No, these balls aren’t a way to spend free time, entertain colleagues, or start a company-wide football championship – they play a much more important role.
The balls provide an effective solution for covering various industrial liquids, as the cover they create has numerous advantages.
Covering liquids is always a challenge for factories.
The effective covering of chemical liquids is a problem in numerous industries. Just think of galvanizing plants, where traditional electrolytic technologies are used to cover various metal or plastic components with a corrosion-resistant metal layer. Similarly to all surface treatment technologies, this process can also be automated quite effectively, which, although it supports fast and efficient production, prevents a fixed, permanent cover layer from being placed over the tank containing the chemical liquid. A fixed, constructed “cover” would hinder the function of the automated machinery and the lifting in and out of the parts. That is why most factories leave their liquids uncovered. However, there is a solution...
The cover layer doesn’t have to be fix!
In practice, a permanent cover is indeed not a viable option in the case of most surface treatment technologies, as the parts have to be constantly immersed in and lifted out from the baths. That’s where industrial balls “roll” into the picture.
The cover layer created with the use of balls represents a flexible system that requires no compromises as it does not get in the way of the technology being applied while offering all the advantages of using a cover.
How do industrial balls “work”?
When a sufficient number of balls are placed on the surface of a liquid, they float on the surface to arrange themselves side by side and cover 91% of the surface. The ball layer isolates the liquid from the environment, significantly reducing their interaction.
But why do liquids have to be covered at all?
To minimize the contact between the liquid and its environment and thus their effects on each other.
What advantages does this provide in practice? For example, the evaporation of liquid can be prevented by simply pouring the balls on the water surface. An absence of evaporation decreases material losses; moreover, if the liquid is hazardous or poisonous, the release of hazardous gases and mists into the environment can also be reduced. As a result, there is no need to use a high performance exhaust system, which leads to energy and cost savings while also improving the safety of the work environment. Safety is also enhanced by the fact that the risk of splashing is practically reduced to zero with the use of industrial balls.
Another important energy saving factor is the fact that the covering layer of balls also acts as an insulation layer, providing energy savings of up to 75% in the case of heated tanks and baths, meaning that beside current energy prices, the investment costs of the balls will be refunded within a few months.
In summary, liquids left uncovered lead to significant additional costs for plants as well as numerous other problems.
The covering layer of balls provides a lasting solution for covering liquids for years to come, without any major investments or maintenance!
Industrial balls offer an effective solution for covering various liquids in diverse industries.Learn more
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Name||high density polyethylene||polypropylene||polyvinylidene fluoride|
|Density||0,95 g/cm3||0,91 g/cm3||1,78 g/cm3|
|Melting temperature point||130 °C||165 °C||174 °C|
|Application temperature range||-110 – 60 °C||0 – 100 °C||-30 – 150 °C|
|Izod impact strenght||5||4||4|
|1 – bad, 2 – not good, 3 – acceptable, 4 – good, 5 – excellent|