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Grease - The Time, The Place, The Motion

Dublin Airport has resolved a cooking fat problem.

Dublin Airport has solved the problems and seen the light of grease from all its catering outlets clogging up the works and causing a maintenance headache.

The busy international airport serves the whole of Ireland - thus catering for a large number of passengers. In 2018, more than 31.5 million people passed through Dublin Airport's two terminals.

Unfortunately, the operations and maintenance teams had been experiencing major issues with the existing grease management system. The system supported the airport’s many eateries, preventing the fat, oil and grease (FOG) waste from entering (and clogging) the main drainage system.

The grease management solution which was in place at the time was an industrial-scale Grease Removal Unit (in effect a series of units) but it was very expensive to maintain and almost impossible to clean.

The maintenance team spent several hours each week checking the units over, washing them down and servicing them but their irregular structure and shape created many hard-to-reach areas, making a ‘deep clean’ all but impossible and causing lingering odours.

Added to which, issues with the units’ connection to the building management system meant that the operations team also had to make regular inspections.

The annual cost of all the maintenance and manual checks, including spare parts, labour charges, water bills and electricity, was estimated at more than 15,000 Euro.

 

Solution

Kingspan’s Service team were invited to visit the site, to audit the existing arrangements and to offer recommendations.  Following a detailed review, they advised replacing the existing system with Kingspan Smart Serv Grease units - an intelligent grease management system that efficient at capturing FOG before it passes into the drains. Its grease trap is capable of capturing 95% of all commercial kitchen grease waste.

Kingspan also claim It also requires very little maintenance - the system’s simple construction has no moving parts and gives ease of access for simple cleaning.

 

Sensors

The system can be linked to both building management systems and alarms and sensors within the traps send early alerts to staff when they are close to full.  The system features sealed units, thereby preventing any smells from escaping.

Since the Smart Serv Grease was put in, the reduction in maintenance and saving in labour costs, plus other the savings, has delivered an annual cost reduction to the Dublin Airport team of more than 12,500 Euro, a Kingspan spokesperson claimed.

Picture: Dublin Airport has resolved a cooking fat problem.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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