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Eliminate Steam Loss due to Manual Operation


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Customer Details

A plywood manufacturer with 15 daylight and 16 daylight capacity
heating and cooling press in North India
Problems
Frequent blowdown during heating cycle causing
major loss of live steam to the cooling tower
- High heating time due to condensate logging in the press
Objective

- To eliminate loss of steam due to manual operation
of the steam and cooling water valves
- To eliminate the issue of condensate logging
Solution

- Detailed plant study by Forbes Marshall to assess
current losses and potential savings in the steam
line of the system
- Installation of Forbes Marshall's plattenMAC
automation package for heating and cooling presses
Benefits
- Manual operation of bypass valves eliminated
- Automatic separation of condensate and cooling
water
- Reduction in live steam loss
- Optimum condensate recovery
- 7 minutes reduction in heating time due to proper
trapping system
- Improved productivity due to Improved performance
of the heating-cooling presses : number of batches
increased to 38/day from 32/day