A manufacturer of glass containers and glass bottles for the food & beverage industry uses DN 100 pinch valves from the VF series from AKO Armaturen in the production of recycled glass bottles. The AKO pinch valves control the transport of the additives required in this process.
The company produces various innovative glass packaging in a diverse range of forms, sizes and colours and places its focus on the processing of waste glass.
The waste glass to be recycled is delivered to the plant in shards and processed into new glass bottles for the food & beverage industry in blast furnaces. Pinch valves from the VF series, which are fitted with a highly resistant sleeve made out of natural rubber, control the transport of the delivered additives required for the glass production such as soda, limestone, sodium sulphate, etc.
To ensure that the additives remain free of impurities, the pinch valves are kept in a closed state through a constant supply of compressed air. The valves are only opened to enable the media to be removed from or delivered to the storage silos.
The manufacturer has used pinch valves from the company AKO Armaturen since 1991. The very robust sleeves in the pinch valves have to be replaced here on average every 6–12 months. The maintenance manager commented: “We are very happy with the installed pinch valves from AKO.” And he is willing to even go one step further: “If we can manage to improve the quality of the conveyed media provided by our suppliers then we can surely improve the already long service lives of the sleeves even further”.
Additives for glass production
(Soda, lime, ash, dolomite, etc.)
Opening and closing cycles:
Approx. 30 per week
Approx. 1.0 - 1.5 bar
Approx. 2.5 - 3.5 bar
Experience with pinch valves:
More than 25 years
Nominal size: DN 100
Housing: Aluminium (painted)
Connections: Flange, aluminium (painted)
Sleeve: Natural rubber, anti-abrasive
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