Case Study: Georgia Snack Company Improves Washdown Safety Procedures with STVM

For over 20 years, a Georgia snack company has struggled with a number of problems when using steam-heated water hoses during their facility cleaning and sanitizing processes. The biggest issue with these systems was that steam would bore out of the inner working components, creating a steam backdraft to release through the spray nozzle. These random bursts of steam and hot water became a huge safety risk for their associates. Their existing washdown stations also required 36 internal parts to be replaced which added time and a headache to their maintenance processes. To tackle these pain points, they knew it was time to upgrade and improve their washdown processes.

M. G. Newell Corporation, a distributor of ThermOmegaTech’s food and beverage channel partner, ACE Sanitary, presented the STVM® Steam and Water Washdown Station to the Safety Manager at the snack company. The STVM® Washdown Station utilizes a proprietary silent type Venturi mixing valve that combines steam and water for a constant stream at the operator’s set temperature. Safety being their number one concern, they were pleased to learn about the STVM® safety feature that is designed to reduce steam flow should temperature rise above the factory set point and automatically shuts off steam 15°F above that.

In addition to its automatic safety feature, the Safety Manager was very impressed with the ease of cleaning and switching out the cartridge. The STVM® system utilizes an interchangeable cartridge that can be easily replaced or cleaned out, while only using a wrench and a few minutes of time.

STVM Steam and Water Washdown Station

Highly impressed with the overall operation and features of the STVM® Washdown Station, this implementation will no undoubtedly solve their safety problems, as well as minimize downtime due to maintenance.

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ThermOmegaTech Featured in Railway Ages Discussion on Winter Preparedness

Railroad Project Manager, Dana Logue was featured in Railway Age’s Annual Winter Prep Report where she talks about the importance of winter preparedness for railroad operations.

Dana Logue, Product Manager, ThermOmegaTech – Which works with all of the class I’s as well as OEM’s and class II and III carriers – agrees, and adds that any hindrance could be catastrophic when looking at the big picture. 

“Railroads should start prepping before any sort of freeze weather, even it doesn’t seem like it might get that cold – the temperature can get down sooner than people anticipate,” she says. “But it really depends on where you are located. So many our more southern clients wouldn’t really have to worry about anything until November, but in Canada and maybe even in the Northeast, they might have to worry about that in October. So I would say late summer, early fall is probably the best time to start thinking about getting ready for the upcoming year.”

Changes in Weather, Industry

“Logue Says that ThermOmegaTech has been selling freeze protection products since the 1980’s. She adds that the most notable change she’s seen in winter preparedness has been the maintenance schedule. 

“Some of our customers are on a one-year maintenance schedule or some customers re every two years, so it kind of varies.” she says. “We’ve had some that change out our Guru Plug engine block freeze protection valve every four years. So it really kind of depends on the customer. We recommended changing out  out our valve annually, at the very least every two years.

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