Arkansas Industrial Machinery (AIM), a distributor of high quality air, gas, and liquid handling equipment, has supported a leading manufacturer of pine plywood panels for several years. As one of the world’s largest suppliers of plywood to the construction industry, this manufacturer has worked with AIM to source pumps and other industrial equipment for a variety of applications in their production facility.
When Barry Morgan, Industrial Consultant with AIM, learned about the excessive repairs that had been performed on a vertical turbine pump operating in the manufacturer’s condensation bark pit, he made a recommendation that enabled the plywood producer to drastically reduce their maintenance expenses.
The plywood producer had spent $46,000 per year for repairs! Morgan discussed switching the vertical turbine pump, which was being pulled for repair every 6 to 7 months, to BJM Fahrenheit® High Temperature Pumps that would be better suited for their high-temperature application.
Americans discard an estimated 34 million tons of plastic each year, creating the need for more plastic recycling facilities in the U.S. In September 2016, a brand new bottle recycling center opened in North Carolina to process about 75 million pounds of reusable plastic bottles. Prior to construction, the recycling company consulted with Tencarva Machinery to discuss rotating equipment that would be needed throughout the facility.
Understanding the Applications
This new recycling facility is designed to receive large bales of compressed PET bottles – bales approximately 6 ft.3 in size. These bales are dismantled, and the bottles are sorted and shredded into much smaller plastic pieces prior to being sent through a series of processes. Because PET (polyethylene terephthalate) is semi-porous and typically absorbs food and beverage molecules, the shredded plastic must be finely chopped into ‘flakes’ and thoroughly washed and dried.
Ford-Gelatt, a SunSource company based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has been providing industrial process equipment and repair services since 1989. For many years, this industrial equipment distribution and service center has supported a Mississippi-based plant that manufactures acoustical ceiling tiles and suspension systems which are sold in many major retail stores, such as Home Depot and Lowes. Since the manufacturing facility produces a large quantity of ceiling tiles each day, they need reliable pumps that can operate 24 hours a day without clogging. When they experienced frequent flooding of their wash down sump pits, they turned to their support representatives at Ford-Gelatt to find a solution.The Challenge
This manufacturing plant produced wetfelt and glass fiber acoustical ceiling tiles, which are essentially made of recycled paper and mineral fiber slurry.