Major Sugar Manufacturer – UK Molasses Loading Arm & Safe Tanker Access
OVERVIEW: One of the leading producers of sugar in the UK approached IFC & asked them to come up with a new system to safely & cleanly load molasses into road tankers using pneumatic powered top loading arm at one of their major processing factories. Molasses is a syrup by-product of the production process. The site recognised the hazards involved in loading the product into road tankers & wanted a safe, clean & easy way of doing so.
IFC SOLUTION: Working closely with the client & following their design brief, IFC recommended a 4” molasses pneumatic powered top loading arm complete with control valve, stainless steel fill pipe & overfill sensor, which activates if the molasses in the tanker gets too close to the top. The arm also has pneumatic power control for easier handling, along with a special pneumatic press down feature. This ensures that as the tanker is filled & naturally lowers onto its suspension, the overfill sensor stays in contact with the top of the tanker at the correct height.
For safe tanker access we supplied a set of 4 step folding stairs with a safety cage made specifically for the site. The stairs also had pneumatic power for easy operation.
A key interlock system was installed to ensure the correct loading procedure was followed. IFC also installed & commissioned the whole system.
PROJECT OUTCOME: The system was installed & commissioned within the specified time-scale & a small adaptation was installed at the client’s request, all to the clients satisfaction. The use of old loading hoses, which were heavy, inefficient & difficult to handle has been replaced by a safe, easy to operate, modern tanker loading system:
Molasses loading arm with pneumatic control & press down
4 step folding stairs with safety cage & pneumatic power