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Thorite's a clear winner at Saint-Gobain Solaglas

Thorite's a clear winner at Saint-Gobain Solaglas

Sunday 1st August 2004

Compressed air and fluid systems specialists, Thomas Wright/Thorite Group, have supplied an energy-saving HPC variable speed air compressor to Saint-Gobain Solaglas' Gildersome production plant in Leeds.

The installation follows visits to the plant by Thorite engineers, who data-logged the site's demand for compressed air over an extended period, in order to specify a compressor which would provide extra capacity whilst reducing power requirements and running costs.

Saint-Gobain Solaglas is a major manufacturer of sealed double-glazing units for both the domestic and architectural market. A recent modification to their glass tempering plant enables the company to meet the increased customer demand for the supply of toughened "Planitherm" soft-coated, energy saving glass. The modification reduces the toughening time whilst enhancing the product's excellent optical properties.

However, the modification required air of a higher quality, in greater quantity, than the existing twin compressor installation could produce, leading to Thorite being called in.

Graham Stokes, Manufacturing Manager for Saint-Gobain Solaglas, is more than happy with the outcome and said: "We have had good service from Thorite for a number of years. They provide a true turn-key operation, from plan to completion, their after sales service is excellent – and their price was right! It’s ideal to be able to satisfy our customers' expectations, improve quality and make energy savings, all at the same time."

Note: The compressor supplied and installed by Thorite is an HPC variable speed air compressor, model number ASD 375FC, which operates at 7.5 bar, 22kW. It has a capacity of 0.82 – 4.05 cubic metres per minute.

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