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Ribbon Cutting

Newest Laboratory for BKG® Systems Is a Resource for Product Demonstrations, Trial Runs, Operator Training, and Pilot-Scale Process Development

HICKORY, NORTH CAROLINA, U.S.A., February 26, 2020: A ribbon-cutting ceremony by Nordson Corporation today marked the startup of an extensively equipped process laboratory to serve the Americas market for pelletizing systems and melt delivery equipment.

Installed at an existing Nordson facility in Hickory, North Carolina, the new laboratory has a pelletizing line with throughput capacity up to 1,000 lb/hr (450 kg/hr). The line includes a twin screw extruder, BKG® pelletizer, Optigon™ self-cleaning process water and pellet drying system, and jet cleaner for removing polymer residue from die plates. Both underwater and water ring pelletizers are available for testing. Melt delivery components include three HiCon™ screen changers (backflush, continuous, and discontinuous types), a BlueFlow™ gear pump, and a HyFlex™ diverter valve. For evaluating materials to be processed, the facility also provides rheological analysis.

“The new BKG technical center is the latest example of Nordson’s global commitment to support the needs of customers and prospects with local, state-of-the-art laboratories,” said Kevin Tuttle, business director for the Americas. “The move is part of our company’s overall strategy for business growth and our continued investment in the BKG Americas business.”

The laboratory enables existing and prospective customers to see BKG systems in operation for comparison with competing products, evaluate new formulations, carry on application development, and train equipment operators.

“The new Nordson BKG laboratory at Hickory enables customers and prospects to do application development and test runs without sacrificing productivity in their own plants,” said Merritt Christian, market development manager. “Use of the laboratory is available on a rental basis, and processors can test new technologies in the strictest confidence. When required, Nordson will sign a non-disclosure agreement.”

Nordson operates process laboratories in Europe, the United States, and Asia, including BKG laboratories in Münster, Germany, Shanghai, China, and Chonburi, Thailand. “The new BKG laboratory in Hickory is Nordson’s first in the Americas, supporting the rapid growth in this region for our pelletizing and melt delivery systems,” said Mr. Tuttle.

Caption for Photo 01: Shown at ribbon cutting, from left to right: Parke Strong, R&D Engineer; Merritt Christian, Market Development Manager; Kevin Tuttle, Business Director, Americas; Udo Gielen, Sales Manager; Suzann Smith, OEM Sales Director.


Nordson Corporation engineers, manufactures and markets differentiated products and systems used for the precision dispensing of adhesives, coatings, sealants, biomaterials, polymers, plastics and other materials, fluid management, test and inspection, UV curing and plasma surface treatment, all supported by application expertise and direct global sales and service. Nordson serves a wide variety of consumer non-durable, durable and technology end markets including packaging, nonwovens, electronics, medical, appliances, energy, transportation, construction, and general product assembly and finishing. Founded in 1954 and headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, the company has operations and support offices in more than 30 countries. Visit Nordson on the web at, @Nordson_Corp, or

Nordson Polymer Processing Systems provides customers with engineered components to melt, homogenize, filter, meter, and give shape to plastic and fluid coating materials. Nordson Corporation leverages the collective plastics industry experience from a series of strategic acquisitions to offer a uniquely broad portfolio of industry-leading technologies. Nordson delivers a full range of precision melt stream products — from screws and barrels for extrusion and injection molding — to filtration systems, pumps, and valves — to the extrusion dies and pelletizing systems to meet the constantly evolving needs of the polymer industry.

Nordson Corporation provides customers with local technical sales, service and remanufacturing capabilities through sales organizations and regional manufacturing facilities in over 30 countries. To learn more visit us at or