Your Partner in Creating
A Multitude of Plastic Solutions
Headquartered in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Vycom (a division of The AZEK Company) is a manufacturer of market-leading brands of highly engineered Olefin and PVC sheet products designed to replace wood, metal and other traditional materials in a variety of applications. The AZEK Company currently employs over 500 team members at 4 locations, with 1,000,000 SF of manufacturing under one roof. Vycom’s extensive inventory and product offering gives our customers the convenience of single source purchasing and the ability to maximize efficiency while minimizing freight expense. A key to our success has not only been in generating branded value for our products, but also in developing a streamlined and efficient manufacturing process that permits flexible expansion to meet growing customer demands. From sheet extrusion to sheet compression, from our extensive made-to-stock inventories to our custom run-to-size and orders, Vycom strives to be recognized as the essential partner in creating and implementing plastic solutions that optimize quality and performance.
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Vycom’s continuous plastic sheet extrusion process transforms thermoplastic resins and proprietary compounds (in the form of pellets or powder) into sheet stock through a combination of heat and pressure. During the plastic extrusion process, material is conveyed through the extruder’s barrel using a large single or twin screw. The process generates heat and creates pressure as it mixes the material along with color, UV stabilizers, or other additives as needed in order to create the finished product. This continuous web of molten materials is then forced through a flat sheet die in a semi-viscous state and travels through a series of large high polished chrome rolls which start the cooling process and size the thickness and width of the product. When utilizing a co-extrusion process, two separate extruders feed the same die to form a homogeneous product. As one extruder feeds the middle “core” of the sheet, the second extruder feeds the outer “skins” of the sheet. This process allows different material types or colors to be extruded on one or both outer sides of the sheet. The material continues to travel “down stream” on a series of rollers when further cooling and our proprietary stress-relief process takes place. In addition, this is when texture or a desired finish is applied. At the end of the “down stream” journey, the product is trimmed to a desired width and length. The sheet is then packaged for warehousing and shipment.
Compression molding is a batch process which utilizes precise heat and pressure to transform thermoplastic resin or laminating sheet stock into finished sheet product. The raw material is positioned in a metal mold cavity and then placed in a press. Under controlled heat and pressure the material is transformed to the shape of the mold thereby forming a sheet. Pressure and heat are applied until the curing reaction occurs. Once achieved, the cooling process begins to solidify the material. The curing process is completed through a combination of controlled pressure and cooling. Sheets are then released from the mold and edges are trimmed to size.
“Our investment in a state-of-the-art, award winning RHO 1012 Durst printer allows us to print so much faster with quality that is remarkably close to offset printing. We have seen a 75% increase in volume with the combination of the Durst printer and Vycom’s Celtec Expanded PVC material, our preferred rigid substrate.”