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  • By Nick Paradiso
    September 15, 2020

    How to Choose a Vacuum Pump for Resin Conveying

    Today, there are four major types of vacuum pumps available for resin conveying, as well as a number of important considerations involved in selecting, operating, and maintaining them. Key Vacuum Pump Considerations Among the most important considerations in pump selection are: Depth of vacuum provided. Length or “equivalent distance” of...

  • By Alan Landers
    August 12, 2020

    6 Control Features You’ll Find on the Best Gravimetric Blenders

    Featuring the most advanced controls available in the industry, Conair TrueBlend® gravimetric blenders represent a dramatic step forward in ease of programming and use, simplified troubleshooting, comprehensive data collection and, of course, accuracy. Those are pretty hefty claims, but TrueBlend gravimetric blenders are not like other blenders you might be...

  • By Ernie Preiato
    July 14, 2020

    This is How You Can Overcome Fly Cutting Challenges for Extrusion

    Fly-knife cutting, or “fly cutting,” is a fast, effective, and widely-used method for cutting smaller, softer extruded tubing and profiles.  Fly cutters use one or more blades, mounted on a flywheel that provides cutting inertia. The flywheel is driven by a motor that transmits rotational force through planetary reducing gears....

  • By Chris Weinrich
    June 8, 2020

    How to Ramp Up Medical-Grade Plastics Production for Increased Demand

    Coping with the sudden pandemic threat of COVID-19 has turned much of the business world on its head, causing enormous changes in economic activity and product demand. At Conair, changes have rippled through our operations as well. Some customers are coping with production slowdowns, while others are rapidly adapting or...

  • 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...

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