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We invite you to explore our innovative Turbo-Screws® technology products for extruded thermoplastic polymers, including the latest bio-resins like polylactic acid (PLA).
Turbo-Screws® technology is the lowest shear, highest output foam feed screw technology in the world. Turbo-Screws® technology is unequaled in performance and value today.
Jim Fogarty, a true foam industry pioneer, has devoted the vast majority of his working life to foamed polymers.
, the world's largest bio-polymer manufacturer, and Turbo-Screws® technology, came together in January of 2005 to foam NatureWorks' bio-polymers.
As a result, Turbo-Screws® technology leads the world in foamed bio-polymers.
Once again, we have to thank Bioplastics Magazine for the article in the January 2011 issue. Click on the picture below to read the article:
We are very proud to have our Turbo-Screws® technology featured in the January 2009 issue of Bioplastics Magazine. Click on the picture below to read the article:
We are also pleased to have been featured in the "Innovation & Optimization" section of the February 2008 issue of the February 2009 issue of Modern Plastics. Click on the picture below to read it:
We are also very proud to have our Turbo-Screws® technology featured in the Product Watch section of the February 2008 issue of Modern Plastics. Click on the picture below to read it:
Click here for our PLA Foam Extrusion Brochure in PDF format.
1962 - Jim Fogarty makes polystyrene foam on the world's first commercial tandem extrusion system
1968 - Plastic Engineering Associates, Inc., our sister company, is incorporated. Visit:
1998 - Plastic Engineering Associates Licensing, Inc. is incorporated to license Jim Fogarty's invention, Turbo-Screws® Technology Foam Feed Screws.
2000 - Jim Fogarty is granted the first of seven U.S. Patents on his extraordinary Turbo-Screws® and many foreign patents follow, including Russia, Brazil, South Africa, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mexico, England, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, and many more.
2002 - Jim Fogarty celebrates 40 years of work in the foam extrusion industry.
2005 - Jim's Turbo-Screws® technology screws are called on by NatureWorks LLC scientists to foam polylactic acid polymers (PLA)and Turbo-Screws® technology delivers and successfully foams NatureWorks Bio-polymers.
2006 - Jim Fogarty develops the latest generation of Turbo-Screws® technology screws to run high viscosity polymers. The first Turbo-Screws® technology license for PLA foam food packaging applications is signed.
2006 - Plastic Engineering Associates Licensing, Inc. becomes a preferred equipment manufacturer of NatureWorks LLC.
2007 - The second Turbo-Screws® technology license for PLA foam food packaging applications is signed.
2008 - Both Turbo-Screws® PLA foam licensees commercialize the PLA foam process and introduce PLA foam containers into the North American markets.
2008 - November. The third Turbo-Screws® technology license for PLA foam food packaging applications is signed.
2009 - January ~ December. PLA foam production output increases significantly, up 40%, then up another 40% again. The world's first PLA foam die is designed & introduced to the foam industry. Brazilian patent approval obtained.
2010 - August. Plastic Engineering Associates Licensing, Inc. announces it has made the world's first extruded PLA foam sheet for processor grade poultry trays.
2011 - January. The world's first deep draw 10K PLA foam tray is made
Our mission is to provide the polymeric foam extrusion industry with a better and faster method to increase extrusion throughput, reduce power and water costs, and increase the quality of end product, all in a cost-effective manner.