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Gravure Ink Plant by NETZSCH at Sun Chemical in Rochdale, UK

NETZSCH wet processing and plant-engineering services deliver

NETZSCH wet processing and plant-engineering services deliver

When Sun Chemical built a new manufacturing plant using cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art process controls, they looked to the plant and process engineering expertise at NETZSCH. The new 30,000 tons production facility is the largest project of its kind in Europe since 2000, and critical to Sun Chemical's leadership position in the market. They needed a company that could design the process and then engineer the new plant from start to finish, and also guarantee its final performance. 

Engineering a world class plant

When you are making a strategic investment, one that you have to live with for at least the next 10 years, you cannot afford to compromise. Sun Chemical needed a partner that:

  • Will engineer the process from the best available technology - not just its own.
  • Has a wealth of knowledge of wet processing technologies including mixing, pre-dispersion, wet grinding, de-aeration systems and tank press out devices.
  • Can handle the complexity of such a large project.
  • Can apply best-of-class knowledge gained from other industries.
  • Has the laboratory facilities to validate the engineered solution prior to installation, and can guarantee the plant's performance.
  • Has the resource to deliver against tight deadlines.
The Plant
The Plant
The Plant

The Plant

Making it happen

After preliminary design studies and engineering works, NETZSCH proposed a solution using all new machinery, for the similar cost of a solution using new and recovered production equipment. Sun Chemical commissioned NETZSCH in April, 2005 to build and commission the new plant.

Sun Chemical: "Right from the start of this complex project NETZSCH engineers and our technical staff worked closely together, with clear ownership for all aspects of the project. The NETZSCH team was always very flexible and responsive."

Working from the plant performance specifications the NETZSCH engineers focused on designing the best possible solutions - utilizing both their own patented machinery, like the LME Horizontal Bead Mill and Ψ-Mix® Mixer, as well as best-in class equipment from other vendors.

Sun Chemical: "The plant and process engineering skills NETZSCH provide were critical in the performance specification and design of the plant. They helped us to realize what was possible and get the best return on our capital".


From Grams to Tonnes

Sun Chemical had to be sure of the plant efficiency, reliability and output prior to installation. Using their labs in Germany, NETZSCH conducted downscale trials of the process design, and the selected equipment and process controls - validating the engineered solution and optimizing the plant's performance and reliability. With this information, NETZSCH were able to guarantee full-scale plant performance. A guarantee they stood behind 100%!


Pulling it all together

From site preparation through to commissioning and final plant inspection - This was a real turn-key solution NETZSCH provided. Some of the main elements of the project included, the design and construction of a new bulk storage facility to handle liquid raw material, intermediate product and finished goods, including 21 mild steel storage tanks with capacities ranging from 65,000 liters to 12,000 liters. PMD batch disperser technology, upgraded LME horizontal bead mills and the revolutionary Ψ-Mix® mixer.

Mezzanine steelwork and big-bag lifting gantries; Hoists and cruciforms, big-bag and small-bag discharge units, process valves instrumentation, process pipe work, the complex electrical installation, product filters, trans-fer pumps, dust extraction system, fume extraction system, compressed air system, chilled water system and many hundreds of smaller items.


Great Ink, Consistently and Cost Effectively

Completed on schedule in just 48 weeks, the Sun Chemical plant was operational in Mid April/Early May 2006.

Sun Chemical: "The new plant in Rochdale sets standards in quality, throughput and efficiency that will keep us ahead of the competition for years to come. NETZSCH process and plant engineers have made a huge contribution. We couldn't have achieved it without them."

Product is being delivered to Sun's customers with consistent high quality and all the goals of the project were met including quality, throughput, cost and schedule, and reliability.

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