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Innovative Piping System Solves Family Owned Business’s Production Dilemma


Project
Barlean’s Organic Oils, Chilled Water
Products Used
Blue Pipe®
Location / Date
Ferndale, WA
Fall 2010

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Weighs up to 75% less than comparably sized metal pipes, offering easier installation
  • Heat-fused connections and corrosion resistance eased concerns of system leakage and failure
  • The final system worked without leaks and came in on budget
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The Challenge

The new fish oil production facility required a piping system that could handle variable pressures and durability while offering no-hassle installation and maintenance.


The Solution

Blue Pipe was used due to its reliability and ease of installation – also because it offered a 10-year warranty.


As former commercial fishermen who decided to develop their own line of organic oils, the Barlean family was no stranger to innovation. A manufacturer of nutritional lipids products based in Ferndale, WA, family-owned Barlean’s Organic Oils LLC grew so rapidly, it soon needed its own fish oil production facility.

Building a manufacturing center of this type proved to be no small feat. While not a clean room, the facility needed to be extremely sterile to produce all-organic, non-genetically modified oils for customer consumption across the United States.

The new facility also required a precise air conditioning system as well as a superior chilled water piping system to control heat created during the oil production and gel capping processes. Additionally, the piping system had to be durable, resistant to pressure and stress cracking, and virtually leak-free.

Recognizing the importance of plumbing in an oil-production facility, Mike Fox of CPI Plumbing & Heating in Mount Vernon, WA, was determined to find the right piping system solution for the Barlean family’s business.