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FLUIDLIFT ecoblue® – for Greater Sustainability in LDPE Manufacturing

Pneumatic conveying with reduced waste and energy consumption

One important advantage of FLUIDLIFT ecoblue pneumatic conveying for plastic pellets is obvious: Wherever abrasion-sensitive products are conveyed, FLUIDLIFT ecoblue leads to a significant increase in product quality. Moreover, FLUIDLIFT ecoblue is markedly more sustainable compared to conventional conveying processes. Plants equipped with this innovative technology produce less waste and provide more first-class product, thus conserving more resources. What’s more, this system’s low energy consumption seals the deal for plastics manufacturers.

With our innovative FLUIDLIFT ecoblue conveying system, the relative humidity of the conveying gas is increased in a controlled manner, thus conveying the product extremely gently. The amount of dust or angel hair strands generated due to abrasion is reduced considerably. Following conveying, the additional moisture that was introduced to the conveying gas is reliably removed, ensuring a dry, nearly dust-free product.

FLUIDLIFT ecoblue effectively solves the problem often experienced with conventionally operated conveying systems whereby large quantities of dust or angel hair strands usually result from abrasion. In the worst case, these lead to product build-up on the insides of pipes, dust accumulation, and even clogs. The resulting cleanup leads to high product loss. In contrast, FLUIDLIFT ecoblue conveys the plastic pellets very gently, resulting in only minute quantities of abrasion and waste. The valuable raw materials are processed and conveyed as responsibly as possible. In comparison to conventionally operated systems, the CO2 footprint is markedly smaller. One further advantage of FLUIDLIFT ecoblue that counts toward sustainability is the fact that the conveying process consumes significantly less energy than conventional technologies. Since FLUIDLIFT ecoblue works with lower conveying pressure, less energy is necessary to transport bulk materials.

Existing plants can easily be retrofitted with FLUIDLIFT ecoblue. One of our customers took advantage of this to improve his process. The company’s plant had already been in operation manufacturing LDPE for over 10 years. Because LDPE quality requirements are very high, production was subject to significant quality controls, which generally resulted in a great deal of waste. Our customer decided to retrofit the LDPE line with FLUIDLIFT ecoblue, requiring only a short disruption of production. Since then, the plant has already been running for 12 months in automatic FLUIDLIFT ecoblue mode, and the success is clearly visible. Waste volume has been reduced by 67%. In addition, the volume of raw material required and the system’s CO2 footprint have also seen significant reductions. Moreover, the plant’s energy consumption was markedly reduced. All in all, retrofitting has been worth it for the customer, and the upgrade has made a significant contribution to conserving resources and thus to improving sustainability in plastics manufacturing.

Coperion FLUIDLIFT ecoblue conveying technology
Coperion provides its customers with an app that can be used to directly display the amount of waste and energy consumption saved by FLUIDLIFT ecoblue.

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