The glass and ceramic industries are integral components of our modern world, providing materials for construction, technology, and everyday products. However, these industries encounter various challenges in their manufacturing processes. Handling powdered materials and ingredients, such as silica, soda ash, and clay, demands careful measures to ensure precise proportioning, prevent contamination, and maintain a safe work environment. Additionally, rising energy costs and environmental concerns necessitate sustainable practices and energy-efficient solutions. Amidst these challenges, Nol-Tec Systems emerges as a valuable partner, offering innovative material handling and processing solutions tailored to the glass and ceramic industries’ unique needs. Nol-Tec’s pneumatic conveying systems, dust collection technologies, and process automation expertise address the challenges of material handling and dust control, optimizing production efficiency while adhering to strict environmental regulations. By embracing Nol-Tec’s advanced technologies, the glass and ceramic industries can enhance their operations, improve product quality, and stay competitive in a rapidly evolving market.
Leveraging our in-depth knowledge, we have gained valuable insights from past installations, allowing us to develop customized systems specifically tailored to the material characteristics frequently encountered in the industry. By applying these lessons learned, we ensure that our solutions are optimized to address the specific requirements and nuances of each material, enabling seamless and efficient plant operations. With Nol-Tec as your trusted partner, you can rely on our expertise to overcome material-related obstacles and enhance the overall performance of your glass and ceramic manufacturing processes.
Calcium Carbonate is a naturally occurring mineral found in rocks and shells. It is a key component of shells and corals, and is commonly used as an ingredient in many products, including pharmaceuticals, building materials, and even food. It is also an important component of many living organisms, such as bones and teeth. Calcium Carbonate is a white crystalline powder, and is insoluble in water, but is very soluble in acids. It is used in a variety of applications, from fertilizers and water treatment, to the production of cement and glass. It is also used to reduce the acidity of soils and as an additive in certain foods. Calcium Carbonate is an essential element for the proper functioning of the human body, and its deficiency can lead to a variety of health problems.
Silica is a natural mineral found in many forms in the Earth’s crust. It is a major component of sand and quartz, and can also be found in other minerals. It is one of the most abundant elements on the planet and is a key component of many industrial processes. Silica is also used in the manufacture of glass, ceramics, paint, and other products. Additionally, it is used as a filler in rubber and plastic products, and is a key ingredient in the production of many consumer goods. Silica has a wide range of uses, from providing an abrasive quality to acting as a filler material. Its unique properties make it an essential component of many manufacturing processes.
Kaolin Clay, also known as China clay, is a naturally occurring white clay mineral composed of hydrated alumina silicates. Kaolin clay has a soft, earthy texture and is rich in minerals, including Kaolinite, which is the main mineral in the clay. It is primarily composed of aluminum silicates and is highly absorbent, making it a popular ingredient in skincare products. Kaolin clay is known to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to soothe and calm irritated skin. It can also help to reduce oil production, making it great for oily skin types. Kaolin clay can be used in a variety of ways, including face masks, body scrubs, and bath soaks. When used in a face mask, it can help to draw out impurities and unclog pores, while also exfoliating the skin and providing a deep cleaning effect. When used in a body scrub, Kaolin clay can help to remove dead skin cells and leave the skin feeling soft and smooth. When used in a bath soak, it can help to relax the body and provide a calming effect. Kaolin clay is a versatile ingredient that can be used for a variety of skincare purposes, making it an essential part of any self-care routine.
Boron is a chemical element found in nature that has many uses. It is the fifth element in the periodic table and is a metalloid with atomic number 5. Boron has an atomic weight of 10.81 and a melting point of 2076 degrees Celsius. Its main uses are in fertilizer, pyrotechnics, and borosilicate glass. Boron can also be used to make detergents, pharmaceuticals, and boron-based semiconductors. It is also a key component in nuclear reactors. Boron is often used as a fuel supplement in rocket fuel, and its compounds are used in flame retardants, paint, and industrial lubricants. Boron is also used in certain medical treatments, such as cancer therapy and bone marrow transplants. It is also used in semiconductor manufacturing and in the production of fiber-optic cables. Boron has a wide range of applications and is an important element in many industries.
Soda Ash, also known as sodium carbonate, is an essential ingredient for many industries. It is a white, odorless, and granular powder that is soluble in water. In the glass industry, it is used in the production of window glass, fiberglass, and other types of glassware. It is also used for making soaps and detergents. In addition, soda ash is used in the manufacture of paper, dyes, and pharmaceuticals. As a natural mineral, soda ash is created from the chemical reaction of limestone and salt deposits. It is also found in abundance in lake beds, volcanoes, and hot springs. When mixed with water, soda ash can be used to clean water and remove alkaline substances. It is also used in the production of cement and other construction materials. Soda ash is an important industrial chemical and has many uses in different industries.
Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed mainly of calcium carbonate, usually calcite. It is formed from the accumulation of organic matter such as shells, skeletons, and coral, and is often found in cave systems. Limestone has a wide range of uses, from construction to agriculture. As a building material, it is used for walls, floors, ceilings, and other structures. It is also used in fertilizers and for cleaning agents. It has even been used as a food additive. Limestone is very durable and is resistant to weathering and erosion, making it a great choice for road construction and sidewalks. It is also a great choice for water filtration, as it can help remove pollutants and impurities. Limestone is also a popular choice for sculpting and carving, as its soft surface makes it easy to work with. Limestone is an attractive building material, and its natural beauty adds a touch of elegance to any space.
Dolomite is a type of sedimentary rock that is composed mainly of calcium magnesium carbonate. It is formed when magnesium-rich groundwater reacts with limestone, creating a unique rock that is both light and strong. Dolomite is often used for construction, as it is a strong and durable material. It can also be used for decorative purposes, because of its attractive appearance in both color and texture. It is sometimes used in agriculture, as it helps to improve the soil’s fertility and structure. Dolomite is also used in the manufacture of glass, and it is used in some cleaning products. Dolomite is a versatile rock, and it can be used in many applications. It is easy to work with, and it is also resistant to weathering.
Glass microspheres are tiny spherical particles made of glass material. These microspheres have a wide range of applications due to their unique properties. They are commonly used in industries such as automotive, aerospace, and medical. Glass microspheres are known for their high strength, lightweight nature, and excellent compatibility with various materials. They are used as fillers in composites to enhance their mechanical properties. In addition, these microspheres are used in cosmetic products to provide a smooth and silky texture. The small size and uniform shape of glass microspheres make them ideal for use in paints, coatings, and adhesives, where they improve the performance and durability of the products.
EQUIPMENT AND DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS
MAINTAINING BATCH INTEGRITY AND SYSTEM CONTROL
Within the glass and ceramic manufacturing process many materials are considered abrasive and can contribute to wear on the system. Nol-Tec’s dense phase systems and Air Assist technology are the perfect pair for this type of material. Air Assists are utilized to minimize system wear while providing improved control.
Our dense phase systems with Air Assists are designed to convey blended batches in “slugs” to maintain the integrity of the blended batch while reducing system wear. Thus, allowing you the best batch possible with minimal down time due to system wear. See how Nol-Tec’s Air Assist technology reduces maintenance costs and provides consistent system operation compared to traditional booster technologies.
CONSISTENT BATCH BLENDING
Uniform distribution of powdered materials is vital to obtain homogeneous glass melts or ceramic batches. Inadequate mixing can lead to variations in color, texture, or performance characteristics of the final product. Nol-Tec’s pneumatic blending technology provides the ability to customize a blending cycle to meet the needs of your specific application. Our technology is one of the quickest, cleanest, and most efficient methods of achieving homogeneous batches of powdered, granular, fragile, or abrasive materials. Whether you have 2 or 20 ingredients, we have you covered with our pneumatic blending and material batching solutions.
IMPROVE PLANT CLEANLINESS THROUGH CONTAINED PNEUMATIC SYSTEMS
The handling of materials produces dust that needs to be managed to maintain safe working conditions. Nol-Tec places a focus on providing solutions that will enhance cleanliness within a manufacturing facility. Our systems are completely contained and incorporate dedicated bin vents that act as an additional safeguard against dust escape. These bin vents are often equipped with secondary HEPA filters, further reducing the chances of dust mitigating out of the system.
SAFE AND ACCURATE HANDLING OF MINOR INGREDIENTS
What about small bag unloading? Nol-Tec Systems has you covered with our manual bag dump station. This solution paired with a loss-in-weigh feeder provides you the ability to accurately add minor ingredients to your batching system. The bag dump station has built in dust collection to contain dust produced while unloading bags and help to ensure a clean environment and more importantly, the safety of the operator.
IMPROVE EFFICIENCY THROUGH SYSTEM AUTOMATION
At Nol-Tec Systems, our extensive experience in system controls and automation sets us apart as industry leaders in delivering innovative and dependable solutions. With a rich history spanning several decades, we have continuously refined our capabilities in designing, implementing, and supporting cutting-edge control systems across diverse industries. Our team of skilled engineers work to provide the best solution to optimize your processes, boost efficiency, and reduce operational costs. From custom-designed control panels to sophisticated PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) and HMI (Human-Machine Interface) programming, we pride ourselves on delivering tailor-made solutions that precisely fit your unique needs. Seamless integration of our control systems with your existing equipment ensures smooth operations, enabling you to maximize productivity and gain a competitive edge. Whether you require material handling solutions, batch blending, or dust collection systems, our expertise in system controls guarantees unmatched performance, reliability, and your utmost satisfaction.
HOW TO UNLOAD 3M™ GLASS BUBBLES USING A NOL-TEC BULK BAG UNLOADING METHOD
We are at the Nol-Tec test lab facility in Lino Lakes, Minnesota to show you how to unload 3M™ Glass Bubbles using a bulk bag unloading method. Our method features Nol-Tec’s bulk bag unloaders and exclusive aeration lance designed specifically for handling 3M™ Glass Bubbles.
ANSWERS TO EIGHT COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT PNEUMATIC CONVEYING
While pneumatic conveying is a common method of transferring powders, granules, and other dry bulk materials, understanding this conveying technology can be a challenge.
SAVING TIME, LABOR, AND MONEY WITH PNEUMATIC BATCH BLENDING
With a pneumatic blender, you can mix batches of dry bulk materials in the conical hopper of a storage vessel or dense phase pneumatic conveying transporter rather than in a mechanical mixer, yielding real savings in time, labor, and capital equipment costs. After explaining how the pneumatic blender works, this article describes its applications and benefits and details how testing can help you select the blender for your application.
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