Fabric Air Distribution Modernizes Ventilation for a Soft Drink Facility

In the picturesque Bavarian district of Lower Franconia, a long-established company in the soft drink industry has undergone a remarkable transformation. Dating back to the year 1247, the company is not only known for its production of mineral water and soft drinks but for its commitment to environmental protection and social responsibility. As part of this commitment, a comprehensive modernization of the production facilities was implemented, with FabricAir playing a key role as a leader in the field of fabric air distribution systems.

The project presented complex challenges for the FabricAir team led by sales engineer Heike Kues. The existing ventilation system, which no longer met the high requirements for efficiency and sustainability, needed to be replaced with a more advanced solution. Particular attention was paid to the renewal of the deteriorating aluminum rail suspension.

Custom-engineered fabric air dispersion systems installed in an mineral water bottling facility established in 1247

Two Versatile Suspension Systems

FabricAir’s tool-free adjustable rail system was utilized, known for its flexibility and easy installation. For the suspension system, Type 06 and Type 08 rail systems were specified. Type 06 is characterized by a robust construction and is ideal for air ducts with larger diameters. With its double-row rail system, it offers exceptional stability and load-bearing capacity, making it the perfect choice for complex installations in industrial environments.

The Type 08 rail system was also designed for complex applications that require integration with the room design. With a single-row H-rail, it provides a flexible solution for smaller diameters and is extremely versatile. Like the Type 06 system, Type 08 also allows tool-free installation, simplifying and expediting the installation processes.


A Customized Solution in Light Gray

The planning and implementation of the project required precise coordination with the specific conditions of the production site. Particularly challenging was the size of the distributor, which had a diameter of 1,000 mm and a length of 15,000 mm. The distributor duct carries the supply air through a main duct with branches to the left (length: 12,000 mm) and right (length: 18,000 mm) to meet different air volume requirements and flexibly adapt to the building’s architecture. Additionally, several bends/elbows were integrated into the air distribution system to avoid conveyor belts for beverage production. The beverage manufacturer opted for an antibacterial fabric in light gray, aesthetically blending into the overall image of the production site.

A decisive advantage of fabric air dispersion systems is their ability to ensure precise, uniform, and draft-free air distribution, essential for maintaining a constant temperature and humidity in the production area. This significantly contributes to ensuring the quality and durability of food products. Furthermore, the growth of mold and bacteria is minimized – compliance with hygiene standards in food processing facilities is effortless with FabricAir. The ability to easily remove and wash the air ducts for cleaning is an important factor that reduces the effort required for cleanliness.


Textile Ducts vs. Metal Ducts: Sustainability Takes Priority

Textile air distribution offers significant advantages over conventional metal systems: Textile ducts are not only lighter and therefore easier to transport, install, and maintain, but they also enable more efficient air circulation. This reduces energy consumption and consequently the CO2 emissions of the production facility significantly. Moreover, the materials used are durable, supporting the goal of sustainable production.

By combining high functionality and simple maintenance, FabricAir’s air distribution systems are an optimal choice for production companies that value quality, safety, and efficiency. This project is an impressive example of how cutting-edge technology and a clear commitment to environmental protection can go hand in hand. Once again, FabricAir has demonstrated its ability to develop customized solutions that not only meet the specific requirements of customers but also contribute to a more sustainable production.

The successful implementation of the project demonstrates that it is possible to take innovative approaches even in traditional industries such as beverage manufacturing, considering both economic and ecological aspects. It underscores the importance of partnerships between companies willing to explore new paths to overcome the challenges of the future.


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