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April/May issue of Filtration+Separation

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:30:00 GMT

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April/May issue of Filtration+Separation

Among the solutions we present to today’s challenges in the upcoming issuing of Filtration+Separation are:

  • How hybrid meshes can reduce to costs of raw materials
  • Where can high-efficiency decanter technology increase fruit juice yield?
  • Which smart technologies can help make ‘unusable’ land produce 130 tonnes of vegetables?
  • How can design of experiments improve RO membrane performance?
  • Why can a liquid based treatment be an answer to biofilm build-up?
  • What advantages of packaged treatment plants offer?
  • How can a flotation circuit aid the recovery of valuable metals from tailings?

Plus industry and technology news, event listing and research abstracts.




GEA introduces CMAG flow meter for sensitive processes

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:20:00 GMT

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The CMAG flow meter with integrated digital display.

GEA has developed the CMAG™ magnetic inductive flow meter for automated production plants in the food, pharmaceutical and biotech and other industries.

An easy-to-install version of the IZMAG™ flow meter, the CMAG is designed to deliver highly accurate and reliable measurement data, helping customers improve dosing and recipe control, minimize risks and optimize resource utilization. 

It has a hygienic stainless steel design and aseptic flange, making it suitable for sensitive processes in the processing of beverages, liquid foods and milk, as well as liquid pharmaceutical, chemical and agrochemical products, personal care products, process, waste and sea water, concentrated salt solutions and aqueous urea solutions. A small footprint enables more flexible positioning within the plant. Installation and commissioning do not involve a significant expenditure of time and money. In addition, GEA reports that the flow meter is extremely energy efficient and can easily be connected via an M12 plug.

The CMAG is also available with an illuminated display.

 




De.mem sees a positive year ahead following a strong 2017

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT

This article was first published in the March 2018 issue of Membrane Technology newsletter.Singaporean-Australian decentralised water and wastewater treatment company De.mem Ltd ended 2017 in a strong position by winning additional contracts in Australia and is anticipating another successful year in 2018. The contracts, worth approximately $A800 000, were awarded to the company’s wholly owned subsidiary Akwa-Worx Pty Ltd, based in Caboolture, Queensland. De.mem officially expanded into Australia after acquiring Akwa-Worx in September 2017. ‘We have been very pleased to see the momentum in our projects business,’ commented Andreas Kroell, CEO, De.mem. Amongst the customers for the most recent contracts awarded to De.mem is Ausco Modular Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s largest construction companies using modular technology. The scope of work for this project includes the delivery of equipment, primarily storage tanks that are containerised and mobile systems for potable water or sewage. Kroell believes that this momentum will carry over into 2018. He said: ‘The outlook for 2018 is good. Along with these consistent wins we are continuing to develop the technology side of our business, which includes our innovative nanofilter membranes.’ De.mem says that it is hoping that the contracts it has recently won in Australia’s mining and construction industries will help it to pursue similar opportunities that it is exploring in China. Kroell continued: ‘We signed an agreement with Virtual Curtain China Ltd (VCCL) in November. It enables De.mem to jointly pursue imminent market opportunities in the Chinese nuclear, mining and minerals, and coal-to-chemical sectors. Our recent work in Queensland and technology portfolio is complementary to opportunities in China.’ With an estimated market size of A$20 billion, China is the world’s largest producer of wastewater, generating approximately 68 billion tonnes a year. In 2015, the Chinese government implemented the “Water Ten Plan” – a series of measures that focus on controlling pollution, promoting water treatment science and technology, enforcing laws and regulations, and improving overall water quality. ‘De.mem is currently exploring ways of commercialising its nano-filter membrane for use in China,’ said Kroell. ‘We see plenty of opportunities for our company at the moment, but China is something we will continue to work on this year. There is clearly a huge potential market there for us.’ Since June 2016 De.mem has held an exclusive worldwide licence from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) for the use of its breakthrough nano-filter membrane technology. The low-pressure hollow-fibre nanofiltration membrane can reduce energy consumption by up to 80%, compared with conventional water treatment processes, making it more efficient and cost-effective, says the firm. It also set up a new factory specifically for the production of the nano-filter membrane and membrane modules in July 2017. Both NTU and the factory are located in Singapore. In October, the company started the first pilot-scale water treatment plants, in which the new membrane is used, in Singapore and Vietnam. ‘We were pleased to set up membrane production so soon after listing on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX),’ said Kroell. ‘Along with our expansion into Australia, it was one of our major milestones for 2017. It was an excellent year for the company and we are looking forward to what 2018 will bring.’ For further information, visit: http://demembranes.com & http://akwaworx.com [...]



Video: Why do I need a biocide in hydraulic fracturing operations?

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:15:00 GMT

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A new video from Dow Microbial Control looks at the negative impact microbes can have on oil and gas operations.

The video, Why do I need a biocide in hydraulic fracturing operations?, explains how biocides can help protect valuable assets from the harmful effects of bugs often found in the water-saturated environment of hydraulic fracturing.  




Lanxess Liquid Purification Technologies exhibits at IFAT 2018

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:00:00 GMT

A Lewabrane product is checked in an element tester at the Lanxess site in Bitterfeld, Germany.Lanxess' Liquid Purification Technologies  (LPT) business will present its ion exchange resins and reverse osmosis membrane elements at IFAT in Munich on 14-18 May. Lanxess LPT believes efficient processing and recycling methods will be essential in order to meet the demand for water in the future. Dr Jens Lipnizki, head of Technical Marketing Membrane at LPT, will discuss an example of efficient wastewater treatment resulting in the almost complete avoidance of wastewater at an Indian textile dyeing factory as part of a presentation at a joint event by the German Water Partnership (GWP) and the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) on 15 May. His presentation, Successful water management in India – challenges and opportunities, illustrates how practical, sustainable solutions can be developed based on expertise and experience.  Lanxess IPT reports that numerous examples from the municipal and industrial sectors show how ion exchange resins (IX) and reverse osmosis (RO) membranes complement one another to achieve optimal results in water treatment. Ion exchange resins can be installed in front of an RO unit to remove organic impurities through adsorption, which would otherwise enable fouling on the membranes. Previous partial softening of the feed water with weak acidic ion exchange resin can also reduce both scaling on the membrane elements and the salt content of the feed with practically stoichiometric application of the regeneration agent. This enables more efficient operation of the RO plant. This procedure is recommended for highly carbonated, industrial process water. Ion exchange resins can selectively remove heavy metal cations or complex anions during the water purification process. At IFAT, Lanxess LPT will present Lewatit TP106, which binds oxyanions such as perchlorate, chlorate, bromate, and nitrate with high selectivity. It complements a series of ion exchange resins, including Lewatit TP 107 and Lewatit TP 207. The former, a strong basic, macroporous resin based on an interlaced polyacrylate, enables the efficient removal of various types of polyatomic oxyanions. It is notable for its high capacity for chromate, as well as vanadate and molybdate, during the treatment of drinking water. Similar to Lewatit TP 106, it is certified according to NSF/ANSI standard 61.  The weak acidic, monodisperse chelating resin Lewatit TP 207 exhibits high selectivity for bivalent heavy-metal ions in a neutral solution. It can be used to selectively remove copper ions, as well as lead, nickel, or zinc, for example, even in the presence of complexing amines, polyvalent carboxylic acids, or phosphates. With its Bayoxide product line, LPT also offers iron oxide adsorbents specially developed for the separation of arsenate and phosphate.  The gel-like, strong basic Lewatit S 5128 will also be presented at IFAT. This acrylate-divinylbenzene-copolymer enables highly effective adsorption and desorption of naturally occurring organic substances and is approved for use in food applications.  Membrane elements from the Lewabrane RO ULP (Reverse Osmosis – Ultra-Low Pressure) series are Lanxess' new standard with regards to energy efficiency. They are designed for a test pressure of just 7.6 bar. Compared with standard elements, a 40% reduction in operating pressure is therefore sufficient and energy and operating costs are reduced accordingly. The ULP membrane has the highest surface hydrophilicity of all Lewabrane types, Lanxess reports. A thin, protective water film on the surface of the membrane prevents the adsorption of organic substances, or organic fouling. The ASD feed spacers used in the elements, which create more space for the flowing water between the me[...]



Pall Biotech wins bioprocessing innovator award

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:30:00 GMT

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The Cadence BioSMB chromatography system.

Pall Biotech's Cadence BioSMB Process system has won a 2017 Aspen Award for the Advancement of Downstream Bioprocessing.

The annual Aspen Awards celebrate products making the greatest contributions to the advancement of upstream and downstream bioprocessing.

Pall reports that the Cadence BioSMB Process chromatography system can be operated in semi- or fully continuous mode to deliver higher throughput efficiency and optimized media utilization compared with traditional batch or other chromatographic approaches. Two flow range variants aimed at perfusion (Cadence BioSMB Process 80 system) and batch (Cadence BioSMB Process 350 system) bioreactor-based processes are available. In both cases, the single-use eight-column architecture enables highly flexible flow configurations through the single-use valve cassette. Additionally, the platform is said to be easy to transition to from existing batch processes with no changes in media or assays and is fully scalable from process development to commercial manufacture.

“We are honored to be recognized by our industry colleagues for downstream innovation excellence and view this as another signal that our Cadence BioSMB platform is a game-changing product in the industry," says Mario Philips, VP & General Manager of Pall Biotech. "The Cadence BioSMB platform is designed to enhance manufacturing operations and enable users to make a positive impact on global health.”

 




Evoqua and Giotto sign Memcor distribution agreement

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:45:00 GMT

Evoqua Water Technologies Ltd and Giotto Water Srl have entered into an exclusive agreement covering the distribution of Evoqua’s Memcor® product range in Europe.

Under the agreement, Giotto will have exclusive rights to market and sell Memcor ultrafiltration and membrane bioreactor (MBR) products in select territories throughout Europe.

“We are delighted to enter into this agreement with Giotto for our Memcor product range,” said Ben Soucy, VP/general manager of Evoqua’s Memcor division. “As a global leader, Memcor has a rich history and strong installed base, especially our MBR offerings throughout Italy. We are excited to leverage the additional local reach and expertise of Giotto within Italy and other European markets we are not currently serving.”

Evoqua has more than 20 MBR installations operating in Italy, including one of the largest in Europe at Santa Giustina in Rimini, treating an average daily flow of 76 million litres.

“With this agreement, Giotto Water completes its products portfolio as a technology partner,” said Enzo Bina, managing director of Giotto Water Srl. “For Giotto Water this agreement is very important, as it allows us to combine our traditional equipment offering with one of the more strategic technologies in the Italian and European markets. The industry leading position of the Memcor membranes, coupled with the proven global references in municipal and industrial applications, will give us the possibility to provide a complete and state-of-the-art, full-service solution to our customers.”

In a separate transaction, Evoqua has sold all the remaining operations of its former Italy business, including customer contracts, to Giotto.




Nanostone Water appoints new chief commercial officer

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:45:00 GMT

Imran Jaferey has joined ceramic ultrafiltration membrane manufacturer Nanostone Water as chief commercial officer.

In his new role at Nanostone Water, Jaferey will oversee the company’s global market-facing activities, including marketing, market strategy development, product management, application engineering, sales and government affairs.

Jaferey has a strong background in membrane technologies, including more than 15 years with Koch Membranes. During his career, Jaferey has served in a variety of positions in consulting, project management and business development. Most recently, he was vice president of global sales at Headworks International.

“Imran’s experience in our industry and his strong leadership skills will make a great impact at Nanostone Water. We look forward to the fresh perspective he brings as well as his ability to strengthen our leadership in the industry,” said John Ritter, chief operating officer for Nanostone.

Jaferey holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Christian Brothers University and an MBA from the University of Memphis.




De.mem helps establish new initiative that aims to promote research and collaboration in the membrane industry

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 18:00:00 GMT

This article was first published in the March 2018 issue of Membrane Technology newsletter.Water and wastewater treatment company De.mem is participating in an initiative by the Singapore government that aims to promote the research, collaboration and commercialisation of innovative membrane products and technologies. It also stands to greatly benefit the company. The Singapore government’s National Research Foundation (NRF) recently announced a new strategic initiative called the Singapore National Membrane Consortium (SG-MEM). To achieve its objectives the SG-MEM will connect expertise in Singaporean research institutes with companies that can use cutting-edge research in membrane technology to meet industry needs. Under the SG-MEM, research centres, such as the Singapore Membrane Technology Centre at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Membrane Science and Technology Consortium (MSTC) at the National University of Singapore (NUS), will be connected to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) such as De.mem. De.mem says that it is ideally placed to benefit from the SG-MEM as it is one of the 15 founding members. Amongst those, De.mem is one of very few companies that has the capability to manufacture membranes in-house. It also has a successful track record in technology transfer for low-pressure hollow-fibre nanofiltration (NF) membrane technology, which the company exclusively licensed from NTU in 2016 (see the feature article entitled ‘Energy-saving filter for wastewater treatment combines UF and RO’, Membrane Technology December 2016, page 7). Compared with other, conventional, water treatment technologies this membrane reduces operating costs and capital expenditure, says the firm. De.mem completed the set-up of a new factory for the production of this membrane, as well as other types of hollow fiber membranes, in July 2017 (see Membrane Technology September 2017, page 5). The company intends to expand its proprietary technology portfolio around further innovative membrane technologies in the coming months. Andreas Kroell, CEO, De.mem, commented: ‘The new SG-MEM initiative provides an excellent platform for us to further benefit from the outstanding capabilities of the Singapore research institutions, such as the SMTC/NTU, which we have partnered with in the past.’ ‘The platform will help us to further expand our product portfolio and accelerate product development and commercialisation efforts. Based on our existing manufacturing facility for membranes and our position in the market with strong customer relationships and growing revenues, these research institutions also stand to benefit from their partnership with De.mem.’ Kroell concluded: ‘I believe De.mem can provide an excellent opportunity for researchers to commercialise their inventions.’ George Loh, NRF Director (Programmes), added: ‘Singapore has built up a strong reputation as a leader in membrane technologies for water treatment. However, larger water companies are more likely to benefit from advancements in membrane technology due to heavy outlay in research and innovation activities.’ ‘The new membrane consortium will provide smaller companies, such as our SMEs, with access to membrane technologies for diverse application beyond water – to include the food and beverages, fragrance and med-tech sectors. This will help our SMEs build stronger capabilities to adopt the latest innovation for new growth opportunities.’ For more information, visit: http://demembranes.com, www.ntu.edu.sg/SMTC, www.eng.nus.edu.sg/mstc/index.html & www.nrf.gov.sg [...]



PureWater Colorado demonstration project uses Xylem technology

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 15:30:00 GMT

Xylem Inc is providing water technology solutions to the PureWater Colorado Demonstration Project, which aims to demonstrate direct potable reuse (DPR) as a safe, reliable and sustainable drinking water source.

A range of Xylem’s solutions including a Wedeco MiPRO advanced oxidation process (AOP) pilot system and a Leopold granulated activated carbon (GAC) filter pilot will be used in the project which features a unique treatment train that avoids the use of reverse-osmosis (RO) membranes.

Denver Water has partnered with Carollo Engineers, WateReuse Colorado (WRCO) and Xylem on the project which is located at the Denver Water Recycling Plant and will run during April this year. Some of the water produced will be used to brew beer to raise awareness among the general public about this water purification process.

Water reuse is part of Colorado’s Water Plan to reduce the amount of water diverted from rivers and streams, creating a sustainable, efficient way to extend the state’s water supplies.

“We are very excited to be part of this forward-looking, important project that aims to promote a sustainable, reliable and safe drinking water treatment process,” said Steve Green, business development manager, Xylem. “It is crucial that we implement sustainable solutions, like water reuse, to meet future water needs. We hope that this demonstration will help to raise awareness and understanding among the local population and community leaders about how DPR can help to provide for their water needs now and in the future.”

Last year Xylem signed a multi-year commitment (2017–2019) to support Water Environment Research Foundation (WE&RF) research into water reuse, building on a previous three-year research partnership. Internationally, Xylem works together with the IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and the Singapore Public Utilities Board (PUB) to progress water reuse.




Hollingsworth & Vose to raise prices on North American products

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:30:00 GMT

Hollingsworth & Vose Co has announced price increases for all of its products made in North America.

The materials manufacturer blamed continued escalation in raw materials prices and sharp increases in transportation costs.

The new prices and surcharges will be effective with shipments starting 28 May 2018.

Massachusetts, USA-headquartered Hollingsworth & Vose supplies advanced materials for filtration, battery separator and industrial applications. The company has manufacturing sites and research centres in the Americas, Asia, Europe and India.




Canadian mine selects Saltworks ZLD technology

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:45:00 GMT

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Saltworks Technologies is providing two full-scale saline water treatment systems for a precious metals mine in the Canadian North.

The zero liquid discharge (ZLD) plants will desalinate mine shaft water.

After a year-long pilot and competitive selection process, the client chose Saltworks’ SaltMaker Evaporator Crystallizer and supporting process plant. Saltworks says that pilot results demonstrated that the treated water met stringent arctic discharge requirements, including aquatic life tests, while producing zero liquid discharge salts. Some of the salts may be reused inside the mine shaft for de-icing.

Saltworks will deliver the modular plants on a rapid schedule as a series of ISO shipping container blocks. The multi-effect evaporator crystallizer process can be driven by waste heat due to its energy efficient design, and has built-in intelligent controls for self-cleaning and automated operation.

“Contributing to an important mining development is a great way to start 2018. Many modern innovations rely on mined precious metals – cell phones, electric cars, computers. Zero liquid discharge represents the future of mine water management, and we are thrilled to be a part of it,” said Saltworks CEO Ben Sparrow.




Thermo Fisher Scientific showcases UHPLC systems at Analytica 2018

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:40:00 GMT

Thermo Fisher Scientific will launch its next generation of ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) systems at Analytica 2018. Developed in response to the analytical complexity of new and emerging pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals, the Vanquish Duo UHPLC systems are designed to maximize throughput and return on investment (ROI). 

"The increasing demand being placed on the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry to deliver safe and effective medicines that meet regulatory standards is presenting a unique set of analytical challenges," says Fabrizio Moltoni, vice president and general manager, HPLC, chromatography and mass spectrometry, Thermo Fisher Scientific. "The Vanquish Duo UHPLC systems provide a high-throughput and robust solution required to enable full characterization of small and large molecules in a manner that creates confidence and quality, while helping to protect customers’ investment."

Each system in the Vanquish Duo UHPLC family tackles different analytical challenges. The Vanquish Duo for Dual LC system runs two applications in parallel on a single instrument – whether used for identical analysis to double throughput or for different analysis for deeper sample knowledge. The system can increase capacity and performance without sacrificing bench space. The Vanquish Duo for Tandem LC or LC-MS system is designed to provide maximum sample throughput and positive ROI by eliminating column reconditioning to maximize detector/mass spectrometer utilization. The system splits the analysis between two pumps, delivering a configuration that allows two identical columns to be run sequentially. One pump delivers the analytical gradient while the second pump delivers the recondition gradient intended to provide faster analysis without compromising data quality. The Vanquish Duo for Inverse Gradient enhances detection for Thermo Fisher’s charged aerosol detection (CAD) technology. The inverse gradient is formulated to provide a uniform CAD response under gradient elution conditions – allowing users to reliably quantify the compounds in a sample without bias.

The analytical power of the Vanquish Duo UHPLC systems is maximized through integration with Thermo Scientific Chromeleon Chromatography Data System (CDS) software.

 

 




Microdyn-Nadir to unveil BIO-CEL L module at IFAT 2018

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:30:00 GMT

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The BIO-CEL L module.

According to Microdyn-Nadir, its BIO-CEL® MBR wastewater treatment systems can reduce plant size by up to 50%. The new Microdyn BIO-CEL L module offers 360-degree access, making the membrane system easier to clean and maintain. This design means the module will have longer lasting life and performance that won’t diminish over time, the company says. 

Water treatment expert OVIVO uses BIO-CEL modules in its OVIVO® MBR systems. Dennis Livingston, Director of MBR Systems for OVIVO, reports that the new open-side BIO-CEL module can be serviced easily in the event of system upsets, screen bypass or similar types of events that can happen at MBR facilities.

"Even in the worst-case situation, the BIO-CEL can be quickly recovered in-situ (in the tank) whereas competing technologies must be taken out and physically cleaned in a labor intensive, sometimes dangerous process,” he says.

“BIO-CEL combines the best elements of flat-plate technology and hollow fiber designs in terms of efficiency and robustness," he adds. "At one of our most recent flat-plate upgrades, the customer has reported a 50% decrease in energy bills and that kind of result speaks for itself.” 

ENVI-PUR, an environmental engineering company that designs and builds water and wastewater plants, also employs the Microdyn-Nadir technology.  

“As a manufacturing expert for flexible wastewater treatment solutions, we want to provide our customers’ MBR systems with the best possible reliability,” says Daniel Vilím, Head of Technology at ENVI-PUR. “With its open design, the new BIO-CEL L will have the best cleaning capabilities. This will mean minimal maintenance effort and downtime for our customers.”

BIO-CEL MBR is produced in Wiesbaden, Germany, as well as in Microdyn-Nadir's new facility in Austin, Texas, set to open in May.

 

 

 




GKD presents dewatering solutions at IFAT 2018

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:00:00 GMT

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GKD's new spiral belt combines the benefits of a seamless dewatering belt with the transverse stability of a woven belt. (Picture © GKD.)

GKD will showcase its process belt solutions for sewage sludge dewatering and drying, as well as new fine and superfine mesh for water filtration, at IFAT 2018 in Munich on 14-18 May. The company will also present its spiral belt solutions for sludge dewatering applications.

The spiral belts for pre-dewatering and belt presses will be on show for the first time at the IFAT fair. With this belt type, the company now offers a solution for applications with complicated sludges, such as those typically encountered in the paper industry. The seamless belt is said to guarantee efficient dewatering when processing fibrous sludges, as its design compensates for screen warpage. A specific post-treatment significantly reduces elongation of the belts in the process and – unlike conventional belts – eliminates the need of having to repeatedly re-adjust the belt tension during fitting.

GKD has also fitted its established filter belt type 1003 with an integrated wear indicator. A contrasting-colored core in the polyester rmonofilament acts as an indicator of mechanical abrasion. This allows customers to detect early on any incorrect adjustments in the system environment after the belt has been fitted, which in turn causes wear to the belt. The wear indicator also guarantees a high degree of planning reliability in day-to-day operations, as the degree of process-based wear is displayed. This helps prevent belt damage, avoid unplanned downtimes resulting in expensive production losses and plan belt changes effectively. 

The company will also show its dryer belts for high- and low-temperature applications. Measuring up to 8 m wide and 200 m long, the shrink-resistant belts are said to guarantee both cost-saving and environmentally friendly sewage sludge drying. The belts offer excellent dimensional stability and are suitable for temperatures up to 150°C in high-temperature dryers or up to 110°C in low-temperature dryers, GKD reports. Depending on the application, the tailor-made belts are produced from polyester, PPC or have bronze wires interwoven in the running direction for protection from electrostatic charges. 

 




Hayward Industries acquires ConnectedYard

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 10:45:00 GMT

Pool pump and filter manufacturer Hayward Industries Inc has bought ConnectedYard Inc, the Californian company that has developed the pHin™ Smart Water Care solution.

The pHin combines a Wi-Fi-enabled smart monitor and mobile app to monitor pool and hot tub water chemistry and temperature 24/7, notifying customers via smartphone when they need to balance the water.

“Hayward is thrilled to have the pHin Smart Water Care system and Silicon Valley based management, engineering and customer care teams of ConnectedYard join forces with Hayward to accelerate the growth of pHin in North America as well as our international markets,” said Clark Hale, CEO of Hayward Industries. “We believe the pHin system will be a key component in our broader IoT strategy for total pool/spa automation. The technology is highly complementary to our leading sanitization technologies and OmniLogic® control platform.”

“As pool owners, we understood there had to be a better way to manage water chemistry,” said Justin Miller and Mark Janes, cofounders of San Jose-headquartered ConnectedYard. “Our idea rapidly gained momentum and traction as ConnectedYard emerged as a Silicon Valley startup aided and guided by the technology incubator company Playground Global LLC in Palo Alto. As part of the Hayward team, we plan to accelerate growth and adoption of pHin as we expand into new markets around the world.”

The pHin Smart Monitor floats in the pool or spa water monitoring temperature and water chemistry 24/7. The pHin Mobile App notifies owners via smartphone what they should do and indicates the amount of chemicals to add to maintain healthy, balanced water. Pre-packaged water soluble chemical pods are available through pHin’s chemical subscription program. Alternatively owners can use chemicals purchased at their local store and pHin will tell exactly how much to add.

Hayward Industries manufactures residential and commercial pool equipment and industrial flow control products. Headquartered in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA, Hayward markets energy efficient pool and spa equipment including pumps, filters, heaters, cleaners, salt chlorinators, automation, lighting, safety and flow control products.




Nederman buys Auburn FilterSense

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 09:15:00 GMT

Swedish environmental technology company Nederman has acquired Auburn FilterSense LLC, a US provider of particulate emissions monitors and intelligent controls for industrial particulate/dust filtration systems.

Beverly, Massachusetts-based Auburn FilterSense manufactures continuous particulate monitors incorporating triboelectric and charge induction particulate sensing technologies, intelligent controls, including real-time diagnostics and software for filter leak detectors, for process control, maintenance planning, regulatory compliance and increased production efficiency. The company employs around 30 people and had a 2017 turnover of US$6.2 million.

The acquisition price on a cash and debt free basis was approximately US$5.75 million, with a potential maximum earn-out payment of US$2.5 million based on profitability for 2018 and 2019.

Auburn FilterSense will now be part of Nederman’s Insight organization. The Auburn FilterSense brand and team will continue to operate as before and the solutions will become an integrated part of the Nederman Insight application and digital ecosystem, building on connectivity and Internet of Things.

“We are delighted to welcome Auburn FilterSense LLC to our Insight organization and to becoming part of our digital ambitions and plans,” said Aage Snorgaard, senior vice president and head of the Nederman Insight division.

“There is an excellent strategic fit between Nederman and Auburn FilterSense. We see strong complementary value in combining Nederman’s solutions, global presence and customer base and aftermarket services with the technology and advanced capabilities of Auburn FilterSense. With this acquisition, Nederman becomes an even stronger partner for our customers,” said Nederman president and CEO Sven Kristensson.




BHS-Sonthofen expands in mixers and dryers with acquisition of AVA GmbH

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 16:15:00 GMT

BHS-Sonthofen has bought German mixing and drying technology company AVA GmbH & Co KG.

The AVA product range includes horizontal and vertical mixers and dryers. In addition to mixing and drying, the AVA solutions also cover processes including granulation, sterilization and reaction. AVA products are used in a broad range of applications and across many industries including chemical, pharmaceutical, power plant technology, environmental technology, metallurgy, building materials, food & feed and cellulose.

Herrsching-headquartered AVA was founded by Helmut Huep in 1991 and managed by him and his wife Dagmar Huep. The owners have now decided to sell the family business as they wish to retire.

“We have known BHS-Sonthofen for a long time and cooperated in joint projects on many occasions,” said Helmut and Dagmar Huep. “Therefore, BHS was our number one choice when we decided to sell our company. With them, we can rest assured that our company, employees and customers will be in good hands.”

“We feel honoured that AVA approached us with their offer to sell. We look forward to combining the product ranges of both companies, which will result in an even more comprehensive offering in all relevant markets,” said Dennis Kemmann, managing director of BHS-Sonthofen. “Since a solid know-how in process engineering is particularly important for our consulting services, we also appreciate the infusion of competent employees at the Herrsching site.”

The Herrsching site will be retained, together with all AVA employees. Both companies will continue to operate in the marketplace under their own names.

The acquisition strengthens BHS-Sonthofen’s position in mixing technology while AVA’s drying technology supplements the company’s competence in solid-liquid separation.

AVA also significantly enhances BHS-Sonthofen’s service portfolio and line capabilities, allowing the company to cover additional upstream and downstream process steps. This will also increase the number of system solutions BHS-Sonthofen can offer its customers.

BHS-Sonthofen is an owner-operated group of machinery and plant engineering companies based in Sonthofen, Germany. The company concentrates primarily on mixing, crushing, recycling and filtration. BHS-Sonthofen has a global presence with more than 350 employees and a number of subsidiaries.




Pentair board approves separation of nVent

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 15:45:00 GMT

Pentair plc’s board of directors has approved the previously announced spin-off of its Electrical business.

The transaction will result in two independent, publicly traded companies: Pentair plc and nVent Electric plc.

nVent ordinary shares are expected to begin trading on the NYSE on 1 May 2018.

“We expect both Pentair and nVent to benefit from well-recognized brands, attractive margin profiles, strong free cash flow generation and compelling opportunities for long-term, sustainable growth,” said Randall Hogan, the current chairman and CEO of Pentair, who will leave Pentair to become nVent’s chairman following the spin-off.




Biogas specialist Weltec Biopower exhibits at IFAT 2018

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 09:18:00 GMT

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The sewage treatment plant in Burgebrach demonstrates how a biogas plant can help reduce energy and disposal costs.

Biogas plant manufacturer Weltec Biopower will showcase solutions for the energetic uilisation of organic waste and wastewater at IFAT 2018 in Munich on 14-18 May.

The company highlights the sewage treatment plant in Burgebrach, in Bavaria, Germany, as a demonstration of how a municipal enterprise can effectively reduce its energy and disposal costs with the help of a biogas plant. For the existing sewage treatment plant, which serves a population of 13,000, Weltec added a sludge digestion unit including energetic utilisation of sewage gas in the combined heat and power (CHP) plant.

The facilities went live in spring 2016. Since then, the sludge has been stabilised with an anaerobic process in the custom-designed stainless steel tower following the wastewater treatment in a two-stage trickling filter unit. Thanks to the installation of the digestion unit, unpleasant odour emissions around the sewage treatment plant have been eliminated, the company reports, and the digestion reduces the amount of sludge and enables the energetic utilisation of the digestion gas.

The operators also wanted to be able to use all the power and heat generated by the CHP plant for the on-site processes.

"Thanks to our self-supply, we are able to save electricity costs of about 100,000 kWh/year," states Arne Nath, Head of Wastewater Treatment at SüdWasser GmbH, the operator that has supported the town Burgebrach since 2005.