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Pumping Soap, Not Bubbles

Maximizing soap and detergents manufacturing processes with the proper pump

| Author / Editor: Tom Stone / Dr. Jörg Kempf

The soap and detergents industry is experiencing significant growth in new products. To keep up with demand, manufacturers must use the best possible equipment — such as product transfer pumps. (Pictures: Blackmer)
The soap and detergents industry is experiencing significant growth in new products. To keep up with demand, manufacturers must use the best possible equipment — such as product transfer pumps. (Pictures: Blackmer)

Modern soap manufacturers process a variety of hundreds of ingredients to different products — a challenging task for the process developer, especially when it comes to laying out pipes and pumps. Read how modern sliding vane pumps meet the challenge offer a clean advantage for soap and detergents manufacturers.

The evolution of soap and detergents has come a long way since the days when fats, oils and ashes were used as cleaning products and when “washing” clothes meant taking them down to the river and beating them against a rock: The first quantum leap in soap and detergents development came almost a century ago when shortages of fats during World War I sparked the invention of synthetic detergents. That led to full-scale soap and detergent production in the post-war years and the creation of the first “built” detergents — those that contain surfactants and builder combinations — in the years immediately following World War II.

Soaps and Detergents: A Market in Movement

Those periods of innovation helped create and mold the worldwide soap and detergents market of today, a market of diverse products such as fabric softeners, automatic dishwasher detergents, shampoos and oven cleaners. Still, the soap and detergents industry continues to evolve, with newer products such as liquid soaps and body washes becoming more popular than traditional bar soaps, while a growing variety of scents have almost completely replaced the traditional pine or institutional ammonia smells.

All for the Benefit of the Customer

One area where soap and detergents products have really aided the consumer is in convenience, exemplified by the increasing availability and use of disposable “wipes” for a number of cleaning purposes. Once intended solely for use as cleansing sheets for babies, the universe of the cleaning wipe has grown to include those that can be used to dust, wash, disinfect or sanitize any number of different surfaces, all from a convenient plastic tub. For example, a recent survey conducted by the Soap and Detergents Association revealed that 71% of consumers in the United States purchase cleaning wipes, 77% keep cleaning wipes in at least two rooms of their house and 35% use some form of cleaning wipe on a daily basis...

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