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Conveyor Systems: Rolling Cheese Downhill in Safety

Getting objects of all shapes, sizes, weights and levels of fragility from point A to point B has been one of the biggest – or at least most common – challenges in industrial manufacturing since the industry’s beginning. So you’ve just fabricated two tons of gray iron cast pump housings – fantastic! How are you going to move them from production to packaging and distribution? Chances are facilities for those two processes aren’t back to back, and while Amazing Race contestants may not mind carrying 200 pounds on their backs through dangerous territory, the workers in a gray iron casting plant might (and so would the company’s attorneys). Conveyor systems manufacturers make processes like these not only possible, but easy, and they use a very wide range of conveyor designs to do so. Some of these conveyor designs, like roller skatewheels, use simple gravity to guide products along…

Good Housekeeping Rules for Maximizing Business Potential

Industrial manufacturers face a very different market. Few manufacturers have the luxury of being the sole provider of a certain product, with the exception of a few niche manufacturing companies. Competition between manufacturers is brisk, and even if you have the latest technological advances in engineering and manufacturing equipment, there are probably at least a dozen other companies that have the same. Branding, marketing and online visibility will help you stand out among these competitors, but, as Rick Brown commented on Recession Advertising 101, many companies fail to have ‘essential response tools in place’ to deal with the business that comes in. And the last thing a manufacturing company wants in this economic climate is to have customers come knocking then turn away because they received little or no response…

Are You Going to Shred That? Industrial Shredding for a Greener, More Secure World

Two buzz phrases that you couldn’t possibly have missed in this new millennium: ‘Going Green’ and ‘Identity Theft.’ In this environmentally and privacy conscious world, industrial shredding is in high demand. It’s not simply about destroying sensitive documents or reducing the size of waste to make more room in trash bins and dumpsters; industrial shredders and grinders make an array of discarded materials viable for recycling and reuse…

High Performance Diaphragms and Their Use in Pumping Abrasive and Dense Slurries

Metering pumps have long been known for their accuracy and reliability to provide precise dosing of liquids to a process stream. This understanding was generally limited to homogeneous fluids or liquids under 500 cps. The use of a high performance diaphragm can boost the cps capable of being pumps exceeding 7,000 cps (depending on pump size) and handle large solids content. This has significant application where heavy materials, earth materials or conveyance of other solids bearing fluids is required. This discussion consolidates the selection and application of high performance diaphragms in these specialized applications…

Compressed Air Energy Savings: Thermal Mass Flowmeters Find Wasted Cash

In this era of rising energy costs and global competitiveness, compressed air waste in facilities can be a major financial drain to the bottom line. Air may be free, but compressed air certainly isn’t. According to Cary Carlisle, an expert compressed air auditor and seasoned technician from Air Compressor Supply, Inc. (ACS), over a 10-year period, electricity costs make up 76 percent of a factory’s operating costs…

Cleaning Parts in the Remanufacturing Process

With demand for remanufactured parts on the rise, leaders in automotive, agricultural, and heavy equipment remanufacturing are looking for parts cleaning systems that can sustain intense parts cleaning while reducing time and labor for maintenance on the washer. To better understand how remanufacturers can keep their aqueous parts washers performing at top quality with ease of maintenance and less down time, one must consider the system design and key elements of parts cleaning in the remanufacturing environment…

Rapid Cooling of Aluminum Nitride Heaters

Single Iteration, a division of Watlow, has conducted preliminary concept generation and evaluation for several alternative solutions for providing rapid cooling of AlN based heaters. Cost/benefit analysis of the various alternatives indicated that forced air cooling would be preferred for many applications of the latest AlN heating technology…

10 Steps to Plastic Bags

Plastic bags, also called ‘poly bags,’ are one of those modern conveniences we take for granted. But 60 years ago, no one ever considered the question, ‘Paper or plastic?’ Back then, people also managed to get by without Ziploc® bags or dry cleaner bags. This was because the technology for creating polyethylene film didn’t emerge until the 1940s during World War II. And the methods to create plastic bags from polyethylene film weren’t developed until the 1950s. The most common way to produce poly bags is by blown film extrusion, also called the ‘tubular film process.’ In a moment, you’ll see how it got this name. Plastic bags are made from polyethylene. During processing, the polyethylene might be treated with any number of additives, such as…

Lubrication: The Greener The Better

Manufacturing practices are becoming increasingly more scrutinized for their effect on the environment. Real changes are underway in the area of emissions, byproducts, packaging materials, fluid selection, and power consumption – to name only a few. While environmental payback may be the goal, many of these initiatives encounter obstacles, not the least of which is additional operational costs. Not so with lubrication – the greener the better. Utilizing very small amounts of lubricant at controlled intervals is productive for a number of reasons…

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