Close-up view of an extruder in use in the Plastics Laboratory at the Hercules Powder Company plant in Parlin, New Jersey. Extruders were commonly used to process and shape a variety of raw materials produced at the plant, including ethyl cellulose, nitrocellulose, and cellulose acetate.
Formed in 1912 as part of an anti-trust settlement with DuPont, the Hercules Powder Company (later Hercules Inc.) initially specialized in the manufacture of explosives and smokeless powders and subsequently diversified its business to encompass a variety of industrial products, including pine and paper chemicals, synthetics, pigments, polymers, and cellulose.
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Hercules Incorporated. “Extruder in Use at Hercules Parlin Plant,” January 1949. Photographs from the Records & Ephemera of Hercules Incorporated, Box 2, Folder 25. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/8910jv29w.
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