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Four Wye Line Diverters from Vortex Valves have been installed to help tea and coffee merchant Taylors of Harrogate improve the tea transfer system at its North Yorkshire plant.

In order to reduce costs and energy consumption, four Vortex Wye Line Diverters were installed in the system, thus enabling a reduction in pipework and the number of vacuum pumps required for each line.

Staff at the Vortex Darlington office were contacted by Taylors, which had identified the Wye Line Diverter from the Vortex website as a potential alternative for its tea transfer system.

Taylors was then visited by Vortex representatives; at the plant, the blended tea was transferred to each packaging machine by a dedicated vacuum system.

The project was to combine these two systems into one, reducing the number of vacuum pumps and the quantity of pipe work while not affecting the quality, taste or structure of the tea in any way.

Following the decision that two-way Wye Line Diverters offered the best solution, Taylors was able to test a set of four diverters on a trial basis for several weeks.

At the end of this period, Taylors confirmed that the diverters were performing to expectation and placed a further order for eight more Wye Line Diverters.

Taylors said: ‘Dry-leaf tea is a very abrasive material and we certainly valued the trial service that Vortex provided, so that we could evaluate them in use with our product.

‘They also fitted the valves with abrasion-resistant liners to help us get around the potential problem,’ added the company.

By using two-way Wye Line Diverters in pairing together new manufacturing and packaging lines, Taylors has already reduced power consumption and noise in the production hall by eliminating three 4.3kW electric motors.

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