Success Story: Marianna Beauty

The Background

Marianna Beauty is a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative hair and beauty products.

Jonathan, operation manager, is the point person to keep material moving through Marianna’s facility. This task is difficult due to the wide range of products manufactured and filled on his lines. His primary concern was finding a way to transfer product from holding tanks to fill stations quickly while keeping costs low.

The Problem

Before implementing Graco’s SaniForce 2.0 electrically operated double diaphragm (EODD) pumps, Marianna had two options for high viscosity product.

       1. Do not take the project. Marianna passed on opportunities for not being able to transfer products without overtime. Any overtime used reduces project profitability.

       2. Use employees to manually scoop and dig product out. This is not an ideal option with the risk of product contamination and worker injury.

To take on projects and avoid scooping Marianna installed a sinusoidal pump. This pump was not effective for the product’s viscosity. The sine pump did not have the suction to pull material out of the totes. On top of the performance issues the repair costs were too high. Three times the pump went down with each service costing $3,000 to $5,000. 

The Solution

Jonathan needed a solution to start earning new business and remain profitable. Marianna decided to test Graco's SaniForce 2.0 EODD. The EODD self-primes high viscosity material with the ability to stall under pressure and run dry. The SaniForce 2.0 EODD uses much less electricity than a comparable AODD on compressed air. Electric pumps provide a large amount of operational flexibility with no need for plant air runs.

Marianna uses a three stage process to pack product. Manufactured material begins in large holding tanks. Material is then pumped to wheeled 500 gallon totes through a valve at the bottom of the tote. Employees wheel totes to the filling stations, the pump transfers material up to the fill hopper, and finally packaging filled.

As this application was difficult it took time to determine a successful configuration. With the help of Graco's technical experts, Jonathan had the pump operating effectively. Compared to Air-operated diaphragm pumps the SaniForce EODD is more expensive. An increase in productivity, taking more business, and lower electrical costs provided Marianna a quick ROI. Jonathan said what  convinced him to buy the SaniForce EODD was Graco's try before you buy program. Try before you buy allows users to test out Graco pumps in their specific applications.

“The SaniForce EODD made the impossible, possible.” -Jonathan

The Results

This pump had a large impact on improving Marianna’s process. To complete a project could take upwards of 3 days. After implementing the SaniForce EODD it now takes 45 minutes. This had led to a large time reduction on the line and has cut most overtime needed. Instead of creating ad hoc processes for each new project, Marianna now standardizes how to transfer material through the facility. This has led to much lower operational costs and higher profitability. 

Jonathan recommends the SaniForce 2.0 EODD, “to improve your most difficult pumping problems.”

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