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Air Pollution Engineering contributes to the Popularity of Royal Cup Coffee Company
If you've ever been to Chick-fil-A, Waffle House, IHOP, Cracker Barrel or the Ritz Carlton, chances are you have sipped the smooth coffees and cool teas of the Royal Cup Coffee company.
The Alabama-based coffee roaster first began its business over 100 years ago, when it first began selling coffee beans from a horse-drawn cart in Birmingham. Since then, the company has become a major importer, roaster and distributor of premium coffees and teas with flavorful cups served to clients in the food service, office and specialty coffee markets in the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean.
While the family-owned business has small town roots, the success of Royal Cup Coffee initiated the need for big-time production. As with any industrial endeavor, minimizing air pollution is a top priority--and with the passing of The Clean Air Act in 1972-- it is also a government standard.
Engineering to Reduce Air Pollution
CEE has several engineering systems in place at Royal Cup Coffee plants, primarily dealing with collection and destruction of VOC emissions from the coffee roasters. Coffee roaster emissions contain very high moisture and extreme variation in LEL levels ranging from 0% up to 25% in a matter of 6 minutes. So, consequently, both systems have hot-gas bypass valves and one of the units has a cyclone on the inlet to control particulate and collect water droplets. These systems contribute to VOC abatement, but also general air handling and heating and cooling methods.
Royal Cup Coffee: First U.S. Roaster to Use RTO Technology
Besides being the first to apply flameless Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) technology at a U.S. coffee roaster, the new technology reduced Royal Cup Coffee’s operating costs, said Russel Young, Royal Cup Coffee Operations Maintenance Manager.
Royal Cup Coffee’s Historical Ties to CEE
It wasn't the first time Young had chosen to implement CEE engineering solutions. Formerly he worked in the flexible packing industry, which had its own set of air pollution and ventilation control requirements.
Prior to Young joining Royal Cup in 2004, CEE supplied Young’s former employers with RTO and energy recovery systems controlling emissions from five press lines, and two major printing lines. During Young’s first encounter with CEE, they designed and supplied a system to control VOC emissions from three large press lines with heat recovery to 27 individual oven zones.
Cost Effective, Satisfying Air Pollution Solutions
Naturally, when Young came on board at Royal Cup Coffee he had Controlled Environment Equipment in mind for many of the plant’s air pollution control needs.
CEE’s engineering systems have reduced capital cost, offered effective maintenance and repair support, and provided Royal Cup Coffee with cutting-edge and cost-effective technology, said Young.
“I got exactly what I needed,” he said. “I had extensive input into the project designs, CEE always stood 100% behind what they sold. It has been a good experience.”
Contact our Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer engineers to learn how you can help save the environment.
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