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UK tank cleaning facility gets €566,000 investment boost

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Suttons has announced a £500,000 (€566,000) investment in its Widnes depot wash bay.
After more than four years of planning and identifying areas of improvement, its UK wash bay is due to receive significant upgrades to many of its core systems.
These enhancements include replacing all electrical control systems, replacing all pump sets and high-pressure pumps and a new effluent plant complete with dual DAF plants.
Its carbon footprint, water usage and the electricity usage of the wash bay will be significantly reduced, while also becoming more reliable, and time and cost efficient.
The existing 48-bar pressure pump system will be replaced with a 100-bar variable system - believe will be one of the first of its kind to be installed in a UK wash bay.
This will allow the company to save water and time when operating, while also providing a higher quality wash and a significant reduction in confined space entry.
The new control systems will also allow for bespoke wash cycles to be created depending on the product being washed, ensuring only the necessary amount of water and time is used to fully clean a tank.
These improvements to the effluent plant will allow the wash bay to tackle a wider range of products than previously possible, and the improved automated effluent system will reduce the downtime and hours spent completing maintenance cycles - driving uptime and increased volume capability.
The loaded tank heat bay will also receive anupgrade, the supply steam pipework will be completely renewed, insulated and cladded to minimise thermal loss.
The addition of a bespoke condensate return system will provide a significant energy saving and CO2 reduction.
The hot water heating system will be expanded to supply 10 bays. Steam powered heat exchangers will be installed to deliver highly accurate hot water on demand.
Each heat bay will also be installed with remote temperature monitoring. The software platform will provide its customers with access to real time telemetry data, secure cloud based historical data and the ability to receive predefined alerts via email.


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