BHS BD 361 provides environmental benefits and cost savings while reducing chemical usage by 70%
The customer is a potato chip manufacturer. The manufacturer utilizes defoamer in two locations within the process of creating the chips. In this process, bins of potatoes are loaded onto a conveyor and submerged in water. In this state, they enter a peeler to remove the skins. Defoamer is added at this location to combat the foam caused by the potato starch. After peeling, the potatoes are inspected and enter a slicer that cuts them into chips. Here, they are washed, again requiring defoamer. The chips then proceed to a cooker, and the water enters a treatment area. The water is recirculated as much as possible, and what cannot be used is discharged.
The manufacturer has historically utilized a silicone defoamer within this process. Though effective, it requires heavy dosage and holds significant environmental ramifications. Silicone products denote environmental and aquatic toxicity warnings that should be avoided where possible.
The DuBois Solution
DuBois partnered with the manufacturer to implement BHS BD 361, an organic food grade defoamer. This product replaces silicone with a vegetable oil base, the same material the potatoes are cooked in. In addition to significantly reducing the process’s environmental impact, this product replacement reduced chemical usage by 70%. This has created significant cost savings for the manufacturer, adding to their overall satisfaction.
Results and Benefits
Industry News / 07.14.19
Matt Roeser, DuBois Sales Representative – Wisconsin, was awarded the Supplier of the Year by the Wisconsin Chapter of CCAI. This was primary due to Matt’s efforts and leadership within the association. CCAI works to raise the standards of finishing operations through educational meetings and seminars, training manuals, certification programs, and outreach programs with colleges and universities.
Training / 02.12.19
This conference will bring stampers and die shops up to date on new lubricants for stamping and tool and die machining, and help them evaluate new formulations and select the right lubricant for the job. Rick Bulter, DuBois R&D Manager, will be part of the training team at this event sponsored by the MetalForming magazine with support by the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers.
Recent Events / 06.18.18
The acquisition of U.S. Industrial Lubricants adds high temperature and food grade lubricants to DuBois product offering. Our high temperature synthetic oven chain lubricants are widely used in the fiberglass insulation, textile finishing, food processing, plywood, corrugated paper, automotive and many other manufacturing industries.
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