Clipper Teas manufactures green, white and black tea, producing 7,000-8,000kg per day.
With handling and blending critical to the production of high-quality tea, Clipper are continuously looking for ways to enhance their product quality.
The company were initially using one loading system to transfer bags of raw material onto a bucket elevator. However, having only one loading system proved to be problematic as production was halted if the system required cleaning or maintenance. Furthermore, the reciprocating screen was difficult to dismantle and clean and the unit could not be visually inspected without dismantling.
The company decided to search for a new loading and screening systems that would enable ease of changing screens and the ability to visually monitor the tea as it is screened. It was decided that two systems would be purchased to ensure production would not be disrupted during maintenance.
Having worked with Russell Finex previously, tests were arranged on four different teas and it was determined that the Russell Compact 3in1 Sieve™ would be the most appropriate machine as it met both Clipper’s loading and screening requirements.
Two large 900mm diameter screeners were incorporated, due to the oversized nature of the bags being tipped into them. Designed for check screening ingredients through low-level bag emptying, the Russell Compact 3in1 Sieve™ is easy to assemble and disassemble and enables screens to be changed quickly and efficiently.