The ScrewCon configuration software developed by KraussMaffei for screw and housing elements of twin-screw extruder processing has proven its excellence for over the past twenty years. The latest 3.0 version of this software program comes with a completely new user interface with numerous innovative features. ScrewCon is now also available for use by our customers.

Ultra-rapid configuration based on about 2 000 screw and barrel housing elements

“ScrewCon offers an impressive array of resources. There is a library of about 2 000 screw and barrel housing elements from which the user can choose for the different twin-screw extruder sizes in the ZE BluePower, ZE UTi, ZE UTXi and ZE Basic series. Customised configurations for specific requirements and individual machines can be prepared within a minimum of time,” says Andreas Madle, responsible for process-engineering developments at KraussMaffei Berstorff and in charge of the complete redesign of the ScrewCon software. “In addition, the configuration process is extremely simple using the click and drop function.”

The ScrewCon 3 software used for this purpose is a proprietary product of KraussMaffei Berstorff. This Windows-based solution is characterised by unparalleled user-friendliness. Owing to the intuitive operator guidance, no specific previous knowledge is required to use the software. Combined with the extensive portfolio of integrated features, this unsurpassed ease of use turns ScrewCon 3 into an ideal tool for designing and documenting the set-up of twin-screw extruder processing sections.

The clear and true-to-scale visualisation of screw and housing elements substantially reduces the time required to prepare tailored configurations. As the two elements are directly displayed below each other, screws and barrel housings can be perfectly adapted within the shortest amount of time. The user will be able to see instantly whether the two selected elements match or not. In addition, the screw elements can be precisely positioned relative to the barrel housing openings.

Inventory management for screw and barrel housing elements

The inventory management feature for screw and barrel housing elements offers added benefits to customers. While configuring the extruder processing set-up best suited to the current requirements, users can automatically view the available stock of elements needed for their purpose and will thus know instantly whether the desired configuration can be implemented or not.

Individual screw configuration

A further highlight of the new ScrewCon 3 software is the simultaneous on-screen display of right-hand and left-hand screws of the twin-screw extruder. Each screw can thus be individually designed and you can even select different elements for the two screws, if required. In this case, system visualisation also helps to avoid installation errors when configuring left-hand and right-hand screws with different screw elements.