s processing machine that is used for the production of long items like pipe
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An extruder can be compared to a toothpaste packaging: it consists of a long screw inside a barrel that by turning melts the plastic (usually in the form of pellets) and pushes it forward through a die. The die gives the plastic its desired shape. The product comes out in one continuous piece, like toothpaste would come out of a tube.
A complete extrusion unit also comprises a cooling unit where the product solidifies and gets its final shape and a cutting unit to cut the product into manageable pieces.