The MDNA Chicago Chapter/IMTS event was a huge success. With over 220 attendees it was one of the largest chapter events to date. Many thanks to all of the sponsors who helped make this event possible. Please take some time and review this very powerful list of companies who contributed to making this evening one to remember.
Many thanks also to the Chicago Chapter Leadership Committee for working so tirelessly to put on this successful networking opportunity. The Chicago Chapter Leadership Committee includes Chapter Chairman and Board Representative John J. Myers, Vice Chairman Thomas K. Mowery, Treasurer Ronni Graff, Membership Chairmen Joe Lundvick, Steve Kleba, Robert Yeoman and Past Chairman John A. Josko.
Congratulations to the winners of the Silent Auction! The silent auction benefited the Austin D. Lucas Scholarship Fund and was arranged by MDNA First Vice President, Joe Lundvick.
And, another congratulation to the successful bidders in the evenings live auction! Mike Reeves of Automatics & Machinery Co. Inc., was the high bidder on a Chicago Bears Jersey autographed by Mike Ditka, Donated by Wisconsin Metalworking Machinery. Mike DeRisi of Machinery Values Inc., was the winning bidder on a tour of the Yankee stadium with a photo signed by World Series champion Yankee, Derek Jeter, donated by Perfection Global. John Becker of Heat Treat Equipment Co. was the successful bidder on the MDNA Buyer’s Guide inside front cover ad location and Cesar Damino of Tramar Industries, Inc., won the MDNA Buyer’s Guide inside back cover ad location.
Resell CNC Auctions for the third year straight has been on Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Companies
Orlando, FL – Resell CNC Auctions (Machinery Dealers National Association Member Firm) for the 3rd year in a row has been named by Inc. 5000. At #3,871, Resell CNC Auctions has had a 77% growth over the past three years. In 2014, the company ranked #155 and the following year earned a spot 47 spots ahead at #108.
“We are very excited to be named on the Inc. 5000 List for the third straight year. Our team is consistently working to remain the most reliable and trustworthy outlet for buying and selling used machinery,” – CEO, John Butz.
Resell CNC Auctions is a full stocking used CNC machinery dealer with offices in Florida, Arizona, and representation in California, Texas and Illinois. Backed by individuals with more than 100 years of combined experience, Resell CNC Auctions has been able to help manufacturers solve problems by providing an innovative platform to buy and sell used machinery, enabling them to be competitive and profitable in a global market.
The auction platform provides manufacturers all over the country with a way to buy and sell used machinery and equipment. The innovative format has allowed Resell CNC Auctions to be among one of the very few auction companies to be named on the Inc. 5000 list. The company has also been completely separated from the rest in the industry as the one and only machine tool dealer to be listed in the last three years.
Resell CNC Auctions continues to grow and will focus on creating new ideas, methods and products that will better serve their customers and distinguish them from the rest of their industry.
The business dynamics of plastics manufacturing automation technologies are rapidly advancing. Trends in labor and energy are having a fundamental impact on plastics processors businesses. To effectively compete internationally and defend/expand established markets, high-wage processors must automate production to increase the productivity and economic efficiency of their operations and keep wages in a competitive range.
Even without high production volumes, automation can make for extremely cost-effective production. But automation is much more than simply adopting the use of robots. Instead of a 35-hour workweek, processors have to be prepared to increase processing time to 168 hours per week in fully automated production operations. Small- to medium-sized companies also need to join forces to form cooperatives and centers of excellence, which calls for a willingness to work together.
Considering the complexity and diversity of today’s products, maintaining huge inventories is not a viable option. As Just-in-Time deliveries become the industry standard, having local operations offers significant advantages. Some areas are less prone to having production shipped overseas. One area is medical, with its demands for precision and high quality. Large parts are another area less likely to move overseas, due to logistics. Making large parts offshore does not translate economically because of shipping expenses, a greater rate of product damage, longer supply lines and lead times, and more recurring packaging costs, since returnable packaging is impractical.
To start with, unlike older robotics, automation systems today are multifunctional, reprogrammable materials-handling devices, adaptable to a range of applications. Of robots used in automation, the gantry-style generation of robots increases production speeds but has limited flexibility and is generally dedicated to only one machine/work cell for its entire life. In contrast, newer robots with six-axis capability are user-friendly, price-competitive and versatile. They can rotate 360 degrees and perform additional post-molding operations, such as vision and gauging inspection, multicomponent assembly, trimming and cutting, packing and shipping.
Automated quality monitoring also reduces human error and leads to higher standards. Furthermore, robots provide advantages in direct part transfer, product cleanliness, part orientation, part counts and automatic barcode checking. The use of robots has benefits beyond lower direct labor costs. They also tighten manufacturing costs through more uniform cycles, parts removal validation, longer mold life, and reduced scrap.
Automation is more than an effective defense to overseas competition. It also provides an advantageous ROI, typically paying back in less than a year. To take full advantage of automation, companies need to have multiyear automation plans and track results to ensure effectiveness. Rather than cut jobs as they automate, some processors are creating more secure jobs, retaining full-time employee head counts by growing business and training personnel. Automation and training personnel both eliminate lower-paid, manual-labor positions and provide for better upward movement, bringing employees greater job satisfaction as well as making workplaces less physically strenuous and safer.
Next, energy management will save money and make a business more competitive. To reduce energy usage it is necessary to understand where, when, why and how much energy is being used. The main electrical energy users are motors and drives, heaters, cooling systems and lighting. A simple site energy distribution map will show where energy is being used. The use of submeters can help provide information on the areas of high energy use, which is a key factor in reducing energy costs. Energy use in plastics processing is a combination of the specific energy consumption (SEC) used to process each kilogram of finished product times production volume, and the base load, which is incurred regardless of whether production is taking place or not-it. Reduction in SEC involves improving production efficiency, and reduction of the base load mainly involves switching something off such as idling machines, heaters running with no production, and so on.
Businesses operating injection molding equipment can reduce operating costs and save energy using Powerboss, Somar’s latest motor control technology. Motors are extremely inefficient and use far more energy than they actually need, causing businesses to waste money on power, and puts added stress on machinery as the excess energy is released as heat, vibration and noise.
The Powerboss system assesses the needs of an AC induction motor every 1/100th of a second and dynamically adjusts the power required using microcontroller technology to deliver to the motor the exact power required. Cyclic loads such as injection molding machines are prefect applications. Powerboss is able to generate 15 to 30 percent power savings. Machines using Powerboss are also quieter, cooler and generate less vibration. In addition to injection molding machines such as Sandretto, Arburg, Demag and Toshiba, Powerboss can also be used with auxiliary equipment, like granulators and conveyors.
Continuing, the wireless factory is one area in manufacturing offering considerable future growth potential. The system uses a wireless local area network (WLAN) within a plant together with portable devices, like notebook computers cellphones, and PDAs, to provide real-time operational data.
Enabled by equipment advances and standardization of wireless specifications, the concept goes beyond standalone applications like automatic guided vehicles to extend throughout a plant and replaces wired devices, like computers, sensors and telephones. Using handheld devices to transmit, store and access real-time data on materials management, maintenance, shipping and so on significantly accelerates the rate at which personnel can identify and correct problems or plan for upcoming requirements.
Initially, the wireless factory was adopted for large manufacturing plants, such as those of BMW, Boeing, and chipmaker Intel, but as the benefits of wireless become evident, it is being adopted for more manufacturing facilities, even for smaller plants. Coming on strong among plastics processors, it is only a matter of time before they also adopt the wireless factory for its benefits in productivity, economy and competitiveness.
One development expected to accelerate the growth of the wireless factory is the push of RFID devices into the mainstream. One benefit of the wireless factory it gets people off the carpet and onto the concrete, bringing personnel out of their offices and into the factory. When fully in place, wireless technology is said to dramatically improve a company’s operational efficiency and profitability.
In wireless networks, compact “gateway” receivers process signals from a company’s e-mail and factory application servers and transmit them to access points in the factory, also compact wireless devices that transmit data to or from the factory floor. Via the access points, personnel are able to receive or transmit data throughout the factory using handheld devices. Using industrial PDAs, for example, employees can download information from a variety of sources, including their offices, view it on LCD screens with computer-like quality, and transmit it through the factory.
Finally, meeting the specialized high-tech needs of specific OEM markets is a promising path for plastics processors of industrialized nations to better compete with the low labor cost regions in the global economy. The stringent demands and specialized requirements of the medical goods market is an excellent example. Well-known quality standards, rigorous documentation and extensive testing are accepted practices in this segment of the plastics processing marketplace.
Syringes, suture guns and other medical devices used in direct patient care applications demand tight tolerances and specific labeling to deliver a precise volume for example, as well as to comply with the processor’s legal obligations when producing such parts. An automated workcell can complete the various processing steps, including decorating or welding, within the 10 to 16-second cycle time parameters common in this industry segment.
The processor additionally can ensure that quality standards and the related, necessary documentation is met using an integrated automated vision system that can measure the accuracy of the part to within hundredths of a millimeter and document it, as well. Similarly, in the highly competitive world of automotive OEM suppliers where efficiencies are critical, workcell systems employing machine-side flexible plug-in automated modules, which heretofore would have required multiple separate part inventory and finishing steps, are seeing increasing use. This is especially true, for example, in under-the-hood or interior automotive parts production as well as for instrument clusters or shrouds, where the part is touched only once, while as many as four process steps have been completed during its manufacturing.
The packaging marketplace is also a focus of competition for the North American plastics processor, who must have a technological as well as geographical edge, to satisfactorily compete for what can be very lucrative business. OEMs in this sector are demanding unique features that will attract a jaded consumer’s eye. Often an attention-grabbing feature can be created using unusual packaging. This is where highly automated new plastic technologies to create bold shapes colors and/or graphics can provide a distinguishing advantage in the packaging market where the ability to form and decorate in one seamless operation can be the key to both technological and commercial success.
About the Author
Dr. Donald V. “Don” Rosato serves as president of PlastiSource, Inc. a prototype manufacturing, technology development and marketing advisory firm located in Concord, Mass., and is the author of the Vol 1 & 2 “Plastics Technology Handbook”.
The Results are in: We are OUT :: Cameron to Stand down in three months. £ has dropped to lowest level: : House Builders share have a dramatic fall.
Having sat up through the night to watch the counts come in, it is clear that there is a relatively even split throughout the United Kingdom and the vote has been won by a relatively narrow margin. But looking at each region individually, there are huge differences in specific areas. Turnout has been higher than expected though (72% on average), so the voting public have engaged in the referendum process, with almost 20% using postal votes where they weren’t able to reach the polling stations.
This is a shock result though and one that we know many of our clients were not expecting. We have heard a lot of political and economic arguments, but we have asked our team of professionals to explain how we anticipate this will impact on our clients: Employers, Landlords, Individuals and Businesses.
1. Impact on UK Law
It is very important to remember 2 key facts:
i) The United Kingdom has a 2 year window to put in place the exit mechanism, and
ii) All of our laws are put in place by legislation in the United Kingdom, not directly by EU Law.
Therefore from a legal perspective today is business as usual. Nothing has changed as of this moment in respect of UK legislation – it is all still valid and in place.
So how does EU Law impact?
There is some impact in that those in the European Union are protected by its “fundamental freedoms” and if the UK legislation is considered to breach those freedoms then the European courts can rule that certain aspects of the UK law are invalid and fail. These cases tend to be related to business or taxes. The freedoms are to move goods or capital, free movement of workers, and freedom to provide services in the EU. This means that if the UK has a law that would restrict the ability of an EU member state to benefit from any of the fundamental freedoms, that aspect of the law fails. For example, the UK cannot have tax rules whereby a trust with an EU trustee is worse off than it would be with a UK trustee.
These laws are still written in UK legislation, but the right to challenge these on EU principles will be withdrawn. In practice it was large businesses who would use these rights of challenge to test UK law, but the principles established then applied to everyone.
2. Impact on Small Business
Many of our clients deal entirely within the UK market; we manufacture, run shops and cafes, have local printing businesses and, in the main, deal with UK suppliers and customers. Machine tool business is international
We anticipate the following changes:
i) The Ripple Effect: further up supply chains or down customer chains there may be a reliance on the EU free trade protections, which may disrupt otherwise very steady businesses.
ii) Finance: Overnight the economists have been suggesting that inflation will increase as the pound weakens in the short term, in light of the short term uncertainty. As the strength of the pound depends on confidence in the currency, is it reasonable to think that it would be impacted until the 2 year exit plan had been finalised?
iii) Employment: see below
iv) Funding: there are grants and funding available for training, recruitment, research and development work available under EU initiatives, which are likely to be withdrawn quickly. Any business that had been planning to make claims should review whether that funding remains available.
v) VAT: This is a European tax, and so may be withdrawn, replaced or, possibly, increase as it becomes a tax on movement of goods and services over the new EU border. See the section below for the early information by the Chancellor on the expected Emergency Budget and tax impacts.
Businesses with cross border transactions will find their costs, particularly outside of the EU, have increased in the short term whilst the currencies even out. Within the EU it may be that the euro also weakens and so, ironically, trade with the Eurozone may increase in the short term.
Employers will need to keep a close eye on the impact on their specific market, as the volatility in currency strength, exports, anticipated changes to VAT and their employees.
It has been warned that there will be increased taxes to plug the shortfall with public funding, which may well be applied as increased business tax, council tax and employer NIC. At the same time, many small employers are just introducing the pension requirements through auto enrolment. With the 3% tax increase being mentioned in the press, and a pension cost starting at 2% of wages, UK costs will be increasing.
Depending on how the exit is negotiated, there may no longer be a right to work in the UK for EU nationals. Employers with EU nationals should continue as normal today, unless or until the law is changed. It may be that they will require visas or permits, or that only skilled workers will be permitted.
It should also be noted that if interest costs increase, then mortgage costs will increase, and employees will be facing increasing costs in their home life.
4. Individuals, savings and investments
Overnight the stock markets have reacted to this news, as forecasts had predicted that the UK would remain and this has gone against expectations. It is being commented that the voting public have not trusted the economic information that has been presented to them, and this early warning is that the movement on some of the overseas markets is down 15% (as at time of writing – 4am). If the LSE were to open at 4am, it would be 8% down overnight… we wait to see what happens as it opens.
Travellers and holiday makers are likely to find that their currency exchange rates will take a hit, not only in the EU and the Eurozone, but also against global currencies. Booking all-inclusive holidays would be a sensible decision to provide some degree of protection against fluctuating costs until the markets settle down.
Savings and pension funds holding share portfolios will be impacted in the short term, and those who have annuities based on the stock markets (which includes many annuity backed pension funds) may find that their pension annuity reduces, or that their fund is depleted as the capital is used to top up the income needed.
Expats and EU nationals living in the UK
It is not clear how this relationship would continue, as there are thought to be almost 3m EU nationals living in the UK, and a large number of UK nationals living throughout the EU. In theory, there will no longer be any entitlement to do so, as the fundamental freedom of movement allows EU nationals to live in different countries.
Many of the EU nationals in the UK are in lower paid employment and are a key part of manufacturing and care services, as well as providing seasonal work for agriculture. This will be a key aspect of the 2 year exit strategy.
Property traditionally holds value on long terms trends, but the UK has had recent tax changes that have impacted on the property market already, and so this is likely to create volatility. Until last year, overseas investors were not subject to UK capital gains tax on UK property; with this tax now introduced, and with the freedom for the UK to increase these taxes now, will be see overseas owners choosing to sell their UK properties?
Landlords with EU nationals as tenants will need to keep an eye on the exit strategy to see whether those nationals will be permitted to remain.
Inflationary impacts on mortgage interest need to be factored in when looking at forecasts, particularly as tax relief for that interest is being withdrawn. It may no longer be commercially viable for some landlords to retain all of their properties.
6. Expected Emergency Budget
The Chancellor had warned that tax costs would have to increase in the short term, and that there is likely to be an austerity budget, with further cuts to public services. It has been widely commented that this was announced as a tactical move, as it would break with election pledges not to increase tax.
We expect to hear in the coming days as to how the UK Government intends to seek to restore calm to the UK economy.
This is a shock result and will create short term volatility, but based on what we have seen happen before it is reasonable to expect the marketplace to settle down in the near future. In the short term it is a matter of weathering the storm and preparing for the opportunities that may be presented by lifting of any restrictions placed by the EU on trade.
The UK is a nation that has proven adept at adapting – whilst the result may be a shock, now is the time to reflect and ensure that everyone is looking to their own businesses and investments to ensure that our country continues to thrive.
It is perhaps telling that we have come full circle, and the best advice we can give, as at 5am, is to Keep Calm and Carry On!
MDNA’s New England Chapter met on June 9th 2016 for a very unique and special experience touring the famous Fenway Park in Boston, MA. The chapter dinner meeting followed the tour at the local Tony C’s Sports Bar & Grill. A special thank you to Paul Gedenberg with BayState Riggers & Millwrights (Machinery Movers + Auction Removal Specialists) for helping to sponsor this event!
Read what members had to say about this meeting…
“Last night I attended the New England Chapter meeting and toured Fenway Park. My motive was purely selfish – as I thought this might be the only opportunity I might ever have to see the greatest park in MLB – but the frosting on the cake was the chapter meeting.
It allowed me to put some face time in with some of our members I have known for many years – and a few I have never met. I also met up with a prospective new member who would not only be a good addition to our organization – but provided me with a direct link to a European machinery line that I was looking to contact. (Just what our organization is supposed to be about – Right?)
On another note – I have worked with Kevin Brewster on a few deals – but this guy should appear in the dictionary as our poster child for MDNA. Enthusiasm to say the least – with keen understanding of what our association can do for us as individuals and dealers. He’s working hard on both fronts for the organization and his membership.
I know I benefited enormously by taking the time to attend this meeting.” –– Bob Yeoman, Yeoman Machinery Corporation
“Thanks for setting last night up. The people who couldn’t make it missed a great time.”
–John Bouley, Furnace Brokers Inc.
“Great job last night …..FYI Julie is your secret weapon…Awesome help!!!”
–Nate Smith, Absolute Machinery Corporation
“Thank you for the opportunity. It was a great first experience with the MDNA. I learned a lot and what a great bunch to hang with. I’m looking forward to the future with the MDNA.” –Paul Gedenberg, BayState Riggers & Millwrights
Get to know MDNA’S newest Young Gun, Adam Herman of MDNA Member Firm, Prestige Equipment Corp. Read his own words as he talks about how he got into the industry, hobbies, family, and the machinery business itself.
When I met my wife Arielle, I had no idea that I would eventually work with her father, Terry Lashin, and uncle, Paul Lashin, at Prestige Equipment Corporation. At the time, I was an attorney specializing in real estate finance, acquisitions, dispositions and restructurings in New York City.
In the years prior to making the switch to working for a machinery dealer, Terry would ask me from time to time to help out with a legal matter and with contracts relating to acquisitions of plants and equipment. I found that my background in real estate and finance lent itself very well to the machinery business. However, making the switch from doing large corporate office work, to working in the machinery industry can sometimes feel like it’s the Wild West!
One of my first jobs was working at a New England based metal distributor – I started cleaning out the trash from around the machines in the warehouse and from there I transitioned into a sales role, and also helped with the company’s website design and troubleshooting. I always enjoyed doing sales and working in the manufacturing arena. So, once I decided to make a change, I was lucky enough to be able to have an opportunity to join Prestige in a hybrid legal/business role. I still get to spend a fair amount of my time dealing with contracts, acquisitions and other legal matters, but I also get to do some sales and business development. Being in the machinery business, I feel like I am learning something new every day.
I have been been married to Arielle Herman (formerly Lashin) since 2012”Our son, Benjamin just turned 16 months old.
Now that I’m a new Dad, my number one hobby is parenting. Besides that, I enjoy playing golf, cooking and watching sports. Being from the Boston area, I am also a huge Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics fan. My favorite sport is lacrosse, and as a former player I still try to watch as much college lacrosse as possible.
I grew up in Newton, MA – just outside of Boston, MA and across the street from Boston College. One unique thing about me is that I am a triplet, one of three boys. One of my brothers lives in the NY area and one lives in Boston. I also have a younger sister who is 28 and lives in Boston.
I learned very quickly that at Prestige, we pride ourselves on being a good joint venture partner. In my role, I am able to use my legal skills to not only make sure Prestige is protected legally, but also work on behalf of our many partners in the business.
Prestige Equipment is one of the leading providers of used machinery in the world. We specialize in all types of CNC and Manual Chipmaking and Fabricating Equipment, including Bridge Mills, Boring Mills, Machining Centers, Turning Centers, Lasers, Grinding, Gear, you name it.
We also have an industrial auction and liquidation division, Prestige Equipment Auctions LLC. I have been particularly involved in helping to develop and grow our auction business over the past 2 years, which has been exciting to be a part of.
A Huge Thank You to our Sponsors for helping to make this year’s 2016 Annual Convention celebrating our 75th Anniversary special!See all sponsors displayed below
MDNA’s 75th Anniversary Convention & Business Meeting was held at The Broadmoor in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado Springs, Colorado on May 5th-8th, 2016. There were over 175 attendees who participated in a wide variety of programs, seminars, and special events during this special 75th Annual Convention.
The convention kicked-off with a comical ice breaker Karaoke competition between MDNA members, guests and their families. Members revealed great musical talent and courage while under the spotlight during this playful piano Karaoke Competition!
Some of this year’s events, educational offerings and programs this year included the Anti-Fraud Seminar presented by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security, Seven Steps to Small Business Success seminar, a live Webinar presentation on marketing, AMEA’s Family Feud Games, the competitive golf outing, the Annual Open Business meeting, an organized spouse/companion tour of the national landmark, the Garden of the Gods, and the President’s Banquet as well as many enjoyable, well thought out receptions and parties.
Slides are now available from the live-webinar presentation on “Increasing Your Relevance Through Intentional and High Impact Content.” The slides are located on mdna.org in the Member’s Only Back-Office under Resources. You must login to view them.
This year’s Convention Exhibitors included: Direct Capital Corp., A Division of CIT Bank, N.A., Heartland Industrial Group, Liquidity Services, Inc., LOCATOR Services, Inc., The MachineryFinder.com, Charleston Annex Corp. / Asset Sales, Inc.
Senior Board Member Jack Boecher, AEA, MDNA Past President, Raco Industrial Corp. was honored as he stepped off the Board after 29 years of service to MDNA.
The Austin D. Lucas Scholarship Fund raised $30,000 during this year’s convention through the annual Ray Roberts Raffle.
“A special thank you to Joe Lundvick, the Seminars Chair for putting together a great mix of interesting, entertaining and educational seminars for you at this year’s convention. I’d also like to thank John Conroy, the Convention Chair and the Convention Committee for working so hard to plan this year’s convention.” — MDNA’s President, Kim Khoury
Photos from Convention: To view the complete photo album of photos from the MDNA 75th Annual Convention visit our FB PAGE
Special Thanks to MDNA’s Convention Sponsors Below
MDNA/Industrial Manufacturing Equipment Market Sale 2 for 2016 is coming soon. As previously communicated, the MDNA has partnered with Liquidity Services to provide a free online auction program exclusively for MDNA members. List your own assets, set reserves if necessary; Liquidity Services will market the sale, invoice and collect the proceeds and send you a check/wire. Best of all, there is 0% seller commission to members who choose to participate!
Changes this year:
Auction sales will be held on both the GL and GoIndustry website
You will be able to list start prices for each lot
Reserves will need to be removed or lowered by 25-50% if asset remains unsold after 2 sales
ALL ASSETS UNDER $5,000 to be sold ABSOLUTE (no reserve), must be priced to sell
Sale #2: Closing on 6/23/16 – START LISTING ASSETS NOW FOR THIS SALE AND UPCOMING GOVERNMENT LIQUIDATION SALES
Sale #3: Closing on 9/21/16
Sale #4: Closing on 12/08/16
Each event will be a combination of assets from MDNA members along with high quality inventory from our corporate clients including Caterpillar, Celestica, Eaton, Honeywell, Orbital, Lockheed Martin, Parker Hannifin, Intel, and many more.
Timeline for the 2nd 2016 Go-Dove Industrial Manufacturing Marketplace Sale is as follows:
Member assets submission deadline June 1 (Start listing now, you can pull assets up to June 10)
Catalog review week of June 6th Sale go live date June 10th (No Assets can be listed or pulled after this date)
Inspection by appointment up until sale close
Sale Close Date June 23rd
Buyer Payment collection by Liquidity Services in the following 72 hours
Buyer asset removal by appointment June 27th – July 14th(coordinated between buyer and seller)
Ship confirm notification received before July 1st will be paid to the member week of July 15th
Ship confirm received before July 15th will be paid by July 30th (Or sooner if ship confirmation returned promptly)
For additional details on these sales and to begin listing your own assets into the upcoming events, please contact:
From Philadelphia Chapter Meeting, Thursday March 31st
I had a fantastic time attending the Philadelphia Chapter meeting in Baltimore, MD at MDNA Premier Vendor North American Millwright’s facility. Once again the value that our Premier Vendors bring to the MDNA was on full display. Chief Executive Officer and
Founder Bruce Baggan and his team hosted a very informative meeting and tour of their facility showing attendees the full depth and breadth of the services offered to MDNA members and other customers. They can remove, replace, relocate or install any piece of equipment or machinery with precision and safety. When that equipment or machinery requires maintenance, repairs or modifications, North American Millwright stands ready for that challenge as well. This is just one of many great MDNA Premier Vendors available and ready to serve our members and the demands from your customers.
Many thanks to Christian Weiss of Weiss Machine, also an outstanding MDNA Premier Vendor for hosting the cocktail hour reception at the Philadelphia
Chapter Dinner. Like North American Millwright and all of our Premier Vendors, Weiss Machine is there to help you do business. Weiss Machine was established to serve the CNC manufacturing industry by providing the highest level of technical expertise coupled with the highest level of professionalism available in the trade. As many can already attest, Weiss can help you close deals and cement relationships with your customers by being the technical resource often needed by your customers.
And lastly I would be remiss for not mentioning David Vallitt of Machinery Values Inc. He drove all the way down to the meeting in Baltimore to support the Philadelphia Chapter and to network with fellow members. Located in Harrison, NJ Machinery
Values Inc. stands ready to partner with you.
All MDNA Members and Premier Vendors are welcome to attend any chapter meeting around the country and some of you have already discovered the value of this “out of chapter networking.” This should not be a secret to anyone. To those of you who have not taken advantage of these meetings please note that the calendar on www.mdna.org is constantly being updated with new meetings available to all members and Premier Vendors.
My thanks to Philadelphia Chapter Chairman Troy Clark for inviting me to attend this great meeting.
-Mark Robinson, Executive Vice President, Machinery Dealers National Association
The normal practice used to be to recycle your plastic products in a shredder only if the size, density or type of product required it. Now more and more processors are using a shredder before the granulator if there is any risk of metal contamination.
By using a complete Shredder/Granulator System that conveys the plastic from the shredder through a metal separator to the granulator, you can maintain fewer work stoppages when dealing with impure recyclables.
A shredder can handle metal contaminates better than a granulator and costs less to repair if something does damage one of the teeth on the shredder. You can usually replace the tooth or teeth that are damaged for a small cost and much quicker than replacing the entire set of blades or rotor of a granulator. And, you can usually operate the shredder for a longer period of time with a single damaged tooth.
By shredding the product first you can actually free the metal from large parts of the plastic making it easier to be separated. The smaller pieces from the shredder that feed into the granulator create less wear on the granulator components.
If you put metal contaminated recyclables directly into your granulator, you can easily damage your granulator blades. You then need to replace the entire set of blades or have them sent out to be sharpened. A large enough piece of metal can cause damage to the rotor or shaft which will be costly in both time and money. A new rotor is expensive and it takes time for even the best repair shops to repair.
A shredding/granulating system is a little more costly upfront and a little more involved to set up but if continual output is the main concern, it definitely needs to be considered.