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September 29, 2010

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Thermotechnology drums up great support

Hampshire Cosmetics Ltd has been developing and manufacturing cosmetic products for a wide range of major retailers and brand owners for the past 38 years from its factory in Waterlooville, in Hampshire.

The company has a robust and active environmental policy and is always keen to embrace the very best in safety technology and reduce its carbon footprint. This approach is clearly demonstrated by its recent descion to install a Denios Thermotechnic WK314.2 drum-heater store.

The challenge
Owing to the adverse weather that the UK has seen over the past two years, and in order to improve an existing problematic process, Hampshire Cosmetics took the decision to investigate the means of more efficiently warming a number of its key raw materials. It also wanted to combine this with an increase in output and a significant reduction in annual energy costs and heat loss.

The solution
The new and improved Denios WK314.2 thermotechnology drum-heater store replaced the original ‘hot room’ by providing more modern technology, resulting in decreased manufacturing time, a reduction in the energy used during the manufacturing process, and an improvment in all the safety aspects relating to the handling of materials requiring this particular treatment.

The strong and ultra-secure steel cabinet has two levels, which can house 48 205-litre drums, or 12 intermediate bulk containers (IBCs). It is also fitted with a 1100-litre sump.

Result and benefits
Rob Leake, manufacturing shift manager at Hampshire Cosmetics, said: “This technology has improved both our operational performance and our departmental GMP, as well as providing us with a cost saving. At the same time it has helped us in cutting down our carbon emissions and is an important part of the range of improvements Hampshire Cosmetics is putting in place to take the company forward.

“We organised approval and finance via the Carbon Trust, and this will be offset in just four years through reduced energy costs. The overall effect is that we now have a much better managed and planned heating and storage procedure, cutting raw material melting times by two thirds – as well as creating more space, a better visual impression, and greatly improved operational efficiencies.

“Given our position as one of the leading producers of toiletries and cosmetics for a very wide range of customers, it has been a crucial and very successful decision to acquire the focused Denios technology.”

For further details of Denios products and services, please call 01952 811991; e-mail [email protected] or visit www.denios.co.uk For Hampshire Cosmetics, please visit www.hants-cosmetics.co.uk

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