Wilkin & Sons of Tiptree has been making jam, marmalade and other preserves for more than 130 years, producing much of its own fruit on 850 acres of Essex farmland.
The ‘Tiptree’ brand can be found in shops and cafes nationwide, is exported to 60 countries and has held a Royal warrant since 1911, meaning the company has lofty standards to maintain.
When an electric motor on one of Wilkin & Sons’ production lines failed, long-time supplier Gibbons Engineering Group was contacted to provide a replacement. The incumbent electric motor’s design created a requirement for inefficient and complex cleaning methods, largely due to the ingress of debris among cooling fins, beneath the rating plate and in the fan cover grating.
Without dismantling the motor, thorough cleaning of these areas is extremely difficult, while using hoses to wash down the equipment is not an option due to the likelihood of water damage.
Gibbons had a solution ready off the shelf, having recently launched its range of stainless steel electric motors designed specifically for washdown applications such as food and beverage production facilities.