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When cleaning tanks and other similar storage vessels, spray balls are acknowledged as being an inexpensive, yet effective way to clean tanks. However, with industry more focused than ever on energy-efficiency and increasingly aware of whole-life costs, it has to be said that spray balls are very water inefficient.

Despite their inefficiencies spray balls are still commonly seen as the preferred choice for cleaning small tanks with lighter residue. This is due, in part, to the logic that more expensive, powerful tank cleaners, such as impingement cleaners, are overkill and therefore not justified for less challenging tank cleaning applications. This logic, however, is now being challenged thanks to the introduction of a new breed of very fast cycle impingement cleaners (FCIC) such as the Orbtor Eco from the Spray Nozzle People Group.

Faster and more efficient
Based on their innovative design the new Orbitor Eco models are still powerful impingement cleaners but rather than being geared for maximum power they are instead configured for maximum speed and water efficiency. Some sacrifices in jet length and cleaning strength are made but the new machines can complete a cleaning cycle in under two minutes with flow rates as low as 45 litres per minute. When compared directly to spray balls the new Orbitor Eco offers:

– A greater cleaning power despite its faster cycle time
– A bigger range of cleaning (up to 10 meters diameter)
– Reduced water consumption per cycle by up to a staggering 95%
– Significantly reduced cleaning cycle time (5 min eco-cycle, compared to a typical 30 min spray ball cycle, depending on the residue.
– Ability to operate at similar pressures (2-3bar)

In addition to the operational benefits of these new fast cycle impingement cleaners the process of installing them to replace existing old style spray balls is relatively simple.

For example, the Orbitor Eco will fit through a 100 mm opening and can operate at pressures as low as 2-3 bar with flow rates as low as 45 litres per minute. Furthermore, the availability of universal fittings, connectors, a range of threads and where required, adaptors,  it is likely that in many cases existing tanks, pumps and pipework will not need to be changed significantly.

With the potential for water savings of up to 95% and cleaning cycles reduced to a few minutes, the return on the initial investment will be measured in a matter of weeks for many businesses.

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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