PennWhite And The Pirate King.

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival may not be the first place you expect to find the UKs leading supplier of foam control agents and silicone emulsions, but over the next few weeks PennWhite will be playing a role in the world famous event by supporting the renowned Durham University Light Opera Group, DULOG to its friends, in their production of Gilbert & Sullivan's comic opera "The Pirates of Penzance".

Most famous for "I am the very model of a modern Major General", the opera has proven to be popular throughout the world since its first performance in New York on New Years Eve 1879. It tells the story of a young man, his first true love and pirates, what could possibly go wrong.....

DULOG are performing Pirates at The Merchants Hall, 22 Hanover Street (venue 278) daily at 3.55pm from 11th - 26th of August, Tickets are avialble at £8.50, visit www.spotlites.co.uk or call 0131 220 591 to book them.

The Pirates of Penzance

PennWhite Delivers Flooded Suction.

Recently one of PennWhite’s clients asked for help monitoring and controlling the volume of foam control agent used in their process. In response PennWhite developed a precision-engineered solution tailored to their needs.

Fabricated in food-grade 316 stainless steel, PennWhite’s bespoke 3-Way Manifold creates a flooded suction which, when connected to a standard IBC of PennWhite Foamdoctor, delivers the correct volume of foam control agent to the clients dosing system. The manifold’s three sight glasses make it easy for the client’s on-site team to check and control the amount of anti-foam they are using at any time.

PennWhite Sales Manager Ginter Szoltysek commented that production of the manifold illustrates that “PennWhite’s dedication to customer service goes far beyond just the delivery of chemical formulations.”

PennWhite 3-Way Manifold

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.