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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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What industry are you in? We’ve got you covered!

Nov 3, 2017 1:00:00 PM / by Slideways, Inc. posted in components, custom, industry, conveyor components, plastic

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At Slideways, we’re all about the components our customers need to maintain and optimize packaging systems, conveyors, and other material handling systems for moving packages and products. No matter what industry or application you’re involved with, we’ve got the components you need to keep your system up and running.

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How Custom is a Custom Roller?

Aug 18, 2017 1:50:00 PM / by Slideways, Inc. posted in custom, conveyor components, plastic, custom roller

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Custom-RollersHow “custom” is a custom roller? At Slideways, the short answer is “as custom as you need it.” We have extensive experience in manufacturing all kinds of conveyor system rollers in a wide range of materials for any number of applications, including unit material handling systems, food processing equipment, and conveyor chain and belt returns.

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What are slider beds and how do they work?

Jun 22, 2017 10:09:00 AM / by Slideways, Inc. posted in plastic, slider beds, guides, timing belt

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accumulation-rollers-300x165Slider beds are guides used to improve the life and performance of the various types of timing belts.  Timing belts are normally used in conveying applications that require accurate placement and/or positioning.

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Plastic Machinery Components

Jun 14, 2017 2:09:00 PM / by Slideways, Inc. posted in components

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The benefits of standard plastic machinery components are many. Today’s plastics are marvels of advanced engineering, just as strong and chemical- and heat-resistant as many metal alloys. That’s why standard plastic machinery components are a great option for many commercial and industrial processes, machines, and systems.

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Conveyor Component Tips

Jun 6, 2017 9:07:00 AM / by Slideways, Inc. posted in plastic

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Virtually every materials handling system, such as a conveyor system, is subject to advanced wear caused primarily by friction. Conveyor components – no matter how durable and well-made – eventually wear out, often causing unnecessary downtime and added expense..

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5 Things You Need To Know About UHMW

May 25, 2017 9:13:00 AM / by Slideways, Inc. posted in plastic, uhmw, conveyor systems, uhmw-pe

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Metal-Detectable-chain-guide-top_rightUltra-High Molecular Weight (UHMW) is the highest quality polyethylene (PE) available, engineered for extreme performance and a wide range of applications. Because UHMW plastics resist so many different kinds of abuse we use it for machining plastic components and chain guides destined for high-wear operations such as commercial and industrial conveyor systems.

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