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Groove Feed vs Smoothbore
  Smarter processing and a healthier bottom line depend on our ability to use available technology to our advantage! When it comes to HDPE product applications such as pipe extrusion, we have found that groove feed extruders offer significant advantages over smooth bore extruders. These benefits include increased output, reduced melt temperature, improved mixing quality, … Continue reading "Groove Feed vs Smoothbore"
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Aligning Your Extruder = Protecting Your Investment
Is alignment important in order to optimize your extruder investment? You bet it is! And the longer the extruder barrel, the more significant alignment becomes. A poorly aligned extruder causes excessive wear and tear on both the screw and barrel. We’ve seen misalignment cause costly and unnecessary damage including premature wear, bent and broken screws, … Continue reading "Aligning Your Extruder = Protecting Your Investment"
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Putting Safety First for Better Manufacturing!
Creating a culture that values safety in the workplace is a key driver of quality, performance, and profitability. This blog will discuss the value of implementing a safety program.
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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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