037The plastics industry relies on process water to create the plastics. However, that process water itself is not always as clean and pure as it needs to be for best results. It may contain a host of different contaminants including the following:

Potential Contaminants in Process Water

  • Pollen
  • Pipe scale
  • Airborne dust
  • Algae
  • Plastic fines
  • Suspended particles

The Risk from Contaminants in Process Water

These tiny contaminants have the potential to do a lot of damage. As they circulate throughout the system they can reduce the ability of the equipment to thoroughly cool the water. This in turn can endanger both the equipment and the efficiency of the plastics creation process itself. Areas of the process that can be damaged or see their efficiency reduced due to contaminants include the following:

  • Extruders
  • Heat exchangers
  • Molds
  • Molding machines
  • Compressors
  • Chillers
  • Pumps
  • Spray nozzles

If left unchecked this can also result in outages and unexpected downtime, costing the company precious time and money.

The Benefits of Thorough Filtration

By contrast an effective filtration system will protect equipment and the efficiency of the process. Benefits include:

  • Protection of heat exchangers and chillers
  • Protection of cooling channels and calibrator tables
  • Scratch-free extrusion
  • Cleaner site run-off
  • Reduced pollution and enhanced environmental protection

Gulf Coast Filters Serves the Plastics Industry

Gulf Coast Filters serves the plastics industry with outstanding filters and filtration systems. Our products are available in a range of micron ratings and other specifications and can be customized to best suit the needs and priorities of the particular customer.