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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.

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Dampers & Louvers

We're a corrosion resistant fan manufacturer, and we also make dampers and louvers out of fiberglass for various corrosive applications. They fall under the title of air control and movement. They're not fans, but they work in conjunction with vans and ventilation.Gravity Backdraft DampersEnd pivoted automatic shutter dampers, more commonly known a...
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The Application of High-Temp Exhaust in Healthcare

Medical centers and hospitals depend on reliable Information Technology. For example, they use computers to retain patient records and past medical history. Because technology is such an important aspect of the healthcare system, IT departments need to make sure everything works uninterrupted. Computers and networks simply cannot be su...
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The Importance of Considering Seismic Control

Seismic codes are part of the International Building Code (IBC), which was created about 20 years ago. After the 1994 Northridge earthquake, studies concluded that although buildings survived structurally, much of the MEP equipment (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) had failed. As a result, the buildings were rendered useless. Now,...
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An Overview of Dampers Offered at MK Plastics

We manufacture two types of dampers at MK Plastics: control dampers and automatic gravity dampers. Here's what you need to know about the functionality and usefulness of the dampers we offer.Control DampersControl dampers are used in buildings to regulate airflow in HVAC systems. They can be used in intake exhaust, or mixed air applica...
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The Increasing Importance of Sound Remediation

When I started in this business 20 years ago, noise wasn't really an issue. Now, it's becoming a more prevalent concern in our industry. In fact, the World Health Organization classifies noise as a type of pollution. The equipment that we provide institutions such as hospitals, universities, and pharmaceutical companies, must be as qui...
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Troubleshooting an Exhaust Fan System

When you're troubleshooting exhaust equipment (or any HVAC equipment), you really have to put your detective hat on. It can sometimes be a very complicated task to identify the category of the specific problem. Sometimes it's an easy fix, and sometimes it can be very complicated. There are even occasions when it's an issue that you'll ...
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Fans 101, Part 2: Centrifugal Fans

In Part 1 of this blog post, I talked about axial flow fans and how they propel air in an axial direction. This time, we'll investigate the second type of fan/wheel, called a centrifugal fan. Let's take a look at how centrifugal fans are different from axial fans.First, air enters the impeller axially. Then the air is accelerated by th...
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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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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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Managing Perchloric Acid

Perchloric acid is a clear and odorless liquid that's stronger than sulfuric acid or nitric acid. It remains generally safe at room temperature at 70%-75% concentration. (Of course, it still needs to be housed and contained properly.) The real fun starts once you begin to heat it up.The basis of many laboratory experiments involves heating perchlor...
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