Three Questions to Ask When Choosing a Masterbatch Feeding System

Choosing the right masterbatch feeding system is critical for optimizing your plastic processing operations. With a multitude of options available, it’s essential to ask the right questions to ensure you select the system that best suits your needs. Here are three key questions to consider:

1. Do You Prefer a Volumetric Feeder or a Gravimetric Feeder?

The choice between a volumetric and gravimetric feeder hinges on accuracy versus cost-effectiveness. Gravimetric feeders, such as LIAD’s ColorSave 1000, offer unparalleled accuracy, resulting in higher quality products, reduced scrap, and less material and money wasted. While initially more expensive, gravimetric feeders prove their worth through improved efficiency and product consistency.

On the other hand, volumetric feeders are more affordable and simpler to operate but are inherently less accurate. This can lead to increased waste, scrap, and overdosing of masterbatch. LIAD recognizes the importance of flexibility and offers both volumetric and gravimetric feeding solutions to cater to diverse manufacturing requirements.

2. How Much Material Do You Need to Feed?

For applications requiring very small doses of masterbatch, precision is paramount. LIAD’s ColorSave-Micro and ColorSave 1000 are tailored to meet such demands. The ColorSave-Micro is specially designed for ultra-precise dosing, ensuring minimal waste and optimal product quality. Meanwhile, the ColorSave 1000 is ideal for regular doses, providing accuracy and efficiency for larger-scale operations. ColorSave 1000 is available in various sizes: 3, 5, 10 and 40 liters.

In the case of dosing two additives at the same time, DualSave system is able to regulate two feeders connected to the same neckpiece with a single control unit, while ensuring consistent feeding when working with a variety of materials. All feeding systems are suitable for batch or continuous production.

3. How Often Are Masterbatch Changes Required?

Frequent material changes bring various challenges, including extended downtimes during feeder dismantling, emptying, and cleaning. Additionally, the re-assembly of the feeder and refilling with a new masterbatch are also time-consuming. Safety concerns may arise, especially if the feeder is located high above the machine.

LIAD’s ColorSave 1000 features an automatic venturi emptying and cleaning process, streamlining operations and minimizing downtime. This innovative design ensures quick and hassle-free masterbatch changes, enhancing productivity and efficiency.

Additional Features of LIAD’s ColorSave 1000 and ColorSave-Micro

ColorSave 1000 stands out as a highly accurate single-component gravimetric feeder, featuring an internal weighing hopper that offers unmatched resistance to mechanical shocks and vibrations. Its innovative design, coupled with proprietary algorithms, ensures homogenous feeding for consistent production quality.

ColorSave-Micro is the world’s first small dose gravimetric feeder. With its accurate and consistent dosing capabilities, this innovative feeder reduces rejects and maintenance time while ensuring optimal product quality. Supporting various additive types, including granules and micro-granules, the ColorSave-Micro offers versatility for different manufacturing requirements. Its easy calibration and maintenance further enhance its efficiency and usability, making it an invaluable tool for precision-focused production processes.

In conclusion, selecting the right masterbatch feeding system involves considering factors such as accuracy and maintenance requirements. With LIAD’s comprehensive range of feeding solutions, including the ColorSave 1000 and ColorSave-Micro, manufacturers can optimize their processes, enhance product quality, and achieve operational excellence.

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