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Unpacking Pack-Expo: 4 Observations and a Bonus!

Oct 3, 2023 11:12:16 AM / by Slideways, Inc. posted in insider, industry, conveyor systems, News

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1. Planned Maintenance Program

We asked several customers if they had a planned maintenance program, and the main response was… 

Yes, but If it's not broken, we don’t shut our lines down to fix it
Yes, but we aren’t as proactive as we should be
Yes, but we fix some things but not others
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5 Key Advantages of Partnering with Slideways for Power Transmission Distributors

Jul 28, 2023 9:27:21 AM / by Slideways, Inc. posted in conveyor components

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Power Transmission (PT) Distributors are important bridges that connect their customers (often consumer packaged goods manufacturers such as food, cosmetics, baked goods, and cleaning products) to technical products for maintenance and improving plant efficiency. Their challenge? A vast product offering and a high-pressure environment that demands fast and effective solutions.

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5 Reasons Slideways Works for OEMs with In-House Machining

Dec 20, 2022 8:22:33 AM / by Slideways, Inc. posted in industry, machined, conveyor systems, plastic supplier, custom plastic fabrication, News

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Slideways is a valuable partner even for those OEMs with in-house machining capabilities.

Many of our customers have extensive machine shops. So why is Slideways machining their plastic parts? It’s a few things that add up to a better solution for our customers.

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Unpacking Tom's 4 Takeaways (+ 1 Bonus Takeaway) from PackExpo

Nov 8, 2022 12:39:45 PM / by Slideways, Inc. posted in insider, industry, conveyor systems, News

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PackExpo International 2022 was a great success for Slideways and the Packaging Machinery industry. With masks and social distancing behind us, it was so nice to share a smile and a handshake with visitors to the Slideways booth. Component suppliers and machinery OEMs pulled out all the stops with extensive booths showing their products and machines loaded with the latest technology.

Here are 4 observations from the show.

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Types of Sprockets and Plastics Used in the Food Industry

Mar 11, 2022 12:27:19 PM / by Slideways, Inc. posted in materials, fda compliant, conveyor systems, food transportation, plastic sprockets

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Plastic sprockets are a fundamental part of any food conveyor system or food processing machinery. Plastics have long been identified as some of the safest and most efficient materials for use in the food handling industry. Plastic properties such as wear resistance, wide operating temperature ranges, and superior tensile strength offer many benefits. Plastic sprockets are lightweight, durable, and easy to clean, which provides food handling equipment manufacturers with a reliable and versatile component for use in a variety of food preparation and transportation systems.

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Tight Tolerance Ranges for Machined Plastic Parts Aren’t Always Needed

Dec 21, 2021 2:10:24 PM / by Slideways, Inc. posted in conveyor components, machined, conveyor systems

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Slideways manufactures precision plastic parts for conveyors and packaging machinery. This market encompasses a variety of unique applications that require different part tolerancing considerations. Factors affecting part tolerance include application, part size, and material. This blog will explain the typical applications and materials Slideways works with when designing conveyor and packaging machinery components.

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Four Takeaways from Pack Expo Las Vegas 2021

Oct 19, 2021 4:03:23 PM / by Slideways, Inc. posted in industry, News

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Pack Expo 2021 was an excellent experience for me and the rest of the Slideways team. After over a year of being locked down, it was energizing to interact in person. Though Slideways exhibited in the 2020 Virtual Pack Expo, it was missing the spontaneity that comes with a face-to-face conversation. This year at Pack Expo, casual chats lead to discussions of opportunities that would have likely been missed during a virtual meeting.

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Exhibiting Vital Conveyor Components at PackExpo 2021

Aug 19, 2021 3:36:21 PM / by Slideways, Inc. posted in News

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Exhibiting Conveyor Components at PackExpo 2021

Slideways will be exhibiting at PackExpo 2021 in Las Vegas on September 27-29. The Slideways booth will feature a full range of UHMW extruded profiles and guide rails in addition to other materials that meet FDA, USDA, and pharmaceutical requirements. Examples of Slideways’ custom CNC machining capability of plastic materials will also be on display.

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Which UHMW Properties Are Best for You?

Jul 23, 2021 10:12:10 AM / by Slideways, Inc. posted in uhmw, conveyor systems, high-temp, temperature stable, heat resistant, impact strength

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UHMW (ultra high molecular weight polyethylene) plastic is the choice material for conveyors and packaging machinery. Its unique properties, ease of fabrication, and low-cost make it the optimal selection for this industry. Its ability to handle abrasion, impact, corrosive cleaning solutions, and wet environments enables UHMW to stand up to extensive wear and tear. Additionally, its dampening properties reduce conveyor noise and vibration. Made in large sheets for big or long parts, UHMW machines easily and can be extruded into complex profiles with thick or thin cross-sections. All these attributes make UHMW a great option for machine builders and maintenance personnel that are concerned with price, extending the life of initial installations, and repairs.

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UHMW vs Teflon™ in Packaging Machinery and Conveyor Applications

Apr 2, 2021 1:39:57 PM / by Slideways, Inc. posted in uhmw, conveyor systems, high-temp, temperature stable, heat resistant, impact strength

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Slippery Plastic Smackdown!

Slideways frequently fields quote requests for parts made of Teflon™, the brand name for PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene). Once learning more about the application, we usually determine a UHMW (ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene) part is needed. Teflon has a place in packaging machinery, but it is not the go-to material until some specific operating conditions are met.

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