This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

Green biscuits

23 April 2009

When McVitie’s wanted to make its production process more environmentally friendly it turned to Grundfos Pumps. The biscuit and cake manufacturer originally conducted a trial of Grundfos NOVAlobe at its Glasgow and Carlisle production sites, before installing seven pumps.

McVitie’s product production processes typically involve extremely abrasive liquids with a very high viscosity, such as fats/oils, caramel, chocolate, glucose and cake cream. Over the years, this had led to extensive problems with its process pumps. They were leaking far too often and requiring extensive repair work every six to seven weeks.

The result was costly downtime, excessive maintenance costs, and less time for other important issues for the engineers on site.

NOVAlobe is resistant to highly abrasive liquids with a very high viscosity. Engineering charge hands, Andy Maitland and Brian Anderson, at McVitie’s, tested different versions of the NOVAlobe and found a version that fitted their requirements.

In case of pump failure, the engineers at the factory have five hours to fix the pump before actual downtime occurs. As an extra safeguard, Grundfos established a small, on site spare part stock. In addition, all spare parts or new pumps from the nearest Grundfos service centre are just three hours away.

After a successful install, Andy Maitland said: “Grundfos is now an approved supplier and over the past year, we have exclusively purchased NOVAlobe”

Contact Details and Archive...

Related Articles...

Print this page | E-mail this page