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Find Your Best Barrel and Screw with MSI’s 2019 Selection Guides

We see too many other suppliers make component recommendations based on what’s best for them vs. what is best for you. Component selection isn’t a matter of choosing the lowest-price vendor, it is about consistently assuring the BEST barrels and screws for your application and your environment. From carbide, standard bimetallic, and tool steel barrel [...]

February 5th, 2019|

Improved Poppet Nozzles for Milacron PowerPAK

Anyone who has experience with Milacron’s PowerPAK line of machines that feature the extruder / plunger setup knows the extruder requires a unique poppet style nozzle that allows it to mate with the plunger barrel. MSI has offered this component for years for substantially less than OEM prices. Milacron recently redesigned the nozzle to avoid [...]

February 5th, 2019|

A Truly Universal Purge Compound

We’ve seen a near endless number of methods and compounds used to purge barrels and clean screws efficiently. After years of careful consideration and research, MSI has selected a purge compound worthy of inclusion into our product lineup. It’s called Aquapurge, and while relatively unknown as yet in the US market, we’re confident you’ll enjoy [...]

February 5th, 2019|

Comparable Quotes For Your Purchasing Department

“Document your purchase requirements and get three bids so a decision can be made in Purchasing for the lowest cost items that meet your criteria.” Sound familiar? While this may work for commodity products like paper towels, cleaning supplies and pencils, it rarely works well or saves money for buyers of sophisticated components for precision molding equipment. Read on to learn how we can help ensure your purchasing department — and you — get bids that really can be compared. […]

February 5th, 2019|

Barrel Lead Time Update: February 2019

Good news! We continue to see lead times decline. Our primary barrel supplier has decreased their average quoted lead times by two weeks. In addition, we are seeing more barrel orders showing up early, instead of roughly half arriving late as they did in the recent past. And MSI maintains an extensive supply base to [...]

February 5th, 2019|

Avoid Inferior Imported Components: They’re Worse Than You’d Think

Chinese screw less than six months old. Note the weld has completely peeled off. Too often, we get calls from clients to inspect prematurely-failed components that came from who knows where. In most cases, it turns out, “who knows where” is China. As tempting as it can be to purchase something that someone has “on the shelf” or is considerably cheaper than industry norms, we have yet to run into a client who is glad they made that decision when we stand with them on the shop floor, a machine down, and a red-faced plant manager demanding to know when the machine will be back up. Find out just how bad these imported components can be and how to avoid them. […]

September 14th, 2018|

Have Your Screws Been Pulled and Cleaned?

Don’t let an overdue inspection turn into unexpected downtime. MSI offers R&R services to facilitate inspections and screw and barrel replacement. This complete service includes removing and cleaning screws and tips for inspection, as well as performing removal and replacement when new components are purchased. All work is performed by MSI's experienced specialists. Contact us [...]

September 14th, 2018|

Our Quoting Process

MSI’s quoting process sets us apart from other screw and barrel suppliers. Here’s an inside look at our quoting process and how we ensure each component gives you the best price, value, and return on investment. […]

September 14th, 2018|

Barrel Lead Time Update: September 2018

Over the past year and a half, lead times on barrels have increased at an astounding rate, from an average 8-10 weeks in 2016 to a high of 36 weeks toward the end of 2017. What happened, and what can you expect now? […]

September 14th, 2018|

Herzog: The Gold Standard in Shutoff Nozzles

Herzog AG has long been considered the gold standard in positive shutoff mechanisms for injection molding. Herzog’s shutoff nozzles are suited for a variety of applications including Thermoset, Elastomer, MuCell foam, Structural foam, and other high-flow or oxygen-sensitive polymers, and offer spring, pneumatic, and hydraulic actuation. If you run any of the applications listed above, [...]

September 14th, 2018|