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Flowmeters get the seal of approval at Tremco-Illbruck.

Improving repeatability and ensuring a higher level of quality, consistency and traceability in their manufacturing process, were the important benefits achieved by a manufacturer and distributor of sealants and fire protective coatings, following the installation of a new generation of Trimec flowmeters. The new flowmeters also play an important role in the implementation of a SCADA system.

The flowmeters were supplied by Trimec Industries Europe to Wigan-based Tremco-Illbruck, whose engineers installed them as part of its process for manufacturing sealants for glazing, roofing and flooring applications in the construction industry. Tremco-Illbruck also produces fire-protective coatings for similar applications at the site and this was the first production process on which the new flowmeters were installed.

The flowmeters operate on process delivery lines from bulk storage tanks to mixing vessels where they monitor and control volumes delivered and for monitoring flow rates in the vessel cooling systems. Previously, mechanical flowmeters with independent presets had been used and these were hindering the process of improving control and were incompatible with the Scada system being introduced.

For example, it did not exploit the latest technology or provide the recipe handling and data logging facilities which Tremco-Illbruck was looking to achieve. The other disadvantages of using meters with presets, is their complex nature along with higher maintenance requirements.

Steve Mann, an engineering technician and part of the small engineering team at Tremco-Illbruck, said: "The Trimec flowmeters were easy to install and have been integrated into our SCADA system, they are relatively simple devices and virtually maintenance-free.

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"We particularly appreciate that they are programmable, also the graphical representation of the process, real-time display of values and the data logging functions are very useful. We have optimised our manufacturing capacity and now have full traceability of each batch. By optimising and monitoring our production processes we have improved the quality and repeatability of our process which has contributed to a reduction in energy use and materials by minimising waste." Since the original installation a further four flowmeters have been supplied as part of an ongoing up-grading process at Tremco-Illbruck.

Trimec offers a range of positive displacement flowmeters providing high levels of accuracy and repeatability which are suitable for most liquids from low viscosity solvents and chemicals to viscous oils, greases and food bases.

Contact Trimec Industries (Europe) on tel 01444 417880 or visit www.trimecind.com
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Date:Aug 1, 2008
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