Tea time for Vortex’s wye line diverter

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Last modified: 8 May 2023
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Tea and coffee merchants, Taylors of Harrogate, recruited Vortex a few years ago to assist in improving a tea transfer system at their North Yorkshire, UK plant.

Staff at the Vortex Darlington office were contacted by Taylors, who had identified the Wye Line Diverter from the Vortex website as a potential alternative for their tea transfer system. Taylors were then visited by Vortex representatives just 90 minutes after this initial enquiry.

At the plant, the blended tea was transferred to each packaging machine by a dedicated vacuum system. The project was to combine these two systems into one, reducing the number of vacuum pumps and pipework whilst not affecting the quality, taste or structure of the tea in any way.

Following the decision that the 2-Way Wye Line Diverters offered the best solution to reduce costs and energy consumption, Taylors were able to test a set of four diverters on a trial basis for several weeks. At the end of this period, Taylors confirmed that the diverters were performing to expectation and placed a further order for eight more Wye Line Diverters. Taylors added “Dry leaf tea is a very abrasive material and we certainly valued the trial service that Vortex provided, so that we could evaluate them in use with our product. They also fitted the valves with abrasion resistant liners to help us get around the potential problem.”

By using 2-Way Wye Line Diverters in pairing together new manufacturing and packaging lines, Taylors reduced power consumption and noise in the production hall by eliminating three 4.3kW electric motors.

Due to the continuing growth in the UK tea market plans, Taylor’s purchased several, additional Vortex Wye Line Diverters again in 2015. The original wye lines and the newly installed wye lines are all working exceptionally well.

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