PIGGING AND LIQUID TRANSFER SOLUTIONS FOR PAINTS AND COATINGS
Welcome to the second blog in our series following the liquid product recovery (pigging) and liquid distribution project being delivered by HPS to a manufacturer of paints and coatings.
If you missed the first blog, here it is “Pigging Project Series (1): Pigging System Works Officially Commence“. As a recap, this blog article looked at phase 1 of the pigging and liquid transfer project. This included winning the project, kick-off meetings, submitting preliminary designs and finalising the details of the pigging system design.
It’s been a few months now since the project started, so we thought we’d update you as a lot has happened. So, this blog article focuses on phase 2 of the project. This phase includes the installation of some of the pigging, liquid transfer, and other processing equipment.
We’ve taken loads of pictures so make sure you check them out below:
OVERVIEW OF THE PIGGING AND LIQUID TRANSFER PROJECT FOR PAINT PRODUCTION
Before we get started and update you regarding the project, we thought we’d give you a general overview of it.
So, the project is a full turnkey, fully automatic pigging and liquid product distribution solution for a manufacturing facility in the UK. The manufacturer produces various types of paints, coatings, colourants, and resins.
HPS are working in cross-collaboration with our partner engineering companies. So, as well as pigging and liquid transfer systems, the project involves the installation of tanks, pipework, mixers, fillers, robotics, specialist valves, software and so on.
BENEFITS OF THE HPS LIQUID PROCESSING SOLUTION
Once fully implemented and commissioned, the HPS pigging and liquid transfer solution for paint and coatings will deliver remarkable return on investment and fast payback.
This is through reduced product waste, increased yields, lower risks of contamination and cross-contamination, decreased water consumption, faster changeovers, reduced product hold-up in pockets, lower production costs plus so much more.
We’re delivering the solution with hygienic design throughout. This will help the paint manufacturer use less biocides in their product. This, in turn, will improve their environmental performance and help them to meet stringent legislation.
INSTALLATION OF THE PIGGING AND LIQUID TRANSFER PROJECT
Before the installation works could begin, civil engineering works were carried out. This involved the floor level being dropped down by 300 mm to form a natural holding area for the storage tanks.
Although all the pigging and liquid transfer equipment has been successfully delivered to site, it’s going to be installed in four stages due to the scope of the project.
The four stages of the installation include the following:
Stage One: Tinting Tanks to Fillers
Stage Two: Holding Tanks to Fillers
Stage Three: Holding Tanks to Tinting Tanks
Stage Four: Blending Tanks to Holding Tanks
STAGE ONE OF THE INSTALLATION PROCESS
The first part of the installation is currently being carried out, which is the tinting tank area to fillers. This area is being installed first so that the paint can be transferred to the fillers, so the fillers and conveyor systems can then be commissioned.
Before the installation of the pigging and liquid transfer equipment, our partner engineering firms installed the tinting tanks, holding tanks, blending tanks, pipework, fillers, various supports, and fittings, infeeds, outfeeds plus much more.
Pigging and liquid transfer equipment being installed in this area include pigging launch and receive equipment, specialist valves, pig detectors, pig housing, valve manifolds and so on.
NEXT STAGES OF THE PIGGING SYSTEM PROJECT
The installation of the pigging equipment in the tinting tank area will be completed very shortly. Following this, our highly experienced installation team will move onto the second part of the installation which is the holding tanks to fillers.
The full project is expected to be installed by the first quarter of 2021, with the commissioning of the last three sections taking place after that.
Pictures of the installation works
FIND OUT MORE
We hope you’re enjoying our blog series about the pigging and liquid transfer project. The next blog article will also focus on the installation of the pigging, liquid transfer, and other processing equipment.
If you have an upcoming project and would like to discuss it with one of our specialist pigging system engineers or arrange an on-site visit, please contact HPS. Our friendly, knowledgeable experts will provide you with all the information you need to get started with your pigging project.