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Founded in 1963, MK Plastics is a global leader in the production of corrosion resistant industrial and commercial blowers, fans, and ventilation systems. Patented in several countries, our products are AMCA Certified for Air and Sound Performance.
We offer the broadest and most complete line of quality industrial and commercial corrosion-resistant fans and blowers. Our innovative ventilation technologies are patented in several countries.

What to Consider When Selecting Fans For Your Application

When selecting a fan, I prefer to do so in a deductive fashion. In other words, try to understand everything you possibly can about the nature of the application and the details about what the fan is going to be doing. From there, you can actually use a process of elimination to back right into the appropriate types of fans.1. Ventilation vs. Proce...
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Types of AC Motors Commonly Used on Industrial/Commercial Fans

AC electric motors used on fans typically consist of windings, bearings, and other internal mechanical parts. All those parts need to be enclosed by what's referred to as a frame, which serves a dual purpose. The frame protects the internal parts, but at the same time, it allows heat generated within the windings to be dissipated from the motor. So...
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Changing Motors on Direct Drive Induced Flow Fans

All induced flow fans fit into two overarching types/categories: centrifugal induced flow fans and vertical inline induced flow fans. Both of those types of induced flow fans are available in belt drive or direct drive configurations. While belt drive induced flow fans offer many safety, adjustability, and motor changeout advantages, s...
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Comparing/Contrasting Belt Drive and Direct Drive Fans

Fan drive arrangements are defined by the Air Movement and Control Association International (AMCA). (We address drive arrangements in detail in a separate presentation.) When comparing and contrasting direct drive to belt drive fans, I think we should address efficiency, safety, reliability, maintenance, and motor replacement independently. As we ...
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Common Arrangements for Belt Drive and Direct Drive Fans

The fan industry has a trade association called Air Movement and Control Association International, or AMCA, which produces several standards and methods of testing. AMCA Standard 99-10 addresses drive configurations for different types of fans. This blog post will not address fans designed for motors to be remotely mounted (specifical...
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