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Braby Vacatex low cost bulk storage and handling system

Braby, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of process systems and engineering solutions, launched their innovative product Vacatex two years ago. Fully designed and project managed by Braby’s in-house experts, this fully ATEX-compliant vacuum transfer and batch weighing package allows small to medium sized businesses a low-cost entry to bulk storage and handling. Other bespoke bulk handling packages can be unaffordable due to their high engineering content.

Vacatex makes handling ingredients in the process industries easy and greatly improves efficiency. It eliminates manual bag handling; provides consistent batch accuracy; saves waste on split and damaged bags; reduces the storage area required for bags; and creates a cleaner working environment – thereby improving safety by eliminating dust and the consequent risk of explosion.

Indeed, safety is a key advantage of Vacatex. It meets all DSEAR and ATEX 137 regulations for fire and explosion prevention in the workplace. Braby’s service includes the provision of a hazard and operability (HAZOP) file, identifying risks and solutions.

Soon after the launch of Vacatex in 2008, two systems were installed at pie producers Pooles of Wigan. Braby made minor adjustments to the basic design to meet Pooles particular requirements. More than two years on, Pooles of Wigan are fully satisfied with their two, perfectly working, Vacatex systems.

Braby’s Derek Burrows re-visited Pooles of Wigan to see how their Vacatex products were working and commented: "We adapted Vacatex to fit into Pooles of Wigan’s factory needs and after I revisited them, I was encouraged to find that they felt it was working impeccably."

Joe Parsons at Pooles of Wigan also commented: "During the installation process it was necessary for amendments to be made to the design of the Vacatex system so that it would work with our particular processing systems. The engineers at Braby met every extra need we felt necessary and, two years on, we are very pleased with our Vacatex systems which do the job required with minimal maintenance costs."

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