Newton Heath and Radcliffe, ManchesterMachinery: two 4m downflow booths, designed to contain dust, such as flour, over large areas of emissionWhy installed: to control flour and ingredient dust at the point of weighing in preparation for onward bakingHow it came about: after discussions with Flextraction, the company decided to invest in a 4m booth because it fitted into the size of the Newton Heath operationsWhat it does: Louvred grilles in the lower rear wall capture the airborne contaminants; the booth operates using continuous recirculation of the air within the booth, meaning no airborne contaminants can escape into the external environmentTech spec: 304 stainless steel downflow booths with an acoustically enclosed fan to minimise overall noise level operate on a re-circulatory airflow principle with a clean, evenly distributed down-flow of air at 0.5m/second. Extraction is via low-level primary roughing filters and secondary bag filters. This then provides down-flow via ceiling-mounted 99.95% filtration efficient HEPA (High Efficiency Particle Arrestor) filters, suppressing any dust downwards away from the operator’s breathing zone. Pressure indicating devices continually monitor the extraction performance, while automatically controlling the 2 x 2.2kW direct-driven, variable speed fans to maintain optimum operating conditionsProblems solved: dust emission checks found that the employees weighing up and tipping flour or ingredients into removable bowl mixers had the lowest emission levels of anywhere in the bakery, so Martins decided to invest in another booth for its Radcliffe operations with exactly the same results, says the firm Supplied by: Flextractionwww.flextraction.co.uk
TOWN OF VESTAL (WBNG) — The Broome County District Attorney’s Office stated Monday that a Vestal man pleaded guilty to burning the Home Central store. According to a news release, Richard Millard “did intentionally damage” the store, located at 199 Stage Road in the Town of Vestal. Millard pleaded guilty to second-degree arson. In July, Home Central began to rebuild and increase the size of both the warehouse and retail section of the store. The fire caused extensive damage to the warehouse, but the retail part of the store was mostly undamaged. On March 20, the Vestal Police Department arrested Millard for causing a fire to the warehouse. Police stated that Millard was an employee of Home Central at the time of the fire. A judge announced a sentencing date of November 10, 2020.