer
signal)
Usually, the stock temperature is slightly
lower than the mixer temperature (actual
signal of the control temperature).
• Loading time 5 - 20 s

The loading time should be reproducible.


• Stock temperature Stock temperature = Mixer temperature + max. 20°C
when reaching
stationary Causes for low stock temperature:
conditions
• Mixer is underfilled
For calculating the sample weight,
increase the constant K to 0.75 or 0.8.
• Speed too low
Repeat the test at a higher speed.
Causes for excessive stock temperature:
• Mixer is overfilled
Reduce the sample weight
• Excessive speed
Repeat the test at a lower speed.
• Unsuited blade* geometry
Change the type of mixer blades*

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Criterion Demand

• Bandwidth of the
torque curve In case of an excessive band width,
increase damping.
Excessive damping, however, impedes
any additional evaluation of the
torque curve, e.g. if slip additives
were used for the test material.
• Profile of the The torque curve should take a large part of
torque curve the diagram, but should not go beyond the
margins of the diagram, i.e. the torque curve
must be shown completely.

A torque curve near to the zero line


signifies selection of a wrong torque
range.
Set a smaller torque range in
the WinMix program*.

12.2 Accuracy and reproducibility


• ®
Brabender measuring instruments are manufactured and calibrated
according to the state of art.
• Nevertheless, failures after a long operation time, e.g. due to failures
or defective parts in the heating/cooling system, electric lines, or
hoses, cannot be excluded.
• Accuracy and reproducibility of the measuring results are influenced
by:
- sample weight
- nature of the sample material (temperature, pellet size,
pourability, moisture, etc.)
- heating/cooling of the measuring mixer
- cleanness of the mixer
- operability of all system components
- speed
- wear of blades* and/or bushings
- wear of the inner surfaces of the mixer bowl
- failure of heating cartridges
- observation of test specifications

Tests the results of which are to be compared with each other


must run under identical test conditions.

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13 MAINTENANCE
13.1 Safety notes concerning maintenance

NOTICE
Risk of property damage!
Improper maintenance of the instrument involves the risk of
damage to the instrument.
®
Maintenance of the Brabender measuring mixer may only be
carried out by instructed personnel!

For a definition of the target group for maintenance and the


required skills, please refer to chapter 4.2.

In order to provide for professional maintenance of the


®
Brabender measuring mixer, you can enter into a maintenance
®
contract with Brabender customer service.
®
For this purpose, please contact the Brabender service
department (see chapter 2 "Contact").

13.2 Maintenance intervals


• ®
The gear unit of the Brabender measuring mixer has got a lifetime
lubrication. It is not necessary to exchange any lubricants.
• In case of everyday use, check the measuring mixer, the mixer
blades*, and the thermocouple for abrasion once a year. For this
purpose, run a test with the same material and under the same
conditions as for the reference test.

Keep the following maintenance intervals:

Maintenance work Interval


Check

• Abrasion check --- in case of daily use


once a year

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13.3 Maintenance work


13.3.1 Abrasion check

The abrasion check must be carried out once a year with the
same reference material and under the same conditions as
used for the reference test.

Concerning the reference test, please refer to chapter 10.3.

WARNING
Danger of injury, risk of property damage!
When the feed opening is open and the motor drive is running, the
rotating blades are accessible.
Danger of serious injuries, entanglement hazard by mixer blades!

NEVER grasp into the open measuring mixer when the drive
unit* is on!

NEVER work at the measuring mixer with open long hair or


with garments hanging down (tie, scarf, shawl or the like)!

WARNING
Danger of injury, risk of property damage!
The hot surfaces of the measuring mixer, of the loading chute*,
and of the cover of the gear unit* may reach temperatures of up to
approx. 500°C.
Even after switching off of the system, these surfaces may still be
very hot for a long time.
Risk of severe burning!

Always wear suitable protective gloves!

Always take care to keep a sufficient distance of unprotected


parts of your body to the hot mixer surfaces!

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1
Make sure that the interior of the mixer bowl is perfectly clean
and dry.

2
Make sure that the starting conditions are exactly the same as
for the reference test.

3
Run a measurement with the reference material.

For running the measurement, follow the instructions in


chapter 10.3.4 "Measurement".

4
Upon completion of the measurement, print the test parameters
and results as well as the diagram.

For printing the measurement, please refer to the


separate instruction manual of the Brabender WinMix
program*.

5
Hold the recorded curve over the reference curve in order to
recognize any deviations.

Max. admissible deviations from the reference curve:


• Final torque: ± 1.5 Nm
• Temperature curve: ± 1°C

6
If the torque and/or temperature curve deviates by more than
the values stated above from the reference curve, please
®
contact the Brabender Service.

The contact address is given in chapter 2 "Contact".

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14 TROUBLE-SHOOTING
This chapter lists some possible troubles which may occur during
®
operation of the Brabender measuring mixer and measures to be taken
for eliminating these troubles.

For trouble-shooting, please also refer to the chapter "Trouble-


shooting" of the separate instruction manual of the drive unit*
used and of the Universal Docking Station*, if applicable.

WARNING
Danger of injury, risk of property damage!
When the measuring mixer* is open and the drive is running, the
rotating mixer blades are bare.
Danger of serious contusions!

Before grasping into the measuring mixer, switch the


isolator switch of the drive unit* OFF!
NEVER grasp into the open measuring mixer when the drive
unit* is on!
Entanglement hazard!

NEVER work at the measuring mixer* with open long hair or


with garments hanging down (tie, scarf, shawl or the like)!
Danger of injury, risk of property damage by unintentional starting
of the drive unit while the mixer blades are bare when several
persons work simultaneously at the Brabender measuring mixer.

NEVER have two or more persons work simultaneously at


®
the Brabender measuring mixer!

WARNING
Danger of injury, risk of property damage!
The hot surfaces of the measuring mixer, of the loading chute*,
and of the cover of the gear unit* may reach temperatures of up to
approx. 500°C.
Even after switching off of the system, these surfaces may still be
very hot for a long time.
Risk of severe burning!

Always wear suitable protective gloves!

Always take care to keep a sufficient distance of unprotected


parts of your body to the hot mixer surfaces!

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No. Error Cause/measure

1 A torque value is already Possible cause:


shown during calibration Mixer blades* obstructed due to insufficient cleaning of the bushings
Measures:
This torque value
appears for a short 1
moment only before Click the button in the mixer program*.
it is rest due to The drive unit* is set to zero automatically.
calibration
2
Disassemble the mixer blades*.

See chapter 11.2.2 "Cleaning the measuring mixer",


steps no. 1 - 9 for this purpose.

If the mixer blades* cannot be disassembled manually,


a suitable blade extractor* can be used:
• 6 19 207 Blade extractor* for roller blades
• 6 19 257 Blade extractor* for cam and Banbury blades

3
Only if the blades* cannot be disassembled with a blade
extractor either:

In the WinMix program*, click the button or select the


menu "File" - "New".
The parameter window appears.
In the parameter window, increase the mixer temperature
setting by 20°C (e.g. 200°C instead of 180°C).
Click the button at the bottom of the parameter
window.

The measuring mixer is heated up now. The window


with set and real temperatures is shown on the monitor*.
Wait until all actual values ("Real") have reached the set
values.
Try again to disassemble the mixer blades*.

4
Thoroughly clean the mixer blades* and the bushings.

5
Reassemble the mixer blades* and the mixer.

See chapter 11.2.2 "Cleaning the measuring mixer",


steps no. 13 - 27 for this purpose.

If applicable, lower the mixer temperature through the


software* before starting the next measurement.

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No. Error Cause/measure

2 The drive unit* is stopped Possible cause:


automatically during the The max. permissible torque for the measuring mixer has been exceeded
measurement and the torque limitation has stopped the drive motor.
Measures:

1
Click the button in the mixer program*.

2
Find out the cause for the high torque and eliminate it.

3
If necessary, change the test parameters accordingly
(temperature, speed).

4
Start the test anew at a low speed.

See also chapter 4.4.5.1 "Procedure after stoppage of


the drive motor by the automatic torque limitation" and
chapter 10.3.4 "Measurement".

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15 REPAIR

15 REPAIR

WARNING
Danger of injury, risk of property damage!
Improper repair work involves the danger of injury for the personnel
and the risk of damage to the instrument.
®
Repair work at the Brabender measuring mixer* may only be
®
carried out by Brabender service technicians or by skilled
®
personnel authorized for this work by Brabender .

®
If the Brabender measuring mixer needs to be repaired, please contact
®
the Brabender customer service/service department.

®
Contact: Brabender GmbH & Co. KG
Kulturstraße 51 - 55
47055 Duisburg
Germany
Phone -49-203-7788-0
E-mail: service@brabender.com

North American Regions


Contact: C.W. Brabender Instruments, Inc.
50 East Wesley Street
South Hackensack, New Jersey 07606
USA
Phone 201-343-8425
E-mail: service@cwbrabender.com

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16 DISPOSAL

16 DISPOSAL
The carrier of the instrument is responsible for ecologically sound
®
disposal of the Brabender measuring mixer or of parts thereof.

• ®
Lubrication of the gear unit of the Brabender measuring mixer
implies the use of the process material high-temperature gear oil.
• It is within the responsibility of the carrier of this machine to observe
and apply the manufacturer's regulations and instructions in the safety
data sheets concerning disposal - even of residues - of this process
material.

®
In case of a necessary disposal of the Brabender measuring
mixer or of part thereof, we recommend entrusting an authorized
disposal company with the disposal of the machine/machine
parts in order to make sure that the local regulations concerning
collection, recycling, and disposal as well as those concerning
documentation are observed.

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17 ACCESSORIES

17 ACCESSORIES
For handling and operating the instrument as well as for cleaning, the
accessories listed below are included in the scope of supply of the
®
Brabender measuring mixer.

17.1 Reordering instructions


• The individual parts of the accessory kit can be reordered like spare
parts at any time in case of consumption.
State the ident. no. and • For all reorders of accessories of Brabender instruments, please
the serial number always state the ident. no. and the serial number of the instrument
(see name plate)! for which you require the respective part.
®
These numbers are indicated on the name plate of the Brabender
instrument (see chapter 6.2.1 "Name plate").
If possible, state the • Additional indication of the order number under which you received
®
order number as well! the Brabender instrument facilitates handling of you order.
• Please address your repeat order to your local Brabender
®

®
representation or directly to Brabender .

®
Contact: Brabender GmbH & Co. KG
Kulturstraße 51 - 55
47055 Duisburg
Germany
Phone -49-203-7788-0
E-mail: brabender@brabender.com

North American Regions


Contact: C.W. Brabender Instruments, Inc.
50 East Wesley Street
South Hackensack, New Jersey 07606
USA
Phone 201-343-8425
E-mail: service@cwbrabender.com

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17.2 List of accessories

Ident. no. Designation Packing unit


2 13 299.002 High-temperature grease OKS 432 1 pc.
(for gear lubrication), 400-g cartridge
2 97 097 Brass wire brush 1 pc.
2 97 122 Round brush ∅ 40/30 mm 1 pc.
2 97 590 Bronze spatula 1 pc.
6 19 305 Bronze brush with spherical handle 1 pc.
2 97 860 Hexagon socket head wrench size 8 1 pc.
(for M10 Allen screws at the front plate)
6 73 326 Control thermocouple with 1000 mm 3 pcs.
connection cable
6 74 286 90° angular stock temperature 1 pc.
thermocouple FeCuNi type J

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18 SPARE PARTS
18.1 Ordering instructions
State the ident. no. and • For spare part orders for Brabender instruments, please always
the serial number state the ident. no. and the serial number of the instrument for which
(see name plate)! you require the respective part.
®
These numbers are indicated on the name plate of the Brabender
instrument (see chapter 6.2.1 "Name plate").

Your order cannot be handled without these numbers.

If possible, state the • Additional indication of the order number under which you received
®
order number as well! the Brabender instrument facilitates handling of you order.
• Please address your spare parts order to your local Brabender
®

®
representation or directly to Brabender .

®
Contact: Brabender GmbH & Co. KG
Kulturstraße 51 - 55
47055 Duisburg
Germany
Phone -49-203-7788-0
E-mail: brabender@brabender.com

North American Regions


Contact: C.W. Brabender Instruments, Inc.
50 East Wesley Street
South Hackensack, New Jersey 07606
USA
Phone 201-343-8425
E-mail: service@cwbrabender.com

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18.2 Spare parts list

Ident. no. Designation


6 25 339 Front wall made of LC 200, mounted mechanically and wired
6 25 340 Rear wall made of LC 200, mounted mechanically and wired
6 25 341 Bowl made of LC 200, mounted mechanically and wired
2 90 006 Inner ring A 6075
2 90 007 Tapered ring A 6157
4 97 239.001 Helical gear wheel Z = 18 (for i = 2 : 3 / 3 : 2)
4 97 240.001 Helical gear wheel Z = 27 (for i = 2 : 3 / 3 : 2)
4 97 285.001 Helical gear wheel Z = 20 (for i = 1 : 1.1)
4 97 286.001 Helical gear wheel Z = 22 (for i = 1 : 1.1)
4 19 242 Feather key 4.97 * 6.7 * 26.7 with round face
4 19 242.001 Feather key 6.77 * 4.97 * 26.6 with straight face
4 19 242.002 Feather key 7 * 4.97 * 32 with straight face
4 50 323 Clutch hub M48-DMR19.05
2 28 111 Heating cartridge 8* 60 mm, 350 W (mixer bowl)
2 28 088 Heating cartridge 10 * 130 mm, 800 W (rear wall, bottom)
2 28 026 Heating cartridge 10 * 100 mm, 560 W (front and rear wall)
4 66 281 Clamping ring Ms, with slot
(within screw joint of the stock temperature thermocouple)
6 74 286 Stock temperature thermocouple, 90°-angle, FeCuNi type J
6 73 326 Control thermocouple, 1000 mm connection cable
6 19 335 Switch box for safety device of mixer 50 EHT, mounted
mechanically and wired

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19 SUPPLEMENTARY MODULES, ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT

19 SUPPLEMENTARY MODULES, ADDITIONAL


EQUIPMENT
Supplementary modules and additional equipment are modules which
may be mounted additionally to or used in combination with the
instrument but which are not necessarily required for operating the basic
instrument, or parts, that may substitute standard parts of the instruments
and need to be ordered separately.

19.1 Ordering instructions

• The individual parts can be ordered like spare parts at any time.

State the ident. no. and • For orders of supplementary modules or additional equipment for
the serial number Brabender instruments, please always state the ident. no. and the
(see name plate)! serial number of the instrument for which you require the respective
part.
®
These numbers are indicated on the name plate of the Brabender
instrument (see chapter 6.2.1 "Name plate").
If possible, state the • Additional indication of the order number under which you received
®
order number as well! the Brabender instrument facilitates handling of you order.
• Please address your spare parts order to your local Brabender
®

®
representation or directly to Brabender .

®
Contact: Brabender GmbH & Co. KG
Kulturstraße 51 - 55
47055 Duisburg
Germany
Phone -49-203-7788-0
E-mail: brabender@brabender.com

North American Regions


Contact: C.W. Brabender Instruments, Inc.
50 East Wesley Street
South Hackensack, New Jersey 07606
USA
Phone 201-343-8425
E-mail: service@cwbrabender.com

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19.2 List of supplementary modules and additional


equipment

Ident.-no. Designation
6 94 207.002 Roller blade, short, 1.4122
6 94 217.001 Roller blade, long, 1.4122
6 94 217.101 Set of roller blades, 1. 4122,
consisting of 6 94 207.002 and 6 94 217.001
6 94 227.002 Roller blade, short, 1.4122 Variantic
6 94 226.002 Roller blade, long, 1.4122 Variantic
6 94 226.102 Set of roller blades, 1.4122 Variantic
consisting of 6 94 227.002 and 6 94 226.002
6 94 207.091 Roller blade, short, 2.4610/1.4122
6 94 217.091 Roller blade, long, 2.4610
6 94 217.191 Set of roller blades, 2.4610
consisting of 6 94 207.091 and 6 94 217.091
6 91 229.003 Cam blade, short, 1.4122
6 94 209.001 Cam blade, long, 1.4122
6 94 209.101 Set of cam blades 1.4122
consisting of 6 91 229.003 and 6 94 209.001
4 45 260.002 Cam blade, short, 1.4122 Variantic
6 94 209.003 Cam blade, long, 1.4122 Variantic
6 94 209.103 Set of cam blades 1.4122 Variantic,
consisting of 4 45 260.002 and 6 94 209.003
6 91 229.090 Cam blade, short, 2.4610/1.4122
6 94 209.091 Cam blade, long, 2.4610
6 94 209.191 Set of cam blades 2.4610,
consisting of 6 91 229.090 and 6 94 209.091
6 93 286.001 Banbury blade, short, 1.4122
6 93 285.001 Banbury blade, long, 1.4122
6 93 285.101 Set of Banbury blades 1.4122
consisting of 6 93 286.001 and 6 93 285.001
6 93 286.002 Banbury blade, short, 1.4122 Variantic
6 93 285.002 Banbury blade, long, 1.4122 Variantic
6 93 285.102 Set of Banbury blades 1.4122 Variantic
consisting of 6 93 286.002 and 6 93 285.002
6 94 234.004 MB blade, short, 1.4122
6 94 235.006 MB blade, long, 1.4122
6 94 235.106 Set of MB blades 1.4122,
consisting of 6 94 234.004 and 6 94 235.006
6 91 277.003 Sigma blade, short, 1.4122
6 91 276.003 Sigma blade, long, 1.4122
6 91 276.103 Set of Sigma blades 1.4122,
consisting of 6 91 277.003 and 6 91 276.003

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Ident.-no. Designation
6 19 207 Blade extractor for roller blades
6 19 257 Blade extractor for cam and Banbury blades
6 19 338 Locking lever for front wall
6 77 258.001 Quick loading chute, complete
4 79 123 Loading weight 5 kg
6 28 204 Pressure ram, complete
6 28 206 Pressure ram with bore for metering pump, complete
6 28 364.002 Pneumatic loading chute
6 28 208 Sealing cover for nitrogen addition
6 74 286 Stock temperature thermocouple, 90°-angle, FeCuNi type J
6 73 326 Control thermocouple, 1000 mm connection cable
0 28 098 Lupolene powder HDPE (25 kg)

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20 ANNEX

20 ANNEX
20.1 Electrical documents, wiring diagrams
®
The electrical documents and wiring diagrams of the Brabender
measuring mixer are included separately in the scope of supply.

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... where quality is measured.

Brabender® GmbH & Co. KG C.W. Brabender® Instruments, Inc.


Kulturstr. 51-55 50 East Wesley Street
47055 Duisburg South Hackensack, New Jersey 07606
Germany USA
Phone - 49 - 203 - 7788 - 0 Phone - 201 - 343 - 8425
Fax - 49 - 203 - 7788 - 101 Fax - 201 - 343 - 0608
E-mail: brabender@brabender.com E-mail: service@cwbrabender.com
www.brabender.com www.cwbrabender.com