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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.

Fans 101, Part 1: Axial Flow Fans

There are two general classifications of fans: centrifugal fans and axial flow fans. What sets them apart is how air passes through the wheel. An axial flow wheel (called a propeller) propels the air in an axial direction with a swirling tangential motion created by the rotation of the blades. The rotation increases air velocity, produ...
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Getting off on the Right Foot with Fan Start-ups

Think about a facility like a semiconductor plant, university extension, hospital, or pharmaceutical wing. The owner is spending tens of millions or sometimes even hundreds of millions of dollars on a new facility and equipment. They definitely want to make sure that they're getting the best bang for their buck. In our industry it's no...
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Redesigning a Lab with Manifolding

Redesigning a Lab with ManifoldingOne of the most recent jobs we had was an older building that wanted to redesign after receiving an enormous amount of endowment money. It was an old fan farm, as we refer to it—in other words, it was a one fan per fume hood design. They wanted to more or less double the lab space, but they had no idea...
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Lab Design, Part 3: The Art of Lab Design

Lab design is an art that begins with understanding your requirements. The first thing we need to do when we design a lab is ask a couple of key questions:What's Your Maximum?Max design isn't just about today—it can actually be for tomorrow as well. One example is tenant fit-out. Let's take a developer who's building a laboratory with ...
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Lab Design, Part 2: Dealing With Airflow

Enter your text There are two distinct ways of doing lab design for most applications: constant volume and variable volume. Constant volume means that the system will never change once it's balanced. The number on the schedule will be checked by the test and balance contractor. They'll actually verify the amount of air once the bu...
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