Keeping cool in plastic processing
Published: 11 January 2013 - Michelle Lea
Process cooling company IsoCool has secured a contract with Neproplast to upgrade its existing extrusion process cooling system, using equipment manufactured in the UK and Italy. The company manufactures PVC plastic pipes and fittings for pressure and non-pressure applications in the Gulf region, and local Saudi engineers will work alongside IsoCool throughout the installation.
The plant’s cooling system is integral to the successful running of the manufacturing processes, so when requirements for further expansion and solutions to improve the existing plant performance were required, IsoCool was able to supply a fully designed and engineered proposal. Initially, the company conducted a survey of the site, and has provided a solution which takes into account the challenges posed by the project. For example, to counteract the corrosive effects of the coastal location and maintain performance in the high ambient temperatures, two Eurochiller NAX V-A-920 air cooled water chillers will be built with fin coil protection, and will be tropicalised for ambient temperatures of up to 50°C. These will be in addition to the existing chiller plant and will combine to provide a future capacity of 5MW of cooling capacity. A bespoke water recirculation and filtration system will be manufactured by IsoCool in Essex.
IsoCool is confident that British manufacturing specialists have much to offer the growing Middle Eastern plastics industry. Nigel Hallett, managing director at IsoCool, believes his company is building on the strong reputation it has in the UK. He said: “This reputation is now growing internationally, which is really exciting. It shows that British companies of all sizes can expand into overseas markets and create opportunities at home as well as abroad.”