Babcock Wanson has completed a project for delicatessen meat producer Puredrive Fine Foods which includes integration of the heating systems for two of Puredrive’s production lines at its processing facility in Corby as part of an expansion programme that has seen a major new Frying and Oven cooking line installed.
Reduced Downtime and More Flexibility
In order to build greater flexibility into Puredrive’s plant and reduce downtime for scheduled maintenance, Babcock Wanson integrated the new processing line with an existing one to ensure the TPC 600B Thermal Fluid Heaters already installed can feed both lines with the heat they need. A contingency measure, it ensures the smooth running of the processing facility without the need to add costly ‘back-up’ measures that would also take up a lot of space in a relatively compact plant and it helps keep capital costs under tight control.
A long standing customer of almost 30 years, Puredrive operates two Babcock Wanson coil type steam generators and seven thermal fluid heaters in total. Ian McQuarrie, Engineering Manager at Puredrive, is impressed with both the equipment and service supplied by Babcock Wanson: “During my three years here, the Steam Generators and Thermal Fluid Heaters have worked flawlessly. Babcock Wanson carries a good name in the business for both quality and equipment longevity. Their knowledge, company wide, is exceptional and the whole package from installation through to service is managed professionally.”
Water Treatment Service
Puredrive has also recently signed up to Babcock Wanson’s Water Treatment Service which provides customers with exceptional Water Treatment programmes for Steam Boilers through its specialist partner Deep Water Blue. As well as employing highly qualified and professional chemists to ensure the treatment and testing regime is accurate, Babcock Wanson backs up the service with a five year corrosion warranty on the Steam Generator coil. In the unlikely event of feed water deficiencies causing the coil to corrode within the first five years, Babcock Wanson will replace it under warranty.
Ian McQuarrie comments on this decision: “we were disappointed with the incumbent water treatment company, whose actions led us to replace the coils in our Steam Generators at substantial cost and inconvenience. Babcock Wanson introduced us to Deep Water Blue who are a walking encyclopaedia of water! The value for money is phenomenal; the service may be more than we were paying previously but we will actually save money over the longer term. I particularly like the web based system that allows us to enter readings daily and they respond quickly if they see any issues forming either by calling or visiting the site.”
— Loucas Antoniou, Engineering Manager at Bakkavor Meals London
“The Thermal Oxidiser is the most efficient way of removing any smells and it’s also very straightforward to use. We have been a customer of Babcock Wanson for many years and have always enjoyed a good service.”
— Carbon Trust Annual Report 2009/10
“A major carbon footprint reduction will be achieved when the scheme currently in progress to change the main boiler fuel from heating oil to gas is completed in summer 2010. This £900k project will reduce our carbon emissions via energy usage by around 15% by removing the need to use heavy fuel oil, as the new boiler plant will use natural gas as its main fuel source.”
— Webster & Horsfall
“What we hadn’t expected initially though is the level of control the new system provides us with; it’s amazing. It alerts us to any potential issues, is easy to maintain (no annual statutory inspection is required) and is quick to respond. All that and it doesn’t take up much room.”
— Peter Connolly, Production Engineer at Vacu-Lug
“The ESM 2000 installation, together with an ongoing programme of process plant lagging and steam trap maintenance, has enabled us to significantly reduce our gas usage and cushion the company against rising gas prices.”
— Dave Scrivens, Facilities Manager at Plastic Omnium
“Babcock Wanson’s expertise and ability to provide a whole package made them the leading contender for this project. On further investigation, their proposal was also commercially viable, which sealed the deal.”
— Denis Kelly, Engineering & Construction Manager at Stolthaven Dagenham
“The Thermal Fluid Heaters themselves were ideal for this project as they are based on mature technology and are well proven in the field. They are robust and also require very little maintenance.”
— Ian McQuarrie, Engineering Manager at Puredrive
“During my three years here, the Steam Generators and Thermal Fluid Heaters have worked flawlessly. Babcock Wanson carries a good name in the business for both quality and equipment longevity. Their knowledge, company wide, is exceptional and the whole package from installation through to service is managed professionally.”
— Jason Hall, J&A Young Engineering Manager
“We had estimated our steam requirements, but Babcock Wanson had the experience to understand that we had underestimated this. In fact, the erratic nature of the steam loads would have been impossible to meet under our existing spec. Babcock Wanson was able to identify this as well as provide a very energy efficient solution with a number of enhanced features”.
— Lee Bullen, Corrugated Services Manager at Board24
“It’s running very well, both easy to use and efficient. The service from Babcock Wanson has also been very good.”
— Peter Shrimpton, Engineering Projects Manager at Bridgnorth Aluminium Ltd
"We were unfamiliar with Babcock Wanson, but we’ve had no problems with it whatsoever; you simply switch it on and it works – simple as that! The service we have received from Babcock Wanson has also been great.”