Yet another example of MetalPrint's precision work! Envases del Litoral in Guayaquil is gradually modernising its three metal printing lines. After installation of an ECO incinerator in 2007, it was now the turn of a complete line, replacing an old line from the 60's.
It has to be said that replacing a complete line in an existing press fleet is no easy task. In former times, the drying ovens did not even have exhaust air purification. The solvents of the coatings were simply removed by suction and released into the environment. These days, all drying ovens are fitted with exhaust air purification that not only burn solvents, but also supply the energy for heating the dryer.
- The small footprint of the EcoTNV enables installation in the smallest of spaces
The ECO incinerator is a 10 m structure made of stainless steel with a diameter of 2.5 m and weighing 11 tonnes. It comprises a large combustion chamber designed to satisfy the strict German exhaust air purification standards and an adjustable heat exchanger. This chamber forms the core of the HighEcon concept and ensures extremely low energy costs. It is only thanks to the engineering skills of KBA-MetalPrint that it was possible to fit and install the 3m high ECO incinerator between two existing lines.
- Mailänder print and coating line at Envases del Litoral in Ecuador
The result is really quite impressive. A modern 1-colour print and coating line that dramatically reduces gas consumption by some 50%. The new Mailänder 222 1-colour printing press and the Mailänder 466 coater with Vacumatic vacuum belt infeed system are further components of this modern line. Furthermore, an intermediate feeder also ensures that the line can be used for coating "only", such as during a night shift, or if the printing press is being prepared for a new job.
Envases del Litoral produces almost exclusively for the domestic market. However, that does not mean it is any less exacting, which is why all their canned foodstuffs have Easy Open lids that can be opened without the need for a tin opener.
We wish Envases del Litoral every success with its new line and hope we will also be able to replace the third line in a few years time.