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Manufacturer of color additives maximizes output rates by installing an automated pellet screener in its processing lines
By: Russell Finex Inc
However, recent growth had company leaders realizing that productivity would need a boost, particularly in quality assurance, to grow business to the next level. Previously, for quality control the process relied on operator inspection and the use of hand screeners on the production lines. "It was a challenge to efficiently separate material to custom specifications, including precise densities and different pellet shapes," says Jason Yelm, Plant Manager of (ACC). "The inspection process was labor intensive and if any product was borderline, the entire batch was re-processed. For the most efficient material processing, adjustable separation equipment which enabled separation quality of the pellets to be optimized was necessary."
As a final quality check before drying, Yelm trialed on-site at no cost a 40" separator by Russell Finex a manufacturer of Separators, Screeners and Filters with over 85 years of experience. Pleased with the results, he bought the Separator as well as six more he's added to production lines in the last year. "Compared to traditional spring-type Separators, I like the capacity, throughput, and adjustable weight system of the Russell Finex Separator™,"
The switch to modern screening at ACC has not only helped to ensure quality and minimize reprocessing, but also improved operator productivity up to 50%. The new separators have boosted production uptime as well, according to Yelm. "They've eliminated stoppages in our dryer caused by oversize and reduced the need to change die heads by 30 to 40%, minimizing downtime," he says.
The full article is available at: https://www.russellfinex.com/
For 85 years Russell Finex has manufactured and supplied filters, sieves and separators to improve product quality, enhance productivity, safeguard worker health, and ensure liquids and powders are contamination-