Leak-testing analyzers within a plastic bottle manufacturing company.
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A leading container manufacturer produces almost 1.6 billion plastic containers a year for a major coffee brand. The valves in the company’s leak-testing analyzers could not withstand the 10-million cycles per month operating rate and were being replaced every 2 months. The abnormally high replacement rate, plus associated downtime, were driving up cost and disrupting production schedules. The company started searching for a new valve that could withstand the rigors of the production environment.
Having worked successfully together in the past, the container manufacturer asked Numatics to test its L01 three-way, direct acting solenoid valves in the leak analyzer system. The new valves yielded more than three times the operating life (9 months) than the original equipment (OE) valves. The customer was so pleased with the test results that it replaced all of the OE valves with Numatics products. After 15 months in operation, the Numatics valves were still working, a testament to their durability. The customer is now replacing OE products with Numatics valves on other production systems.
- Cut maintenance and valve replacement costs
- Dramatically reduced down time
- Achieved better production quality and workflow
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