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Published Fri, Jul 26th 2019

Automatic self-cleaning filters for liquid paint manufacturing

Farrow & Ball speeds up production process by installing two Self-Cleaning Russell Eco Filters.

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Farrow & Ball, based in Dorset, UK, is a manufacturer of the traditional paints and wallpaper established in 1946. For more than 70 years the company has continually grown with over 300 staff on-site and over 600 employees globally, selling through worldwide stockist networks such as B&Q, Homebase and many reputable D.I.Y stores. With the continual growth of the company, Farrow & Ball turned to Russell Finex for a solution that could easily fit into their existing operation ensuring the quality of the product whilst coping with increased demand.

Producing premium paint at Farrow & Ball is a precise and meticulous process involving many steps that work together to create a high-quality paint. The testing process is imperative to guaranteeing the quality of the paint. Up to 30% more pigment is added in comparison to paint supplied by other paint manufacturers, which can result in a higher level of undispersed pigments forming in the mixture. Previously to eliminate this risk a longer mixing time was required to ensure pigments were fully dispersed, which could take up to two days per individual batch.
After an extensive consultation with a Russell Finex experienced sales engineer, an on-site trial with the Self-Cleaning Russell Eco Filter® was conducted. Following successful results two Self-Cleaning Russell Eco Filter® units were installed, instantly improving the quality-assurance process by reducing the time taken for each batch to be signed off for packaging to 45 minutes, 100% faster than the previous process.

These in-line filters replace the need for filter bags and cartridges due to its unique SpiroKlene™ system, which allows higher production rates as there are no stoppages to change filter bags and cartridges. The filters are easy to strip down, clean and re-assemble in between colour batch changes, meaning minimal disruption during product changeovers.

Contact Russell Finex for more information on how we can help improve your production line.

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