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Bourne Prepared Produce use Micronics Clamp-On Flow Measurement to keep track of a major cost

Posted: Tuesday 12th November 2013

Supplying salad vegetables to national chains of supermarkets requires a large volume of water to effectively wash the produce and itís also essential to minimise chlorine dosing, so itís vital that water usage is constantly monitored.

Lincolnshire-based Bourne Prepared Produce specialise in making and developing private label prepared foods, including tray salads for major grocery retailers and foodservice operators. They were conscious of the need to reduce costs and 24 hour production meant they also needed to be able to spot a problem quickly on any of the lines. Furthermore they wanted to reduce their use of chlorine for safety, economic and environmental reasons. And to achieve this they established the need for a series of flow meters to measure the flow of water throughout the production lines.

They had been using Micronics meters for some years and had found them to be very effective and reliable. They were impressed with the product performance of the non-invasive, clamp-on technology and the pre- and post-order assistance they had received from the company. As a consequence when they established the need for further metering they had no hesitation in contacting Micronics and selected 8 UF2000 clamp-on ultrasonic flow meters because they could be installed without the need to cut into existing pipe work. Jim Cullen, Bourneís Engineering Services Manager recognised the benefits of significantly lower installations costs and less disruption than an alternative, inĖline meter installation. And a further advantage was that the residual venting problems associated with system drain down would also be avoided.

Bourne has now been using Micronics flow meters since they were established in 1997 and are completely confident in the results. They would recommend their use for similar applications and continue to use Micronics products throughout their site.

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