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Brassware manufacturer Samuel Heath has achieved a 40 per cent reduction in the time required for component cleaning by installing an aqueous cleaning solution from Mecwash.

Samuel Heath produces around 8,000 types of brass components – primarily for use as bathroom, door and hardware fittings.

It is reporting a reduction from its previous five-days-per-week solvent-based cleaning operation to just three.

Samuel Heath highlights high-quality brassware bathroom fittings as the majority of its output, with the retail, architectural and onward manufacturing sectors its key markets.

The need for quality cleaning to meet both performance and appearance objectives is vital and this, coupled with the company’s commitment to environmentally aware performance, prompted it to turn to Mecwash Systems.

Ian Harby, production manager at Samuel Heath, said: ‘We have installed a Mecwash Duo to clean parts pre-production although we also use the installation for polished work, which could increase in required.

‘The installation has allowed us to replace solvents and their acknowledged environmental drawbacks with a system that helps us meet ever-tightening regulations and simplifies the cleaning process,’ he added.

The installation occupies a footprint of approximately 2.5m2.

Samuel Heath undertakes 95 per cent of its manufacturing on site with brass the dominant material, which is then plated in a variety of finishes.

Depending upon size and configuration, components are loaded into metal baskets – either loosely or separated by nylon dividers – with larger items also benefiting from purpose-designed fixtures.

Baskets are inserted into the rotating drum, which is central to the Mecwash design, and are subjected to one of a number of preset cleaning programmes.

The savings in processing time are such that, by operating the Mecwash unit for just three days per week, Samuel Heath has been able to bring its cleaning throughput into line with machining output.

In addition, the drum also offers a second loading position, which would allow us to double the number of baskets and therefore components per wash if required.

The reduction from five to three days per week for cleaning activities has also enabled Samuel Heath to undertake related maintenance work without overtime.

However, the company reports that, to date, the only work required in this regard is a filter change every six to eight weeks.

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