A DV E R TO R I A L
Vlogman connects materials,
processing and production
An important link at the Chugoku Paints factory (Heijningen, NL) is Vlogman BV’s process matrix. This ingenious
network of stainless steel tubing and automatically controlled pump valves, ensures that the right quantities of raw
materials and product additives are pumped into the mixing tanks.
Once a product is ready, it is then pumped through, the socalled
WNX-fill cluster, to the filling lines in the adjacent hall.
Vlogman provided, both the design and the installation of the
process matrix and fill cluster. It is the first time that such a fill
cluster has been used in the Netherlands. The complete system
has several advantages, including a reduction in the loss of
finished goods, a reduction in rinse solution and lower maintenance
costs. Additionally, there are no more set-up times.
“Working with chemicals and solvents requires a precise
approach”, said Bert Vlogman, CEO of Vlogman BV. “These
products are prone to explosion and are in the immediate vicinity
of working people. This project was unique, in that from the
outset, the underlying principle was for production to take place
in a closed system, so that evaporation was impossible.”
In the outdoor area of Chugoku, there are both underground
and aboveground storage tanks for bulk commodities; with
around 350 different additives being stored here. These fluids
are then pumped through the closed system, to the eight,
available, mixing tanks, where Chugoku’s products are manufactured.
During production, nitrogen is also fed into the mixing
tanks, so that the production process can be safely carried out.
The mixing tanks are on so-called load cells, with the correct
dosages being controlled by electric or pneumatic valves.
The ingredients are then mixed and processed further.
After the production of every batch is complete, the pipeline
network and mixing tanks are then cleaned. To achieve this,
Vlogman delivered the so-called Cleaning In Place or CIP-installation.
Through this, the tanks and pumps are rinsed, under high
pressure, by raw materials, whereby the last part of the rinse
cycle, also forms the start of the following batch’s manufacturing
process. Vlogman BV is a versatile installer of industrial systems,
delivering both automated refuelling and process systems. Their
package of services includes consulting, design, installation,
maintenance, testing and inspections.