Manufacturing Efficiency and Safety Story: Rapid, On-demand Steam Enables Schooner Prints to Produce Globally-recognized Wall Coverings



Florida-based Schooner Prints has been a force in the wallcovering industry for over thirty years with clients in over fifty countries.

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Los Angeles, CA, USA | June 21, 2022 — When Schooner Prints, a 30-year leader in the wall coverings industry, decided to incorporate Rotogravure printing into their operations, they launched a search for a safe and efficient method to power their rotary presses and dry their ink substrates. As a dedicated green printing facility, utilizing only the finest, non-toxic, water-based ink systems – plant efficiency with minimal downtime was a primary consideration. Initially, they were looking at boilers for the job. Yet, after consulting a number of suppliers, the message was clear: they needed a steam generator, not a steam boiler. Enter Clayton Industries, recommended by their suppliers as the go-to for Dry Steam. 28 years later, it was time to expand their production capabilities. After a successful run with their initial installation of two Clayton 60 BHP steam generators, but with a larger number of orders coming in each week – the company could no longer rely on one of the 60 BHP generators to take over if the other went down. It was time to consult with Clayton for an efficient production expansion solution.

Florida-based Schooner Prints has been a force in the wallcovering industry for over thirty years with clients in over fifty countries. When Pat and Tim Bluett started the company, they knew they needed high quality dry steam to create their premium wall coverings. After asking suppliers for advice, Clayton Industries’ steam boilers / generators was recommended as the go-to for Dry Steam.

Will Brozowski, Clayton Senior Account Executive said, “The Schooner process entails running numerous custom batches during a shift. The Clayton Steam Generators can go from Hot Stand By (0 psi) to Full Steam Load 3,450 lbs/hr (100 psi) in 30 seconds. This represents significant time, and fuel savings.” Pat added, “That [consistent dry heat] is one of the reasons we’re one of the best wall covering producers in the world.”

Schooner’s maintenance and operations manager, Tim Bluett said, “In essence we run dry steam through what you’d think of as a radiator producing consistent heat. We need even, consistent, dry heat to dry our webs to make our wall coverings and the Clayton Steam Generators produce good quality dry steam”.

Will Brozowski added, “Schooner runs two shifts a day. When they leave at the end of the day, they shut the steam generators down. Every morning they can start cold and be ready to work in 10 minutes – significantly more efficient than a traditional [fire-tube] boiler that can take 60-90 minutes to start from cold.

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