Energy efficiency requirements and finance deadlines met for powder coatings specialists

Thermaset Ltd are manufacturers and suppliers of quality powder coatings, with bespoke colour matching and facilities holding a wide stock range.

Thermaset use compressed air for a range of applications, but some key appliances include paint spray guns, rotary vibrators and multiple cleaning purposes such as reverse jetting of filters in dust collector systems.


The Brief

The Staffordshire based customer first approached Direct Air in the need for a larger compressor for their increased air demand. Head of Maintenance at Thermaset, Karl Greatrex, specified that another requirement was for the equipment to be integrated with energy efficiency technology – specifically, inverter driven.

They were also open to further solution discussions that could benefit their set up, with a new service provider required to accommodate upcoming compressed air needs.


Our Solution

To fulfil the above requirements, Direct Air’s Senior Sales Engineer Richard Brown recommended a Champion FM30RS Variable Speed Air Compressor, alongside Beko RA370 Drypoint RA Refrigerant Dryer, Beko MO15 High Efficiency Inline Filter and a Beko MO15 General Purpose Inline Filter which Direct Air supplied and installed.

With Thermaset being a relatively new customer and having a small existing compressor house, Direct Air worked alongside them by providing dimensions and recommendations for them to create a suitable extended facility.

Following their initial requirements being met, the focus turned to supporting that all important energy efficient equipment, to ensure performance was maintained. A Gold service plan was proposed by Contracts Manager, Martyn Edwards, to provide their required higher-level response and the contract has been rolling ever since!

Alongside providing the new compressed air equipment, Direct Air also completed an upgrade on their former compressor house pipework, to adjust connection sizes and ensure the delivery system was performing to standard in line with the efficient machinery.

With minimal production downtime required, the installation jobs were completed during convenient periods to suit the customer. This included engineers completing it outside of normal working hours.

Karl Greatrex, Head of Maintenance at Thermaset commented:

“We had deadlines due to financial grants offered by the European Regional Development Fund, in association with sben (Staffordshire Business & Environment Network) and the LCBEP (Low Carbon Business Evolution Programme). We were applicable for the grant as long as energy efficiency measures were implemented, which Direct Air were prompt in helping us meet. We reached the deadline and were all happy with the work completed.”

“Months on and the product has worked without problems so far, the installation and servicing have also been trouble-free.”

Richard Brown, Senior Sales Engineer at Direct Air commented:

“Direct Air as a whole have a great rapport with this customer and Karl communicated their compressor capacity increase and energy efficiency requirements really clearly. This allowed us to effectively reach the financial deadline with them, as well as match them with the suitable service contract.”