With almost a century of expertise in designing and manufacturing industrial vacuum pumps and compressors, all based on the Rotary Vane technology, Pneumofore is fit for replying to the market demand where others get stuck. The company provides tailored solutions to meet the strict specifications of customers looking for constant efficiency, reduced operational cost and trouble free operation over decades. This is also the case of the glass manufacturing plant of Crown Vichisa in Mexico.
In Mexico, the group operates also in glass manufacturing through its subsidiaries Crown Vichisa and Crown Sivesa. To serve the growing domestic beer market, the company decided to invest in a new glass plant located in Chihuahua in the northern part of the country, whose operation was planned to start in 2018.
For the plant engineering and for defining the best equipment investments, the customer relied on a renowned independent consultancy company, with strong world references in the industrial facility design, particularly in the field of glass production. The engineering consultants evaluated many vacuum pump manufacturers to define the optimal vacuum supply solution and to fit the stringent criteria approved by the customer. The plant has been 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.
For Crown Vichisa, Pneumofore supplied a centralized vacuum system made of four UV24 VS45 vacuum pumps, with one pump used as a back-up unit. These machines were delivered in their Hot Climate and Variable Speed version. Along with the UV24 units, the company offered a turn-key solution which included: the entire vacuum system engineering, the room layout, the piping design and the 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: customized colors are an option available for Pneumofore customers.
Thanks to the smooth start-up of the production line, the glass facility started operations in late 2017, well ahead of schedule. The company is planning to expand the production site in the next years.