Customer Triples Business

Jim Miller, General Manager at Qure Medical, contracted FACTS to supply a Total Extrusion Control (TEC) System for one of their existing silicone tube production lines.   The FACTS TEC system replaced … [Read more...]

Upgrading FACTS QNX systems to FACTS FCS

FACTS Inc. continues to innovate and invest in new forward thinking technology.  One of the advancements that we have made over the past few years is the development of a LINUX based control system … [Read more...]

Major Upgrade for Co-extrusion Sheetline

One of the food packaging industry's leading suppliers recently chose FACTS to upgrade their obsolete controls for a co-extrusion line that is used to supply rigid pvc to an in-line thermoformer.  The … [Read more...]

A General List of Extrusion parameters to Control or Monitor

In developing control systems, FACTS monitors and controls various parameters in the extrusion process. Below is a starter list. Extrusion Control Points Blending ratios of multiple … [Read more...]

Extrusion Control – Automated Solutions Answer Problems left by Numerous Discrete Controls

The control system is an integral part of the extrusion machinery and extrusion process. It has a very large impact on the productivity, quality, uniformity, and cost per production unit for the … [Read more...]

Factory Information Architecture from the Bottom Up, NOT the top down

Historically, management information systems in the factory have been driven from the top down, with suppliers of MRP and ERP systems adding terminals and forms to capture manufacturing data from the … [Read more...]

Calender Fabric Issues Affecting overall Calendered Rubber Gauge

The following relates to fabric calenders, both textile and steel cord only. Localized cord disturbance in cord distribution does not usually affect fabric weight, whereas overall cord distribution … [Read more...]

A Consistent Mill Feed Will Substantially Reduce Gauge Variations

A consistent feed to the calender will substantially reduce gauge variations. Consistent, uniform, dwell times on the break down and feed mills, as well as consistent bank size, will result in … [Read more...]

Calender Speed Changes Result in Undesirable Gum Wall Thickness Changes

When the calender is running there are forces generated that try to separate the rolls. These separating forces are proportional to calender speed, although the relationship is not linear. The … [Read more...]

Increase Roll Temperature when the Calender is Stopped

Increase the temperature by 20 to 40 degrees F when the rolls are stopped to maintain a more uniform roll surface temperature. The TCU (Temperature Control Unit) controls the temperature of the water … [Read more...]