When you select a moisture analyzer for a moisture plastic analyzer you will need a model that not only can quickly but also accurately gauge the moisture content of these resins. And as with many quality control requirements that involve moisture content, you’ll want a moisture balance that can meet standards set by trade associations and professional organizations.
In this post you’ll get a briefing on the following:
- why low moisture content is important in plastic resins
- a technical standard that applies to determine moisture in plastics
- how benchtop moisture analyzers work
- a standards-compliant moisture analyzer
for plastic resins
Why Low Moisture Content is Important
Owners of injection molding companies and operators of injection molding machines are aware that incorrect moisture content in plastic resins can result in an inferior finished product.
Product shipped from resin suppliers may have the specified moisture content but ambient conditions at the injection molding facility could raise or lower moisture content before it is placed in the injection molding machine hoppers.
Companies involved in producing quality products by injection molding take steps to ensure proper resin storage. This along with using commercial drying ovens are two important steps in quality control.
Periodic checks with a benchtop moisture analyzer for plastic resins provides assurances that moisture content is on target, or otherwise call for pre-processing adjustments.
A Standard for Determining Moisture in Plastics
The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) has published standard governing testing the moisture content of plastics*. It employs what is called the LOD method, or the loss of weight on drying. This is also described as the thermogravimetric method.
Taken directly from the published standard the test method is summarized here:
“The specimen is spread onto a sample pan that is supported on a balance in a heating chamber that has been preheated and equilibrated to the specified idle temperature. It is then heated to vaporize the moisture. The analysis is completed when the indicated weight loss falls below a rate specified in the test conditions. The total loss of weight is integrated and displayed as the percent of moisture. Both the analyzer’s balance and heater are calibrated to NIST** standards to achieve precise and accurate results.”
How a Benchtop Moisture Analyzer Works
The ASTM standard briefly describes the process. Here is a bit more detail.
A benchtop moisture balance employs a drying process to extract and measure moisture. It combines a precision balance and a heater. In a simple 4-step procedure:
- The drying process parameters are entered on a keypad. These are the drying temperature which may include how the heat is applied (a.k.a. heating profile) and shut-off criteria.
- The sample is placed on a weighing pan located in the drying chamber.
- The drying chamber is closed and the analysis begins.
- The instrument calculates the moisture content by comparing the initial weight of the sample to the weight after drying is complete.
As in the standard, the total loss of weight is integrated and displayed as the percent of moisture.
Halogen quartz glass is generally the source of drying heat. These heaters provide constant even drying of the sample after temperatures are programmed in by the moisture analyzer operator. Temperature is generally maintained within 1⁰C of the selected setting.
While most analyses involve ramping the temperature to a maximum of 160⁰C or less, in special cases higher temperatures may be necessary to achieve complete drying. The analysis automatically terminates either when the dry weight is stable or at a time specified by the operator.
For more detail on how these instruments work please check our post on moisture analyzer questions and answers.
A Moisture Analyzer for Low-Moisture Plastics
A moisture balance complying with ASTM D 6980 – 04 is the DSC 71P available from Tovatech. This model provides precise moisture analysis and is equipped with a default program to test 75% of the most commonly used resins. The DSC 71P is highly recommended for:
- Molders processing a limited number of plastic formulations
- Molder having QC problems related to moisture content
- Molders who need to replace an old moisture analyzer
- Molders adding a new production facility and need another moisture analyzer to support it
It is also an ideal tool to check the moisture content of incoming resins, confirm moisture content before filling hoppers and check the performance of bulk dryers.
The DSC 71P Moisture Analyzer Close-up
Thermogravimetric moisture analyzers such as the DSC 71P calculate moisture content by loss of weight on drying (LOD). This is more environmentally friendly and far less complex than the Karl Fischer moisture analysis requiring a high degree of skill and the use of hazardous chemicals.
Yet due to the very small amounts of moisture that can be tolerated in resins such as the <0.02% for polyethylene terephthalate sensitivity is critical. To address this the DSC 71P has a readout of 0.0001g or 0.001% moisture. The repeatability (standard deviation) is ± 0.01% moisture content for a 10g sample.
Other features include:
- 3 free tech support phone calls for optimizing test procedures
- Custom programming for your resins available prior to shipment
- Short measuring time. Get results quickly with fast and uniform heating
- High repeatability. Superior accuracy even when weighing small samples
- Real-time graphic display. Watch drying take place via a connected PC screen
- Accuracy checks using sodium tartrate dihydrate with its stable moisture content
Simple Resin Moisture Calculation
Once programmed with up to 20 testing procedures all the operator has to do is call up the program for the particular plastic to be analyzed. The unit’s vacuum fluorescent display shows the drying profile (standard, quick, step, or ramp), time, and temperature (30⁰ to 200⁰C in 1⁰ increments) as well as shut-off criteria.
The unit comes with a 9mm (3.5 inches) sample pan, WinCT Moisture software, 30 g sodium tartrate dihydrate for accuracy checks, tweezers, a spoon, a RS 232C cable connection, and the instruction manual. A dot-matrix compact printer is available as an option for record-keeping. Other options include a 50 g calibration weight and a certified temperature calibrator.
A Resin Moisture Analyzer at an Attractive Price
Plastic resin moisture analyzers equipped with large libraries can cost around $10,000 or more depending on features. This is a substantial investment for small to medium-sized injection molding companies. The DSC 71P moisture balance with its broad range of features and outstanding accuracy is available for under $5,000.
Caution should be exercised when looking at lower-cost units because of their inability to deliver the high accuracy and precision needed for quality control when working with low-moisture resins.
Contact the scientists at Tovatech for advice on selecting and using a moisture analyzer to support your injection molding operations.
Arslan Fazal is a student of the Aust Abbottabad University of Science and Technology. He started his graduation in 2016 and graduated in 2020. I’m a professional article and blog writer, has written dozens of content on different topics and worked with professionals all over the globe. Feel free to contact me for any assistance. [email protected]
4 Things Debt Collectors Know That You Don’t
By Dean Kaplan, CEO and President, The Kaplan Group
Cash flow is more important than ever. In the middle of a pandemic, very few businesses can afford to have clients owe them money. This means many businesses that used to be more laid back about collecting from late-paying clients are getting serious. As a commercial debt collector, there are things I know about the debt collection process that may surprise you.
1.Nice gets results.
There’s a stereotype of debt collectors as angry and threatening. But most successful debt collectors know that to be effective, you have to listen to people and form a relationship. Your approach to collecting from a client is highly dependent on the reason they haven’t paid. Without listening, you don’t know if a debt isn’t paid because the client is temporarily in trouble, about to go out of business, just disorganized or has a dispute. The more you can get people to talk, the more information they’ll reveal. It’s possible that the debtor will become upset or embarrassed during the conversation. But, the collector must stay calm and reasonable.
2. Debt collection starts before you sign the contract.
Having a solid credit application and laying out terms on all your contracts can make a huge difference in your debt collection. Your credit application should include complete contact information and layout any payment terms, including interest and late fees. Interest and late fees often provide good negotiation points for collection agents. I have frequently offered to waive late fees in exchange for prompt and complete payment.
Make sure that the terms on your contracts and invoices match the terms on your credit application. A reputable collection agent will want to see complete documentation of the agreement and debt. Although I try to avoid going to court, I will not accept a case if I don’t think it can be proved in court.
3. You should avoid going to court, and threatening to do so.
Speaking of court, although many people pay on debt because they’re afraid of legal action, you want to try to avoid it whenever possible. The contingency rate (the amount you pay the collector) is higher if you have to sue and the process is prolonged. This is especially true now when courts are backed up due to the pandemic. A default judgment might get issued within six months, but trial dates are now being set 18 or more months from the filing date. By that time, the customer could be out of business. Once you win a judgment in court, the money still has to be collected, which can take years in some situations. You should never threaten to take a client to court. Once you issue that threat, you have to follow through. If you threaten to sue and then hire a collection agency instead, you’ve made their job harder. Likewise, you should not threaten people via social media. Doing so can backfire and expose you to legal action.
4. Prompt debt collection can save business relationships (and time and money).
When a client owes you money, your first step should be to cease doing work or selling products to them. Unfortunately, this means your client will need to find another vendor. If you spend months or years trying to collect from them, that just gives them more time to build a relationship with another vendor. By sending the invoice to a collection agent promptly, you shorten the amount of time before you can begin working with the client again. Hiring a collection agency on a contingency basis can also save you time and money. Your staff can be focused on their regular tasks and reputable agencies have tactics for increasing pressure to get money flowing faster.
As this new year begins, you’ll want to make sure that all of your accounts are in order. Thinking about debt collection both now and in the future can keep your cash flow steady.
The Kaplan Group, a commercial collection agency specializing in large claims and international transactions. He has 35 years of manufacturing, international business leadership and customer service experience. Today, he provides business planning, training and consultation to a variety of global companies.
Umar Nisar was born and raised in the busy city of Abbottabad. As a journalist, Umar Nisar has contributed to many online publications including PAK Today and the Huffing Post. In regards to academics, Umar Nisar earned a degree in business from the Abbottabad UST, Havelian. Umar Nisar follows the money and covers all aspects of emerging tech here at The Hear Up.
7 eCommerce Operations Strategies to Ace the Omni channel Experience
The eCommerce business is trending worldwide. Wonder why else the world’s richest person would be from the e-commerce industry? Most people prefer shopping online from websites like Amazon, eBay, Ali Express, and so. People who were traditionally confined to shopping from the regular market are switching to the online shopping mode.
According to Brainvire, a leading eCommerce development company the reasons for the preference for eCommerce are obvious. Firstly, customers get better deals by shopping online than from the local market. Secondly, they can browse all the products from the category before finalizing the purchase. Also, shopping online has a range of benefits that someone does not get from the local market. One of them is doorstep delivery; this was the biggest reason why most people switched to the online shopping mode during the COVID-19 lockdown period.
For this reason, most businesses also sought the importance of going digital and increasing their digital presence. This way, they offered sales online as well as from their store outlets. Moreover, the digital presence also helps these firms in marketing themselves online.
Thus, the omni channel eCommerce business model is the most beneficial, which has been accepted in 2020.
7 eCommerce Operations Strategies:
Here are seven eCommerce operation strategies that will help you get the most out of your omnichannel business model.
- Aim big yet go local
Most brands aim to go global and set a strong foothold in the international market. Hence, some of them also go for different websites for the country and global levels. However, some firms, in their pursuit of making their brands a global leader, often tend to forget the country’s local needs and needs.
Things like a local website with the local language can be the best way to meet the local as well as global pursuits of your business.
- Make your brand unique
Not all businesses are lucky to have a monopoly in the market, and most companies have to go through tough competitions. A firm needs to have a good brand voice.
You can make a brand voice by checking and improving the current content on your website, social media pages, blogs, and so on.
Another essential factor to consider is to change along with the time. As you have upgraded yourself from a physical store to an omnichannel, it is important to upgrade with the passing time.
- Optimize your website for mobile
The online business is mostly dominated by smartphones. Most people who shop online do so using their smartphones. Therefore, smartphone eCommerce outweighs that of laptops and desktops. Customers get discouraged due to the slow loading time of a website.
Making the website as responsive and mobile-optimized as possible will be the key to a better e-commerce experience for your customers.
- Use digital marketing options well
Customers won’t stumble across your website unless you are a well-known brand. There are ways to increase the traffic to your website, either organically or inorganically. SEO, i.e., intensive use of blogs and paid search engine results, are the two main options for you.
You can also put videos and intriguing articles on your social media sites. Using digital marketing options will help you increase brand value and revenue.
- Make use of user-generated content
Apart from making use of the digital marketing options, optimizing other modes like user-generated content, i.e., feeds by the users with elaborate stories of satisfaction with a brand and its products, can help you get better customer engagement.
Many brands have used platforms like Instagram to the fullest of their benefits with the help of user-generated content.
- Using discounts and coupons well
Customers are always in the pursuit of better deals. Using discounts, coupons, and promotional offers are the best way either to attract them or to keep them attracted to the brand. Therefore, using promotional offers helps increase revenue or retains customers.
You can have good promotional offers for new customers and separate discount offers for loyal customers and increase brand value and revenue.
- State clear buying guides
Buying guides for the season help customers in two ways; firstly, they help the customers know what the things they need to purchase and make the purchase convenient for them are.
It is worth noting that the buying guide does not promote sales but is insightful for the reader to purchase their required product in the right quantity. It also enlists the differences between two or more products from the same category. Therefore, it helps a customer make a sound buying decision.
Due to the multifaceted nature of omni channel, you have adopted a future-proof business model. You can get better sales both online as well as in the traditional method. With the help of these omni channel strategies, you can give your business the right push it needs.
Khalil ur Rehman is a proud born and raised in Abbottabad. Khalil has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Yahoo News and The Verge. As a journalist for The Hear Up, Khalil covers climate and science news. [email protected]
Find Your Best Loan Installment Plan
Best Loan Installment Plan
An ‘installment loan’ applies to the vast majority of both personal and commercial loans extended to borrowers as a large general phrase. Installment loans include any debt that is repaid with deposits or installments that are periodically scheduled. The redemption of a part of the principal sum lent and thus the charge of interest on the loan shall be included with any payment on the installment debt.
Mortgage loans and car loans are forms of installment loans. Many installment loans are fixed-rate loans, aside from mortgage loans, which are variable-rate loans. They are paid an interest rate that is constant from the period of borrowing for the lifetime of the loan.
Types of Installment loans:
Installment loans are known to be two of the more popular forms of loans that people take out. Both types of installment loans are car loans, rentals, personal loans, and student loans.
If auto loans are for purchasing vehicles, mortgages are for owning a home. Many mortgages generally have a maturity period of 15 to 30 years, as well as a fixed interest rate and defined regular payments that don’t really alter.
Loans for Personal Installment:
Consumers looking to consolidate revolving debt or pay off current credit card debt typically utilize personal installment loans. It is also necessary to take out these loans to support marriages, holidays, or other luxury expenditures. Personal loans should be used as a building stone for long-term financial purposes, such as building credit, in comparison to payday loans, which are used mainly for financial crises.
Loans for Auto:
Auto loans are a type of installment loan that is supposed to be utilized while preparing to buy a vehicle. This kind of loan is usually repaid within a range of 12 to 96 months. Take notice, though, that not all lenders have monthly installments of the same length.
Benefits of Installment loans:
There are many explanations why several individuals, including repayment length, higher credit cap, and successful use as some of its advantages, favor installment loans over any other form of a loan. In particular, here’s a roundup of the reasons why you may be the best with an installment loan.
Support your credit score build-up:
You would also be allowed to repay if you have a poor credit score. In reality, it would allow you to build up your credit score by borrowing money and keeping to your repayment plan. This would boost your odds in the future of having decent interest rates.
Fewer interest rate:
Installment loans often provide the security of ensuring that by a defined date the mortgage will be paid off. Your mortgage can be paid off in full once you have finished paying the number of payments needed by the lender. You will get out of debt quicker and would definitely pay less interest if you get a loan for the shortest payment period you can realistically handle.
Financial Burden Reduction:
Being willing to take out a personal loan would financially take the pressure off you. Since money problems will trigger great tension, there’s one less thing you’ll have to think about. Your loan may not be anything to think about as long as you are borrowing within your budget.
The borrowing limit is high:
Since installment loans have a more extended maturity period, you will be granted a higher credit cap by banks and other lenders. When you need a huge sum of capital, particularly during crises, this is extremely beneficial. Plus, the risk of qualifying for several loans in the future is eliminated by a greater credit cap.
Be sure you accept the terms and conditions of the loan that you commit to if you are seeking an installment loan. If you appreciate what is being sold, with your unique case, you should carefully shop around for the right installment loan.
Saad Mushtaq was born and raised in the busy city of Abbottabad. As a journalist, Saad Mushtaq has contributed to many online publications including the PAK Today and the Huffing Post. In regards to academics, Saad Mushtaq earned a degree in business from the Abbottabad UST, Havelian. Saad Mushtaq follows the money and covers all aspects of emerging tech here at The Hear Up.Thanks
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