Styrofoam Manufacturer Heats Things UpPolystyrene is a versatile plastic widely used to make a variety of consumer products. In its hard, solid plastic form, it can be used to make items such as automobile parts, appliances, gardening pots, and toys. As a foam material, commonly known as Styrofoam, it can be used for appliance insulation, protective packaging, and food packaging. When used as food service packaging, food typically stays fresher longer and generally costs less than its alternatives.
Microscopic pieces of polystyrene dust are generated during the production process. These particulates can cause several issues to the environment, as well as an individual’s health. If exposed to the dust over long periods of time, a person can suffer from irritation of the eyes or skin or, in some cases, develop breathing difficulties. Styrofoam is not biodegradable and over time, can build up along coasts and bodies of water, causing risks to marine life.
A company in France needed to capture the dust generated from a gala dryer in their polystyrene production process. The air exhausted from the dryer was warm and humid, causing the polystyrene dust to become sticky. The company came to AAF for a solution that would allow their process to run continuously, while minimizing the down-time required for frequent filter change-out.