PPG pumps efficiency into the plant

10 November 2009

PPG Architectural Coatings UK boosted efficiency at its Birstall, UK production plant, replacing old diaphragm pumps and improving the fluid distribution pipework layout. The paint manufacturer worked with air product and process specialist, Thorite.

Richard Hill, chief engineer at PPG worked with Thorite’s Process & Vacuum manager, Clive Halliday. Hill and his team evaluated pump models most suitable for PPG’s production processes, whilst also taking the opportunity to redesign pipework to offer improved efficiency.

Old diaphragm pumps were replaced and the fluid distribution pipework layout improved. These changes, twinned with a much more effective compressed air supply, help the Thorite-supplied ARO EXP diaphragm pumps to operate at optimal performance. The solution is claimed to allow the plant to meet increasing demands from its international customer base, while reducing energy costs.

Halliday said: “We have worked closely with PPG to meet specific goals in many areas of the plant. The efficiency gains will not only be of benefit during the present period but will also help create a much stronger company once the recession ends.”

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