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  • By Alan Landers
    January 17, 2022

    How Color Feeders Can Improve Quality When Coloring at the Machine

    Along with correct dimensional and mechanical properties, processors know that good color properties rank among the top factors in customer acceptance of a plastic product. Color is often an integral part of the identification and branding scheme of a product, and may, in some cases, be the determining factor in...

  • By Nick Paradiso
    December 15, 2021

    How to Build Better Resin Conveying Systems with the Right Vacuum Loaders and Receivers

    Whether you’re a small injection molder or extruder with ten or 12 machines, or huge producer of high-volume appliance or automotive components, you face three big questions if you want to convey resins, regrind, and powders to the production equipment in your plant. The 3 Questions to Answer when Building...

  • By Jim Fisher
    November 15, 2021

    Top 10 Challenges in Heat-Exchange and Temperature Control for Injection Molding

    Why are cooling systems so important in plastics injection molding operations? Plastic injection molding relies on a process of heat transfer:  A heated screw assembly at the head of a molding machine accepts raw material, usually resin pellets or regrind, and adds heat to the resin until it softens into...

  • By A.J. Zambanini
    October 20, 2021

    How Centralized Resin Drying Systems Work and When You Need One

    There’s a lot going on throughout the floor of a plastics plant—primary processing machines, such as injection molding, extrusion, blow molding, or other machines.  Then there’s the material, which is often stored at machine-side locations. There are the auxiliaries needed for temperature control and cooling, including water supplies, pipe or...

  • By Chris Weinrich
    September 14, 2021

    Injection Molding Processing: The Basic Guide to Using Auxiliary Equipment

    What is injection molding? Injection molding is the most widely used form of plastics processing worldwide. The process involves the injection of heated, liquefied plastic into a temperature-controlled mold under high pressure. After the plastic fills the mold, it cools and solidifies into finished part(s) which can be easily removed...

  • By A.J. Zambanini
    September 2, 2021

    Ways To Save Energy In Plastics Processing

    As manufacturing has became more intensely competitive, plastics processors are looking at auxiliary equipment that can reduce energy consumption, make better use of raw materials, reclaim scrap and improve process yield. Today, these initiatives take on new significance as “sustainability” becomes the watchword for consumers and manufacturers alike. Not all...

  • By Nick Paradiso
    August 18, 2021

    Design Effective Vacuum Loading & Conveying Systems: 12 Do’s and Don’ts

    Delivering adequate supplies of the right resin material to production equipment is what vacuum conveying, feeding, and loading systems are all about. But while the goal of these systems is straightforward, their design and implementation require considerable thought. So, what are the best-practices for designing vacuum conveying systems? Where do...

  • By Brian Dowler
    July 13, 2021

    Lessen the pain of the labor shortage by leaning into your equipment supplier

    If you’re feeling the pain of the labor shortage at your facility, you’re not alone. Most plastics processors today experience high turnover amongst their front-line operators and maintenance staff. The skilled labor shortage caused problems prior to COVID-19, but the pandemic has only exacerbated the issue further. This single roadblock...

  • By Dave Miller
    June 16, 2021

    How to Know if You Need “Smart” Size Reduction Controls

    “Smart” equipment controls and the future of Industry 4.0 are definitely hot topics in the plastics industry right now. But, according to my colleague Alan Landers, realizing the vision of Industry 4.0 – the seamless exchange and processing of data using intelligent machines that can self-adapt and optimize processes autonomously – is...

  • By Matt Shope
    May 18, 2021

    The New Common Control Interface and How it Helps You

    Computerized controls have brought a lot of benefits to the plastics processing industry. But the trouble is, there are a whole lot of different types—different control platforms and human-machine interfaces (HMIs). And, when different pieces of equipment have to work together—like the different pieces of auxiliary equipment that support plastics...

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