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Process Components Ltd is on the Move!

2017-03-31 13:56:02


KEK AND GARDNER - HIGH COURT RULING

2016-10-03 13:10:18


Process Components Ltd expands its range at Powtech 2016

2016-04-13 13:18:16


The future of KEK Powder Processing Equipment

2016-01-15 11:10:28


Business as usual at our USA subsidiary Kemutec Inc

2015-10-07 12:18:17


Mucon wins exclusive rights for Hygienic Valve sales to the UK

2015-02-24 09:43:11


Process Components Wear It Pink

2014-10-29 13:20:30


The New Mucon Series DSV Double Flange Slide Valve

2014-09-12 11:42:29


Spare Centrifugal Sifter Screens and Filter Bags

2014-05-14 10:58:24


Merry Christmas from Process Components

2014-05-14 10:58:48


Process Components hosts another Mucon training seminar

2013-12-12 15:54:03


New addition to the Mucon product range from Process Components Ltd

2013-07-22 11:08:39


Process Components announces new Sales Engineer

2013-04-08 15:42:30


Mucon Launches Its New Logo!

2013-09-06 12:24:51


Opportunity awaits……..

2012-07-03 10:49:30


Bearing Assembly Repair and Refurbishment

2012-05-16 16:05:04


Mucon Iris Diaphragm Valves, Not Just For Controlling Powder!

2012-05-14 15:50:23


New Sales & Marketing Manager at Process Components

2011-10-18 10:07:59


New addition to the Mucon product range

2011-06-30 14:44:34


The tools of your trade!

2011-04-04 11:35:30


Where did that seal go?

2011-02-04 16:54:58


New Senior Design Engineer at Process Components

2010-11-25 12:42:37


PPS Website Content Expanded

2010-09-02 16:47:25


A Sticky Problem Solved

2013-01-22 14:01:35


WOOD – you believe it!

2013-01-22 14:01:07


Process Components Ltd is on the Move!

2017-03-31 13:56:02


Process Components Ltd (PCL) is pleased to announce that due to continued growth it will be moving from its current location in Macclesfield to new, much larger premises just 6 miles North in Poynton. The new premises will cover more than twice the area of its current location and will accommodate PCL’s increasing labour force and plans for future expansion. The move will commence in mid-April 2017 and continue in phases over a number of weeks.

The new premises will boast much larger and more comfortable office space for both staff and customers, a state of the art technology and test centre, a product show room and larger production facilities for its innovative product ranges under the Mucon, KEK, Gardner and PPS brands.

This exciting move is testimony to the company’s vision and ambition to become one of the leading bulk solids processing and handling equipment manufacturers in the world.

Our new location is as follows;

Process Components Ltd
Rupert House
London Road South
Poynton
SK12 1PQ


www.pro-components.com

sales@pro-components.com

The main telephone and facsimile numbers remain unchanged.

Tel. +44 (0) 1625 412000 Fax  +44 (0) 1625 412001

We look forward to your continued support as we strive to offer our ever expanding product range and outstanding customer and technical service.

Feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have concerning the new location or our services.



KEK AND GARDNER - HIGH COURT RULING

2016-10-03 13:10:18


Following a High Court ruling, the UK engineering brands Kek and Gardner are the exclusive property of their original owner, Cheshire-based Process Components Ltd.

The ruling confirms Process Components Ltd.’s exclusive right to manufacture and sell its Kek and Gardner brands of industrial powder processing machines and components worldwide.

Following the Court decision, Kason Kek Gardner Ltd. has undertaken to the Court not to infringe Process Components Ltd.’s designs or trade marks in the future.

Process Components Ltd. designs and manufactures powder-handling equipment used in the food, chemical, powder coating and pharmaceutical sectors worldwide. Its brands are Kek, Gardner, Mucon and PPS.

Commenting on the ruling, Tony Goodwin, managing director of Process Components Ltd., said:

“The outcome of this case means we can get back to business as usual: developing and manufacturing top quality equipment. These are heritage brands – symbols of reliable and innovative British engineering. They have been around far longer than any of us, and it is our responsibility to build on that heritage for generations to come.”

Process Components Ltd. is reassuring Kek and Gardner customers that they can remain confident of full product support for the future: the company holds customer archives going back many decades, including bespoke designs, warranty information and machine blueprints.

Tony Goodwin concluded:

“Kek and Gardner are part of a family of UK brands that goes back over 100 years. Process Components Ltd. is known for its specialist expertise in design and innovation to keep clients ahead of regulatory and technical requirements. Our research and development continues to push new boundaries in hygiene and precision to help all our process engineering clients to grow and evolve.”

The ruling was made on the 5th September 2016 in the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, London. To see the Judgment, click here:

http://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/format.cgi?doc=/ew/cases/EWHC/Ch/2016/2198.html



Process Components Ltd expands its range at Powtech 2016

2016-04-13 13:18:16


Alongside its traditional display of the well known Mucon range of powder handling products, Process Components Ltd is proud to display a very small selection of products from its extensive range of KEK processing equipment at the upcoming POWTECH 2016 Exhibition, Nürnberg, Germany. All this equipment has been manufactured by Process Components at its UK based ISO9001 accredited facility to our exacting quality standards.

The K650C KEK Centrifugal Sifter will be available for customers to explore the features that make this product such a market leader in sieving technology. The K650C KEK Centrifugal Sifter fits in the middle of an extensive range of machines able to process material from just a few kilograms to over a tonne per hour.

Process Components sales engineers will be on hand to demonstrate the speed and ease with which the internal working parts can be inspected and removed, thanks to the cantilever design features of this model.

Also on display will be just one of the many variants of the CM220 KEK Cone mill. This strong but gentle mill, provides a tried and tested grinding solution, ideal for the pharmaceutical or fine chemical industries amongst many others.

For more information and a very warm welcome, join us at Powtech 2016 in Hall 1 stand 1-205.

If you want to know more about this story or the products and services offered by Process Components you can contact us in the following ways:

sales@pro-components.com            Tel. +44 (0)1625 412000

KEK CM220 Conemill



The future of KEK Powder Processing Equipment

2016-01-15 11:10:28


In addition to the well known Mucon range of products, Process Components Ltd has been the manufacturer and supplier of spares and components under our other trade marks of Kek, Gardner, and PPS since 2009. These have been successfully sold globally both directly and through our distribution partners, including our own US-based subsidiary, Kemutec Inc.

Under the guidance of Tony Goodwin and Rob Dallow the teams at Process Components and Kemutec delivered record sales in the last year.

We are delighted to announce that, in addition to the full range of components and spares, Process Components will now be selling complete Kek, Gardner, and PPS branded machines. Meaning we can directly guarantee the supply and quality of all our products, made at our own premises to our exacting specifications.

Pictured here with one of the Process Components manufactured Kek Centrifugal Sifters destined for delivery to Kemutec Inc, Tony Goodwin, Managing Director comments “We have really embraced the opportunity to bring Kek, Gardner, and PPS equipment manufacture in-house. The range of products we have produced are of the highest quality.”

Process Components Sifters Grinders Mixers Kibblers Kemutec KEK Kason KekGardner

“Our flare for creativity and design is typified here in the newly stylised Kek logo and we feel especially excited at the opportunity to breathe new life into a brand that has been synonymous with powder processing for the best part of a century”.

Process Components Sifters Grinders Mixers Kibblers Kemutec KEK Kason KekGardner

We will continue to develop our Process Components and Kemutec businesses to further enhance the products and services we offer, ensuring that we continue to exceed the needs and expectations of our customers.

If you want to know more about this story or the products and services offered by Kemutec or Process Components you can contact us in the following ways:

sales@pro-components.com            Tel. +44 (0)1625 412000



Business as usual at our USA subsidiary Kemutec Inc

2015-10-07 12:18:17


Following recent announcements in the media and to avoid any confusion in the market place, Process Components is pleased to announce that "It is Business as Usual" at our USA subsidiary, Kemutec.

This means that Kemutec will continue to supply its range of Powder Processing equipment which includes Centrifugal Sifters, Tumbler & Vibratory Flat-deck Screeners, Cone Mills, Universal Mills, Air Classifier Mills and Kibbler Pre-breakers and also our extensive range of Mixers and Blenders.

In addition, Kemutec will continue to provide full After-Sales and Spares Parts support from their Bristol, PA facility, where they carry extensive stocks of essential Sifter and Mill parts and consumables, many of which are made in-house in our own group specialised facility.

Process Components is proud of the success and extremely positive name that Kemutec has earned in its 35 years of business in the USA, where its reputation has been built on the supply of quality goods and exemplary customer service. Kemutec will continue to provide an all encompassing service approach from their vastly experienced and knowledgeable team of Sales Professionals, Engineers and Process Technicians. This will include Process Solution Selling and will continue with Product Testing in the Kemutec Technology Center, through Custom Product Design to the supply of quality and "fit for purpose" powder process machinery.

sales@kemutecusa.com            Tel. 215-788-8013

Visit the Kemutec website



Mucon wins exclusive rights for Hygienic Valve sales to the UK

2015-02-24 09:43:11


Process Components Ltd is pleased to announce that it has signed an exclusive agreement with ValvEngineering Srl of Lucca, Italy for the sale and distribution of its extensive Oyster branded range of hygienic valve products in the United Kingdom.

The range of butterfly valves and ancillary products, all designed to fulfil the requirements of any application demanding sterile or hygienic isolation or control of powders, granules, tablets and capsules, will be sold under the well known Mucon brand.

Tony Goodwin, Managing Director of Process Components commented, “Our Pennsylvania based subsidiary Kemutec Inc, has been distributing these products into North America for some time in ever increasing numbers, so we are really excited by this natural extension to our collaboration with ValvEngineering.”

This addition to the Mucon range enhances and expands our ability to serve the needs of the Food and Pharmaceutical markets alongside existing products such as the Series-K Iris Diaphragm Valve.

Tony goes on to say, “These products have been designed with some very specific USPs, to ensure that the customer gets the very best levels of process hygiene. From the clean crevice free blade and internal valve surfaces to the patented Clamshell clamping system, these products are at the forefront of this kind of technology.”

Contact Mucon to find out more about this exciting new range of hygienic products.

sales@mucon.com            Tel. +44 (0) 1625 412000

Visit the Mucon Butterfly Valve Product Page



Process Components Wear It Pink

2014-10-29 13:20:30


The team at Process Components recently showed their support to the Breast Cancer Campaign by wearing something pink!

On October 24th staff at Process Components took part in Wear it Pink Day which is the flagship fundraising event for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All the staff got involved by wearing something ‘pink’.

Process Components would like to thank all the staff who showed their support on Wear it Pink day, helping to collect £47.00 for the Charity.
For more information on the event and Breast Cancer Campaign please visit
http://www.wearitpink.org

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The New Mucon Series DSV Double Flange Slide Valve

2014-09-12 11:42:29


Mucon has launched its new DSV double flange slide valve after the success of its low cost SV range of single flanged Slide valves.

This simple, feature rich slide valve is ideal for controlling and isolating the flow of powders, granules and pellets in open discharge or in-line applications. For example;

  • In-line installation into pipes, ducts and hopper outlets
  • Open discharge from rigid or semi-rigid intermediate bulk containers, bins, hoppers and other storage vessels
The features and benefits of the Mucon DSV Slide Gate Valve include the following;
  • Unlike other manual slide valves the DSV has tapered supports which are set at an angle to allow the blade to be easily adjusted
  • Tapered supports can be easily replaced while the slide gate remains in-situ and in the closed position
  • Slim Design
  • Robust valve construction, with integrated metal handle
  • Anti-tamper locking facility – allowing the user to lock or tag the valve in the closed position
  • Provision for 'earth' tag - where there is potential for static electricity generation
All manual DSV slide valves are available from stock.

The DSV Slide valve will soon to be available with a lightweight pneumatic actuator assembly and will be officially launched at the POWTECH exhibition in Nuremberg.

This lightweight pneumatic actuator has been specifically designed so that it can also be added retrospectively in just a few minutes to an existing manual DSV Slide Valve.

Contact Mucon to learn more about the new DSV Slide valve range.

sales@mucon.com            Tel. +44 (0) 1625 412000

Visit the Mucon DSV Slide Gate Valve Product Page



Spare Centrifugal Sifter Screens and Filter Bags

2014-05-14 10:58:24


Process Components Ltd (PCL) has its own in-house sewing facility where it manufactures and supplies a wide range of sifter screens for a number of centrifugal sifter machines, as well as filter bags.

New investment in sewing machinery and personnel has meant that Process Components Ltd has not only increased its production capacity and capabilities, but also offers its customers an improved level of service.

Benefits of working with Process components Ltd;

  • Quality products produced from an OEM manufacturer
  • Competitive prices
  • Quick response to customer requirements
  • Process and application knowhow / expertise

  • Nylon Screens

    PCL has a large and varied catalogue of screen dimensions and micron sizes that can be utilised to suit applications in many diverse industries. In addition, custom screen modifications can be requested. For example;

  • Sewn seam for oil based ingredients
  • Both ends of the screen can be ‘corded’ to allow easy mounting and fitting of the screen to the basket
  • Double skin screens offer increased screen longevity in fine sieving applications
  • Sifter screen aperture sizes are available from 53 – 5000 micron
  • FDA approved coloured nylon screens are available for efficient traceability and visible checks

  • Filter Sock / Bags

    PCL is able to produce a range of Filter Socks / Bags for Centrifugal Sifters and Mixers in a range of materials to suit a wide variety of applications.

    All PCL products are manufactured to customer specifications to ensure maximum filtration efficiency for each and every application requirement.

    Engineering Capabilities

    In addition to the manufacture of spare parts for Centrifugal Sifters and Mixers, PCL engineers are available to provide CAD support in order to design non-standard customer specific filters and screen templates.

    For further information, please call +44 (0)1625 412000 or send your enquiry via Email



    Merry Christmas from Process Components

    2014-05-14 10:58:48


    As Christmas approaches and with it the end of yet another year, we can pause to reflect on 2013. Its been a year in which Process Components has continued to drive and support the Mucon brand, by launching exciting and innovative new products along with its very own Mucon dedicated website. With the continued support of our customers, global partners and supply chain we can achieve even more in 2014.

    So we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support in 2013 and to wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and fantastic New Year.

    Tony Goodwin
    Managing Director

    Our office will be closed from Tuesday 24 December p.m. and will reopen Thursday 2 January 2014



    Process Components hosts another Mucon training seminar

    2013-12-12 15:54:03


    Process Components hosts another Mucon training seminar

    The seminar took place in Munich, Germany and was attended by distribution partners from across Europe.

    This one day event gave delegates the opportunity to learn more about the unique features of these exciting new products as well as getting the latest information on applications and potential opportunities. Working examples of the products were available, giving the delegates the opportunity for some real, hands on, experience.

    Tony Goodwin, Managing Director of Process Components said, “This is the second event of this kind we have hosted in Germany and I believe it gives an indication of our commitment to our distribution partners...we are dedicated to ensuring they know as much about our products as we do, in order to give the best possible service to our customers across the globe.”

    Look out for the next seminar in spring 2014

    Follow the link below to find out more about the Mucon range of products or call +44 (0)1625 412000

    Visit the Mucon Website



    New addition to the Mucon product range from Process Components Ltd

    2013-07-22 11:08:39


    Process Components Ltd is proud to introduce its new range of Single and Double Flanged Slide Valves to further enhance the Mucon product range.

    The engineering design team has worked diligently to expand and innovate the Mucon Slide Valve range in order to meet the needs of its ever demanding customer base.

    The Mucon Slide Valve range includes the following products,

  • Manual Round Single Flange
  • Manual Round Double Flange
  • Pneumatic Round Double Flange

  • All Slide valves have the following features and benefits,

  • Uninterrupted smooth bore when the valve is fully open
  • Effective fully sealed closure
  • Self cleaning slide gate blade
  • Dust tight operation
  • Extremely low maintenance
  • Smooth, efficient operation
  • Slim design
  • Powered by a low friction, high efficiency pneumatic cylinder
  • Provision for 'earth' tags where there is potential for static electricity generation
  • Lifting points provided at the valve centre of gravity
  • Flange dimensions to DIN or ANSI patterns
  • Rated for up to +1barg conveying pressures
  • ATEX certified to 1D/2D categories
  • Size Range 150mm, 200mm & 250mm with other sizes available soon

  • Mucon Slide Valve SDP

    Process Components Ltd is committed to an on-going programme of product development and enhancement. This will be evidenced in the further expansion of its product ranges in the near future.

    For further information, please call +44 (0)1625 412000 to learn how this exciting product can benefit your production process.



    Process Components announces new Sales Engineer

    2013-04-08 15:42:30


    Process Components is very pleased to announce that James Atkins has joined our Sales team here in Macclesfield.

    The expansion of our UK based sales team is a key part of our growth strategy, helping us to better support our existing customers and to attract new business.

    James has joined the team today with a focus on the Spares and After Sales support sector but will undoubtedly, over time, develop his knowledge across our entire product portfolio. With a background in engineering material sales, James brings to Process Components a proven track record in business development.

    To make contact with James please call +44 (0)1625 412019, or Email



    Mucon Launches Its New Logo!

    2013-09-06 12:24:51


    The MUCON brand of bulk solids handling equipment has been in existence for well over sixty years and as you might expect it has experienced many changes over the years.

    MUCON was established in 1947 as a privately owned company in Middlesex. However, due to its success in the market place the MUCON Company and brand has been acquired by various organisations such as British Steam Specialty Group (BSS), FLS-Fuller, DMN Westinghouse and the Kemutec Group.

    In 2009 the MUCON brand was purchased by Process Components Ltd. Process Components Ltd is domiciled in Macclesfield and continues to produce the MUCON range of Iris Valves, Slide Valves, Disc Valves, Discharge Aids and Level Indicators.

    Process Components Ltd also manufactures spare parts for Kek, Gardner and PPS centrifugal sifters, milling machines, blenders, mixers and air classifier equipment.

    During its history the MUCON logo has seen several changes, where various owners have seen fit to put their stamp on what is and what continues to be a well-respected brand in the field of bulk solids handling equipment.



    As Process Components Ltd is a young and dynamic company, it has put in place ambitious plans to modernise and further develop the MUCON product range to handle ever more duties and product applications. Consequently, it was thought high time that a new logo was created which would embody and reflect the company’s dynamic plans to modernise and expand its world renowned brand and product range.



    To learn more about the MUCON range and see what new products have been recently launched, visit our website www.mucon.com. Alternatively, Tel. +44 (0) 1625 412000 or send your enquiries via Email



    Opportunity awaits……..

    2012-07-03 10:49:30


    A world leader and technical authority in the manufacture of Iris Valves, Slide Valves, Disc Valves, Discharge Aids and Spare Parts for powder process machinery.

    Process Components is always looking for new opportunities and partners to expand its distributor network and enhance brand awareness for its many products.

    Being market driven our plan is to continually innovate our product offering, so as to assist our partners to differentiate themselves and build on their success.

    If your company feels it would like to be part of our expanding distributor network or you have an opportunity for partnership, contact us now by completing the application form on this page.

    Process Components will then contact you in due course to progress your application.



    Bearing Assembly Repair and Refurbishment

    2012-05-16 16:05:04


    Process Components specialise in Bearing Assembly repair and refurbishment

    Most of the equipment supplied under our brands of KEK and PPS utilise some sort of bearing assembly. This key component is often ‘mission critical’ for the production process the equipment has been tasked with.

    At Process Components we understand the demands placed on this type of component and always recommend holding a spare assembly, ensuring production down-time is kept to an absolute minimum.

    We also recognise that speedy, cost effective repair of a damaged or worn bearing assembly can be of real benefit to our customers.

    With this in mind, we have invested heavily in inspection, re-build and testing equipment at our Macclesfield facility.

    Our fully audited Quality Management System, to ISO9001 ensures that we control and protect your goods from the moment they arrive at our facility until they are returned back to you. Documented Goods Receipt, Strip & Inspection reports and procedures track your goods through each stage of the process. We will provide you with a written estimate of the costs to complete the repair not completing any work without your prior approval.

       

    Once you are happy for us to proceed, our team of experienced Fitters and Engineers is on-hand to complete the work but we can also call on specialist sub-contractors if needed. Here are just a few of the service we offer:

  • Full strip and component inspection
  • Refurbishment or Replacement
  • Bearing journal recovery – usually through Chrome deposit and re-grind processes
  • Static or Dynamic Balancing
  • Replacement parts and full rebuild
  • Final run-in and test

  • You can be assured that we only use the highest quality consumable parts including bearings, seals, washers and lubricants; and any new, replacement components will be manufactured and installed to the original equipment supplier’s specifications.

    Once any repair is complete we want to make sure the bearing is in tip-top condition and run-in before we return it to you.

    Our custom built test equipment has been developed in-house to carry out this task as quickly, efficiently and safely as possible. The test rig is configurable for vertically or horizontally mounted bearing assemblies, with the ability to run the spindle at variable speeds from 1rpm to above 20,000rpm.

       

    The unit employs state of the art infrared sensors to check the temperature at each bearing journal, with these results recorded using the latest in data logging technology and provided to you with the returned assembly.



    Our Spares & Service Specialists are available to help you with your enquiry. Contact us today for more information



    Mucon Iris Diaphragm Valves, Not Just For Controlling Powder!

    2012-05-14 15:50:23


    A Gland Seal Solution for Clean Rooms

    The MUCON Iris Diaphragm Valve (IDV) has proved itself to be one of the most versatile flow control valves for dry bulk solids. When fitted with an elastometric diaphragm, the valve is capable of closing around lumps of products or even foreign bodies trapped during closure, whilst still providing an effective seal to smaller particles and dust. It is this unique feature that has enabled the MUCON IDV to be used for a variety of unusual valving applications. One of these applications is sealing around service tubes between clean rooms.

    The Problem
    The transfer of material from one ‘condition’ to another. For example, between light and dark rooms or rooms with a pressure differential. Should clean rooms operate at a slight over pressure, with one being at a higher pressure than the other, problems or pressure loss can occur on a regular basis.

    The Need
    Operators require an effective, hygienic and reliable way of sealing around the tubes passing ‘through the wall’, separating one condition from another. Such as temporary sealing of service pipework or tubing. For example, CIP, Gas Pipes etc.

    Mucon K Series Valve

    The Solution
    The MUCON high hygiene K-Series Iris Diaphragm Valve with quick-disconnect flanges, brings the tubes together and closes tightly around them. The material flows freely without pressure leakage or damage to the tubes. The one piece moulded diaphragm also acts as the valve gasket. In addition, both the diaphragm and the valve itself can easily be removed without tools.

    Visit the K-Series Product Page

    Contact us today for more information



    New Sales & Marketing Manager at Process Components

    2011-10-18 10:07:59


    Since its inception in 2009, Process Components Ltd has been driven to provide high quality products and services to the processing and handling industries; striving to exceed customer expectations on delivery, service and product reliability.

    In that time, our group turnover has grown by more than 25%, in what we would all describe as very difficult market conditions.

    Our core business strategies continue to be: growth through better service provision, an expanding product portfolio and new strategic alliances.

    To help achieve our strategic vision we are restructuring our UK Sales team and therefore it is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Rocco Mastrolonardo as our new Sales & Marketing Manager. Rocco is a Sales and Marketing professional who brings with him a wealth of export sales experience and knowledge, gained from twenty years working within a broad range of industry sectors.

    With immediate effect Rocco will take over the day to day running of the Sales and Marketing function. Working closely with all parties within the company, his overriding objective will be to devise and execute our strategy for growth.



    New addition to the Mucon product range

    2011-06-30 14:44:34


    Introducing the new Mucon Slide Valve

    Designed and manufactured by Process Components Ltd, we are proud to introduce our new range of Single Flanged Slide Valves to further extend the Mucon product range. Our own dedicated design team are continually working to pioneer new and innovative products, not only to maintain their market leadership but to meet continually changing customer and market demands.

    This is the first in a range of forthcoming developments that will include, at a later date, Double Flanged Slide Valve and Pneumatic Cylinder Operated slide valve.

    Process Components Ltd has committed themselves to an on-going programme of product development and enhancement.

    Follow the link below to find out more or call +44 (0)1625 412000 to discuss your needs.

    Visit the Mucon Slide Valve Product Page



    The tools of your trade!

    2011-04-04 11:35:30


    “Warburton's Ltd operates fourteen bakeries throughout the UK and has been synonymous with quality bread since 1876, when Thomas and Ellen Warburton started production in their small grocers shop in Bolton. As any successful baker knows, it is essential to take great care over the quality of the ingredients used to make their bread, Warburton's are no exception. Part of this quality control process ensures that the dry ingredients are sieved using high performance centrifugal sifters. These machines run on a 24/7 basis and are critical to the Warburton's operation, so when they were looking for a preventative maintenance provider they turned to a company with a proven track record for reliability and technical knowhow; that company was Process Components Ltd.

    We provide scheduled preventative maintenance at Warburton's sites, often providing this service at weekends or out of normal hours. Our competitive rates and quality service ensures that Warburton's get value for money and peace of mind regarding their sieving operations”



    Where did that seal go?

    2011-02-04 16:54:58


    You may have seen our advertisement for our range of Metal Detectable Seals in February's edition of Food & Drink International.

    Our range of seals are fully FDA compliant and can be extruded or moulded in all manner of shapes and sizes to meet your exact requirements.

    Follow the link below to find out more or call +44 (0)1625 412000 to discuss your needs.

    Visit the Metal Detectable Seals Product Page



    New Senior Design Engineer at Process Components

    2010-11-25 12:42:37


    We are pleased to announce that Paul Bailey has joined Process Components Limited in the position of Senior Design Engineer. Paul has worked in the powder processing industry for over 20 years and brings a wealth of experience from his engineering background with Mucon, Kek, Gardner and PPS products. Paul’s expertise will add significant strength to Process Components Ltd Engineering capability. This will not only enhance the ability to support customers in respect to existing products and spares but will also enable the development of new products.

    Paul commented, “I was working for one of the UK’s leading Engineering Company’s when I met with the Managing Director, Tony Goodwin, at Process Components Limited’s new premises in Macclesfield. I was immediately impressed by the infrastructure that had been put in place in a relatively short period of time and could see that this was a successful company. This coupled with the plans that Tony described for the future made it an easy decision for me to join the company. I am now enjoying the challenge of my new role and working as part of the committed team at Process Components Limited.”



    PPS Website Content Expanded

    2010-09-02 16:47:25


    Process Components Ltd has recently expanded its website content relating to the PPS Air Classifier Mill product range. PPS related products and services have been part of the Process Components portfolio since the company was formed just over a year ago but a recent increase in demand for these types of products has prompted this step to enhance the website’s content yet further.

    Air Classifier Mills are used the world over for fine grinding applications, beyond the capability of normal “hammer” style mills. The PPS range has been used successfully throughout the powder paint industry and in countless other applications.

    Process Components specialises in after sales service and support for these and many other process related product ranges.

    Visit the PPS Product Page



    A Sticky Problem Solved

    2013-01-22 14:01:35


    The manufacture of industrial adhesives involves the use of a wide variety of ingredients each with their own inherent flow problems. Materials such as Zinc Oxide & Lithium Carbonate have extremely poor flow characteristics whilst products such as Gelatine, Melflux and Blast furnace slag need only occasional assistance to get moving.

    A well known adhesives manufacturer in Staffordshire uses a total of fourteen different ingredients housed in fourteen discharge hoppers on one section of his production plant. Each of the fourteen hoppers was fitted with live bottom Bin Discharges that had been designed and constructed to handle a dedicated product.

    Problems arose as production increased and it was necessary to use each hopper to handle any of the ingredient materials. To overcome serious hold ups in production due to hopper blockage and non- delivery of ingredient materials, a system design change was necessary.

    Process Components Ltd were approached to offer a solution to these serious flow problems and after carrying out a series of trials on the majority of ingredient materials, each hopper was modified to incorporate a pair of MUCON Promoflow Discharge Aids.

       

    ‘Promo-Flow’ Discharge Aids are the flagship of Mucon’s flow promotion devices for problematic dry bulk solids stored in hoppers and silos. They comprise internally mounted screens or grids actuated by externally mounted pneumatic vibrators. These powerful devices move difficult products by transmitting vibration directly into the material – and not into the bin. Accordingly, they are efficient, effective and quiet in operation. They have the added advantage of being easily retro-fitted to existing bins or silos, requiring minimal work to the container itself.

    The installation of the MUCON Promoflow discharge aids immediately overcame the customer’s discharge problems.

    An easy answer to what was a sticky problem.

    Mucon’s range of discharge aids complements their well known range of Iris Diaphragm Valves with which their name is synonymous. The combination of discharge aids to get products moving and valves, to control (or stop) the flow, truly gives Mucon ‘The Power to Control Powders’.



    WOOD – you believe it!

    2013-01-22 14:01:07


    A brief history of the MUCON Iris Diaphragm Valve

    Wood is not a material normally associated with engineering products. However, the possible exception is during the manufacture of prototypes. This was certainly the case 65 years ago when, during the birth of the world famous MUCON Iris Diaphragm Valve, wood was used in the construction of the second prototype. The first attempt to prove the concept was actually made of cardboard. It was made in the home of one of the inventors on the kitchen table! Although, the wooded version still exists, alas, the cardboard model has not survived. Today, an extensive range of MUCON Iris Diaphragm Valves, not constructed from either wood or cardboard, are manufactured and marketed globally by Process Components Ltd.

            
     Wooden prototype Mucon IDV                       Latest powered Mucon IDV

    ‘Necessity is the mother of invention’ could not have been more applicable to describe the circumstances associated with the advent of the MUCON Iris Diaphragm Valve (IDV). At the time, two brothers, Alfred and Walter Douglas, working as engineers for Kodak were given the task of developing a valve to control the flow of the gelatine flakes used in the production of photographic films. Because of their very nature, these flakes kept getting into the guides of slide valves jamming their operation or finding their way through the seals and thus leaking to the atmosphere. Charged with this task, the two brothers turned to their previous experience in the flour industry where it was common practice to twist the sock at the outlet of a silo to control the discharge.

    Together with a friend, Peter Dyson, the Douglas brothers made sketches and ultimately produced the models mentioned above to confirm the practicality of their creation – and a new valve was born! The key to the valve is a tube of flexible material (the diaphragm) held rigidly at each end. One end is then twisted up to 180 degrees relative to the other, resembling the iris of a camera, giving a complete shut off, even to the finest of free flowing powders. In practice, when assembled into the valve, the ends of the diaphragm are brought close to each other meaning that these valves are much slimmer than you might think. When closed, the diaphragm is extraordinarily strong. It proved so successful that a company, Mucon Engineering Co Ltd, was established by the inventors to promote the wider use of this new concept.

    The diaphragm protects the metallic working parts from contact with the product and, therefore, there is no jamming or sticking during operation. Because the diaphragm is a continuous tube running from the inlet to the outlet, there is no leakage to atmosphere. The concentric nature of the valve opening is ideal for accurate flow regulation. As a result of this, and their ease of operation, MUCON IDV's soon found favour with operators the world over. In addition to these benefits, one of the valve’s major advantages is its ability to close around large lumps or foreign bodies whilst preventing the flow of smaller particles, an essential benefit when controlling the flow of products with a wide particle size distribution. A classic example of this being when Wedgwood experienced problems weighing out bone from silos for bone china. The bone was a combination of dust and almost complete animal bones. If the latter were trapped during closure of the previous slide valve, then dust continued to flow, exceeding the required weight and making a mess on the floor too. After the IDV was fitted, any bone trapped during closure was no longer a problem.

    Today, the range includes models varying in size from 50 mm to 450 mm, with a choice of 16 diaphragm materials ensuring that even very abrasive, hot, moist or free-flowing products can be accommodated. One of the biggest obstacles to the wider use of the MUCON IDV has been the unwarranted concern about the fallibility of the diaphragm. Those who express such concerns happily drive cars at motorway speeds on rubber tyres, relying on fabric webbing if the unthinkable happens, their cars have an engine whose timing belt is of flexible plastic and whose oil seals are of rubber! Some may even enjoy sailing, white water rafting, parachuting, hang gliding, or bungee jumping – whatever, they put their faith in flexible materials! The diaphragms of MUCON IDV's are no less well engineered! In many respects, it may be said that MUCON were pioneers of flexible material engineering.


    The current family of MUCON IDV’s

    Testament to the success of the MUCON IDV is the sheer number sold over the years right around the globe. Thousands continue to be sold every year and the applications are as diverse as the valve types themselves. The IDV is a natural for IBC’s; models have been developed specifically for this high volume role, which are light, robust, weather resistant and economic. The advent of the FIBC brought further opportunities to exploit the unique advantages of the IDV. Valves have been designed specifically to satisfy the needs of the ever growing demand for FIBC (bulk bag) discharging applications. This is a demanding duty where valve durability and reliability are critical. Hand operated models have a ratchet arrangement to enable the valve aperture to be set to give the discharge rate required. For years, to combat wear, IDV’s have been furnished with liners ‘strangled’ by the operation of the valve – putting the neck of an FIBC through an IDV works just as well! IDV’s are thus popular with those manufacturing FIBC discharge stations. Given their strength, IDV’s are found on the bottom of large silos. The concentric design of the hand operated models in particular makes them the ideal partner for bin activator type dischargers. IDV’s are found on a myriad of dry bin / hopper applications and are probably the best valve for applications involving the dosing of products into containers on a weigh scale. Power operated models have a dribble feed function meaning that 95%+ of a weighment can be discharged rapidly, then the final few percent can be controlled at a slower rate to facilitate high accuracy. The inlets and outlets of mixers, sifters, dryers, are other typical applications. IDV’s are suited to virtually any application requiring a controlled flow of dry, and not so dry, bulk solids.. See below for some of the unusual, if not bizarre uses to which MUCON IDV's have been put over the years. Although these are not mainstream application, some graphically demonstrate the benefits that IDV’s have to offer.

    The IDV concept may not have changed much over the last 60 years but MUCON have continually striven to develop both the valve mechanism and the all important diaphragm to keep abreast of technological changes and customer demands. The most recent developments include valves with moulded diaphragms where only the diaphragm comes into contact with the product: because it acts as the gaskets too. These valves, which can be disassembled without tools, were specifically designed for high hygiene pharmaceutical, dairy and food applications. Both hand and, more recently still, power operated versions are available. The very latest MUCON IDV development, general purpose power operated models, use some ingenious designs and state of the art engineering components. Being smaller, lighter and more competitively priced than their predecessors, whilst still retaining the same robustness and speed of operation, extending the scope of applications for which powered IDV’s are suited.

    As Gerry Wetton, who has been selling MUCON IDV’s for 44 years now, concludes, “Like many a good invention, the MUCON IDV is simplicity itself. The fundamental concept has not been bettered in 60 years. It will be interesting to see how the valve mechanisms, diaphragms and applications develop over the next 60 years!” Gerry has been instrumental in developing applications for the IDV – including most of the unusual ones listed below.

    THE UNUSUAL APPLICATIONS

    Shot blast cabinets
    Where long lengths of pipe have to be de-scaled in shorter cabinets, MUCON IDV’s make excellent seals around the apertures through which the long sections are fed.

    Fish farming
    The gentle outlet valve, ideal for tanks used to transport live fish from fish farm to reservoirs and rivers. IDV’s can be successfully used for slurries, pastes and solids in suspension.

    Fish breeding / Snake venom
    MUCON IDV’s have been used as a means of holding fish, underwater, whilst their eggs are extracted and to hold snakes whilst their venom is extracted, again confirming that the valve has a gentle action - meaning that products will not be damaged if trapped during closure.

    Crimping
    The MUCON IDV has formed the basis of many a special device whether it’s been for closing polyethylene bags around lettuces out in the field, crimping hand made Christmas crackers and crimping sausages!

    Machine vice
    A US organ (as in Church) maker uses a MUCON IDV to hold organ pipes in a trimming machine. The valve holds the pipe rigidly enough for machining without marking the surface finish.

    Glanding
    MUCON IDV’s act as the seal / gland through which the extruded pipe exits the cooling bath. Not only does it stop leakage, it wipes unwanted coolant from the surface of the tube. IDV’s have glanded cables from outside-broadcast vehicles and darkrooms.

    Others
    In addition, MUCON IDV’s have been used for rubbish chute ‘lids’, baby incubator hand apertures and air conditioning flow control valves on US war ships.

    In addition to Iris Diaphragm Valves MUCON offer Disc type valves, Butterfly valves, level indicators and a range of Silo Discharge Aids to provide customers with a complete range of flow promotion and control solutions. Further products within the Process Components Ltd range include, Spares Parts for Centrifugal Sifters, Cone Mills, Pin & Disc and Turbine & Screen Mills, PPS Air Classifier Mill Spares, a wide range of Metal Detectable seals.



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