Focus on industrial solutions and vehicle exhaust

On October 10th Plymovent Group BV has sold all shares of Plymovent BV (Plymovent’s operating entity for the ETS/IAQ business in The Netherlands) to Parelinvest (“PI”), a privately owned company with participations in small and medium sized businesses in the Netherlands.

The spin-off of the Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) business is a logic step in Plymovent Group’s strategy to focus on industrial applications such as the ventilation and extraction of welding fumes, vehicle exhaust fumes and oil mist.

Naturally Plymovent Group continues to invest, innovate and grow in the field of Industrial Products (IP) and Exhaust Extraction (EE). Our operating entities, contact persons and contact details remain the same. We look forward to continue to serve our customer base with high quality and effective solutions in the field of:

  • extraction and filtration of fumes, smoke and (oil) mist from metal fabrication processes like welding, cutting, tooling and machining (IP).
  • extraction of hazardous vehicle exhaust emissions from a variety of vehicle types in service garages, automobile plants, emergency service stations, and more (EE).
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Plymovent presents its high-quality systems at the EuroBLECH exhibition

Once again, Plymovent has a booth on the EuroBLECH, the world’s leading exhibition for sheet metal working technology.

Plymovent presents its products and systems for extracting welding and cutting fumes in Hall 12, Stand A55. EuroBLECH will take place from 21-25 October 2014 at the Hanover Exhibition Grounds in Germany. We will have a prime position, being located next to the information stand.

At this exhibition Plymovent will showcase a range of products. The DraftMax Ultra is a workbench that provides extraction and filtration for welding and grinding applications. With an automatic start/stop device and automatic filter cleaning, it makes this unit very easy to operate.

In addition, we are exhibiting the MistEliminator 32. This modular filtration system reduces the background concentration of oil mist in lathes or dedicated (CNC) machine centres during metalworking processes.

Of course, we also exhibit our core product range of fume extraction at source, such as our plastic and metal extraction arms (KUA, MSA) and mobile filter unit MFD.

In addition to the products shown, we can also inform visitors about our custom-made solutions for the extraction of welding and cutting fumes and our problem-centered solutions, like the SHIELD fire safety solutions.

Our sales manager DACH, Mr. Thomas Maier, assisted by our sales representatives Mr. Dietmar Reen and Mr. Matthias Großfurtner will be on the exhibition during the whole fair-time.

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Plymovent Corp. Exhibiting its Exhaust Extraction Solutions at this year’s APTA Expo

Held every three years, the highly anticipated APTA Expo is the public transit’s flagship event showcasing the latest in technology, products and services.

From October 13-15 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX, Plymovent will be exhibiting their vehicle exhaust extraction solutions amongst 750 international exhibitors. Visitors that stop by the Plymovent booth (3914) will be able to see and interact with a Spring Recoil Hose Reel used for capturing and removing hazardous engine exhaust fumes. Also shown in the Plymovent booth this year will be a variety of hose samples that are offered based on various temperatures and operational conditions.

The APTA Expo will also be hosting expanded educational opportunities in Learning Labs on the expo floor, topics including “Bus Technical Maintenance & Clean Fuels”, “Innovations and Solutions”, etc. Transit personnel, policymakers, board members, government agencies, manufacturers, suppliers and consultants are recommended to attend.

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New shareholder Plymovent Group BV

Since the beginning of May 2014 the Plymovent Group has a new shareholder.

Per 2nd of May 2014 Rabobank has reached agreement for the sale of all her shares (100%) of the Plymovent Group. The new shareholder is directly related to the Family Investment Office of the Driessen Family in The Netherlands. This investor acquires majority stakes in industrial companies and has a long term approach to their investments.

Friso Horstmeier has been appointed as the new CEO of the Plymovent Group. He worked in comparable companies in similar positions for several years.

Friso Horstmeier, CEO of Plymovent, responds enthusiastically: “I am honoured to be appointed to drive our organisation forward. We will focus on our core business: selling air cleaning systems for the removal of welding fumes, exhaust emissions and tobacco smoke — all to improve the indoor air quality at work. We will continue business as usual and are looking forward to continuing our relationship with the many dedicated partners worldwide.”

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Plymovent meets customer demands with new supply chain

Plymovent has been working on improving its supply chain for almost six quarters. The main reason being faster delivery times, to meet the customer demands of today.

One European supply chain centre
All European assembly activities of the business unit Industrial Products moved to the main manufacturing facility of Plymovent in Alkmaar, the Netherlands. Handling all products in one place contributes not only to our quality process, it also enables us to work more efficient. As Plymovent is a dedicated certified ISO partner, quality control processes are a very important part of our daily working activities.

One European distribution centre
To ensure faster delivery times in Europe we opened a distribution centre in Doesburg, the Netherlands. This distribution centre keeps the core products of Plymovent’s Industrial Products in stock. Supplying from stock gives Plymovent the opportunity to deliver its source extraction –mainly plug & play products– quickly to authorised distributors and end-users.

Satisfied customers
With these faster delivery times, the improved quality control process and a more flexible way of working Plymovent is looking forward to coming fall/winter. Huib van den Berg, Vice President Business Unit Industrial Products explains: “The restructuring project of our supply chain came with many challenges. Unfortunately some resulted in longer delivery times, which is extremely unpleasant for our distributors and customers. We are very glad that this is all behind us now, and are therefore looking forward to guarantee faster delivery times –thus meeting the demands of our customers– as we should!”

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Plymovent gains foothold in automotive industry

Plymovent is breaking into the automotive industry with a wide range of extraction systems for the removal of welding and cutting fumes.

Plymovent has been one of the market leaders in the metal industry for many years with its advanced welding fume extraction systems. Plymovent introduced its SHIELD fire safety solutions last year. This system solution is ideal for oil-laden welding and cutting applications in the automotive industry.

Oil-based welding and cutting operations generate oily fumes which increase the fire risk through chemical and mechanical combustion. Plymovent SHIELD fire safety solutions were developed to overcome this particular problem. SHIELD minimises the possibility of extraction and filtration systems catching fire in oily environments. Many operations in the automotive industry in particular, are conducted in an environment involving combinations of different types of oil. In the event that fire occurs, SHIELD reduces the consequential damage to a minimum.

SHIELD fire safety solutions offer a combination of various products. In fact, the system comprises three components:

■ Prevention: fire is prevented by effectively capturing sparks (spark arrester) and absorbing oil fumes (limestone feeder).
■ Detection: various detectors detect fires through smoke, heat and sparks.
■ Suppression: in case of fire, the filter system is automatically isolated from all the air flows, and a built-in fire extinguishing system extinguishes the fire within a few seconds.
All these functions are controlled via an advanced control panel.

Apart from the fact that oil increases the risk of fire in extraction and filtration systems, oil can also be disastrous for filter cartridges. Oil quickly clogs filter cartridges. The limestone feeder offers a solution to this problem!

The benefits of the well-designed SHIELD programme were recognised quickly and the system produces concrete results all over the world. Plymovent has already installed and commissioned several systems for car manufacturers and sub-contractors such as Ford, Johnson Controls, ThyssenKrupp, Kirchhoff and Gestamp, among others.

In 2013, Plymovent aims to extend its profile within the automotive industry with SHIELD fire safety solutions to OEMs as well as Tier-1 and Tier-2 companies.

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FumeSimulator visualises the background concentration of welding fumes

Plymovent developed the FumeSimulator to visualise the background concentration of welding fumes in production facilities.

This design/simulation program confirms the effective operation of the general ventilation and filtration systems of Plymovent controlling welding fumes.

Purchasing high-quality general ventilation and filtration systems, such as the Push-Pull and Diluter system of Plymovent, is a long-term investment. Therefore, it is important for Plymovent that the customer stands behind the chosen solution for 100%. The FumeSimulator calculates and visualises the concentration of welding fumes of a customised system solution. The simulation shows whether the welding fumes, in the concerning system solution, stay within the desired (legal) limits. Hereby the FumeSimulator offers certainty regarding the effectiveness of this investment.

The reliability of the simulation is related to the input of the customer. The customer must, for an accurate simulation, indicate which welding activities take place, how many welders and/or welding machines are present, how many hours per day welding is performed, etc. The Project Engineering team of Plymovent verifies that data. The data, together with the chosen system solution, are the input for the FumeSimulator.

For the simulation, the FumeSimulator uses CFD technology (Computational Fluid Dynamics). The FumeSimulator generates a report visualising the concentration of welding fumes in the production facility. The customer recognises his production facility and the chosen system solution and sees his specified input back in the report.

Eduard de Haan, CEO of Plymovent Group BV responses enthusiastically: “In these economically challenging times, we see that our customers have higher demands, especially concerning long-term investments. The limits of welding fumes are tightened worldwide. In former times we convinced customers during reference visits, nowadays the customer is demanding more. Certifications and filter classes are not sufficient anymore. As a supplier, we must show beforehand that problems with welding fumes, after installing our extraction system, will be solved. The simulation program, FumeSimulator, meets this expectation. The product is clarifying, realistic and reliable. In this way we can offer an even better service to our international market!”

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