off-site production assembly

Sugar Refining, Composites Calendering
Thermal Oxidation, Aluminium Extrusion
BioEthanol Production,Salt Refining
Continuous Billet Casting
Non-thermal Operations
Oil Lake Crude Recovery
Effluent Processing

Process Concepts

The opening phase in contemplating a new manufacturing process, considers its objectives and the routes by which it may be fulfilled. While thermal engineering and design are our primary specializations, they are only ever the means to the end. Our clients generally have specific concepts and knowledge of the processes they contemplate, for which we then create the conditions necessary for their undertaking. Our approach may also be directed to designing-out traditional process stages dependent upon heat and pressure for their undertaking. For example, the salt recovery plant illustrated on our process vessels page replaces traditional multiple effect evaporation methods with essentially mechanical operations. In other instances, the type of equipment employed may differ according to scale of production. We replaced the conventional boiling pans served by the large shell condensers (“heaters”) that we designed for Tate & Lyles’ main refining operations, with much smaller vessels fitted with calandria – also of our design – to meet the company’s Special Sugars production requirements.

Practical Design

We are traditionally concerned with the processes necessary for effective and efficient conversion of feedstocks and work in progress, and with the handling & storage of finished goods. Dove Thermal has over 30 years’ experience of product innovation and process plant design programmes. Mathematical modelling, engineering design and scientific methods are combined in providing the most effective and appropriate bases on which to centre estimating, feasibility and engineering design stages, through to realisation and commissioning. We believe that the best process designs have least need for automated control devices, so that a well-bred system reacts organically to imposed loading. Efficient plant design is inherently elegant in the simplicity of its behaviour and construction. The satisfactory undertaking of a production stage or manufacturing process is reflected in the quality, throughput and operational economy of the end result.

International Teamwork

The photograph shows the trial erection of a pair of polymer deposition plants at a Manchester assembly facility. After pressure and temperature testing followed by process validation, the assemblies were stripped-down then shipped to Luxembourg - where they were installed and commissioned for a customer in Switzerland. For that project, we integrated our process plant design and construction activities with resident teams from the United States, Europe and the UK. Our thermal process plant design consult construct capabilites supplement client resources to assure successful completion of stand-alone or integrated corporate developments. Plant documentation includes O&M Manuals, As-Built drawings, 3d stress isometrics and other technical support services that might otherwise be a drag on completion times. See our Gallery Page for more results of Dove Thermal process plant design and teamwork.

Project Engineering

Our design-consult-construct activities span environmental, chemical and mechanical frameworks, ensuring innovation and support across the whole breadth of a project's make-up. They provide the most effective and appropriate bases on which to centre estimating, feasibility and engineering design stages, through to realisation and commissioning. Our on-site, hands-on management support ensures accurate placement of project-critical resources. Dove Thermal can plan, organise, source and manage your personnel & materials needs within a framework appropriate to your way of working. We can help move-along lagging programmes, and undertake all necessary on- and off-site operations for thermal process plant design, plant refurbishment, dismantling and relocation, start-up and shut-down, and decommissioning or recommissioning projects.

Custom Equipment

Dove Thermal Engineering has a strong background in the design of products, plant, processes and equipment, for which many had no paradigm and were originated from first principles either against a Needs Assessment or compiled Terms of Reference. Equally, we design and build custom autoclaves, special purpose chillers, dedicated process control equipment and other process-specific plant and machinery to satisfy client applications or to meet our own installation requirements. We aim always to maintain the “Consistent High Standards of Project Management and Design Capability” for which we received an award as the DTI’s long-term technical designers of thermally-related products, systems and plant design.

Process plant project examples:

Carbonization Plant for Villa Drinks
AdBlue production plant for Banner Chemicals
Gran House sugar refining plant for Tate & Lyle
Gas-fired Baking Tunnel Ovens for Spooner- Vicars
Transformer Oil Recovery Process for Grosvenor Oils
Cryogenic beverage production stage for Kraft Foods
Flat Bed Thermo-bonding plant for Millenium Mats Inc
Mineral milling and blending plant for Via Gellia Colours
Continuous casting process for British Alcan Aluminium
Offshore pipeline drying process for Chorley Engineering
Calendering services plant and equipment for IAC Group
Design-Consult-Construct projects for Northern Foods et al.

Dove Thermal Engineering Limited, Uttoxeter, ST14 8QX

Telephone: 01889 569933