Our new partner, Grobelox Ltd, provided us a great opportunity to have a look at our industrial balls in use. During our visit, we were happy to find that they are very satisfied as the balls perform their function perfectly in the various pools of the anodizing plant. 

By using the Euro-Matic balls they observed the following:

  • the heat loss and evaporation were significantly reduced, thereby reducing costs
  • the extractor was operated at a lower power level
  • the surroundings of the pools did not get hot
  • the work environment has become safer and healthier

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    Industrial balls

    Industrial balls offer an effective solution for covering various liquids in diverse industries.

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    Operation

    If a sufficient amount of balls are placed on a surface, they self-arrange side by side by floating on the surface of the liquid due to the low density of the air and plastic inside them. They create a coverage of 91% of the surface. The layer of balls isolates the liquid and separates it from its surroundings, i.e. significantly reduces their interaction with each other. In practice, with just one layer of EURO-MATIC balls has many advantages, making it suitable for a wide range of effective uses.


    Energy saving

    Due to the good thermal insulation capacity of the plastic and the air inside the ball, our product saves energy cost up to 75%, as the heat loss is significantly reduced. In addition, it is an important safety aspect that, due to the thermal insulation, the area around the tanks and pools does not get hot.


    Evaporation reduction

    All liquids evaporate, and as the temperature rises, evaporation becomes an increasingly rapid process and causes significant fluid loss that usually needs to be refilled. With the help of the balls, the rate of evaporation can be reduced by up to 90%, so much less liquid needs to be refilled. In many cases, the investment cost of the balls pays for itself in a short period of time, already from the avoided cost of compensating for fluid losses. In cases where lower humidity is important (e.g. due to drying of the workpiece), the return is even faster as higher productivity can be achieved.


    Reduction of harmful gases and odors

    In an industrial environment, the evaporation of liquids usually releases fumes and gases that are hazardous and harmful to the environment and the human body. For this reason, it is necessary to use a high-performance exhaust system that removes the harmful air from the production hall. By using industrial balls, direct and indirect cost savings can be achieved, and workers can work in improved and healthier working environment. Direct cost savings can be achieved with a drastic reduction in evaporation, thus significantly reducing the amount of harmful substances released into the environment, so the exhaust system can be operated at a much lower capacity, resulting in lower energy consumption, and in some cases, its ongoing operation can be even omitted. Indirectly, the heating costs of the plant can be reduced, as the air exchange in the hall is much lower. Furthermore, the often corrodent and highly corrosive vapor does not further damage the structure of the hall and the metal parts in operation, thus they require less maintenance and get a much longer service life.


    A safer work environment

    From the point of view of occupational safety, business, in which components are immersed in liquids with high temperatures and/or dangerous to human beings are considered to be a major hazard. The reason behind it is that in a case of any accident occurred at any time with a equipment or any object falling into the liquid present a great danger for safety of workers. To prevent such accidents, a cover layer that can be created with EURO-MATIC balls makes the perfect solution, as it almost completely prevents liquid from splashing. Additionally, by reducing the release of hazardous and non-hazardous, but unpleasant-smelling gases and vapors into the air, a healthier and more pleasant working environment can be achieved.


    Reduction of oxygen absorption

    By covering the surface of the liquid, the oxygen content of the air absorbs more slowly in the liquid because its open surface is reduced. This advantage can be exploited in industrial environments, because oxygen readily reacts with metals and acts as the engine for corrosion processes. If the dissolved oxygen level of the liquid decreases, the rate of corrosion processes slows down, and the service life of the parts increases. A layer of balls achieves 60% less dissolved oxygen content.


    Easy to install and use

    The installation of the balls is a very quick and easy process, with the investment costs being way lower than traditional covering methods. No maintenance is required after installation, so there are no operating and maintenance costs during its long service life. During use, it does not create obstacles to objects immersed or moving on the surface of the liquid. Hence, changes in the liquid level are not causing any problems. We can make a conclusion, that the simple layer formed with EURO-MATIC industrial balls is a flexible system, that performs its function almost unnoticed and does not cause any hindrances with the given technology.


    Material of the industrial balls

    HDPEPPPVDF
    Namehigh density polyethylenepolypropylenepolyvinylidene fluoride
    Density0,95 g/cm30,91 g/cm31,78 g/cm3
    Melting temperature point130 °C165 °C174 °C
    Application temperature range-110 – 60 °C0 – 100 °C-30 – 150 °C
    Strength345
    Izod impact strenght544
    Chemical resistance455
    Price552
    1 – bad, 2 – not good, 3 – acceptable, 4 – good, 5 – excellent

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