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Air vs. Water Cooling for Extrusion

By Kevin Hietpas   -What type of barrel cooling is best for your extruder?   Air cooling is ideal for process that does not require high energy removal. It is less expensive for the hardware, easier to maintain, has lower operating costs, and requires less space compared to fluid cooling. Air cooling provides for slower [...]

By | December 13th, 2016|Articles, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Air vs. Water Cooling for Extrusion

Brewing a Perfect Beer – The Advantages of Controlled Brewing

By: Josh Beyer For Christmas my wife gave me supplies for making home-brewed beer.  This was the perfect gift, because I enjoy craft beers and was looking for a new hobby.  This included a 5-gallon Stainless Steel brew kettle and all the supplies to make my first batch of brewskies!  Shortly after brewing my first [...]

By | July 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Brewing a Perfect Beer – The Advantages of Controlled Brewing

What Are Collaborative Robots?

By: Roger Mahler My first experience with robots was in High School; in the mid 1980’s our Industrial arts teacher had purchased a 2 axis pneumatic robot kit. It was made of machined aluminum plate and was controlled by air solenoids fired by an Apple IIe computer.  The available actions were axis 0 (base)rotated horizontally [...]

By | July 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What Are Collaborative Robots?

Demystifying Automated Data Acquisition – Part One

By Ken Gifford Whenever I am presenting on this topic, I have a little video I like to show. In the video, we see a man driving a cement truck. He seems happy and content with his work while he sits at the stop light. He glances down at a photograph of his wife taped [...]

By | June 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Demystifying Automated Data Acquisition – Part One

What to do when a blown trigger goes unnoticed

The Problem: Blow Plug trigger going unnoticed; a blow plug is a safety device that relieves excess pressure in an extrusion process.  It prevents catastrophic failure of the barrel. What happens: The problem occurs in a line running multiple layers of film at one time.  The plug blows, the plastic is expelled on to the [...]

By | July 30th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What to do when a blown trigger goes unnoticed