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ML6® Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. We have a wide variety of hubbed drive rollers, hubless drive rollers, idler rollers, cam followers, bearings, and flat stock that are in stock, or readily available in a matter of days. They can be found under the products page.
Absolutely. Our unique and versatile prototype and production process can deliver parts in volumes as low as one piece, in as little as 5 business days. Typically, our customers come to us to develop a single tested and working prototype, and want to put that part into standard production once proof of concept is shown. Once we have standardized any part, it can be repeated an infinite number of times, with cost effective and repeatable results.
Typically, customers have parts in-hand in as little as 1-2 weeks. Meridian Laboratory experts are also available for assistance with part development, in these instances lead time will vary dependent on project scale, but thanks to our in-house capabilities we are extremely cost effective and quick in building molds and delivering long-lasting solutions. Stock parts can often be shipped the same day as purchase. The advantage of choosing Meridian Laboratory is that we can provide low volume tooling to accommodate prototype and low volume needs, and scale accordingly to meet your higher volume, production level requirements.
Durometer is a way of measuring the hardness of relatively soft materials. Generally speaking, harder durometers tend to be more wear resistant, and softer durometers tend to have more friction. Meridian Laboratory ML6® polyurethane offers durometers of 40, 55, 70, 80, and 90 on the Shore A scale. More information on durometer can be found here.
Yes! Recoating old rollers and parts is a very cost effective method for salvaging old parts. Meridian Laboratory is able to recoat rollers that we originally produced, as well as rollers from other manufacturers. Click here to learn more.
Yes! Meridian Laboratory has the ability to manufacture single parts as well as large production runs of thousands of pieces. We have the ability to make cores and rollers out of a wide variety of materials ranging from aluminum to titanium, and also plastics.
Yes! We are happy to coat rollers that are supplied by the customer. Once we receive the parts, we will prepare the surfaces that are to be coated, as no surface preparation needs to be done by the customer.
ML6® is unique in that we can hold extremely tight tolerances without grinding the material. We can hold diameter tolerances of .001”, and a TIR (total indicated runout) of .001” per foot. More information regarding the advantages of ML6 can be found here.
The effective operating temperature range of ML6® is -20°F to 200°F.
No! Our minimum order is 1 part.
ML6® is unique in that it can hold very tight tolerances without grinding. This leaves a perfect surface finish that has a better coefficient of friction, and is impervious to contamination since the cell structure is not opened through grinding or finishing. This results in a better performing, and longer lasting part. More information regarding the advantages of ML6 can be found here.
No! Although ML6® was originally developed as a high friction drive roller for the paper and card stock feeding industry, over the past 55 years our customers have found some very unique applications because of its unique characteristics. We routinely produce tubes, flat clamps, gaskets, bumpers, curved grippers, and have even produced blocks for ballistic testing!
Determining the life expectancy of ML6® is rather difficult. It is largely dependent on the application specifics, such as the material that it is driving, speed that it is operating, and the cleanliness of the environment. Although we cannot give a life expectancy, one thing that we can guarantee is that it will outlast our competitors’ material. Because of the perfect surface finish of ML6, our customers often choose a harder durometer than our competitors’ material because it has better friction characteristics, and the harder material will inherently last longer. The perfect surface finish is also closed cell (unlike ground rollers) and will not become embedded with swarf and other contaminants, which expedites wear.
Many of our customers have come to us because they have found that polyurethane on competitors’ rollers often slips or falls off. We have developed a proprietary bonding process that results in a bond that is stronger than the material itself. Contrary to other manufacturers, we bond and cure the polyurethane all in one step, never pressing or sliding the polyurethane over (unless our customer desires this style of production).
Yes! Meridian Laboratory has application and integration engineers that have helped customers for over 55 years. We can analyze an application and offer suggestions such as durometer and design that will give our customers the most effective and affordable solution.
Yes! Feel free to call us of fill out our online request which can be found here.
See a full list of details regarding the advantages of our ML6® polyurethane here.
2415 Pleasant View Rd.
Middleton, WI 53562
Phone (608) 836-7571
T. Free (800) 837-6010
2415 Pleasant View Road, Middleton
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a month ago
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I am a plant support welding engineer and found these guys through a google search. I reached out and quickly received technical support with specking out the proper rotary ground and direction on making modifications on my automated rotating … More welding application. We were burning up bearings and replacing them every 3 months. After installing the rotary grounds, lathes have been running for close to a year with no need for calibration or bearing replacement. The payback is less than 8 months and will annually save $35K in bearings, downtime for lathe calibration and bearing greasing.
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