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NEWSLETTER 24 - MATRIX AND DRYING-ROTARY, MANY ADVANTAGES…

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It is evident with the WORLD ECONOMY as it is today that more and more BUSINESSMEN AND CONCRETE ROOF TILE MANUFACTURERS ARE SEEKING MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY, HIGH QUALITY AND MULTI-PROFILE PRODUCTS.

THESE CUSTOMER PRIORITIES HAVE RESULTED IN THE SUPPLY OF MORE CUSTOMISED PRODUCTION PLANTS BY VORTEX HYDRA.

Understanding the reason why greater emphasis nowadays is placed on customisation, VORTEX HYDRA not only have the advanced technical know-how to be able to successfully adapt to such requests, but also welcome the opportunity to assist their customers in the upgrading of their existing tile plants to meet the changing demands in their local market place. One such customer is MEDITERRAN IN HUNGARY who by working closely with VORTEX HYDRA over the years have continually invested in their production capabilities resulting in both successful and substantial growth. This month MEDITERRAN commissioned a new “state-of-the-art” MATRIX 140 that has the capacity to produce roof tiles at a rate of 50,000 tiles per shift. In addition to the main production equipment the plant is also equipped with a DRYING-ROTARY RACK for fast drying of the tile surface finishing. Many of Vortex costumers, similar to that of MEDITERRAN, started up their roof tile manufacturing operations with semi-automatic size plants and as their business grew they upgraded to a higher volume fully automatic production system. In the current economic climate many roof tile manufacturers have felt the need to offer the market place a wider choice of tile profiles, maintain high quality standards and a speedy delivery, all of which result in the producer seeking greater flexibility within their production facility - in other words tailoring their requirements to meet the market demands. The VORTEX MATRIX and DRYING-ROTARY SYSTEM that has been very successfully developed over the years provides not only the flexibility of product manufacture but also cost savings obtained due to its higher operational efficiency. The particular characteristic of the MATRIX is its unique tile curing system which incorporates: “First-in first-out” movement of the steel racks in and out of the curing chamber, Maximum flexibility of production in the presence of different profiles and/or colours, Perfect control of curing conditions, Change of profile within the automatic cycle, “Smooth” product movement through system at a fast production rate of 140 tiles/minute. Each independent curing chamber can hold 50-60 minutes of tile production so offering not only flexibility of production manufacture and movement but also guaranteeing the control of curing conditions. Each chamber is isolated by an automatic “entry” and “exit” door. An added advantage of the MATRIX SYSTEM is it allows the ease of future expansion that almost eliminates the need for plant shutdown. When for marketing reasons it is necessary for the producer to paint the top surface of the tiles with a coating that has a drying time of 10-15 minutes the inclusion of a DRYING-ROTARY SYSTEM is a natural solution. This unit of plant consists of a circular steel rack mounted on a circular heavy duty steel base ring. Freshly painted tiles are automatically loaded into the rotating rack for about 30 minutes in a perfect drying environment after which they exit the rack. They are then automatically transferred to a device to be stacked vertically on top of each other for subsequent packing and palletisation. This method of drying keeps the tile handling movements to an absolute minimum so enhancing the quality of the final product. Moreover today with much attention being drawn to the packaging of the finished product, thanks to “thermal-retraction” techniques each individual palletised pack of tiles is formed into a very presentable and protective plastic covered compacted cube that is easy to handle and displays the customers company name and logo on the sides.

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