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Orkla – Temperature Reduction

Technomelt Supra 100 Cool Case Study

Initial Situation

Application: Case and Carton Sealing for powder soups and sauces
Adhesives: 3 different adhesives: 2EVA, 1mPo
Machine: A mix of tank-based systems with and without automatic feeding

Goals Defined:

    Aims:

    • Optimal processing properties showing clean and precise application without stringing
    • Lower adhesive consumption
    • High adhesion properties and suitable for deep freeze
    • Energy savings for application equipment and also the air conditioning in production area
    • Increase operator safety by reducing risk of severe burns (application temperature from 180°C to 100°C)

    Results:

    • Energy consumption (including air conditioning) was 1.2 kW/h when running at 180°C, now 0.7 kW/h achieving 42% energy reduction.
    • A glue volume reduction of 21% from 50 tonnes per year to 39.5 tonnes
    • Spare parts, the life expectancy for machine parts was doubled meaning a 50% reduction on spares purchased
    • Processing properties, no stringing at all and zero adhesive related line stoppages since introduction
    • No adhesive related health and safety incidences since introduction
    • Machine start up time reduced from 50 minutes down to 20 minutes
    “The introduction of Technomelt Supra 100 Cool was a revelation for our production. I didn’t realise that there were so many savings to be made by switching to a mPO adhesive, that combined with the temperature reduction will save us thousands of pounds in the future. We’re very happy we changed”.
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