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Digital Transformation’s Value via Situational Awareness
In the third part of the digital transformation series, we will take you through the three aspects of information processing - perception, understanding/interpretation, and prediction. By adopting situational awareness through technology, you will be able to enhance your extruder's performance and profitability.
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Making Sense of Cloud-Based Digital Architecture
In this second blog of our digital transformation series, we explain the digital architecture of a cloud-based system using DS Activ-Check™ as an example and review its advantages.
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Digital Transformation and What it Means for Our Industry
In the first part of this exciting Digital Transformation 3-part series, we'll discuss what digital transformation is and how it has evolved and has affected our industry today and in the future. This is one series you certainly do not want to miss!
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Purge and Feedscrew Cleaning Video Tutorial
Purging flexible PVC from your Davis-Standard extruder and die head after each use is essential to maintain optimal equipment operation. This video tutorial includes the required tools, safety practices, equipment disassembly, and cleaning procedures for removing excess PVC from your flange, die head, mandrel, and feedscrew.
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Choosing the Right Machine for Your Reclaim Goals, Part II
In the second part of the reclaim series, we take a step further by delving into the benefits of feed-assisted single screw extruders, including a crammer feeder, ram stuffer, and cutter compactor. Feed-assisted single screw options are a game-changer when bulk density is too low for gravity feeding or when dealing with problematic feeding material.
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Choosing the Right Machine for Your Reclaim Goals, Part I
Reclaim extrusion is a worthwhile pursuit for processors looking to achieve sustainable practices while taking advantage of cost savings from re-using available materials. In the first part of this blog series, we’ll cover the basic characteristics of low bulk density materials as well as various single screw extruder designs.
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Troubleshooting Common Pellet Quality Issues
Having issues with your pellets? The good news is there are some troubleshooting techniques to yield more uniform pellets. Summarized are 13 common pellet quality issues with photo examples, defect names, possible causes, and troubleshooting steps for correction.
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Basic Extruder Control Functionality – Part 2
In the second part of our blog series on basic control functionality, we will explore process monitoring, emergency stop and safety functions, and different control options.
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Basic Extruder Control Functionality – Part 1
As the “brain” of the extruder, control systems make life easier and manufacturing better. In Part 1 of this 2-part series, we’ll take an inside look at two critical control functions required for extruder operation – barrel temperature and screw speed.
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Ready and Winning with ISO Certification
Most of us in manufacturing know that having your ISO 9001 certification is an essential part of running a competitive business. ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) has done an excellent job of creating universal standards that promote quality management and assurance on a global scale. What most of us may not know, per the … Continue reading "Ready and Winning with ISO Certification"
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