Formerly a Nationalized Manufacturing Plant, the fall of the Berlin Wall and Russian Communism resulted in the privatization of many large Corporations behind the iron curtain.
Highly skilled and trained people formed the basis for the successful conversion to the world of capitalism, and it’s aggressive competition. Although their process technology was world class, the new concept of capital investment was difficult to grasp.
Soon it became apparent that the competition was more difficult to contend with. Striving for new Customers in the huge western markets was made more difficult by the many complaints of poor quality. Specifically, their resins contained too many fines and streamers. In fact the levels were many times worse than other competition from the western markets. Lowering the price was an undesirable necessity, particularly when the western competition also lowered their prices. Sadly they observed that nearly 30% of their shipments were rejected.
They had purchased dust removal systems from the west, but they were installed at in-process systems and did not always improve the finished product. They began their search for fines and streamer removal systems, and found PELLETRON CORPORATION. Samples of the worst case pellets were sent to PELLETRON in the USA for testing, to see if this was an answer to their problem. They were surprised when the samples were returned, and in fact one of the Engineers remarked that it was too clean, and everyone would expect all their resins to be at that level.
In 1998 they purchased and installed two DeDuster™ systems. A P400, (15 TPH) system was retro fitted into their (1) ton big bag loading station for cleaning LDPE above the bag filling surge Hopper.
The existing receiving cyclone and airlock were raised to install the P400. Air quality standards are very high in the Slovakian Republic, so it was necessary to use high performance dust removal equipment for treating the DeDuster™ wash and exhaust air. The pellets were discharged by gravity from the cyclone into the airlock, and then the P400 DeDuster™.