A PVC production plant needed to closely monitor the number of plastic pellets in inventory but had trouble with sensors due to the amount of dust in silos and the low dielectric constant of the plastic material. The plant also faced a shortage of materials and rising costs meaning every pound of material was critical to maintaining production.
Polyvinyl chloride (S-PVC) is the world’s third-most widely produced synthetic polymer of plastic. It’s used in everything from healthcare to construction products. In the U.S., about 40 million tons of PVC are produced each year. PVC powder is stored in silos prior to being delivered or packaged. Silos can be large in size containing thousands of tons per silo.
BinMaster created a solution for a PVC production facility that needed to closely monitor inventory levels despite a difficult environment with dust in its silo. BinMaster’s 3DLevelScanner works well for the plastics industry thanks to the low-frequency, acoustic-based technology. The resin level sensor with multi-vision inventory software delivers accurate, reliable, and continuous non-contact volume measurements.