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  • By A.J. Zambanini
    May 15, 2020

    How to Be Sure Your Dryers Run Optimally in the Summer

    Summer: Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and scrap rates are up! It’s not just you; summer months can bring challenges when it comes to processing and handling plastic materials—specifically materials that are hygroscopic and are prone to taking on moisture. Let’s take a quick look at why that is...

  • By Dave Miller
    April 21, 2020

    Plastic Size Reduction FAQs

    There’s an old saying: “The older I get, the less I know for certain.” After 35 years of answering questions about shredding and grinding equipment, I continue to learn about what size reduction equipment will—and will not—do, and I am often reminded why this statement rings true. For this reason,...

  • By Jay Kriner
    March 10, 2020

    Why You Need Precision Maintenance and How to Get Started

    Have you ever stopped in at one of the many “10-minute” or “quick” oil change locations? If so, you’ve heard and seen the service technicians there execute a good, basic example of “precision maintenance.” Above and below your car, they work down a list of very well established procedures—open the...

  • By Jay Kriner
    November 4, 2019

    “Passive” vs “active” equipment alarms: Know the difference, save 100X in costs!

    Recently, our service team learned of a major equipment breakdown that ended up costing a processor a lot of money. What was unfortunate about this breakdown was that it could have been prevented at a cost of about 1/100th of the final repair bill.  This huge savings would have been...

  • By Ernie Preiato
    October 21, 2019

    What are the three primary types of sizing tooling for extruded tube and pipe?

    Sizing comprises the tooling and techniques that are used to manage the controlled shrinkage of an extruded tube or pipe from the time it exits the die as hot extrudate to the time that it has cooled to the dimensions of the finished product.  A typical sizing process involves three...

  • By A.J. Zambanini
    October 14, 2019

    Resin Dryers: What do they do, and how do they work? The basics

    If you know anything about plastics processing, you know that it begins with resin pellets. There are many different types of plastic resins that offer a wide range of different physical and chemical characteristics. These differences in characteristics make every resin unique.  The environment and seasonal changes also play a...

  • By Doug Brewster
    October 7, 2019

    When conveying, “equivalent distance” matters

    On a regular basis, I get calls and questions from processors who are trying to figure out why their conveying systems aren’t working as expected. In a number of cases, the problem turns into one of distance.  The system can convey material from one location, but can’t pull a similar...

  • By Doug Brewster
    September 23, 2019

    Questions and Answers about Storage Silos for Plastic Resin

    What are the benefits of a storage silo for resin? Some of the benefits of using a silo for storage include the ability to buy resin in bulk.  This will allow you to pay a lower cost.  Silos also reduce the time and labor associated with handling and moving material...

  • By Jim Fisher
    August 26, 2019

    What is a Thermolator®?

    A “Thermolator” refers to a Thermolator® temperature control unit (TCU). Through the years, Thermolator TCUs have been so reliable and have become so ubiquitous that in the plastics industry that many processors use the brand name, “Thermolator,” and the generic name, TCU, to mean the same thing. Thermolator® is a...

  • By Doug Brewster
    August 12, 2019

    Vacuum Pumps: What are the types, and which type is right for your conveying needs?

    There are three major types of pumps used to power vacuum-driven conveying systems.  They are, in rough order of power and capability: Regenerative pumps Positive displacement pumps Long-distance positive displacement pumps Regenerative pumps can serve conveying systems that are small to moderate in size, up to about 450 feet in...

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