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  • 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...

  • By Alan Landers
    April 14, 2021

    The Vision vs Reality of Industry 4.0 for Plastics Processors

    How close are we to realizing the full vision of Industry 4.0? To understand where we are on Industry 4.0, take a look back to where we came from, which is Industry 3.0, where machinery of all types adopted computerized controls.  Digital controls brought tremendous advantages in terms of the...

  • By Mike Simons
    March 16, 2021

    Need Space to Expand? Mezzanine Space Might Help You

    No processor ever plans to run out of floor space. More often, space problems are the sign of a growing business. The addition of even a few primary processing machines, together with needed auxiliary equipment, material handling and feeding, robots, and perhaps some value-added assembly or packing operations can consume...

  • By Jim Fisher
    February 12, 2021

    What are Temperature Control Units and How Do They Work?

    A temperature control unit or "TCU" is exactly what the name implies: a device that is used to regulate the temperature of an injection molding, blow molding, extrusion or other plastics process within a narrow range in order to ensure the quality and efficiency of that process. Unlike a chiller...

  • By Nick Paradiso
    January 14, 2021

    SmartFLX™—The evolution of a “smart” conveying control

    Conair’s new SmartFLX™ conveying control introduces a new system architecture with a more powerful PLC processor, lightning-fast and crystal-clear data communications. New operating software manages continuous status updates and reports and includes a configurator that maintains a constant, complete record of every setting, every connection, and every piece of equipment...

  • By Chris Weinrich
    November 16, 2020

    The Latest Plastics Packaging Market Trends You Need to Know

    Conair is a full-line supplier of auxiliary equipment—including dryers, conveying systems, blenders and feeders, scrap-reclaim systems, heat-transfer (temperature control) systems, as well as upstream and downstream extrusion equipment—that are used by plastics packaging producers worldwide. Conair serves essentially all markets, from food and beverage, to medical and pharmaceutical, household products,...

  • By A.J. Zambanini
    October 13, 2020

    What is Purging and How Can it Improve Dried Resin Handling?

    It is not uncommon to visit a customer or receive a call about a suspected problem with material moisture. Whether the processor is using a brand new dryer or a system that is decades old, the problems they report are often very similar: Splay or streaking, reduced intrinsic viscosity, bubbling,...

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