One California packaging company utilizing industrial steam generators to prepare the packaging materials before shaping will expand its use of Clayton equipment.
Pacific Southwest Container uses more than 1 million ft2 of space at four facilities in California to produce boxes. Steam produced in steam generators from Clayton Industries, City of Industry, Calif., is used to make the box material pliable and to condition the material to be flattened or corrugated. Steam also is used in heating the presses that flatten and shape the boxes.
PSC first upgraded one of its facility’s steam boilers to a Clayton steam generator in 1996. PSC notes that the Clayton generators are small enough in size that they can be easily placed in the facility. They require only 5 to 15 minutes to create a fine steam. This startup time eliminates the need for keeping the generators in a power-wasting standby phase and reduces the fuel spent warming it up, according to Clayton.
PSC currently uses gas-fired Clayton generators in three out of four factories. Additional units are planned for future steam system expansions and modifications.