Push to­gether wa­ter pipes that can take the strain

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - PRODUCT WATCH -

As New Zealand’s lead­ing pro­ducer of qual­ity frozen con­ve­nience foods, Leader Prod­ucts have been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ever in­creas­ing de­mand from their cus­tomers. This de­mand has been driven by in­creased sales of their ex­ist­ing prod­ucts, as well as the de­vel­op­ment and in­tro­duc­tion of new ones. This has put strains on their cur­rent pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity. To meet this growth, they have been adding new equip­ment to their plant in Otahuhu in Auck­land.

Most re­cently, they in­stalled a new Re­tort Pres­sure Cooker. The unit need a wa­ter sup­ply con­nected to it. The wa­ter sup­ply would be taken from an ex­ist­ing gal­vanised steel line in the roof cav­ity above the pro­cess­ing fac­tory.

Us­ing a pipe sys­tem that could be in­stalled without weld­ing and the need for hot work per­mits was im­por­tant for Leader, as the walls and roof are made of f lammable polystyrene sand­wich pan­els, typ­i­cal in food pro­cess­ing plants. Ac­cess in the roof cav­ity was very con­fined in places, adding fur­ther chal­lenges to the in­stal­la­tion.

Leader Prod­ucts se­lected Kem­bla’s KemPress stain­less steel pip­ing sys­tem for the ex­ten­sion. Be­ing made of 316L stain­less steel, it met food their food safety re­quire­ments. The weld-free press fit joint­ing sys­tem elim­i­nated both the fire risk around their polystyrene sand­wich pan­els, as well as the time and need to com­plete the hot work per­mits. The range of KemPress Stain­less fit­tings, in­clud­ing the BSP threaded unions, made it sim­ple to con­nect the Kempress pip­ing sys­tem to the ex­ist­ing gal­vanised steel wa­ter line via a ball valve. The Kempress Stain­less sys­tem’s com­pli­ance with stan­dards AS 5200.053 and AS3688 gave Leader the peace of mind that the sys­tem was re­li­able and ro­bust.

Leader Prod­ucts own en­gi­neer­ing team un­der­took the in­stal­la­tion of the KemPress pip­ing sys­tem. The ac­tual pipe in­stal­la­tion took less than a day, and it was com­pleted with no leaks. Leader’s En­gi­neer­ing Man­ager, Richard Crabb noted that this helped them re­cover some lost time on the in­stal­la­tion due to other is­sues that can of­ten oc­cur when com­mis­sion­ing new plant equip­ment, en­sur­ing they met their pro­duc­tion start dead­line.

Leader Prod­ucts en­gi­neer­ing team found the KemPress pip­ing sys­tem easy and quick to in­stall, with Richard Crabb com­ment­ing that “we will use the prod­uct again as we con­tinue to add to our plant ca­pac­ity”.

As demon­strated at Leader Prod­ucts, Kem­bla’s KemPress stain­less steel press fit pip­ing sys­tem has proved it­self nu­mer­ous times to be a quick and easy sys­tem to in­stall, yet still be­ing an ex­tremely ro­bust and re­li­able sys­tem. Es­pe­cially for use in food and bev­er­age pro­cess­ing where plant op­er­a­tion time is crit­i­cal to meet cus­tomer de­mands.

Con­tact: 09 274 0111 sales@kem­bla.co.nz

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