10. Mar 2022
John Crane's polymer melt filtration system will help to produce NatureWorks' Ingeo™ PLA biopolymer, a process that transforms greenhouse gases and plant sugars into bioplastic.
John Crane (Chicago, USA), a global leader in rotating equipment solutions, supplying engineered technologies and services to process industries, recently announce a new partnership with NatureWorks (Minneapolis, USA) – one of the largest global producers of biopolymers – in their development of a new biopolymer manufacturing facility in Thailand.
The new facility will increase NatureWorks' production capacity of lactic acid, lactides, and advanced Ingeo polylactic acid (PLA) biopolymers, which produce less greenhouse gas and use less non-renewable energy in manufacturing than traditional petroleum-based plastics. John Crane will provide a polymer melt filtration system to remove contaminants, ensure continuous operation of the PLA production process and comply with the required NatureWorks quality standard.
The filtration system design was created using John Crane's unique computational fluid dynamic (CFD) technology for filtration of non-Newtonian fluids, which provides the optimal polymer filtration process for each application. All filter elements provided are cleanable and reusable.
Modeling hydraulic conditions within a filter becomes more complex if the fluid is non-Newtonian, such as polymer melts and polymer solutions. John Crane's simulation software makes accurate descriptions of flow conditions and temperature profiles possible even in complex filter geometries, enabling the efficient designs required to support innovation. John Crane has a strong track record of using unique application expertise and filtration manufacturing technology, combined with a highly skilled workforce, to support the polymer production industry with custom solutions. AT