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Garrandale has developed a water recycling system for C2C as part of an upgrade of the train washing facility at the train operator’s East Ham depot in east London. The system collects the water used to clean each National Express train, filters it and returns it to the tanks so it can be used to help wash the next train.

Train-washing facility

Through the installation of a series of filters, the water recycling system cleans the water being stored ready for reuse in the cleaning process.

The entire cleaning cycle is now carried out in three stages.

The first, which includes the application of the detergent, uses fresh water, and the recycled water is then used in stage two for rinsing away the detergent. The final rinse then uses fresh water to ensure a streak-free finish.

Wastewater is collected from the apron after every cleaning cycle, filtered and reused. This provides significant savings over cleaning systems that use fresh water for every cycle without any increase in washing times.

Key benefits of product application

  • The new train washing facility at East Ham depot has reduced C2C’s water consumption by 50 per cent.
  • The water recycling system can be custom designed to suit any existing location and equipment.
  • The system offers significant savings over ones that use fresh water for every cycle.

Garrandale combines innovation and the latest technology with traditional engineering skills to provide engineering solutions to the rail industry and a host of other diverse areas, from rail industry operators to the European Space Agency (ESA) and every sector in between.

We can do this because we have the flexibility to adapt to the needs of our customers; to draw upon our extensive experience to design and deliver intelligent solutions to their engineering needs. From simple fabrications to high specification, safety critical components for the transportation, petrochemical, oil and gas industries, Garrandale delivers solutions on time and within budget.

For the rail industry Garrandale manufactures Train Washes, CET Systems/CET Tanks, Fuelling and Lube Systems, and monitoring/Reporting equipment – this is in addition to vehicle modifications/repairs and maintenance. The rail industry comes with its own unique challenges, but at Garrandale we believe that for every challenge there is a solution, and it is through our commitment to innovation that we are able to provide solutions which enable the industry to meet and exceed targets.

This has spilled over into specialist engineering where we are supplying solutions in many different markets – the breadth of engineering challenges means that the scope for innovation is great. Today we supply to the broadest range of customers imaginable and recent projects include special purpose machinery for manufacturing Super Conducting Magnets for use in body scanners, leak test machines for exhausts in the automotive industry, winches fitted to tractors for feeding cables between pylons and high accuracy fabrications for use in Coordinate measurement machines.

Garrandale's success lies in its innovation and everything the company does is about continuous improvement in order to reduce costs and improve efficiencies, avoiding the 'one size fits all' approach. In fact, at Garrandale, we treat each customer as an individual and find a bespoke solution to solve the problem.

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