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12 B ULK D ISTRIBUTOR Components January/February 2020 Dry hose delivery nozzles Fort Vale unveils latest apprentice awards W I hen distributing fluids large quantities are commonly purchased and then filled in small quantities such as drums and IBCs. For this open media transfer Elaflex now supplies a new version of its dry hose delivery nozzles ‘ZL’. The ball valve construction is made of stainless steel and PTFE seals. It is suitable for universal applications in the chemical and petroleum industry. A full bore of DN 50 enables flow rates of approximately 50–900 litres per minute, under a working pressure of 10 bar. In addition to the standard type ‘ZL’ with 2ins or 3ins BSP thread, other hose side connections of stainless steel in DN 50 und 80 are available with TW male adapters, camlock adapters, or dry disconnect couplings For improved handling it is possible to use a swivel of stainless steel between the nozzle and hose assembly. In another move, UK-based Aljac Fuelling Components has joined forces with Elaflex. Elaflex Hiby Tanktechnik, based in Hamburg, Germany acquired a shareholding in Aljac, a specialist supplier of aviation refuelling systems and equipment. Its product range is one of the widest in the aviation refuelling industry and is underpinned by branded products from The ZL dry hose delivery nozzles are suitable for universal applications in the chemical and petroleum industry internationally respected manufacturers, and by a wide range of its own products. www.elaflex.de REEDLEY H OT PRO D U CT VALVE n January, Fort Vale held its annual apprenticeship awards. Presented by innovations director Andrew Bryce, internal awards were given for most progress, workplace performance and apprentice of the year. Certificates were also presented to those who completed their apprenticeship last year. This years’ competition was as strong as ever. The three judges commented that there were so many worthy winners it was difficult to pick just one. In two instances there were joint winners and there could have been even more. Fort Vale has been committed to the training and development of apprentices for over 50 years. The UK components maker currently employs 25 apprentices undertaking apprenticeships in CNC mechanical manufacture, welding and fabrication, mechatronics maintenance, tool making and business (administration, IT, HR, accounts). A further 78 current employees have also completed the apprenticeship programme, many of whom are currently in senior management positions. The award winners were: • 1st Year Apprentice of the Year 2019 – Keiron Tighe and Harry Wilkinson • The Simonstone Shield 2019 – Calum Kemp • The Robert Fort Memorial Trophy – Matt Kitson and Steven Birbeck • Apprentice Of The Year 2019 – Jack Thomas • Completed the apprenticeship programme – Jack Thomas, Jake Lorimer, Calum Kemp, Harry Clegg, Austin Moore, William Peel and Josh McCoskery Hygienic, easy tank access A “The operation of the Fort Vale Reedley Hot Product Valve was very smooth and consistent compared to some others we have used in the past. You can tell straight away that you are working with a quality piece of kit. It gives you an enormous sense of confidence knowing that it will not fail you when you need it and let’s face it, this is what every bitumen driver wants.” “The valve works well, it doesn't stick and it is very easy to turn. My drivers haven't had any problems with it.” John Springer DTI Hoyer Petrolog UK Ltd lfa Laval has launched tank covers that it claims are high- quality openings to provide easy and convenient visual inspection or entry to tank interiors. Aimed at the dairy, food, beverage, pharma and home-personal industries, Alfa Laval offers a complete range of 3-A approved inspection and personnel entry ports available with a variety of surface finishes and seal materials. The covers securely fit the openings of high, low or non-pressure tanks, both above and below the liquid level. For hygienic processes, there are two models from which to choose: The oval-shaped LKD stainless steel tank cover is used on tanks or containers in various hygienic industries. For inspection purposes the cover can then be turned into the tank. For personnel entry, the cover can either be removed at the double hinge or swung out of the tank. The seal is hygienically positioned and is not affected by positive or negative pressure in the tank. The circular LKDC stainless steel cover is used on top of tanks or containers. It is supplied with a unique replaceable, self-sealing double lip seal to prevent fluids from spraying out, for example, during CIP cleaning and similar processes. The small and mid-sized LKD and LKDC inspection ports and the larger personnel entry ports are now approved in compliance with the American 3-A Sanitary Standard and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Declaration of Conformity. 3.1 Material Certification in accordance with EN 10204 is supplied with the covers. The tank covers are available in AISI 304 or AISI 316L stainless steel with EPDM, NBR, FPM or Q (silicone) seal materials. Surface finishes include electro-polished, brushed and acid pickled, and vary from Ra 0.8 to Ra 0.4 to meet the exceptionally high-quality requirements of hygienic processes. www.alfalaval.com Gavin Badics Hoyer Petrolog UK Ltd For more information contact our Sales team on +441282 687120 or [email protected]. FORT VALE. FOLLOW THE LEADER. Visit us at www.fortvale.com Alfa Laval offers a complete range of 3=A approved inspection and personnel entry ports