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Clog-resistant tank cleaning head

In certain tank cleaning applications in the food and beverage industry a common problem can be clogged tank cleaning heads. The result is unwanted process downtime and increased maintenance costs. Clogging is usually caused by particles within the recycled cleaning fluid blocking the small holes in traditional spray balls and even more seriously, these can clog the bearings or gears on rotary devices. As a consequence, pre-determined cleaning patterns fail, cycles are incomplete resulting in missed areas. Often a secondary manual cleaning operation is then required to complete the cleaning process.

The Hydroclaw is a new design of tank cleaning head which has been introduced by The Spray Nozzle People offering the important benefit of being clog resistant. Traditional cleaning heads typically have multiple small orifices which form a 360º cleaning pattern. However, the new Hydroclaw impacts a jet of water on a claw like plate which shatters the fluid into a 360o pattern. As there is only a single orifice for the cleaning fluid to pass through the overall free passage is dramatically increased (between 3 to 5 times higher) allowing for high particle content liquid (for particles over 7.6mm in diameter) to be used as the cleaning media. The shape of the ‘claw’ is designed to ensure that the fluid shatters into a genuine 360º pattern effectively covering the whole tank. Initially developed for wine producers, the HydroClaw has applications for the wider brewing and distilling industry as well as for other non-food tank cleaning systems where clogging is a problem.

The HydroClaw is made from FDA compliant 316L stainless steel so is ideal for food grade and aseptic clean-in-place (CIP) applications. In addition to its innovative design it has no moving parts and is self-draining, self-flushing and is laser welded for optimum durability.

It provides with low pressure / high flow to enable quick cleaning of tank walls and helps to reduce water consumption compared to a static spray ball. The HydroClaw is designed to fit through a 76mm opening and is available with a variety of connection types such as 1“female NPT or G threads, 1½” or DN40 tube clip-on.

THE SPRAY NOZZLE PEOPLE (SNP)

The Go-to People for spray nozzle solutions

SNP’s aim is to reduce hassle for its customers  when sourcing spray nozzles and systems. The company recognises that components such as spray nozzles probably form only a small part of a client’s project or process. Yet, sourcing the right spray component or solution can be time consuming (and mistakes can prove costly). SNP’s expert sales engineers are skilled in working with customers to get them the best solutions, delivering in-depth technical and application support backed by market-leading products. Typical areas the company advises on include: achieving the optimum drop size for an application, spray coverage flow rates, how different fluids affect spray characteristics and how gas flows will affect spray patterns.

The Go-to People for spray nozzle solutions

SNP’s aim is to reduce hassle for its customers  when sourcing spray nozzles and systems. The company recognises that components such as spray nozzles probably form only a small part of a client’s project or process. Yet, sourcing the right spray component or solution can be time consuming (and mistakes can prove costly). SNP’s expert sales engineers are skilled in working with customers to get them the best solutions, delivering in-depth technical and application support backed by market-leading products. Typical areas the company advises on include: achieving the optimum drop size for an application, spray coverage flow rates, how different fluids affect spray characteristics and how gas flows will affect spray patterns.

SNP supplies spray nozzle solutions to industries worldwide, including the largest engineering, food processing, chemical and petrochemical companies, as well as a vast array of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The company’s product range includes tank washing nozzles, hydraulic nozzles, air atomising nozzles, custom piping assemblies and spray accessories as well as disinfecting and washdown systems.

SNP is as skilled in advising design engineers at the beginning of projects as it is recommending and supplying replacement products that may be needed in a hurry. The company can also provide innovative custom solutions, including using non-standard materials. SNP holds ISO 9001 certification.

SNP is an exclusive distributor for US spray nozzle manufacturer BETE, for  pre-treatment specialist Uni-Spray, specialist paper industry nozzle manufacturer ML Gatewood and tank cleaning systems manufacturer Dasic. In addition, the company suppliers specialist washdown and disinfecting equipment from Lafferty Equipment and Guarany. Orders are handled quickly and efficiently from the company’s dedicated stock-holding facilities.

www.spray-nozzle.co.uk

01273 400092

SNP is part of the Spray People Group (SPG) which supplies a range of specialist products and components to industry. Group companies include the Air Nozzle People (ANP), the Safety Shower People (SSP), the Professional Sprayers People (PSP) and the group’s own fulfilment house The Fulfilment People (TFP).

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