To safeguard the quality of its premium paint Farrow & Ball doubles productivity by optimizing its paint production line with self-cleaning strainers
Farrow & Ball, based in Dorset, UK, is a manufacturer of the traditional paints and wallpaper established in 1946. For more than 70 years the company has continually grown with over 300 staff on-site and over 600 employees globally, selling through worldwide stockist networks such as B&Q, Homebase and many reputable D.I.Y stores. With the continual growth of the company, Farrow & Ball turned to Russell Finex for a solution that could easily fit into their existing operation ensuring the quality of the product whilst coping with increased demand.
Producing premium paint at Farrow & Ball is a precise and meticulous process involving many steps that work together to create a high-quality paint. The testing process is imperative to guaranteeing the quality of the paint. Up to 30% more pigment is added in comparison to paint supplied by other paint manufacturers, which can result in a higher level of undispersed pigments forming in the mixture. Previously to eliminate this risk a longer mixing time was required to ensure pigments were fully dispersed, which could take up to two days per individual batch.
After an extensive consultation with a Russell Finex experienced sales engineer about liquid paint filtration, an on-site trial with the Self-Cleaning Russell Eco Filter® was conducted. Following successful results two self-cleaning liquid filter units were installed, instantly improving the quality-assurance process by reducing the time taken for each batch to be signed off for packaging to 45 minutes, 100% faster than the previous process.
These self-cleaning strainers replace the need for filter bags and cartridges due to its unique SpiroKlene™ system, which allows higher production rates as there are no stoppages to change filter bags and cartridges. The filters are easy to strip down, clean and re-assemble in between colour batch changes, meaning minimal disruption during product changeovers.
Russell Finex has a history of supplying separation equipment for a wide range of companies within the coatings industry. To find out more information about this application, and how it can be incorporated in your processing lines, please contact us.
What our clients say
“The self-cleaning filters were easily introduced into our existing processing line. They work perfectly at all times, with minimal involvement from the team, and have significantly cut processing times.”