Air compressors for the plastic and packaging industry

Energy efficiency, continuous operating mode and air quality make Mattei compressors the ideal solution for the plastic and packaging industry.

How to choose your compressor

Choosing an air compressor must hinge on the specific production and environmental characteristics of this industry.

Compressed air in the plastic and packaging industry

Compressed air is widely used in the plastic and packaging industry, especially in the forming and blow moulding of objects (any type of bottles and containers) and in packaging and wrapping systems.
It is used to pneumatically transport raw materials from the stocking areas (for example in the case of PVC moulding), to fill the moulds and eject parts, to create the vacuum, for packaging and palletization. It is particularly useful also during part cooling, with a significant increase of process efficiency.

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The plastic and packaging industry is characterized by systems operating in continuous mode, 24/7, and compressors must be able to guarantee an operation without interruptions while maintaining consistent air delivery performance. In addition, the advanced control systems, allow managing aspects concerning safety, machine downtime and backup processes, besides changing the use of the machines and optimizing the efficiency and consumption while minimizing the wear over time.

Another aspect to take into account is that plastic containers are often used for packaging food and pharmaceutical products, therefore, it is necessary that the compressed air used for their production is of high quality and free from oil residues or other pollutants that may contaminate the final product.


Reduction of operating costs

Being used in continuous mode and in many stages of the production cycles, in the plastic and packaging industry compressed air represents an important factor in terms of energy consumption, thus the use of particularly efficient compressors allows significantly reducing the operating costs while at the same time making production more sustainable.

Thanks to the particular construction design, Mattei rotary vane compressors meet these needs allowing for savings up to 15% or more compared to other types of rotary compressors.

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Maintenance costs are also an important factor to take into account when talking about the operating costs of an air compressor. Mattei rotary vane compressors stand out for the use of oil-lubricated white metal bushes that are not subject to wear over time (contrary to what happens to the rolling bearings or thrust bearings of screw rotary compressors). This feature ensures consistent operating performance, allowing the compressor to operate for over 100,000 hours with no need to replace key components or perform significant overhauls. The greater energy efficiency and reduced maintenance costs allow Mattei compressors to offer the lowest Life Cycle Cost on the market.

How to choose the right compressor

In a sector like the plastics industry, where the use of compressed air is truly transversal and diversified, it is very important to correctly size your system and choose the right compressor according to the application.

To this end, it is necessary to precisely know the demand for compressed air, the profile of use, evaluate the management of the compressor rooms with control devices and identify the proper level of air treatment per ISO 8573.1. In addition, to consider alternative technologies that collectively allow the facility to amortize the best combination that ensures the lowest energy consumption, and maintenance costs for air systems that are often operating under difficult environmental conditions.

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Mattei's consultancy service is available to help its customers in choosing the best combination of equipment to support their air demand as economically as possible.

The benefits of Mattei compressors for the plastic and packaging industry

The wide range of Mattei compressors has particularly suitable features to cater for the industry needs, the main of which are indicated below:

  • greater energy efficiency thanks to Vane Technology that allows savings up to 15% and more compared to other types of rotary compressors
  • reduced maintenance costs due to the simplicity and durability of design which minimizes the need for key component replacement or major overhauls
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  • wide and versatile range that offers the best options to support compressed air requirements
  • supervision and control systems that maximize energy efficiency and ensure cost-efficient configurations of the compressor room
  • compressed air free from impurities thanks to a system that separates the oil from the air in different stages and an efficient filtering system, ideal for critical processes that affect the quality of the finished product
  • possibility to create customized solutions, for specific applications or critical environmental conditions.