Thursday, January 31, 2013

Best Guacamole Dip for the Super Bowl


3 Haas avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
1 lime, juiced
1/2 t. kosher salt
1/2 t. ground cumin
1/2 t. cayenne pepper
1/2 medium onion diced
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded
1 clove garlic, peeled & minced
2  Roma tomatoes, seeded & diced


In a large bowl, place the scooped avocado pulp and lime juice and toss to coat.  Drain and reserve the lime juice.  Use a potato masher and add salt, cumin and cayenne.  Mash to a lumpy consistency.  Fold in onions, garlic, tomatoes, jalapeno and cilantro.  Add the remaining lime juice and stir.  Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour and serve.  Enjoy with your favorite chips!

Proper Set up - Heated Nordson Glue Hoses

There are simple steps you can take to properly set up your heated hoses on your Nordson, Melton, Slautterback and ITW glue melters.

It begins with having the appropriate length hose. 

  • A hose that is too long can bring variables into play that can damage the hose, such as, the hose may be lying on the floor in wet elements, may be in danger of being crushed by other machinery, can be kinked easier, etc.
  • A hose that is too short can be under undue pressure that can stress the wiring and cause a malfunction.

After you have determined the appropriate length that is needed, verify the fittings are the correct angles at both ends of the hose.  

There is a standard fitting at the tank end and an inline filter fitting at the applicator head end.  It is important that the angles on these fittings are conducive to creating a straight hose after the hose cuffs (no kinks).  Otherwise, the wiring can be damaged in the hose which will cause a hose failure.  The angles offered are straight, 45° and 90°.


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Extend life of Nordson Glue Melter

With everyone trying to cut spending, maintaining your current packaging equipment can be crucial.

With your Slautterback, ITW, Melton and Nordson glue melters there are ways to extend the life of the equipment.  Check with your adhesive specs before trying this.  Lower the temperature of your glue tank and set the temperature of your glue applicator head and hose at the your normal applicating set temperature.  Always keep the glue tank full of adhesive to minimize char build up on the sides of the tank.

Simple steps such as these can extend the life of the glue melter and the parts.

You also will want to add purging to your PM schedule.  This will cut down on char build up in the   nooks and crannies in the manifold under the pump.

Is your pump acting flaky?  Not holding pressure?  You can always have the pump rebuilt for a quarter of the cost of new.  

I can offer a PM maintenance program and get you started.  Let me know if I can be of assistance.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Improve Glue Nozzle Performance on Nordson Applicator

What is the quickest, most inexpensive way to improve glue nozzle performance?

Add changing inline filters to your PM program.  Changing these filters will reduce the amount of small contaminants that make it to the module and nozzle, therefore, preventing a clogged module or nozzle.

There is nothing worse than having a line down due to a $20 glue nozzle.

Verify your inline filter fitting is the correct angle to prevent the glue hose from kinking.  Inline filter fittings come in straight, 90° and 45° angles.  

Verify you have the correct filter mesh size for your size nozzles.  Need help determining the mesh size?  Please let me know.




Friday, January 25, 2013

Superbowl Sunday - Stats and Dips

Getting ready for Superbowl Sunday?

So, do you have your bets in and the dip recipes lined up?

Look at the latest stats and blog to determine who you think will win.

Will it be Flacco or will it be Kaepernick?  Which of these young men will lead their team to victory?

I'm rooting for the Ravens since my Falcons flew the coop.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Heated Hoses for Nordson ProBlue Melters

Did you know that the Nordson 2300 and 3000 hoses will fit your Nordson ProBlue Melter?

Don't throw them away!  They may look a little different, but they work exactly the same.

We offer many different links of hoses.  Beside the standard version, we also offer washdown, high flex, foam melter, bulk melter, and handgun hoses.

Need a hose for your ITW, Melton or Slautterback melter?  We make those also.

We offer a 6 month/2000 hour warranty, whichever occurs first.



Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Are you prepared for unexpected unemployment?

7 strategies to prepare for an impending change in your finances:

1. Revisit Your Budget
If you’re facing a job loss, you need to plan your household budget immediately. If your current budget was written with two incomes in mind, go through and analyze your goals now considering one income.
Trim as much as possible from your spending. Look at cable TV, internet, cell/home phone plans,  insurance, and any other monthly expenses to see what you can reduce or eliminate. You can usually save money by lowering the quality of your plans. For instance, reduce your cell phone’s monthly minutes, raise your insurance deductibles, or lower your Internet bandwidth for a lower monthly fee. You can even cancel cable/satellite and watch free internet TV.
Consider selling 1 vehicle, renting out a room in your home, selling your home altogether and downsizing, refinancing for a lower rate, take your kids out of professional child care to be cared for at home, etc.

2. Pad Your Emergency Fund
Most experts recommend having six months of living expenses socked away in an emergency fund.  With today's economy, it’s smart to have enough for at least eight months.  You need to be able to cover rent or mortgage payments, groceries, insurance, gas, and even additional unexpected expenses like car repairs.  Starting now, do whatever you can to add money to your emergency fund.

3. Supplement Your Income

Once you’re living on less income, you’ll quickly see that any money you can bring in is helpful.
Start figuring out how you could bring in a bit of extra income working from home.  Can you start a small in home business or freelance for someone else?

4. Get Out of Debt

Getting out of debt, especially high-interest debt, should be a top priority before you leave or lose your job. Do whatever you can to pay off your current debt, or transfer high-interest debt to a lower-rate card. Consider finding ways to supplement your income now, while you are still employed, and earmark those extra funds to pay down your debt.

5. Practice

Start living off one income today.  Save the other income and see where you can cut cost immediately.
Taking the time to practice before “the real show” can make you feel more comfortable when the time comes, and allows you to work out any kinks or cash flow issues beforehand.

6. Don’t Forget About Retirement

Do you have a retirement plan with your employer? If so, you need to spend some time thinking about what you want to do with it. Many organizations will let you leave it where it is if you have a minimum amount in your account already (usually $5,000 or more). In other cases, you may have to transfer your funds.
Most experts recommend an IRA rollover for retirement. Talk to a financial planner in advance to figure out the best approach for you.

7. Start Networking

Everyone’s situation is going to be different. Some of you will want to try to find a new job immediately. Others will decide to start a business, or even take some time off to pursue a personal dream.
Whatever your plans are, make sure to put your network of friends and colleagues to use, especially when you start looking for a new job. Use Facebook and LinkedIn for networking.

Don't panic....prepare

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Heated Hoses for Slautterback & Nordson

It is becoming more difficult to find parts for Slautterback glue melters.  We still supply parts and wind the heated hoses for those old reliable gear units.  Many of the old units use manual glue handguns.  We manufacturer the industrial glue guns for these units, both automatic electric applicators and the manual applicators.  

We also manufacture hoses for the Nordson glue melters and our lead times are shorter than Nordson.  Many of the orders ship same day which gives you the opportunity to stock less.  We make lengths starting at 2 ft and go up from there.

Our customer service is top notch so let me know if I can be of help.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Friday, January 18, 2013

Falcons or 49er's - What's your pick?

Dirty Birds want it bad.  Do you think they have what it takes to clobber San Francisco?
I believe they do - what is your forecast?

Change Filters on Nordson Melters - Prolong Parts Life

Would you like to extend the life of parts on your Nordson, Melton, ITW and/or Slautterback Glue Melters?

Saturn Style - Hose to Gun
ProBlue Tank Filter
2300/3000 Tank Filter
ITW Filters
Old Style Inline Filter
Changing tank, pump and inline filters will start you on the right path.

After flushing your glue melter tank, change any filters.  This will prevent clogging of hoses, heads, modules and nozzles.  A little maintenance all along will bring huge savings down the road.  The money spent in downtime will decrease also! 

 We carry tank and inline filters for Nordson ProBlue, 3000, 2300, and Model IV/V.  We carry head and pump filters for Slautterback and pump and head filters for ITW and Melton.

Don't risk downtime over a clogged nozzle - change your filters regularly during your PM process.

For more info:

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Fun Facts about American History

1. The shortest inaugural address in U.S. history -- 135 words -- was given in 1793 by George Washington. Rumor was his dentures hurt, and he wanted to get it over with.
2.  George Washington was also quite an alcohol manufacturer. In 1798 alone, he produced 11,000 gallons of whiskey. 
3. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, the great explorers of the Northwest, gave President Thomas Jefferson two bear cubs. Jefferson kept his new pets on the South Lawn of the White House.
4. Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning rod, but he didn’t stop there. He’s also credited for the urinary catheter.
5. Abigail Adams, foreshadowing later feminists like Susan B. Anthony, tartly reminded her husband John, our second President: "Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors [were].  Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands."  
6. During the election of 1828, politics got personal when Andrew Jackson’s opponents called him a jackass. He gleefully adopted the image for the Democratic Party. 
7. Like the Democratic donkey, the Republican party symbol was born out of mockery. In 1874, the satirical cartoonist Thomas Nast drew an elephant and labeled it “the Republican vote.” 
8. Chester Alan Arthur, who served as Chief Executive from 1881-1885, had an extremely futuristic nickname: The Dude President.  
9. Although the Red Cross isn’t a government agency, it does have a Congressional charter.  The nation’s legislators granted it in 1900, giving the Red Cross responsibility for disaster relief and for help to the military and their families.
10. There have been eight left-handed presidents:  James A. Garfield, Herbert Hoover, Harry S. Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.
11. William H. Taft was the first president to submit a national budget.  
12. Elijah McCoy, an African-American man, invented a device to keep train wheels oiled while the train was running.  Others tried similar devices, but his was the best – and that’s the origination of the phrase The Real McCoy.
13. John F. Kennedy. was the only president to die before his parents.
14. The U.S. first wanted to build a canal in Nicaragua, not Panama. But the French tried unsuccessfully to build a canal through Panama and then sold the rights to the  U.S.
15. The first and probably only trial of a tomato was held in 1820, in Salem, NJ. Robert Johnson ate an entire basket in front of a crowd who was convinced he was going to die right away. He didn’t, although it's safe to assume that he had a stomach ache
16. Thirty-eight thousand black men served in the Civil War.
17. Who besides America was born on the Fourth of July?  Louis Armstrong, the greatest of all Jazz musicians, always said he had a July 4th birthday.  Broadway song and dance man George M. Cohan, who wrote Yankee Doodle Dandyand Over There, also said he was born on Independence Day.  Others include song writer Stephen Foster who wrote “Dixie”, President Calvin Coolidge, playwright Neil Simon, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, and advice-givers Ann Landers and her twin sister Abigail Van Buren.  
18. Fourth of July fireworks have a long and honorable tradition. They were first used in July 1776 and may have been meant as a mockery of the tradition of fireworks for British royalty.
19. Once upon a time, we didn’t have an actual July 4 holiday. Although Americans celebrated it informally, it wasn’t an official day off until 1941. 
20. What’s on the back of the Declaration of Independence?  People who have seen the movie "National Treasure" want to know.  Well, on the back, at the bottom, upside-down, is simply written: "Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776."  According to the National Archives, "While no one knows for certain who wrote it, it is known that early in its life, the large parchment document was rolled up for storage.  So, it is likely that the notation was added simply as a label."  Sorry, there are no hidden messages.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Flushing/Purging Your Nordson Glue Melter

RED BARON TANK CLEANER – Tank Flushing Instructions
for your Nordson, Slautterback, ITW or Melton Melter.
                                    Choice of 3 sizes:
                              RB-1:  1 gallon container
                              RB-5:  5 gallon container (as shown)
                              RB-55:  55 gallon drum

(long sleeves, gloves, safety glasses)
1.       Drain glue unit of all adhesive.
2.       Turn off pump pressure on glue unit.
3.       Relieve the glue pressure from the glue unit.
4.       Take the applicator head(s) off of the hose(s).
5.       Pour the Red Baron in the glue pot up to the fill line.  Do not overfill.
6.       Turn pump pressure on.
7.       Pump adhesive out of hose(s) until Red Baron appears.
8.       You may keep hose on to clean hose(s) and just re-circulate into the glue tank. 
9.       Gently scrape (using high temperature plastic or wooden tool – do not use metal –this  may damage the Teflon coating)
10.     Run with either old tank filter in or out. (if running with no tank filter, be sure to have a spare o-ring).
11.     Drain all the cleaner.   If the char still drains from the manifold/tank, repeat steps 5 through 11 until there is no char.
12.     After tank is clean and all cleaner is drained, install a new tank filter.  Take this opportunity to change any inline filters between the hoses and heads and change any old nozzle tips.
13.     Fill tank with new adhesive and purge hose(s) and head(s) until clean adhesive appears.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Varieties of Applicators for Nordson Melters

Washdown Reduced Cavity
Low Profile
Single Standard

There are many different types of glue applicator heads for the various types of applications.  

1 module to 50 module blocks. 
Low profile & standard.  
Washdown & standard.  Common air & independent air.

Are you using the appropriate ones for your applications?

Multiple module applicator heads can have Common Air (CA) where all modules fire at the same time.  Or, applicator heads with multiple modules can be set up to fire modules independently (Independent Air - IA) at different times.  Depending on your set up, the IA applicators can save you money in reducing the number of applicator heads used on a packaging line.

There are 3 basic types of modules that can control the cut off of your bead.

Reduced Cavity
Zero Cavity

  • Standard (Std) modules are your basic bottom of the line packaging module.  You can use these for case sealing where a precise cut off is not important.  These are the least expensive of the three modules.
  • Reduced Cavity (RC) modules are used for a more precise cut off such as consumer seen cartons.  This cut off will prevent the customer from seeing any glue on the outside of the carton.
  • Zero Cavity (ZC) modules are what they say - no cavity left to hold glue to drip.  These are used in exact and very precise applications.  An example, gluing lipstick into the holder.
I have witnessed in some plants where ZC modules are used on trayformers and it is over kill.  You are paying triple the amount for these modules and can be using the Std modules with great results.

To save money, check your applicator heads to verify you are using the proper modules for your applications.  

If you need help, please let me know.



Monday, January 14, 2013

Share your favorite Pet Picture

This is my buddy, Billy.  What a great doggie and friend.  Share your pictures with me of your best animal pals.
Sometimes, I don't know what I'd do without him.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Glue Modules - AO/SC or AO/AC?

What are some differences in modules for your Nordson Applicator?

Do you need one that is air open/spring closed (AO/SC)? or
Do you need one that is air open/air closed (AO/AC)?

What is the difference?

It all depends on the speed of your application.  If you need a quicker cut off because your substrate is moving at a high speed, you may need the AO/AC module.  Air closes the piston needle much faster than a spring.

For standard case and carton sealing, the less expensive AO/SC will work.

Please let me know if you have further questions regarding the workings of our modules.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

What is your New Year's Resolution?

I'm back from the holidays and the year end inventory, which was almost painless this year - LOL!.  

Time to start a new year - out with the old and in with the new.

What is your New Year's Resolution?
Helping in your community more?
Losing weight?
Getting healthy?
Going back to school?
New job?
New home?

Sometimes a new year can be so refreshing.  Share your resolutions.
I started mine 3 months ago - to become healther through cross fit training.  Cross fit is such a good way to become healthier, stronger, to increase energy, to improve mental performance and to just have fun.
WebMd explains it well - click here for more info: Cross Fit Training

If you are looking to be leaner and not bulk up, this is definitely the way to go.  I have been training for 3 months and I still enjoy it.  I  get up at 4am to make my smoothy and workout at 5am.  That should tell you that I must enjoy it!
I encourage you to try it too.