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16.11.2020  |  334x
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To free space on the production floor and eliminate a potential safety hazard, the diverter valves were kept off the floor and instead installed in the ceiling.

Wye Line Diverters Handling Plastic Pellets for Automotive

An automotive industry plastics manufacturer contacted Vortex Global because they needed to replace a cumbersome hose manifold system with an automated process. The system was used to convey different grades and colors of plastic pellets from individual storage bins into an extruder, where the pellets were heated and molded into automotive parts.

For this plastics manufacturer, the process of conveying plastic pellets was a production and safety ordeal. The hoses took space on the production floor, employees had to be aware of the constant relocation of the hoses, and production slowed as hoses were relocated to different source bins. On occasion, hoses were connected to the wrong source bin, causing the extruded parts to be made with the improper materials – therefore creating waste.

The company had installed Vortex Wye Line Diverters in other parts of their facility earlier with great success. They were pleased with the valves’ performance and the lifecycle costs they provided. The company decided to replace the hoses with additional Vortex Wye Line Diverters.
To free space on the production floor and eliminate a potential safety hazard, the diverter valves were kept off the floor and instead installed in the ceiling. Because it is an automated system, operators are now able to remotely select a source bin for the different pellets. With each automated command, the Wye Line Diverter’s sliding blade shifts into place and conveying automatically begins.

All safety, production and quality control issues were solved with this new installation. After installation, the client had the foresight to expose one of the outlet ports in a two-way diverter valve – allowing an air intake so the system can be purged on occasion.

The production superintendent noted: “When the diverter valves arrived, we were surprised to see the new, low profile design. The in-line serviceability and sealing features were an added bonus to a valve that has already provided us with quality performance.”

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