Thursday, August 27, 2015

Char...The 4 letter dirty word in Hot Melt

Stop the Char

Is the frequency of your glue melter issues becoming the center of production meeting conversations?  

Do you have a solid Preventive Maintenance (PM) Schedule in place?

If you have a glue melter that is charred to the point you are discussing the purchase of a new unit....... then STOP.  Keystone has an alternative.  We can rebuild the melter and you can begin with a clean slate.  If you are unable to run production without a melter, we can offer an exchange to reduce the time your line is down for the install.

After you have a clean glue melter, implement a regular PM Schedule.  It is recommended that the glue melter be purged every 3 to 6 months, based on your usage and type of glue.  All filters should be changed at this time also.  
Our DIY video can provide more details.

To reduce char build up:

  • Set temperatures of the hoses, applicator heads and glue tank by recommendations made by the adhesive company on the adhesive specs. Some adhesives will char at temperatures that others will not.
  • If the melter has a stand by feature, program unit to shut down when not in use. Heating the same adhesive for long periods of time breaks down the adhesive and may compromise its ability to adhere.
  • Keep the glue tank as full as possible.  When tank is not full, char will build up where there is a thin film of glue on the sides of the tank.
  • Keep dry adhesive in a covered container to prevent contaminants from entering the adhesive.  Auto feeders are a great alternative to keep glue tank full and provide a safer environment for employees.

Please let us know if you have questions or need a quote on a rebuilt glue melter and/or parts.

Glue machines are a simple component of your packaging line and issues due to char do not need to be your focus.

Angela Wagley

Friday, August 14, 2015

Wash Down Glue Hose for Wet Packaging Environments

Many manufacturing facilities are mandated by the FDA to periodically wash down equipment. If you are one of these facilities, you may have had or are having various electrical issues with non-wash down equipment/parts.

Speaking specifically from the area of the adhesive melters, we are very aware of the downtime that can be caused by water entering parts.

If you are required to wash down your packaging lines, you should be using glue hoses and glue applicators that are made to be water resistant. This will reduce your downtime due to electrical shortages.

Importance of Water Resistance

When a hose is compromised by water, water enters and soaks the insulation, which is wrapped around the heater wire of the entire length of the hose. This can cause the hose to either cool below set temperature or cause an electrical short, which will destroy the hose. Both scenarios cause expensive downtime.

Water Resistant Products from Keystone

We manufacture water resistant cordsets, glue applicators and glue hoses for a fraction of the cost charged by the OEMs.

Verify you are using the proper parts on your equipment to insure the best performance of your packaging lines.

If you need help, let us know. Contact our experts online or call us at 800-235-8090.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Great Places to Fish - Share your best fish pics

Whether you prefer saltwater or fresh water fishing, the sport is relaxing and satisfying.  My Grandfather taught me to fresh water fish at an early age in the family farm pond.  Maybe you have some fond memories of fishing with a loved one you can share.  It was always so satisfying catching a bucket full of brim or crappie to take back to Grandma for her to "ooooo" and "aaahhh" over and then to fry up.  Granddad would show me how to scale the fish and would show me all the inside parts of the fish, including the beating heart. Today, many of our children miss out on the basics of the world, such as this.  I believe these kinds of experiences in life teach respect for life in general.

See if you have visited any of these fishing sweet spots:

Keystone we will be giving away a $500 Bass Pro gift certificate in December.
For each order over $500, your name is entered into the drawing.  You must mention the code Bass Pro to be eligible.  Entries are accepted August 4, 2015 through midnight of December 4, 2015.  The drawing will be held on December 15, 2015.  This offer cannot be combined with any other sales coupons or offers.  Contest eligible to Keystone end user customers only.