For Berry Global in Lawrence, KS, loss of production is not an option. The company specializes in plastic products and operates virtually 24/7. When faced with the need to replace a large portion of pipe used to transport cooling water to more than 20 injection-mold and thermoforming machines, Jacob Francis, facility maintenance supervisor at Berry Global, opted to transition the plant from carbon-steel pipe to Aquatherm polypropylene-random (PP-R) Blue Pipe®.
The existing carbon-steel piping, along with an undersized chilled-water storage tank, had to be replaced because of excessive corrosion. Cooling the molds is a critical, time-sensitive part of the injection-molding process. The plant had already incurred losses because rust and pipe scale was interfering with the cool-water flushing of the molds.