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of powder used to produce parts for
the aerospace and other industries.
"The Hi-Sifter is the only machine in
the world that can screen metal powders this fine and not have any come
into contact with any contaminants,"
Elcan Industries in the year 2000 expanded its offerings in response to
customer requests. "We had many
customers buying these machines, but
they were taking three to four months
to be made, so we started processing
materials in our lab for them," Grotto says. The company uses the same
high-quality machines it offers to cli-
ents to perform this work. These machines are less prone to being clogged
than conventional machines.
This quickly led to the company offering toll processing services for materials including aluminum, graphite
and glass powders; plastics; and cosmetics. "Our best customers are those
who have a large return on investment
from our abilities," he adds.
Elcan's screening work includes
processing 5 million pounds of aluminum powder for a major metal powder manufacturer, as well as screening
glass flakes used in electronics manufacturing. The company's Tuckahoe
facility includes ten bays dedicated to
toll processing. Toll processing ser-
vices offered by the company include
screening, grinding and classifying,
mixing and blending, packaging and
repackaging, and magnetic separation.
"This facility gives us the ability to
take on products that are causing customers problems," Grotto says. "We
have enough technique and expertise
working with our suppliers' machines
to know how to get them to go things
above and beyond even what the manufacturer thought it could do."
"People come to us when they can't
do something with conventional
equipment," he adds. "We can solve
their problems and give them a permanent solution they can use in their
factory and profit from." mt
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