Brecon Hills, nr Swansea United Kingdom, November 2006, Danone, the worldwide manufacturer of food and beverage products, is using Parker Hannifin's innovative NitroSource nitrogen generation system to produce a consistent and controllable supply of nitrogen on-site.
The nitrogen supply is used as part of a transfer mechanism to provide an inert blanket. Perhaps most importantly, the use of the NitroSource system has enabled Danone to blanket water storage vessels in order to prevent bug growth and hazardous chemicals for fire prevention
Danone is the leader in the beverage industry with worldwide brands such as Volvic and Evian along with UK brands including Green Valley as well as a new range of flavored beverages under the brand of Shape aimed at reinforcing the healthy lifestyle ethos which Danone promotes. The Brecon Hills manufacturing facility processes 18, 000 bottles per hour through the plant, with a six man team operating the machinery per shift.
The NitroSource system is based on Parker Hannifin's hollow fibre membrane technology, which separates air into nitrogen and an oxygen-enriched air stream. The system comprises a main unit that can be expanded with the addition of a further five subunits and, thanks to a master/slave feature, up to 11 main units and their associated subunits can be combined and controlled as if they were one.