The Plastic Media Problem.... too familiar?
Plastic and synthetic vibratory media can be a handful if your process is not calibrated for it. Not only do your in-process compounds produce foam or froth... but plastic and synthetic media will produce there own byproducts creating what you see above. This can cause slipping hazards, part residues, waste treatment issues as well as a general distaste for the vibratory process.
Many variables make up a vibratory process. Machine type & style, direct or indirect drive system, media size & shape, motor rotation, Motor RPM, lining and so on... however all of that aside COMPOUND SELECTION & FLOW RATES are your largest contributors to the foaming and frothing issues.
A - MEDIA BREAKDOWN RESIDUES
B - COMPOUND FOAMS
C - PROPERLY ENGINEERED SYSTEMS (chemtrol 224
A - MEDIA BREAKDOWN RESIDUE
This image depicts a process that is uncontrolled with too low of a flow rate and a processing compound not suited for this type of media. When a flow rate is too low, it will not allow the media residue, metal, and dissolved solids to be rinsed from the machine. It will intensify while the machine is in operation resulting in a host of process issues including dramatically reduced cycle times, machine inefficiency, process area contamination and downstream issues.
B - COMPOUND FOAMS
This is what the industry generally sees while running this type of process. On the surface, everything looks fine.... however downstream foams are building up in troughs and drains causing operations to invest in ancillary chemistries like defoamers that can foul recycling systems and ultrafiltration units resulting in unforeseen cost incursions.
C - PROPERLY ENGINEERED SYSTEMS
Almost identical to the image above, this process appears fine however there is a significant difference in process effluent. AS DOCUMENTED IN THE COMPARISON IMAGE AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE sample C effluent collection contains a significant reduction in compound foam build-up solving typical waste stream issues when using plastic or synthetic media.
CHEMTROL 224 is engineered for plastic and synthetic media, designed to encapsulate, flush, and reduce residues resulting in a cleanly, operator friendly process. Speak with our process engineers about auditing and improving your current systems and click the link below to try chemtrol 224 today.
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