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The third generation of Alfa Laval decanters at Allied Distillers Limited...

Allied Distillers Limited (ADL) is a subsidiary of Allied Domecq, one of the leading distributors of wine and spirits in the world. Operating mainly from sites around Scotland, ADL runs thirteen distilleries that produce the gin, malt whisky and grain spirit used in prominent international brands such as Beefeater gin and Ballantine's Finest scotch whisky. For more than 35 years, ADL successfully used two generations of Alfa Laval decanters at its Strathclyde distillery in Glasgow. The performance of these decanters was more than satisfactory, and Alfa Laval equipment proved to be very reliable. The first generation of these was installed in the late 1960s and formed part of the stillage handling plant, where four Alfa Laval P3400 decanters separated the solids from the spent wash going to the evaporation system. After 20 years, ADL installed a second generation of Alfa Laval decanters, replacing the reliable old workhorses with four higher-capacity P36000 decanters. The improved design of these decanters meant even less maintenance, and resulted in longer run times and lower operating costs. To improve the efficiency of its stillage handling plant even further, ADL chose Alfa Laval CHNX438 decanters when the company installed a third generation of decanters in 2003. These decanters will handle the higher spent wash flows that result from the increased production requirements due to high demand for Beafeater gin and Ballantine's whisky. At the same time, they will reduce suspended solids in the feed to the evaporator and improve cake dryness....

A key factor in ADL's decision to install the Alfa Laval CHNX438 decanters was the company's desire to reduce down time to a minimum. "The decanters are not complicated to maintain, and Alfa Laval has now made even more improvements," says Andrew Scott, an ADL project engineer. The two new CHNX438 decanters also have automated lubricating and washing systems, which, together with enhanced, full erosion protection in all the vulnerable areas, leads Jim Reid, maintenance engineer at the Strathclyde distillery, to say, "We look forward to the improvements made to the NX range, especially those concerning hard surfacing. In addition, the Alfa Laval decanters are fantastic machines, so why jeopardize a mutually beneficial working relationship Alfa Laval understands our needs and always finds the solutions necessary to meet our pro...

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