The superior hygiene benefits to be released by Cobra Watertech’s electronic Cobratron range of taps and mixers made it the natural choice in the recent revamp of three Tiger Brands factories in Durban.
The project involved overhauling the factories’ washbays – the station where staff sanitise their hands before entering the food processing plant. The challenge was to identify a range of taps and mixers that would not only allow staff to wash their hands without touching anything in the process, but that could also be cost-effectively retrofitted to the existing washbay infrastructure.
“We took both these considerations on board, in particular the fact that Tiger Brands wanted an affordable solution that wouldn’t involve having to alter the existing infrastructure in any way. The electronic Wave Sensor Unit from our Cobratron range was subsequently identified as the one that best met all the requirements,” explains Cobra’s Tandi-Lee Salvado.
The Wave Sensor Unit (EL-3015-WAVE) is a relatively new stop tap to be introduced to the Cobratron range. It comprises a concealed electronic stop tap that’s electronically activated via a motion sensor. Using the Cobra remote control, plumbers can adjust the sensor to detect motion from between 10cm to 15cm away.
Selvyn Naicker, Tiger Brands production manager, says in addition to this feature, the affordability of the product was a major draw card. “We chose these Cobra taps because they are well priced and the products and parts are always readily available for use,” he explains.
One washbay was revamped initially as part of a trial exercise, with the assistance of Technical Representative, Francois Venter and, following the positive outcome, all washbays at the three factories will now be overhauled. Around 20 new units will be fitted every month, with the entire process taking approximately 12 months to complete. The estimated value of the project to Cobra is R300 000.