Show Report: Chillers, Vacuum & Compressed Air at the NPE 2018 Plastics Showcase

Show Report: Chillers, Vacuum & Compressed Air at the NPE 2018 Plastics Showcase


The NPE 2018 International Plastics Showcase was held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, May 7-11. Setting all-time records, the Show attracted 2,180 exhibitors — including Chiller & Cooling Best Practices and Compressed Air Best Practices® Magazines! Over 1,200,000 square feet of exhibition space was used, breaking the all-time NPE record. Held once every three years, NPE 2018 registered attendance was 56,000.

The plastics industry is the 4th largest in the U.S. It’s a major user of all the technologies we cover including blowers, vacuum, chillers and compressed air system components. Compressed air pressure requirements vary significantly for the plastics industry. Below is a simplified attempt to list some of the applications in the plastics industry

Process Chillers in Plastics

  • Blown film
  • Extruders (supporting liquid ring vacuum pumps)
  • Injection molding
  • Blow molding

Vacuum/Pressure in Plastics*

  • Pellet conveying and drying
  • Extruder venting, cooling/drying and calibration of extruded products
  • Injection molding, thermoforming and vacuum bagging
  • Gluing plastic parts and plastic welding
  • Forming Expanded polystyrene

*Source: Gardner Denver brochure “Plastics Industry Vacuum & Pressure Products”

Compressed Air in Plastics


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