Cutoff Knives for Higher Conversion Efficiency, Lower Machine Stress

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Cutoff Knives for Higher Conversion Efficiency, Lower Machine Stress

The more innovations made in new films and foils, the more likely converters and form fill seal users will find their old knives just “won’t cut it” with the new substances. Poor and incomplete cuts, excessive blade wear, and rough edges on cut material are a fairly easy problem to diagnose: the current cutoff knife […]

YSK Goes Global with ProPak Asia

From its humble beginnings as a lumber industry saw maker, York Saw & Knife has spent a century building a strong reputation as one of the top sources for high-precision, high-quality industrial blades for applications as diverse as form fill seal and food processing. Today the company announces its upcoming appearance at ProPak Asia, solidifying […]

Machine Knife Association: A Call for Membership

We have interesting and challenging news to share with you. YSK President Mike Pickard, in addition to guiding our company, has recently been selected by our industry leaders to serve as the President of the Machine Knife Association. This group that is one of the oldest trade associations in the country has a primary mission […]

FollowForever #4: Movers, Shakers, & Great Stuff-Makers

Last week I put together a new list on twitter featuring “People who make the stuff that helps make the stuff we all need.” Simply stated, the list contains manufacturers of components, machinery, systems, bits and pieces that, added together, make the systems that lead to usable, consumable products. I wanted to point out a […]

Sustainable Manufacturing, P&G Style

Keeping stride with their own commitment to power plants with 30% renewable energy by 2020, P&G constructed the 100m-tall turbine in a single day at the Coevorden Pet Care plant. The turbine is expected to generate some 17% of the energy normally consumed by the plant – enough to power 1500 Dutch households. Then, in […]

FollowForever #3: Priceless Publications

The coolest thing about working in a knife factory (besides the knives, of course) is all the great trivia I get to learn about so many different industries.  That said, I really have to manage my time well as I try to keep up with the trends and top news in every arena. Manufacturing, food, […]

Modern Marvels: Packaging Insight for the People

Friday night’s premier of Modern Marvels: Packaging was so interesting I watched it twice. Yes, it covered a lot about packaging I already knew, but it also presented some great facts and insight I never could have guessed – like how bell peppers were an inspiration for water bottle design. Or how bubble wrap was […]

FollowForever #2: 4 Manufacturing Must-Follows

In keeping with this week’s manufacturing news spirit, today’s FollowForever goes out to a few more interesting folks tweeting about the industry: @MFGSourcing – Another representative of, @mfgsourcing is ripe with links on the industry, both here and abroad.  Tune in for stats and timely news from trade to textiles. @ShopfloorNAM – Official twitter […]

Global Manufacturing: Full Steam Ahead for 2011

  If you have to start somewhere, why not start a new year in manufacturing with a record 17 months of consecutive growth? Honestly. Not two weeks into the new year, and the good-hopeful-promising manufacturing news hasn’t slowed down, yet.  Of course, there’s a measure of not-so-great thrown in along the way, but that’s not […]

FollowForever #1: 5 Must-Know Industry Pros

Dear Fellow Twitter Friends, This year, I’m shifting away from the traditional #FollowFriday memes of the past in favor of something a little more personal.  Instead of the customary laundry list of @ recommendations,  each week I’ll post a short list of top tweeters – who may or may not be related in any conventional […]