PennWhite Help Capture The Moment The Pod Went Pop!

If you’ve sat outside a country pub on a warm evening over the last few weeks, particularly in the flatlands of Lincolnshire and Norfolk, chances are you’ve seen convoys of agricultural vehicles exhibiting a little more haste than normal.

It’s likely that these vehicles will be taking part in an annual harvest that aims to pick, transport, process and freeze billions of peas within just 150 minutes of being picked. After being delivered to the processing facility the fresh peas are washed, sorted, blanched and prepared before being frozen and shipped to distributers and supermarkets across the country.

At each stage of pea processing natural sugars within the peas generate significant volumes of foam that can delay production and reduce the quality of the peas. Fortunately processors use PennWhite’s range of specialist Foamdoctor products to eliminate foam throughout the cycle, ensuring that peas are frozen within their two and a half hour deadline to claim their Class AAA status. 

Foamdoctor for pea processing

The Race to Pick the Perfect Pea

PennWhite Install Fast-Action Energy-Saving Doors

On an average day the two large roller shutter doors at either end of the PennWhite manufacturing facility see a lot of traffic. Our forklift truck drivers are in and out every few minutes, either unloading raw materials from delivery vehicles or moving finished goods to our warehouse. As a result the doors are left “up” most of the time. While this makes access to the factory easier and quicker, it lets heat out in the winter and lets heat in during the summer. The impact on our environmental performance, and our heating and cooling bills, is significant.

But we’ve found a solution.

Earlier this week two automated fast-action energy-saving doors were installed at PennWhite. Each door detects the approach of a forklift and quickly raises the lightweight door before lowering it again once the forklift is clear. These new doors will provide a more consistent working environment for our staff and our temperature-sensitive manufacturing plant year round. They will also help us reduce our annual carbon footprint, one of our Environmental Policy’s key objectives. 

 

PennWhite Help Recycle Half A Billion Bottles.

An advanced PennWhite foam control agent has helped a new business recycle 500 million plastic drinks bottles in just 12 months!

The first step in recycling Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) bottles is to wash, which inevitably creates an excessive amount of foam. In the past this foam has made PET bottle recycling inefficient and even commercially unviable. Adding PennWhite’s anti-foam to the washing process eliminated the troublesome foam and gave the company the confidence to start a joint recycling venture with a global soft drinks giant at a purpose built plant in the United Kingdom.

Another PennWhite anti-foam is being used at a previously mothballed plastic bottle recycling plant that has re-started after a £500,000 investment. When it was initially opened the plant struggled to reach quality standards, largely because of the impact of unwanted foam on its recycling process. Our foam control agent is now a key part in helping the plant deliver a thoroughly cleansed and high quality recycled bottle.

Together, These high-tech facilities will recycle billions of plastic bottles previously destined for landfill, as well as stimulating their local economies and creating jobs for local people.

Plastic Fantastic, PDF

PennWhite Foamdoctor Certified Kosher

Last week PennWhite were visited by Rabbi Kay from the Manchester Beth Din. Rabbi Kay undertakes an annual inspection of our Middlewich manufacturing plant and the raw materials we use to create our food-grade foam control agents. Following his inspection he certified that 32 of our Foamdoctor products are "Kosher and Parev".

We have just received our new certificate (see link below), confirming Rabbi Kay's approval and listing the associated products, which can include a hechsher, more commonly known as a "Kosher symbol", on their label.

 

Kosher Certificate 2013-14, PDF

PennWhite Add Permitted Usage Rates To Data Sheets

Across Europe regulations governing the use of chemical process aids are becoming evermore complex. While Brussels’ tries to impose Europe-wide standards, many nations are introducing their own rules. The result is confusion within the market and increasing uncertainty over “approved” usage levels for many everyday chemical solutions.

So, PennWhite are trying to make things a little simpler for our clients. Our experienced laboratory team is reviewing the various standards, regulations and guidelines to determine the maximum permitted usage rates for our product and process additives (where applicable).

Technical Director Dr Mark Humphries explained, “As scientists we want to ensure that our formulations satisfy both the demands of our clients and regulatory bodies. The end result of this project will only be a line of text on our Technical Data Sheets, but we feel the effort is worth it to give our clients extra peace of mind.” Maximum permitted usage rates will start to appear on PennWhite’s data sheets over the next few months.

PennWhite Support Organic Vegetable Processing

The recent horse-meat “scandal” has shone a light on the food supply chain, making consumers concerned about the provenance of their food and reluctant to accept food labelling at face value. Now more than ever, suppliers must be able to back up claims such as “100% beef” or “100% organic”.

PennWhite can help suppliers of organic fruits, vegetables and salads maintain the organic integrity of their produce when it is washed during processing. Washing produce creates excessive foam that reduces process efficiency, the washing water is usually treated with an anti-foam to prevent this. Unfortunately most foam control agents will break the “organic chain”, causing unsuspecting producers to sell an organic product that is not truly organic.

The solution is PennWhite’s Foamdoctor F2914 (formerly known as ST914), an organic anti-foam that reduces unwanted process foam without undermining the produce’s organic credentials. This specialist anti-foam was developed by PennWhite in line with the Soil Association Organic Standards for Food and Drink. Using Foamdoctor F2914 will help fresh organic products stand up to the scrutiny of even the most sceptical consumer.

Foamdoctor F2914 / ST914

PennWhite Introduce New "CLP" Product Labels

PennWhite will shortly introduce new Classification, Labelling & Packaging (CLP) compliant labels for use on its IBCs and 200Kg drums. The label will feature CLP hazard symbols (when appropriate), as well as full emergency contact numbers and individual product details. A QR Code link to the PennWhite website will provide quick access to downloadable Technical Data Sheets and other useful product and safety information.

CLP is a legislative measure instigated by the EU to align its existing standards on the classification, labelling and packaging of chemicals with the Globally Harmonised System of Classification & Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) established by the United Nations. All chemical "mixtures" must be CLP compliant by June 2015, PennWhite's new labels will ensure the organisation achieves full CLP compliance by Spring 2013.

PennWhite Launch Social Media Feeds.

PennWhite is now on Twitter and Facebook!

To keep up to date with the latest product developments, new case studies, regulatory changes and other PennWhite news, search for @PennWhite on Twitter and Pennwhite Group on Facebook. Alternatively just click the “Follow” links at the bottom of the page to stay in touch with PennWhite.

PennWhite And The RNLI To The Rescue!

A PennWhite product is helping the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) saves lives around the UK coast.

Founded in 1824, the RNLI is a vital fourth emergency service whose fleet of over 330 lifeboats respond to maritime emergencies whatever the weather. The RNLI is supported solely by charitable donation and receives no public funding. It has saved around 140,000 lives since the turn of the century and launches boats 24 times a day on average.

Many of the RNLI’s lifeboats launch from slipways and a smooth entry in to the water is critical. To minimise the friction between hull and slipway, the RNLI use PennWhite Cable Lubricant on their steel slips. Originally developed to make the installation of broadband fibre optic cable in underground ducts easier, the microspheres in our formulation help the RNLI’s vessels get into the water quickly and safely so that they can reach victims as soon as possible.

PennWhite are proud to donate our products to this heroic organisation.

 

PennWhite Help Easy Sliders In Andorra.

With temperatures in the UK below freezing for the last few weeks and snow falling on many parts of the country, sliding, even when you don’t mean to, has not been a problem! But for visitors to an indoor ski slope in the principality of Andorra on the French and Spanish border, sliding has been much more difficult than you’d imagine.

The problem is caused by the nature of the artificial snow itself, namely that it is man-made. Snow cannons fire droplets of super cooled water into the frigid air inside the facility that then fall as snow. Unfortunately artificial snow tends to be much “wetter” than natural snow and this prevents skis and snowboards from sliding over the surface efficiently and smoothly.

Until that is, one of PennWhite’s specialist Silicone Emulsions is added to the mix. Our formulation lubricates the artificial snow and overcomes the friction created by its high moisture content. As a result skis and boards glide over the artificial snow as if it was natural snow, delivering a real downhill experience indoors.