Reliable degassing at the extrusion press with dry vacuum technology

The company Dachziegelwerke Nelskamp GmbH produces around 40 million roof tiles and accessories at the Groß Ammensleben location near Magdeburg, Germany.

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(businesspress24) - The clay roof tiles in NIBRAsion presses has been equipped with a COBRA clay degassing system from Busch since April 2018. Due to extremely good experiences in terms of reliability, operational safety and economic efficiency, the second extrusion press has now also been equipped with an identical degassing system from Busch.

Nelskamp started the production of roof tiles back in 1953 with the "Finkenberger pantiles" as a high-quality alternative to clay roof tiles. Nowadays, Nelskamp has a total of six production locations throughout Germany and manufactures roof tiles, accessories and energy roofs. The first factory in Gro

For Nelskamp, quality is the top priority. One hundred percent of the clay used is Westerwald clay, which is characterized by its low water absorption. The tiles made from Westerwald clay are fired at high temperatures. They are very hard, have a high level of flexural strength and are extremely frost-resistant. A total of 230 employees work in shifts with a seven-day week at Nelskamp''s two roof tile factories in Gro

In the past, liquid ring vacuum pumps were used to extract the air from the clay mass directly from the vacuum chamber at the extrusion presses. Initially, a mixture of oil and water was used as the operating fluid; later, only water was used. This was not a satisfactory solution for the Mechanical Maintenance Manager because the vacuum level was subject to fluctuations. The liquid ring vacuum pumps reached the lowest ultimate pressure of 33 millibar at a water temperature of 15um pumps were not regulated, meaning they were permanently running at full speed.

As a modern family-owned company focused on sustainable management, Nelskamp pays attention to resource-saving and environmentally-friendly production methods. In 2006, Nelskamp was awarded the environmental prize of the German state of Saxony-Anhalt for its environmental concept. Nelskamp is also a member of the Saxony-Anhalt environment alliance ing vacuum technology. Finally, Busch Vacuum Solutions found a suitable clay degassing system with a COBRA NX screw vacuum pump at its core. These screw vacuum pumps do not require any operating fluid for compression; meaning they work completely dry, without water, oil or any other liquid. The upstream standing filter has been optimized for separating dust and particles from clay masses. The frequency-controlled motor of the COBRA vacuum pump and the integrated demand-driven control unit enable the defined target value of the vacuum level in the vacuum chamber to be precisely maintained or adjusted in the event of temperature fluctuations in the material or the environment. This is an important aspect for the plant management because it ensures that the vacuum level is always correct and that a consistently high quality can be produced.

The COBRA clay degassing system was delivered completely mounted on a base frame and only needed to be connected. In addition to the vacuum pump and the control cabinet, the compact unit consists of an upstream standing filter for dust and particle separation, an additional inlet filter with a polyester insert and a complete cooling water circulation unit.

In principle, a COBRA screw vacuum pump can be operated at pressures between 0.01 millibar and atmospheric pressure. As the common vacuum levels for degassing clay are between 50 and 100 millibars, the vacuum pump has sufficient reserves n with liquid ring vacuum pumps, this results in considerable energy savings, especially since screw vacuum technology already reduces the power consumption compared to liquid ring vacuum technology. Around 8,000 operating hours are recorded each year because the vacuum pump is in operation practically all year round and around the clock, with the exception of brief interruptions.

Since the COBRA clay degassing system was commissioned in April 2018, it has been operating without any malfunctions, let alone failures. Maintenance work is limited to an absolute minimum. A maintenance contract with Busch stipulates that a Busch vacuum engineer will service and inspect the system once a year. Otherwise, the inspection is limited to regular visual inspections.

Company management and the individual responsible for maintenance agree that they have opted for the technically and economically optimum solution in the form of the COBRA clay degassing system. That is why the previous liquid ring vacuum pump on the second extrusion press has now been replaced by a COBRA clay degassing system.

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Busch Vacuum Solutions is one of the world’s largest producers of vacuum pumps, vacuum systems, blowers and compressors.
Its extensive product portfolio comprises solutions for vacuum and overpressure applications in all industries, including the chemical, semiconductor, medical technology, plastics, and food sectors. It also covers the design and construction of customized vacuum systems, as well as a global service network.
The Busch group is a family-owned company and is still managed by the Busch family. Busch Vacuum Solutions has 3,500 employees in more than 60 companies in over 40 countries worldwide. Busch is headquartered in Maulburg, in southwest Germany. This is the location of Busch SE headquarters, as well as the German production facility and German sales company. In addition to Maulburg, Busch also has its own production plants in Switzerland, the UK, Czech Republic, Korea and the USA.

Busch Vacuum Solutions was founded by Dr.-Ing. Karl Busch and his wife Ayhan Busch in 1963. Dr.-Ing. Karl Busch developed the “HUCKEPACK”, which was the first vacuum pump that could be used for vacuum packaging of foodstuffs. The follow-up product, the compact “R5” rotary vane vacuum pump, revolutionized food packaging. A further milestone represented the development of the “COBRA” screw vacuum pump. In 1971 the international expansion of the Busch group started with the founding of a sales company in the UK. The first production plant outside Germany was established in the USA in 1979.

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Date: 04/01/2020 - 05:32
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