A southern Georgia soybean mill that separates soybeans into value-add products such as high-quality vegetable oil for human consumption and soybean meal for the poultry industry
Industry: Food & Beverage Manufacturing
Location: Southern Georgia
Product Used: TTI Power Breather CV (TT-4-CV)
Soybean mills are costly operations requiring high energy output and constant attention to detail to maintain a relatively smooth manufacturing process. There are thousands of moving parts that require around-the-clock maintenance. Part of the maintenance routine requires technicians to inspect, maintain and preserve the life of food grade oils kept in oil reservoirs that recirculate through mechanical drives, pumps and motors.
To ensure this equipment is operating smoothly, these oil reservoirs need to be free of moisture contamination using breathers. The mill had been experiencing shorter breather life using Air Sentry’s GRC85C breather and wanted to trial a replacement that was also more cost effective and virtually eliminates moisture re-entry by using check-valve technology in a high moisture environment.
After a review of the soy mill’s operation and TTI’s product offering with experts at both TTI and Hydrotex, it was determined, based on sizing, that the mill should trial TTI’s TT-4-CV breather.
After the trial stage, TTI’s TT-4-CV breather lasted for 7 weeks before a replacement breather was required. This, compared to Air Sentry’s product that would maintain efficiency for only 4-5 weeks, on average. Not only was the mill’s breather life improved by 35-40% reducing maintenance costs and process downtime, the price of TTI’s breather technology is 18% less through distribution by partner Waco Filters.
By implementing the TT-4-CV breather, TTI was able to provide a more efficient solution at a lower cost, while helping the soy mill improve operation and maintain quality of their product offering.