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Extrusion Compounding and Applications in the Food, Medical Devices and Pharmaceutical Industries

Course# Date Time Location
142-1146 09/16/2024 - 09/17/2024 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Microsoft Teams
142-1147 09/16/2025 - 09/17/2025 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Microsoft Teams
Cost: $1,800.00 USD
Online Registration
CEU's: 1.6
Instructor: Mr. Christopher Paige

Course Overview

This two-day course will cover the single-screw and twin-screw compounding equipment and trouble-shooting issues, with compounding. There will be hands-on demonstrations and operation overviews on a single-screw extruder and a twin-screw extruder. The application of extrusion in the food, medical device and pharmaceutical industries will be discussed.

Instructor Biography:


Christopher (Chris) Paige holds a M. S. Degree in Plastics Engineering - 2005 (University of Massachusetts – Lowell) and a M.S. Degree in Polymer Chemistry – 1991 (University of Cincinnati). He is a member of Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), American Chemical Society (ACS) and America Society of Materials (ASM) and has over 30 years’ experience, working in Industry. As a Laboratory Manager, at the University of Akron, Chris performed numerous hands-on plastics processing projects, for domestic and International corporate clients. He is a subject matter expert on Single Screw Extrusion, Twin Screw Extrusion, Blown Film Processing, 3-D Printing, Thermoforming and Injection Molding. Chris also trained Graduate and Undergraduate students on the hands-on operation of Large scale plastic processing equipment and characterization equipment (Thermal Analysis and mechanical Inston), while at the University of Akron.


Single-Screw Equipment

  • Single-Screw (Drag-Flow) Operational Line Set-up
  • Single Rotating Screw Design
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Safety Precautions

Twin-Screw Extrusion Equipment

  • Twin-Screw Operational Line Set-up
  • Screw Design (Co-rotating Screws verses Counter-Rotating Screws – Intermeshing or Non-Intermeshing)
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Safety Precautions

Trouble -Shooting Extrusion Problems or Issues

  • What is Trouble-Shooting? – Note: Trouble- shooting is not Process Development or Process Scale-Up
  • Identification the problems that can occur with Single and Twin-Screw Extrusion Processing Equipment
  • Finding the Best Approach to resolving Processing Problems, or Issues

Hands-on Demonstration and Operation Overview of a Single-Screw Extruder

  • Single-Screw Extrusion Hands-on Demonstration
  • Single-Screw Extruder Operations Overview

Day 2:

Extrusion in the Food Industry

  • Food Extrusion Processing (Breakfast Cereal Products, Pet Foods and Pellet Products)
  • Post- Extrusion Processing (Cutting to size, Moisture Drying, Seasoning or Coating, to meet the Desired Flavor)
  • Packaging

Extrusion in the Medical Device Industry

  • FDA - 21 CFR Parts 210 and 211
  • Aluminum Extrusion, for Medical Device Product Production
  • Tube Extrusion, for Sterile Catheter Usage

Extrusion in the Pharmaceutical Industry

  • FDA – 21CFR Part 11, IQ/OQ/PQ – Validation, Process Analytical Technology (PAT)
  • Dispersion of Active Pharmaceuticals Ingredients (APIs) into Polymer Matrix, to form Solid Solutions
  • Compound Granulation of powders or Continuous Dosage Formulations

Hands-on Demonstration and Operation Overview of a Twin-Screw Extruder

  • Twin-Screw Extrusion Hands-on Demonstration
  • Twin-Screw Extruder Operation Overview


If you have any questions or need more information about this course, please contact:

Penelope Pinkston


Online Registration


Registration Form

Registration information: Registration shall remain open until posted as closed on the course listing on this site.

Registrations must be guaranteed by check, a purchase order number or a credit card, otherwise the registration will not be processed. Checks should be made payable to "The Akron Polymer Technology Services Training Center" and must include a copy of your completed registration form. Course fees are due before attending.

All registrations—whether by online, phone, fax or mail—will be confirmed and considered binding and subject to all cancellation policies. If you do not receive a confirmation prior to the class, please call The Akron Polymer Technology Services Training Center to verify your registration.

Course fee includes classroom instruction, instructional materials, parking permits, continental breakfast, lunch, beverages and refreshment breaks. Travel and hotel accommodations are not included.


Visit our registration webpage to view our cancellation/withdrawal policy.