Silane, Peroxide, HFFR self made compounds
Self compounding, now more than ever, has become a viable option in reducing the overall cost of a cable.
Plexchem realized very early on, that the technological process, for the Self compounding Cable Companies, had to be efficient, idiot proof, inexpensive and yet be able to manufacture quality compounds economically. The Cable Companies were interested in producing compounds to meet their requirements and were not in the business of selling compounds to others. So the compounding process had to be able to produce small batch lots on demand, without losing its cost effectiveness and at the same time, generating very little or no waste products.
Providing the Cable Companies with a fully integrated system is another important prerequisite. Unlike other technological providers, whose efforts were restricted in their scope and ability, Plexchem, and its licensees, are still major XLPE compounders to the cable industry. Many Cable Companies were already familiar with the compounds manufactured by one of the many licensees around the world. Thus, Plexchem will be able on the first trial run, to deliver products that are equivalent to those that are still in use, eliminating the need for costly and time consuming trial and error process.
Aside from the cost saving component, Cable Companies can enjoy products that are freshly made, reducing problems associated with storage, long transit times, detrimental temperature variations and limited shelf life. Unlike commercial compounders who manufacture a standard product, Self compounding Cable Companies are able to tailor the formulation to meet the demands of their equipment and circumstance.
Self compounding has the added benefit of improving the technological competence of the Cable Company. This acquired confidence would allow it to embark on product improvement and development projects, underlining their superiority over their competitors.