For years ZIPPE has been active in the field of internal cullet recycling and supplying scraper conveyors to the international glass industry.
Reducing wear and minimizing the proportion of fine material – especially these two topics are considered as important reasons for improvement by the company’s customers because the scraping conveyor runs longer than really needed, due to changing production conditions.This causes unnecessary energy costs and excessive wear.
That is why ZIPPE developed the innovative ZMART® Scraper Control System to face these problems.
Dependent on the gob weights and number of gobs, respectively hot bottles, this intelligent control module decides if and how fast the scraping conveyor operates. Furthermore, the required operation time is individually calculated and minimized.
The production data necessary for this calculation are provided automatically via simple standardized interfaces between the IS machines and the control system of the scraping conveyor.
If required, these parameters can also be entered and adapted manually, which allows a continuous and individual optimization of the process.
Thus, a high flexibility for the operation and use with the customer is achieved, the operation time is reduced to the necessary minimum and, above all, this cost-saving opportunity is permanently available.
The positive effects of the optimized scraper control system at a glance:
- longer lifespan of the scraping conveyor
- higher availability
- lower maintenance effort
- reduced wear and therefore fewer spare parts are required
- considerably lower energy consumption
- enormous savings in cost and CO2 emissions
The ZIPPE ZMART® scraper control was put into operation successfully at O-I´s facility in Bernsdorf, Germany in August and shows a stable, safe and efficient operation with excellent results.