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Air compressors for the aluminium industry

The special configuration of Mattei compressors allows efficient operation in harsh environmental conditions, as it is often the case in the aluminium industry.

How to choose your compressor

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

Aluminium industry processes

Aluminium may be produced by extracting the ore (bauxite) or by recasting recycled scrap. The metal processing methods required to produce semi-finished and finished products are different.

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The main ones are casting (a process required to produce wire rods for further processing), die casting (in aluminium foundries, aluminium is melted and cast in suitable moulds), lamination, extrusion, drawing and forging.

These complex processes require high precision and are generally followed by other mechanical processes such as cutting, grinding and bending, besides the other surface treatments including oxidisation and coating.

Energy requirements in the aluminium industry

Aluminium production and processing require high amounts of energy, especially electrical power: indeed, the consumption of this specific industry is higher than that of any other metal production (the world average being 15 MWh/t, against 1 MWh/t for steel), which heavily affects production costs.

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Since 2013 the industry has been part of the EU Emission Trading Scheme within the framework of climate change management policies, which introduces charges for energy-intensive European industries for the purchase of CO2 emission allowances.
The adoption of efficient technologies reduces emissions, thus reducing the money spent to purchase allowances.

 

Critical environmental conditions

In order to supply different automation solutions in the aluminium industry, high pressure compressed air is paramount.
The use of Mattei compressors, which generate energy savings up to 15% compared with screw compressors, is a key element in the pursuit of cost reduction and environmental sustainability.
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And there’s more: in foundries, compressors must fulfil particular requirements in order to operate in challenging conditions, mainly due to high temperature (which can reach 90°C at the factory ceiling), the presence of dust, particulate and corrosive chemicals, as well as the presence of an intense magnetic field which may disrupt the operation of electronic devices.

The benefits of Mattei compressors for the aluminium industry

The special composition of Mattei compressors, developed after years of experience in the industry, offer very interesting features for the aluminium industries:

 

 

 

  • 15% energy savings thanks to the rotary vane technology;
  • reliability in meeting the massive requirements in terms of steady, high pressure compressed air;
  • high-temperature resistance thanks to the suitable size of the cooling oil circuit and the oversized electrical parts (more specifically, the copper components of the motors and the magnetic sheets);
  • resistance to corrosive agents: aluminium and stainless-steel motor casings are coated with a resistant paint; fan blades are also made of aluminium in order to withstand the effect of dust and sand;
  • supply of extremely clean air, free from impurities thanks to a specific two-stage filtration system: dynamic filtration to capture and extract the heavier contaminants from the air flow, and physical filtration using oversized filters;
  • protection of the control electronic components, which is located in a suitably cooled, dedicated position.