Lamers High Tech Systems (LHTS) storage and distribution systems for corrosive and toxic chemicals offer increased safety within PV manufacturing facilities. The IBC (Intermediate bulk container) handler is a system of LHTS in which reusable containers can be emptied automatically. The equipment is engineered and constructed in a modular manner to customer specifications. 

Problem

Larger-scale PV production facilities have led to the need for improved efficiency and utmost safety when handling a range of chemicals used in high-volume production. Handling a lot of chemicals which are delivered in IBC’s or by tanker’s means that the persons handling them are constantly in a dangerous situation and have to protect themselves.

Solution

The patented IBC handler ensures the safe draining of IBC’s into storage tanks for the distribution of chemicals to the PV production process area, which is said to result in greater efficiency and significantly better operator safety, negating the need for special protection. The IBC is put in a closed cabinet foreseen with a leakage pan. Then the IBC is connected from outside the closed cabinet in one operation without any direct contact with the chemicals. The chemical handling and distribution can only be started after a safety check by the integrated control system.

Applications

Handling typical process chemicals used in the PV industry such as hydrofluoric acid (HF), nitric acid (HNO3), hydrochloric acid (HCL) and sulphuric acid (H2SO4). 

Platform

The IBC Handler is part of the chemical distribution system, which consists of a valve manifold box, a pump section and a vessel. The patented system makes it possible to connect it to the chemical distribution system by means of a single plug and play action. This ensures the safe draining of IBC’s into storage tanks and the distribution of chemicals to the production process. 

Availability

Currently available. 

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