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HRS expands footprint in the soft drinks industry – Receives sizeable order from A.G. Barr p.l.c.

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HRS expands footprint in the soft drinks industry – Receives sizeable order from A.G. Barr p.l.c.

June 18
08:49 2012
HRS Heat Exchangers Limited, a leading heat transfer specialist for the process industry, has recently sold equipment to UK’s largest independent soft drink maker A. G. Barr p.l.c. The heat exchangers are cooling carbonated drinks prior to bottling. 
A .G. Barr p.l.c. has been in the business of making and selling soft drinks for over 130 years. The company now produces a large range of soft drinks including IRN-BRU, Barr, Rubicon, KA and Rockstar energy drink  (under a manufacturing and distribution agreement with brand owners Rockstar Inc USA). The company employs over 900 people across 11 sites in the UK. A.G. Barr p.l.c. is a national business with strong roots in Scotland and the north of England but with a growing consumer and customer base throughout the UK and further afield.
HRS Heat Exchangers has sold three units of the MI55 series to A. G. Barr p.l.c. The MI series heat exchanger is ideally suited for food applications involving fluids of low to intermediate viscosities. Corrugated tubes are used to increase heat transfer rates which makes the MI series much more efficient than normal smooth tube heat exchangers. The carbonated drinks flow through the interior tubes to bring the temperature down. Corrugated tubes create extra turbulence, which translates into a significant increase in heat transfer compared to smooth tube heat exchangers.
The new MI55 heat exchangers have been vertically mounted to fit into a relatively small plant footprint left free by the removal of existing plate heat exchangers, this was possible as HRS corrugated tube shell and tube heat exchangers offer a small footprint and occupy less space than conventional smooth tube heat exchangers. A.G. Barr p.l.c. wanted the pressure drop to be maintained to a very low level in order to use the existing pumps, and this was taken into consideration during the design phase. This additionally saves pumping power and cost.
“The equipment from HRS Heat Exchangers has helped enhance the efficiency of our plant and we look forward to a long-term association with them”, said Paul Lambert, Process Improvement Manager, A.G. Barr p.l.c.
“We are very pleased with our partnership with A.G. Barr p.l.c. Turbulence is the main factor in a heat exchanger for the thermal transfer to take place. The hygienic design makes the MI series especially suited for the soft drinks industry. HRS has designed different geometries to increase thermal efficiency in tubular heat exchangers using our unique corrugate tube profile”, said Priya Murray, Technical Manager, HRS Heat Exchangers Limited. 
About HRS Heat Exchangers Limited
HRS Heat Exchangers Limited (part of the HRS Group) is a leading international heat transfer specialist offering innovative solutions to the processing industry. 
Headquartered in the UK, HRS Heat Exchangers operates at the forefront of processing technology and for over 30 years has designed, manufactured and sold heat exchangers and heat transfer technology to many different industries. 
HRS products and system solutions have been used in such sectors as HVAC, Food, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Water supply, Energy Recovery, Waste to energy and Environmental protection. All HRS products are manufactured to ISO 9001 and comply with the European PED, and are also certified to the ASME “U” stamp standard.
HRS Heat Exchangers Ltd offers a wide range of heat exchangers and associated products including corrugated tube shell and tube, scraped surface and plate heat exchangers, together with a hygienic piston pump and packages such as Pasteurisers, CIP and Food processing systems. HRS also manufactures a patented self-cleaning scraped surface evaporator system for solids concentration.
HRS has offices in Spain, Germany, USA, Peru, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and India as well as manufacturing and assembly plants in the UK, India, Dubai and Spain. 
To learn more about HRS Heat Exchangers, please visit www.hrs-heatexchangers.com 
For media queries, please contact
Michael Adkins, HRS Heat Exchangers Ltd
T: +44 1923 336 312

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