Pineapple mixer and heater bands
Things are going well. All parts have been ordered and assembly started. The Pot assembly has been completed and wooden pieces started. The electronics have not arrived yet but that’s the easier part. Some key points have come up during assembling. We found a better solution to the heating of the pot. Its called heated band and they are used for heating up pipes. We were able to get a 500w heater for the 3″ pipe for 25. That’s only a bit more than the one we got and a lot more powerful. Plus that’s one less hole we need to drill. although we still need to get the thermocouple inside the pot but that’s a much smaller hole. Also a solution to the mixing problem has been found. Its called a pineapple mixer and its a static mixing tool. This will be placed in the 2in pipe before the valve. It creates turbulent flow and mixes the colorant and the plastic. This will prob be the final mix of the plastic and some basic mixing would have to be done before hand.