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Thorite control system saves time and boosts quality

Thorite control system saves time and boosts quality

Thursday 24th May 2012

As the UK's biggest distributor of pneumatic products and process systems, many people regard Thorite as simply a shipper of boxes. A recent Thorite-designed and installed control system for Bolton-based Flameproofings Ltd demonstrates that the company's in-house engineering expertise actually extends much further.

Flameproofings Ltd is a market leader in the flame retardant coating of fabrics for the contract upholstery and household textile markets. The company approached Thorite to produce a system which would integrate the controls for numerous pumps, a batch control system and level control for two padder tanks which contain the water and chemical mixture used to coat the fabric.

Thorite designed a control panel with on/off switch for three existing electric pumps and a panel mounted batch controller by Burkert which provides the precise mix of coating fluid. This in turn was wired to various other Burkert products including a 3/4" BSP flow fitting, sensor and solenoid valve.

Thorite also provided two bespoke stainless steel twin float-level sensors which control the operation of a pair of Burkert solenoid valves mounted on the lines feeding the padder tanks. These valves maintain the level in the two padder tanks to ensure good coverage of coating rollers. The system is configured so that only one of the tanks is fed at any time.

The whole system is now in operation. Mike Fisher, Flameproofing Ltd's Site Maintenance Engineer is pleased with the result and said: "Thorite's control system and associated fittings have centralised and automated a number of processes that were previously manually operated. This centralisation enables us to save significant time in the coating process while noticeably improving quality control."

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