Container glassmaker Crown Mexico has invested in a turn-key vacuum system from Pneumofore.

Pneumofore designed a dedicated centralised vacuum system based on a tailored vacuum pump, mod. UV24, which was supplied to Crown Vichisa.

UV24 is now part of the standard range of the UV Series and has 37kW nominal power for up to 1.589 m3/h capacity.

It has been designed to fit the specific vacuum level requiredby IS machines in glass manufacturing. The vacuum pump is equipped with a control system and a newly designed cooling system.

As for the entire UV Series, the UV24 vacuum pumps are robustly manufactured with a compact design that can work trouble-free even in harsh, hot and/or humid environments.

They represent the ideal solution for centralized vacuum systems with continuous operation.

For Crown Vichisa, Pneumofore supplied a centralized vacuum system made off its UV24VS45 vacuum pumps, with one pump used as a back-up unit.

The machines were delivered in their Hot Climate and Variable Speed version. The company also offered a turn-key solution which included: the entire vacuum system engineering, room layout, piping design and installation.

The system enables a smart operation, delivering variable capacity according to the real request from the production. Pneumofore also supervised the on-site start-up phase.

In occasion of the first delivery, the UV24 pumps were painted in white: customised colors are an option available for Pneumofore customers.

Crown operates two glass manufacturing plants in Mexico: Crown Vichisa and Crown Sivesa. It invested in a new glass plant located in Chihuahua in the north of the country, with operation originally planned to start in 2018.

The plant was designed for a production capacity of 145.000 tons of glass, equivalent to 750 million bottles, through three IS machines lines working 24/7. The glass bottles are destined for the local Heineken brewery.

The glass facility started operations in late 2017 thanks to the smooth start-up of the production line, well ahead of schedule. The company is planning to expand the production site in the next years.

Pneumofore is present in Mexico with a local distributor and a certified Service Center to provide timely and comprehensive on-site technical support, including evaluation, installation and maintenance, for all its vacuum and compressors systems operating in Central and South America.