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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.

Spray Nozzle People Group

The Spray Nozzle People (SNP) part of the Spray Nozzle People Group have been supplying spray nozzles and associated tank cleaning equipment for over 15 years. Customers include the largest engineering, food processing, chemical and petrochemical companies in the world as well as a vast array of SMEs.

The Spray Nozzle People (SNP) part of the Spray Nozzle People Group have been supplying spray nozzles and associated tank cleaning equipment for over 15 years. Customers include the largest engineering, food processing, chemical and petrochemical companies in the world as well as a vast array of SMEs. Whether big or small our customers can rely upon decades of combined experience to ensure the correct nozzle is selected no matter the application.

SNP are the leading distributor of standard and custom-designed spraying solutions for a wide range of industries and applications. All customers’ orders are handled quickly and efficiently from our dedicated stock-holding facilities, and we support our entire product range with in-depth technical and application support. SNP is an exclusive distributor for spray nozzle specialist, BETE Fog Nozzle Inc., metal finishing spraying systems manufacturer, Uni-Spray Systems Inc. and specialist paper industry nozzle manufacturer, ML Gatewood. We are also the distributors for the Orbitor range of tank cleaning system for UK manufacturer Dasic.

Our history
Our business started in 2000 as Bete Ltd  a joint venture with Bete Fog Nozzle (a leading US manufacturer of spry nozzles) to start with the Bete brand was the only product we sold. Over the years we have added other nozzle brands to our range and have expanded the territories that we represent Bete Fog Nozzle in to include France and Spain.

As we expanded our products beyond the Bete brand it became sensible to change the trading name of our company to The Spray Nozzle People. The Bete brand remains absolutely core to our offering and Bete Fog Nozzle Inc. still retain a 20% stake in our business

Our philosophy
To offer a high quality, comprehensive product line with added value – the highest possible standard of service, technical knowledge and expertise. At SNP we are committed to maintaining our leadership role by the introduction of new products, improvement of overall efficiencies, and above all – by listening and responding to our customers’ needs.

What we sell
Our standard range of industrial spray nozzles consists of thousands of different options in many different materials including; Brass, Stainless Steels, Hastelloy, Stellite and Tantalum. However, over 65% of production is geared to custom solutions.

Added to this is our range of economical, customised, non-corrosive nozzle systems, couplers and adaptors in PVC, CPVC, Polypropylene, PVDF and Stainless Steel that are ideally suited (although are in no way restricted) to pre-treatment applications. But what we really sell is our expertise in spray nozzles. We advise our customers as to which of our products will be optimum for their specific spray application.

Further details from: Ivan Zytynski, The Spray Nozzle People Group.  

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