Dairy Pipe Lines (DPL) has an unrivalled reputation for supplying our Diamond Valve Range, tube and fittings into the Cosmetics and Personal Care industries for many years, being one of the oldest established providers of processing equipment has given us many years of experience within this sector.
Having such a long standing relationship with the Cosmetics industry has enabled us to build effective business relationships with not only the large cosmetics manufacturers but also contracting engineers and installers that are key to any cosmetics production line.
These close knit relationships means that we have experience of the problems that can be encountered in taking the product from concept to market, and we are at the forefront of providing the solution.
Our valves and fittings are guaranteed to be corrosion resistant, the elastomers used are of ‘food grade’ and where possible the compression is controlled to prevent damage to the rubber or extrusion into the product zone, therefore eliminating any clean issues and cross contamination of product.
DPL customers expect Diamond Valves to be reliable, as gentle as possible on their product and to perform as specified. As the needs of the industry change over time, our customers look to us for support and we have positioned ourselves to assist fully in the growth and development of the industry. We have a real commitment to being the leading supplier of hygienic valves and fittings to the cosmetics sector.
We make available a wealth of technical information and we offer advice and support as a natural part of our after sales service, in doing so we have gained a reputation as a value-added partner renowned for working with customers to develop the right solutions.
OUR CUSTOMER’S THOUGHTS...
“DPL have been able to adapt to our stringent requirements in a timely and professional fashion. The quality of their work is of the highest standard. They are valued contributors to our development effort and I would very much recommend SFL for mission-critical applications.”
Mat Hery, Product Manager
Mat Hery, Product Manager
“Tell the lads they did an excellent job"
Steve Oates, Hosokawa
“We have not faced any issues at all whilst dealing with SFL and we very much appreciate the quick response & actions on our queries or orders.”
Jagadeesh Biradar, Millipore (India)
“Excellent service levels – many thanks”
Martin Wren, Buyer, Orbital Fabrications (DPL)
“You guys have done a fantastic job on the welding, we have had various people comment on the piece of equipment we are building with a components you guys have supplied and welded, it really does look the business!”
Jose Pena, R A Jones & Co.
“I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of SNF UK to thank Stainless Fittings for your continued and valuable support during a recent venture to redesign one of our existing units. The professionalism shown, along with the design input and quality in manufacturing allowed us to meet our required testing schedule. The success of this project will undoubtedly change the way we develop other units going forward.
In view of your performance we would certainly continue to use SFL on future projects and also for the supply of the systems that we developed together. We would recommend your services to others.
Once again we thank you for your efforts and look forward to working with you in the future”
Neil Hampshire, SNF
"Stainless Fittings are a supplier of quality to Loma Systems. They are always communicative and issues with them, which are rare, are always quickly and finitely resolved to our satisfaction.”
Loma Systems, an ITW Company
“We received your fabricated items this morning so just wanted to thank you for your prompt delivery, excellent workmen-ship / finish and your necessary assistance to achieve the end results”
Colin Samuels, Proposal Manager. Fluid Handling Solutions
“Thank you so much for all your help with today’s certificates, I just wanted to say that you have been most helpful with our recent procedural changes. Many thanks for all your efforts.”
Austen Roper, Inspection Dept. Orbital Fabrications
“Thank you for sending our certs through so promptly. As always, great service from DPL”
Petra Hall, Operations Manager, Biotechflow Ltd
“Great to find a company that says what it means, means what it says and delivers what it promises”
Claud Leonard, Apex Process Technology
“I want to really thank-you for your prompt help and understanding. I greatly appreciate the extra efforts, time and labour you are putting in for us.
I now know who to come to who understands our business and responds professionally and empathically. Thanks again”
Martin Hoffman, Managing Director, Biotechflow
“I would like to say a big thank you to Marcia Aislabie who has been a real treasure from start to finish when placing my order. I was unsure of what I required and she guided me through the lines you carry until we had reached what I required and then arranged an earlier delivery time because I explained it was urgent. She has been a credit to your company and if this is your level of customer care I would happily recommend your company to any of my colleagues and I will certainly be using your services again in the future.”
June Speller, Procurement Buyer, Martindale Pharma
Goods delivered, thanks for your excellent service.
Glyn, Sector Manager, Element.
“Thank you for your prompt efficient service”
Leigh, Freeze Drying Services.
SFL HELPS CREATE THE WORLD’S FIRST STAINLESS STEEL COOLANT
DISTRIBUTION UNIT FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE COOLING
A major manufacturer of data centre cooling units had received a request from one of its customers to supply its coolant distribution units (CDUs) with stainless steel pipework instead of the traditional brass or copper.
So began a four-year journey where SFL assisted its client in the design, manufacture and assembly of the world’s first stainless steel coolant distribution unit.
SFL’s initial input into the project was to help in the design of the stainless steel pipework that would be installed in the CDU. Working as an extension of its client’s engineering team, SFL helped create a series of 2D CAD drawings and 3D models.
One of the challenges SFL faced was how to fit the new pipework into the existing space, given that stainless steel isn’t as malleable as brass or copper. Through its meticulous and methodical approach, the team successfully arrived at the first version of the CDU pipework that fitted perfectly into the same footprint.
SFL’s next task was to manufacture the set of pipework for the prototype unit, ensuring the kit was manufactured to the highest possible standard. SFL then assisted in the assembly and successful fitting of the pipework into the initial unit.
The unit was then shipped off to a major trade exhibition in the USA to demonstrate the first stainless steel CDU for high performance computing and enterprise data centres. Following the initial blueprint of the prototype design, SFL helped its client fix a number of bugs and resolve a few issues in order to create the optimum design. Once everyone was happy with the final result, the team was then in a position to embark on full-scale manufacture.
HIGH QUALITY, HYGIENIC
Switching from brass to stainless steel offers a marked increase in quality and purity that had never been available in this market before. For example, stainless steel pipework in CDUs means improved performance, as the coolant fluid flows more efficiently through stainless steel pipes, compared to brass or copper. Another advantage is lower maintenance costs as the coolant fluid doesn’t need to be filtered or changed as frequently. A further benefit is that stainless steel is resistant to both corrosion and leaks.
AN EXTENSION OF THE CLIENT’S TEAM
After the unit was unveiled at the exhibition, orders flowed in from around the world and SFL was asked to manufacture 50 kits, destined for end customers located in Australia, Japan and the United States.
Andrew Sharp, Manufacturing Manager at SFL and part of the team who worked on the CDU project, said: “As well as becoming part of our client’s design engineering team, working on the design concepts, we also helped with the ongoing manufacture and assembly of the pipework units. We even became part of their purchasing department, buying the various components we needed in order to build our stainless steel kits. This puts us in a strong position to help other manufacturers of large data centre cooling systems who are looking to benefit from the advantages of stainless steel pipework in their units.”
Design acumen: measured approach, coupled with in-depth experience, when helping with the design stage of the project.
Prototype skill: ensured the first pipework kit was manufactured to the highest possible standard for the exhibition and was also fit for purpose.
Problem solvers and trouble shooters: worked alongside the client to help with all the changes required to make the unit operate at optimum efficiency and work rate.
Full scale manufacturing ability: set up a bespoke manufacturing cell to ensure manufacture of two kits each month, to supply market demand.
Dedicated account manager: daily one-to-one contact with the client, working across time zones, to provide a high level of personal service, ensuring all project issues were overcome and all deadlines met.
Industry knowledge: extensive understanding of HVAC/data centre cooling requirements and deadlines, to supply the growing market in hygienic stainless steel HVAC/data centre cooling systems.