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 palletisation. 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 characterised 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 optimising the efficiency and consumption while minimising 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 deteriorate 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% compared to other 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 brass bearings 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 components of perform significant overhauls. The greatest 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

To correctly configure and size the compressor rooms it is necessary to precisely identify your compressed air need and the required usage profile, evaluate the need of monitoring and management devices, combine any accessory for air treatment and heat recovery and search, among the many available ranges, the machines that ensure the lowest operating costs, taking into account the amortisation times and other variables.

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Mattei offers a consultancy service to help its customers in choosing the best combination between the compressor features and the usage needs.

The benefits of Mattei compressors for the plastic and packaging industry

The wide rage 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 the vane technology that allows savings up to 15% and higher environment standards compared to  other rotary compressors;
  • reduced maintenance costs thanks to the construction design that minimises the interventions for component replacement;
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  • consistent performance: the rotary vane compressors ensure high air outputs and performance levels that remain constant over time, with no need to overhaul the compression unit;
  • wide and versatile range that allows meeting the most diverse compressed air requests;
  • supervision and control systems that allow for a more efficient and economic configuration 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 customised solutions, for specific applications or critical environmental conditions.