• How to Separate Nitrogen from Air – Nitrogen Extraction from Air

    The widespread use of nitrogen in industrial processes makes it vital for operators to understand and employ the most efficient nitrogen generation techniques. While nitrogen occurs freely in nature, it is not readily available in its most useful form. Nitrogen is typically mixed with other component gases of air that may have an undesirable effect on industrial manufacturing processes. Manufacturers have learned how to separate nitrogen and oxygen from atmospheric air to take advantage of nitrogen gas benefits. As a key player in the membrane and adsorption technological space, GENERON provides top quality nitrogen extraction solutions guaranteed to generate high purity nitrogen gas that meets all industrial requirements. Why Pursue Nitrogen Production from Air? Nitrogen in its diatomic form is abundant in nature as a major component of air. Nitrogen constitutes approximately 78% (by volume) of air. This makes it a free, readily available source for nitrogen – eliminating the need for complex chemical synthesis. How is nitrogen separated for industrial use? Extracting nitrogen from air is possible by forcing ambient air through several types of generation processes. How to Separate Nitrogen from Air There are three standard methods used to extract nitrogen from air listed below: Cryogenic distillation Pressure swing adsorption Membrane nitrogen generation All three techniques can be used to produce high purity nitrogen for industrial use. Cryogenic Distillation This specialized fractional distillation technique produces high-purity nitrogen. However, this is one of the more complicated examples of how to extract nitrogen from air. The process involves pulling ambient air into the distillation setup using a compression device. The compressed air is then cooled to about 10°C before being passed through a series of filters to eliminate moisture, oil, water vapor, and other contaminants. Once the air has been cleaned, it is channeled through a heat exchanger to an expansion engine. The rapid expansion of the compressed gas within the engine will cause its temperature to fall below its condensation point (approximately -195.8°C within 1 atmosphere of pressure) and liquefy. Once liquefaction is achieved, a high purity fraction of nitrogen is distilled out of the air and channeled to storage units. Mechanical Nitrogen Generation Mechanical methods for nitrogen separation exploit the different physical properties of component gases of air to achieve nitrogen extraction. Compared to fractional distillation, mechanical nitrogen separation is a less complicated example of how to obtain nitrogen gas from air. These techniques typically involve one of two processes: Pressure swing adsorption nitrogen generation Membrane nitrogen generation These processes depend on the differential speed of travel and adsorption by membranes and molecular sieves to generate nitrogen. Pressure Swing Adsorption Extracting nitrogen from air using pressure swing adsorption technology is based on the preferential adsorption and desorption of oxygen and other gaseous contaminants by a molecular carbon sieve housed within two adsorptive-desorptive towers. The procedure involves two stages which are coordinated simultaneously. Adsorption removes oxygen, vapor, and other impurities from a stream of pressurized air allowing nitrogen to flow through to a collecting/ storage unit. This process will continue until the molecular sieve within the adsorptive tower is completely saturated. Desorption is a reversal of the adsorptive process that released trapped oxygen from the sieve material within a desorption tower. This process will regenerate the molecular sieve in readiness for a new cycle of adsorption. Membrane Nitrogen Generation Membrane nitrogen generation uses hollow-fiber membranes to separate the constituent gases in air. The membrane surface is uniquely shaped into hollow fibers that increase the surface area for more rapid permeation. The process involves pulling atmospheric air into the generator, compressing it, and passing it through a series of filters before gas separation. Once compressed, the air is channeled through a high-efficiency filter to remove water vapor and other particulate impurities. The cleaner dried air is then exposed to an activated carbon scrubber that removes any remaining particulate or gaseous contaminants. After exposure to the membranes, a nitrogen-rich gas stream can be collected for industrial uses. Membrane nitrogen generation components include: Feed filter coalescers Immersion heaters Activated carbon filters Particulate filters Contact the membrane nitrogen generator manufacturers today at GENERON for a quote! Benefits of Generating Nitrogen from Air Extracting nitrogen from air has various benefits. The most significant advantages of generating nitrogen from air are listed below: The raw material is air which is readily available in all environments and locations The energy required for generation is limited to only the air compressor power supply in mechanical generation methods GENERON® Nitrogen Generators Are the Solution You’ve Been Looking For Over the last four decades, GENERON has remained committed to providing its customers with the most efficient nitrogen generation solutions. Our services are targeted at achieving maximal industrial productivity while remaining cost-effective. Our nitrogen generators incorporate the latest in membrane and adsorption technology which makes them uniquely suited to a broad range of industrial applications. Contact us today for a quote or for more information about the nitrogen generation services we offer.
  • Toppan Develops Paper-Based Tube-Pouch to Reduce Plastic Use

    Due to the use of thinner film material, the conventional tube-pouch is easier to squeeze and uses 30% less plastic than the type of laminated tube widely used for toothpaste. The new paper tube-pouch maintains the tube-pouch’s functionality while demonstrating even better environmental performance by employing a paper-based material for the body, making possible a 50% reduction in plastic volume. Coupled with a redesign of the plastic parts of the head section, this enables plastic to be reduced by a total of 65%. Although plastic has been replaced with paper, the tube-pouch still maintains its shape even when the volume of content inside decreases, and the use of Toppan’s proprietary GL BARRIER film on the inner surface ensures the world-class and complete barrier performance required for such items as food and cosmetics. The body of the paper tube-pouch has a thickness of just 0.1 mm and a special folded structure. Combined with a horizontal design for the plastic spout, this makes it easier to completely squeeze out the contents. The use of paper for the exterior surface also means that design and sales promotion can fully exploit the advantages of the material’s feel and texture, making the paper tube-pouch ideal for effectively communicating more natural and organic product concepts to consumers. “The paper tube-pouch represents a new solution that can meet the needs of manufacturers, consumers, and society as a whole by reducing impact on the environment, enhancing user-friendliness, and also offering new possibilities for design,” said Shingo Wada, general manager of business strategy in Toppan’s western Japan division. “It is another example of Toppan’s efforts to tackle such issues as marine plastic and the need for efficient circulation of resources by developing eco-friendly packaging and containers that sacrifice nothing in terms of functionality while making use of more sustainable materials, such as recycled and biomass plastics, monomaterials, and paper.”
  • Amid Push to Save Space and Shipping Costs for Larger Items, PACT Sees Increased Demand for Patented Corrugated Crates

    Collapsible “J-Crates” protect large, even fragile items with reduced labor, increased sustainability and mitigated “end of life” shipping costs.
  • Schreiner ProTech Introduces Microfont Color Laser Film Anticounterfeiting Solution

    Schreiner ProTech, a Germany-based global leader in developing and manufacturing innovative functional labels with value-added benefits for the automotive and engineering-based industries, has introduced an anticounterfeiting solution featuring the application of a customized microfont on color laser film (CLF) nameplates. Unlike many anticounterfeiting solutions, the microfont system incurs no additional costs because all required infrastructure – namely, the film and the laser equipment – is already available on customers‘ standard laser printing line operations.
  • Aptar Achieves ISO 14064 Certification for Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting

    ​​​​​​​In past years we have achieved a “limited assurance” statement which verified the accuracy of carbon emissions and associated absolute energy (electricity, fuels, natural gas, refrigerants). This year we added a process to assure emissions associated with raw materials, travel, and the shipment of our products. Also new this year is the official ISO certification. During the assurance, emissions data from each individual Aptar site is reviewed and there are a select number of sites who undergo site-level audits. Usually the audits take place on-site, but they were mostly conducted virtually in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.Thank you and congratulations to all Aptar sites, and an extra special thanks to the sites that were audited. This initiative was led by Michele Del Grosso, Global Sustainability Project Manager who commented, “I am so grateful to the regional and local EHS leaders and members of the IS team who have supported this journey, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. With this achievement, we boost the reliability and credibility of our sustainability performance in front of our customers, suppliers and shareholders.” Having reliable systems helps us understand consumption, set appropriate targets and monitor progress. We will announce Science-Based Targets later this year, on our journey to net zero emissions. Aptar’s sustainability reports and data assurance statements can be found here on the Aptar website.
  • MULTIVAC receives the Axia Best Managed Companies Award 2020

    Wolfertschwenden, 15 May 2020 – MULTIVAC is a winner of the Axia Best Managed Companies Award 2020, a seal of approval that is awarded by Deloitte, WirtschaftsWoche, Credit Suisse and BDI to companies, which are judged to be outstandingly well managed. Christian Traumann, Group President of MULTIVAC, accepted the award yesterday in Munich.
  • Paper packaging for Cadbury chocolate tablet with Syntegon Technology

    . Following Syntegon Technology’s vision to provide intelligent and sustainable solutions for everyone, work on sustainable solutions for paper flow wrapping had already taken shape within the company. A year of continued development resulted in a forming unit and sealing jaws for cold sealing applications. In the form of an upgrade kit, the solution has now successfully been test trialed on Cadbury’s flow wrapping machines for chocolate tablets – a format that poses a particular challenge.

    THE REAL DEAL: INSTALLATION OF UPGRADE KIT “PAPER-ON-FORM”

    To accomplish the best sealing results, Syntegon customized the new sealing jaws based on Cadbury’s selected paper film. Experts developed a new individual forming unit and sealing jaws for Cadbury, based on the desired pack size and the material characteristics, using 3D printed components. After putting the prototypes through their paces at the on-site test lab, it was time for the real deal: manufacturing the components. Syntegon Technology installed the forming unit and sealing jaws on Cadbury’s H-series flow wrapping machine. After a number of trial runs at their own facility, the experts from Syntegon visited the Cadbury site to upgrade the existing flow wrapping machines and to supervise the production run.

    We’re committed to making all of our packaging recyclable by 2025, and we’re working hard to use the right amount of packaging and simplify materials so they can be recycled. While we are making good progress to reach our 2025 ambition, partnerships help us to create new materials, improve infrastructure, and change consumer behavior. Maggie McKerr, Senior Sustainability Manager of Mondelēz Global External Communication team 

    REVOLUTIONIZING PAPER PACKAGING

    Detail of forming unit “paper-ON-form” by SyntegonThe new upgrade kit “paper-ON-form” for flow wrapping machines is at the heart of the new paper packaging solution. Comprehensive tests have repeatedly demonstrated outputs without speed limitations. It proves that paper flow wrapping matches the performance of flow wrapping using films. The forming unit and sealing jaws can be used with different types of paper, regardless of thickness and supplier. As a result, paper packaging is now a real, sustainable option.

  • SC Johnson Converts Line at Largest Global Manufacturing Plant to Produce Hand Sanitizer for COVID-19 Health Workers and First Responders

    Responding to a shortage of hand sanitizer nationally that is leaving those on the front lines at risk for COVID-19 infection, SC Johnson is building new capacity to manufacture up to 75,000 bottles of hand sanitizer per month. One hundred percent of the hand sanitizer produced will be donated to health workers, first responders and the company’s own production employees.
  • Hand Lift Your Package With Extra Smartness

    I am sure we all must have lifted this pack once in our lifetime and what did it feel like….gurrr, “It is quite heavy, why can’t there be some easy option to lift it up?” Ofcourse when it comes to labours lifting such heavy boxes or crates or shrink wrapped cases we generally don’t bother, right?

  • Röchling Proposes Warehouse Expansion

    Groundbreaking ceremony: Röchling proposes a $4.9 million warehouse expansion project at Röchling Glastic Composites, Cleveland, that will add 26 new positions over a 3-year period Left front: Uwe Kassens, Director Europe Composites and Global Technical Director Pultrusion; Fred Sanford, Managing Director Röchling Glastic Composites; Georgine Welo, Mayor, City of South Euclid; Sunny Simon, Councilwoman Cuyahoga County Council; Marty Gelfund, Council President Pro-Tem City of South Euclid Council; Dennis Fiorelli, President, City of South Euclid Council Left back: Anthony Osterman, Controller Röchling Glastic Composites; Michael Love, Economic Development Director, City of South Euclid; Susan Hardy, Councilwoman Elect City of South Euclid; Len Calabrese, Treasurer, One South Euclid; Lisa Mack, President One South Euclid; Not in the picture: Jean-Paul Klecha, Director Europe Composites Röchling Glastic Composites is the competence centre for composites of Röchling Industrial in North America. Röchling Industrial regularly invest in modern systems and equipment at the site in Cleveland. This will be Röchling Glastic Composites’ fourth expansion since the construction of its original facility in 1951. The project will help secure projected growth for the company and create 26 new jobs in the South Euclid area by the end of 2022. Franz Lübbers, CEO Röchling Industrial, points out: “Our business volumes in Cleveland have grown constantly over the last years. With the new capacities we can further improve our delivery capacity for composites and the service for our customers. I am very confident that our strong team in Cleveland will continue to grow its business in the coming years.” Röchling Glastic Composites (formerly Glastic Corp.), founded in 1946, is a world pioneer in the commercial fiberglass products industry. Today, its primary business includes the production of semi-finished sheet, rod, and profile stock for fabricated components in electrical equipment and infrastructure, and thermal insulation for common plastic, rubber, and oil and gas processing. The company projects to employ 125 people by end of 2020, up from the 104 staff employed at the beginning of this project. Many positions at this location are held by local residents who grew up in surrounding neighbourhoods. Fred Sanford, Managing Director Röchling Glastic Composites, stated: “The investment will allow us to broaden business relations with our customers. That in turn will enable us to ensure the sustainable, long-term growth of the company and create additional jobs as well.” This expansion has been in planning for the past two years and is now being realized to its fullest, owing to true collaboration with the City of South Euclid, Cuyahoga County and the State of Ohio. Mayor Georgine Welo expressed: “This marks a great day for South Euclid. My administration and City Council are proud to support Röchling Glastic Composites to realize this significant expansion. Röchling Glastic serves as the anchor of South Euclid's industrial corridor. We expect the new jobs and other benefits coming from this cooperation will spur additional development in our industrial area.” “Röchling Glastic Composites is one of South Euclid’s oldest businesses, having been located in the City for nearly 75 years,” said Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Sunny M. Simon. “Röchling Glastic is a great asset to region surrounding South Euclid. I am pleased to be part of this project that will create new jobs and retain existing ones in our community.” A global leader in specialty plastics production, Germany-based Röchling Group acquired Glastic Corp. in 2007.
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