John Brooks Company Limited has a long history of customer success stories, evidence of long-running expertise in fluid-handling solutions. In one case, a paper mill was dealing with a safety and production issue because of an inefficient spray header, used to spray chemicals onto paper. John Brooks Company came to the rescue with the perfect solution: a custom, easy-to-clean header that offered a fast, easy nozzle clean-out.
Potential safety risks eliminated
When the nozzles of the existing unit plugged, production would shut down for long periods for cleaning. Instead of delaying production, the paper mill wanted to clean the nozzles while the machine was operating. A solution was needed that would eliminate not only excess production disruption, but also the potential safety risks of nozzle cleaning and changing.
So the mill turned to John Brooks Company, which assigned an application expert to examine the situation and recommend a new solution: a custom-built pipe-in-pipe spray header. With a one-inch SCH 160 inner pipe and a 2½-inch SCH 40 outer pipe, this unit was designed to slide out of the machine during operation and after the user shut off the liquid supply. The user would then slide the inner header from the outer pipe and move the header to a safe location for cleaning and nozzle change-out. Following this, the inner header was slid back in place and fluid turned back on.
This custom spray header was fitted with quick-connect nozzles with 110-degree flat spray. Workers could change these nozzles in seconds without tools, simply by twisting the nozzle tip counterclockwise by 90 degrees and then twisting the replacement tip clockwise by 90 degrees, and they aligned themselves automatically with the header during every nozzle change. This feature decreased replacement time by four-fifths and prevented equipment shutdown.
The paper mill installed the custom header and saw immediate results. Not only did the unit boost overall operational efficiency and productivity; it also improved product quality and eliminated potential safety risks. Once again, John Brooks Company provided an appropriate solution that yielded high customer satisfaction.
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