Plastic Production – Determining How Much PVC and S-PVC is Produced using 3D Level Measurement

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This article reviews the application and challenges involved in plastic production, and shows how 3D level measurement can be used to reliably determine the amount of PVC and S-PVC generated in a production facility. Figure 1 outlines the process of PVC production.

Production process of PVC

Figure 1. PVC production

S-PVC Vinyl Resins

Finished S-PVC vinyl resins are kept in storage silos before being packaged or shipped.

Challenges

In a PVC production facility, S-PVC is the final product. The end user requires a method to closely track the inventory levels, however this process is difficult due to the excessive amount of dust produced when the silo is filled.

The material’s comparatively low dielectric constant makes it difficult to determine the volume or level of the stored S-PVC for any radar technology.

Based on low frequency, acoustic-based technology, the 3DLevelScanner system from BinMaster performs where radar fails to do so, and provides continuous, reliable, and accurate non-contact volume measurement even in extremely dusty environments.

Binmasters 3dlevelscanner system

Figure 2. BinMaster’s 3DLevelScanner system

PVC Powder

PVC powder is typically kept in silos before being packaged or shipped. These silos can be large in size, consisting of thousands of tons of the material per silo.

Challenges

In a PVC production facility, PVC powder forms the finished product. The end user looks for ways to monitor inventory levels, however the process is difficult due to the large amounts of dust created during the filling process.

The material’s low dielectric constant makes it difficult to determine the volume and level of stored PVC powder with any radar technology.

The 3DLevelScanner system from BinMaster is based on dust-penetrating, low frequency, acoustics-based technology and works where the use of radar is unreliable. The system can determine and map different points on the surface of the material to provide continuous, reliable, and accurate non-contact volume measurements, even in extremely dusty environments.

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