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22 Sep 2022

Pneumofore at Glasstec 2022

The world of glass finally returned to experience the pure trade fair feeling at Glasstec, the No. 1 international exhibition dedicated to the global glassmaking industry. A great opportunity to celebrate the 2022 as the International Year of Glass, discover the sector’s groundbreaking innovations and exchange ideas with the most important companies from all around the world.

As a leading supplier of centralized vacuum and compressed air systems for the glass industry, Pneumofore is presenting itself with a new open-view booth concept that welcomes visitors and encourage them to discover the core of Pneumofore Rotary Vane technology, products and the company’s underlying values. With the support of our highly-qualified team, consolidated and new customers have high-level conversations on how to achieve high energy savings, constant performance and the lowest life cycle cost on the market. Spotlights are on the UV24 VS vacuum pump - here presented in its Variable Speed version - which raised great interest from visitors and it is becoming one of the most popular vacuum pump models in worldwide glassworks. The enthusiastic atmosphere and response from the fair have been excellent, which make us looking very positively into the next year.

Pneumofore welcomes you at Glasstec, Hall 13 / Booth A71!

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20 Jul 2022

New UV100 Vacuum Pumps for the No. 1 Beer Producer in Mexico

Grupo Modelo, which is part of the world’s largest beer brewer A.B. InBev, is the leader in manufacturing, distribution and sale of beer in Mexico. Founded in 1925, the company has 11 breweries, produces 17 national beer brands and exports 8 of them, including the renowned Corona Extra, in 180 countries worldwide. The company recently installed the third Pneumofore UV100 Rotary Vane vacuum pump in the Tierra Blanca plant.

With nearly 100 years of experience in producing hollow glass containers for the manufacturing, distribution and sale of beer in Mexico, Grupo Modelo boasts 17 famous beer brands, including the popular Corona Extra beer in transparent glass. Customers have a clear preference for Modelo beers which account for almost 60% of market share in Mexico. To keep up with these extraordinary results, the company took relevant decisions in improving production outcome through the use of reliable and efficient equipment.

Following the latest moulding trends with IS machines to achieve higher precision, minimal waste and high-speed productivity, Modelo Group decided to invest in vacuum. As the added value of vacuum in the hollow glass moulding process is sometimes difficult to define, Pneumofore made a “vacuum-only” test on the IS machine in another mexican plant in order to evaluate the effective contribution of the vacuum capacity to the glass moulding process. The test was performed with a Pneumofore UV16 VS30 vacuum pump which was enough to supply vacuum to one IS machine with 10 double sections for wide neck glass containers. The demonstration was successfully conducted by expert glass moulding engineers. Then the vacuum was combined with low pressure to get even better results in terms of reduced rejection rate at the cold-end quality inspection and quantity of bottles per minute on each IS line.

In 2020, Modelo installed a Pneumofore UV100 vacuum pump equipped with Variable Speed drive in the Tierra Blanca plant. The air-cooled machine, with nominal installed power of 220 kW and up to 6.610 m3/h in capacity, was installed along with the existing vacuum systems. The vacuum setpoint is 280 mbar(a) connected to the IS machine at furnace no. 2. Since then, an additional furnace was prepared and all the IS lines were connected to the vacuum system, which had been upgraded with three Pneumofore UV100 in total. During the commissioning of the two additional vacuum pumps, Pneumofore engineers checked the entire system, which was properly installed according to the recommendations for the long-term efficiency. The three vacuum pumps, based on the Rotary Vane technology of Pneumofore, are capable of supplying up to 20.000 m3/h as total capacity in the vacuum level range of 50 to 450 mbar(a). The Variable Speed drives guarantee the constant vacuum level by adapting the machine’s rotation speed to the production requirements and ensure high power savings. This practice increases the glasswork productivity, by using all the high-performance potential available on the IS moulding lines of the latest generation.

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19 Jul 2022

Turn-Key Vacuum System for Crown in Mexico

With almost a century of expertise in designing and manufacturing industrial vacuum pumps and compressors, all based on the Rotary Vane technology, Pneumofore is fit for replying to the market demand where others get stuck. The company provides tailored solutions to meet the strict specifications of customers looking for constant efficiency, reduced operational cost and trouble free operation over decades. This is also the case of the glass manufacturing plant of Crown Vichisa in Mexico.

As a leading supplier of beverage, food and specialty packaging to consumer marketing companies around the world, Crown runs more than 140 manufacturing plants worldwide. They are relying on Pneumofore Rotary Vane solutions since 2006 for the supply of centralized vacuum in their can manufacturing facilities.

In Mexico, the group operates also in glass manufacturing through its subsidiaries Crown Vichisa and Crown Sivesa. To serve the growing domestic beer market, the company decided to invest in a new glass plant located in Chihuahua in the northern part of the country, whose operation was planned to start in 2018.

For the plant engineering and for defining the best equipment investments, the customer relied on a renowned independent consultancy company, with strong world references in the industrial facility design, particularly in the field of glass production. The engineering consultants evaluated many vacuum pump manufacturers to define the optimal vacuum supply solution and to fit the stringent criteria approved by the customer. The plant has been designed for a production capacity of 145.000 tons of glass, equivalent to 750 million bottles, through three IS machines lines working 24/7. The glass bottles are destined for the local Heineken brewery.

The criteria were satisfied by Pneumofore who supported the customer’s request by designing a dedicated centralized vacuum system based on a tailored vacuum pump, mod. UV24, which is now part of the standard range of the UV Series.  With 37 kW nominal power for up to 1.589 m3/h capacity, the UV24 has been designed to fit the specific vacuum level required by the IS machines in glass manufacturing. This vacuum pump is equipped with a state-of-the-art control system and a newly designed cooling system. As for the entire UV Series, the UV24 vacuum pumps are robustly manufactured with a compact, easy-to-maintain design that can work trouble-free even in harsh, hot and/or humid environments. They represent the ideal solution for centralized vacuum systems with continuous operation.

For Crown Vichisa, Pneumofore supplied a centralized vacuum system made of four UV24 VS45 vacuum pumps, with one pump used as a back-up unit. These machines were delivered in their Hot Climate and Variable Speed version. Along with the UV24 units, the company offered a turn-key solution which included: the entire vacuum system engineering, the room layout, the piping design and the installation. The system enables a smart operation, delivering variable capacity according to the real request from the production. Pneumofore also supervised the on-site start-up phase. In occasion of the first delivery, the UV24 pumps were painted in white: customized colors are an option available for Pneumofore customers.

Thanks to the smooth start-up of the production line, the glass facility started operations in late 2017, well ahead of schedule. The company is planning to expand the production site in the next years.

Pneumofore is present in Mexico with a local distributor and a certified Service Center to provide timely and comprehensive on-site technical support, including evaluation, installation and maintenance, for all its vacuum and compressors systems operating in Central and South America.


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