ABB introduces a new dye colouring system for lubricant manufacturing

ABB Process Engineering (Cellier), in partnership with Shell, has launched a new in-line Coloring system that removes the need for segregating dyeing processes from mainstream production.

The system, developed for bulk loading and initially aimed at the lubricant market, replaces traditional batch-based production dyeing with an in-line process that allows dyeing to take place at the last stage. In doing so, operators no longer need to store dyes in separate tanks or assign independent assembly and transportation lines.

“Increased global demand has meant we needed to increase our production volumes. It became clear that we needed a more efficient process to ensure the dyeing process’s accuracy, speed and safety. ABB worked closely with us to create that solution. As a direct result, we have been able to create more capacity at our facility by freeing up the storage tanks and production lines previously assigned for dye processing,” said Aurélien Allaert, Plant Engineering Manager, Shell.

“In most plants, due to the ratio of products to be coloured remaining relatively low, dilution and dosage application of dye is handled by operators. The outcomes can be unpredictable and unreliable, and it is impossible to know if accurate dosing levels have been achieved until the product is received. Our solution fully automates the dyeing process and incorporates micro-dosing Coriolis mass flowmeters, which provide operators with precise dye injection measurements per gram of product,” said Samuel Dessolin, Global Segment & Product Manager Blending and Formulation Solutions at Process Engineering, ABB Process Engineering (Cellier).

ABB’s first In Line Coloring system is already in operation for bulk loading at Shell’s Nanterre facility in France. A range of fully standardized packaged solutions is now available for new facilities or conversion of existing assets.