How to increase capacity in liquid processing with HPS
21 Apr 2021
If you process or pump liquids, increasing plant capacity is probably among one of the key things you want to achieve. That’s as long as you can do it without too much disruption and knowing you’ll get a good return on any capital outlay, says HPS Product Recovery Solutions.
There are various ways to increase capacity, from outsourcing production to building new plant. However, one of the quickest and easiest ways to do it is to minimise waste by using liquid product recovery (otherwise known as pigging) technology.
As well as more capacity, pigging improves yields, cuts waste, speeds up changeovers, and reduces contamination and cross-contamination risks. It’s also good for the environment.
Pigging works by recovering the liquid or wet product that remains in pipelines before changeovers. Instead of flushing it to waste, pigging enables this residual product to be processed or packed along with the rest of the batch. This results in higher yields and more efficient production, or in other words increased plant capacity. And the more changeovers per day, the greater the capacity increase.
As well as producing less for more, cutting waste and making product changeovers faster, the money saved on product alone gives a seriously high ROI with payback in just a few months.
And if your company has sustainability initiatives, the massive reduction in waste as well as savings in water and cleaning chemicals, along with the associated disposal costs, mean pigging ticks many of the environmental boxes.
From foods, beverages, homecare and pet food to cosmetics, paints, coatings and personal care processing, pigging is one of the quickest and most effective ways to increase capacity.