Healdsburg, California - Max Machinery Inc., a US manufacturer of urethane processing systems and custom-built blending machines, has nearly completed renovations to its new facilities, which will double the company's operating space. The company said in a 10 August statement that it the added floor space has been earmarked for an additional demonstration- processing machine and for an expansion of the Process Development Area. This is where customers are able to "fast track" their R&D, said the company. Typical projects include: test-running formulas, optimising moulding techniques to eliminate part defects, and making prototype or proof-of-concept samples.As well as the increased floor space, the new facility has greater height to accommodate the addition of 225 gallon (850 litre) and 400 gallon tank options on Max's blending machines, the firm said. "The taller head-space will allow us to build the tanks on the machine frames and still be able to lift and lower the internal pumping systems with an overhead crane" said Andrew Hiles, operations manager. Hiles pointed out that the building Max has been using for the last 35 years was originally a bowling alley. "Over the decades, we have managed to squeeze a lot of work through this small space, but the desire to expand our customer support area makes it necessary to move," he added. Adding another demonstration machine "will allow us to offer process development time to more customers," Hiles added. "Off-line process development lets companies tap into our expertise in urethane processing while we create customer driven products and results. Definitely a win-win situation", he concluded.Max Machinery, set up in 1967, grew up with the cast elastomer industry. It specialises in designs that offer optically clear, bubble-free urethanes and tight ratio and temperature control.The company said it "continues to tackle many of the industry's toughest problems." These include high-viscosity fluids and tight ratio blending. And since these are not unique to the cast urethane industry, Max said, these abilities have allowed it to branch out to apply, "material conditioning and flow-control capabilities in the manufacturing of Spandex and thermoplastic urethanes." "