Envirogen Announces New Premises in Alfreton, Derbyshire Providing Best In Class Manufacturing and Global Distribution Centre

August 2015

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Envirogen Water Technologies, a leading provider ofwater and wastewater solutions today announces the opening of their new premises in Alfreton, Derbyshire. The new location will become Envirogen’s Centre of manufacturing and distribution at just over 22,000 square feet, for at least the next 10 years.

The new facility boasts best in class manufacturing processes in line with ISO 9001 regulations as well as meeting the specific requirements of various sectors, including the food and beverage market and the MOD, offering the very latest engineering techniques and manufacturing processes from; wet test and welding facilities, factory acceptance testing and a customer viewing platform, giving the capability for plant to be built at Alfreton as it would be on a customer’s own site. The outside area has enough capacity to build up to 8 containerised plants simultaneously The added office space houses the European design, projects and proposals teams, including electrical and mechanical engineers, CAD specialists and installation experts. Envirogen boasts this allows enhanced integration to better solve complex customer requirements. The new site will accommodate anticipated growing staff numbers, with further office space, three meeting rooms and a customer presentation suite.

The location was chosen due to its proximity to the Envirogen customer base, good motorway links and international airports, meaning Envirogen is well positioned to support the growing number of overseas companies they work with.

Vince Payne, CEO of European Operations says “the new office represents our commitment to growing our business. The new premises takes Envirogen to the next level , giving us the ability to manufacture, build and test machinery and plant, at the same time holding consumable stock ready for next day delivery to ensure we continue to meet our customers growing needs. This facility ensures our customers get an end to end service and a place they can visit to see their plant being built”

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Anaerobic Wastewater Treatment Plant and CHP Unit Chosen at Independent UK Brewer

May 2015

Anaerobic Wastewater Treatment Plant and CHP Unit Chosen at Independent UK BrewerToday’s best practices in water treatment, focus on achieving operational efficiencies, energy reduction, environmental impact minimisation and waste-to-energy solutions. An independent brewery was looking to do just that. The brewery assessed best available treatment technologies before making a decision on which anaerobic process would fulfil their needs.The Downflow Anaerobic Carrier System (DACS)® was the chosen technology, offering a number of significant operational and performance benefits, including an attractive source of revenue benefits to the brewery in the form of renewable energy and ‘green’ tariff’sThe Science Bit

DACS is a unique anaerobic treatment process using high performance flocculated anaerobic biomass, captured within a proprietary carrier system.

The wastewater with entrained biological solids flows into the DACS reactor via a simple feed pipe arrangement located at the top of the reactor. From here the wastewater passes by gravity, down through the fluidised carrier bed – treated wastewater passes out from the DACS reactor at its base.

The down flow action prevents the liberation of C02 and H2S within the process reactor, consequently DACS biogas is exceptionally pure (>90% methane). DACS provides even more benefits, most noticeably in terms of CAPEX, OPEX, and guaranteed process security.

At the brewery iDACS layout Hall and woodhousen question, all of the biogas created by the DACS anaerobic treatment plant will be combusted in a new Combined Heat and Power system. The products of this combustion will be electricity and heat energy, both of which will be reused by the brewery.

The DACS treatment plant has been designed to fit within a small section of land that was available to the brewery. The complete operational plant and all its ancillaries, are enclosed within a start-of-the-art building, providing the lowest possible environmental impact.

Click here for more information and benefits on the DACS process

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Envirogen and Suez Environnement Create Collaborative Alliance to Deliver Comprehensive, Cost-Effective Water & Wastewater Solutions to the Power Industry

May 2015
The offering will combine biological & physical-chemical technologies with process design, engineering and implementation expertise to meet emerging regulatory challenges

Kingwood, TX — Envirogen Technologies, Inc. announced that it has entered into a Collaborative Alliance with Suez Environnement and will work with the environmental technology leader to deliver comprehensive, cost-effective water and wastewater treatment solutions to the power industry in North America. Effective immediately, the two companies will collaborate exclusively to pursue and execute major environmental projects for electrical power generation facilities, with each company contributing proven, proprietary technology and extensive experience in developing high-performing, low lifecycle cost solutions.  The Alliance will combine Suez Environnement’s capabilities in physical/chemical treatment technologies with Envirogen’s expertise in biological treatment, but can extend to include the breadth of the technology portfolios of both companies. Near term project targets for the Alliance include groundwater and landfill leachate treatment related to coal combustion residuals (CCRs), and flue-gas desulfurization (FGD) wastewater treatment. Both of these areas will be governed by new US Federal regulations coming online in the next 48 months.

According to Richard Reese, President & CEO of Envirogen, it is the breadth and depth of Suez Environnement’s technology as well as the company’s strong presence in the power industry that makes it an ideal collaborator for Envirogen in this Alliance. “Meeting the new regulations for the power industry will require complex, comprehensive solutions with a high level of process-specific expertise and the ability to integrate and deliver systems flawlessly. Suez Environnement is a global leader in water and wastewater equipment solutions with exceptional experience in major projects. Working together, we believe we can deliver end-to-end solutions,” he said. “This Collaborative Alliance will offer a unique opportunity for the power industry. When power companies work with us, they will be working directly with world-class experts in the systems and technologies that are critical to their projects. At the same time, the teams we put together will have hands-on experience in the process design, engineering, installation and operation of these systems. We will provide a new type of resource to the power industry, where we can not only deliver guarantees for performance and asset life of these installations, but where we can do so at lower capital and lifecycle costs than anyone else in the industry,” he added.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is revising the Clean Water Act’s Effluent Limitation Guidelines (ELG) for the steam electric power industry that will change how many power plants manage and treat wastewater in the United States. New regulations that cover flue gas desulfurization wastewater are expected to be implemented for more than 200 U.S coal-burning power plant facilities. It is expected that contaminants such as mercury, arsenic and selenium will be regulated to low levels at these facilities. At the same time, new regulations are being implemented on coal combustion residuals (CCRs), commonly known as Coal Ash, that are disposed of at large surface impoundments and landfills. These residuals contain contaminants like selenium, mercury, cadmium and arsenic. In both cases, treatment will require a range of processes that include both physical/chemical and biological technologies.

 

Best-in-Class Biological Technology + In-Field Experience Key to Offering

Recent work in the mining industry and significant pilot tests in the power industry have shown that biological treatment is often the highest performing, most reliable and least cost solution in treating selenium, nitrate and other oxyanions that are at the heart of some of the new power industry regulations. Envirogen has a long track record in biological treatment, with numerous installations of its Fluidized Bed Reactor (FBR) technology in North America. This track record includes compelling performance and economic advantages in commercial installations and pilot work in treating selenium at coal mines.  The ability to reliably remove selenium, other metals and nitrate to very low levels will be critical to helping the power industry meet their regulatory goals as the new FGD and CCR regulations come online.

According to Reese, one of the keys to deploying biological treatment to achieving selenium, nitrate and metals reduction targets in the power industry is integration with a range of pre- and post- treatment processes seamlessly and in a synergistic fashion. “The waste streams that are present in the power industry are incredibly complex and differ from site to site. It’s important that the best technology, tailored in multi-component solutions is brought to bear to meet treatment requirements cost effectively,” he said. “Suez Environnement has an incredibly broad technology portfolio and experience base in the power industry and can help realize the potential of biological technology in these applications. We’re excited to be working with Suez Environnement in this endeavor,” he added.

The Offering will combine biological & physical-chemical technologies with process design, engineering and implementation expertise to meet emerging regulatory challenges

Kingwood, TX — Envirogen Technologies, Inc. announced that it has entered into a Collaborative Alliance with Suez Environnement and will work with the environmental technology leader to deliver comprehensive, cost-effective water and wastewater treatment solutions to the power industry in North America. Effective immediately, the two companies will collaborate exclusively to pursue and execute major environmental projects for electrical power generation facilities, with each company contributing proven, proprietary technology and extensive experience in developing high-performing, low lifecycle cost solutions.  The Alliance will combine Suez Environnement’s capabilities in physical/chemical treatment technologies with Envirogen’s expertise in biological treatment, but can extend to include the breadth of the technology portfolios of both companies. Near term project targets for the Alliance include groundwater and landfill leachate treatment related to coal combustion residuals (CCRs), and flue-gas desulfurization (FGD) wastewater treatment. Both of these areas will be governed by new US Federal regulations coming online in the next 48 months.

According to Richard Reese, President & CEO of Envirogen, it is the breadth and depth of Suez Environnement’s technology as well as the company’s strong presence in the power industry that makes it an ideal collaborator for Envirogen in this Alliance. “Meeting the new regulations for the power industry will require complex, comprehensive solutions with a high level of process-specific expertise and the ability to integrate and deliver systems flawlessly. Suez Environnement is a global leader in water and wastewater equipment solutions with exceptional experience in major projects. Working together, we believe we can deliver end-to-end solutions,” he said. “This Collaborative Alliance will offer a unique opportunity for the power industry. When power companies work with us, they will be working directly with world-class experts in the systems and technologies that are critical to their projects. At the same time, the teams we put together will have hands-on experience in the process design, engineering, installation and operation of these systems. We will provide a new type of resource to the power industry, where we can not only deliver guarantees for performance and asset life of these installations, but where we can do so at lower capital and lifecycle costs than anyone else in the industry,” he added.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is revising the Clean Water Act’s Effluent Limitation Guidelines (ELG) for the steam electric power industry that will change how many power plants manage and treat wastewater in the United States. New regulations that cover flue gas desulfurization wastewater are expected to be implemented for more than 200 U.S coal-burning power plant facilities. It is expected that contaminants such as mercury, arsenic and selenium will be regulated to low levels at these facilities. At the same time, new regulations are being implemented on coal combustion residuals (CCRs), commonly known as Coal Ash, that are disposed of at large surface impoundments and landfills. These residuals contain contaminants like selenium, mercury, cadmium and arsenic. In both cases, treatment will require a range of processes that include both physical/chemical and biological technologies.

 

Best-in-Class Biological Technology + In-Field Experience Key to Offering

Recent work in the mining industry and significant pilot tests in the power industry have shown that biological treatment is often the highest performing, most reliable and least cost solution in treating selenium, nitrate and other oxyanions that are at the heart of some of the new power industry regulations. Envirogen has a long track record in biological treatment, with numerous installations of its Fluidized Bed Reactor (FBR) technology in North America. This track record includes compelling performance and economic advantages in commercial installations and pilot work in treating selenium at coal mines.  The ability to reliably remove selenium, other metals and nitrate to very low levels will be critical to helping the power industry meet their regulatory goals as the new FGD and CCR regulations come online.

According to Reese, one of the keys to deploying biological treatment to achieving selenium, nitrate and metals reduction targets in the power industry is integration with a range of pre- and post- treatment processes seamlessly and in a synergistic fashion. “The waste streams that are present in the power industry are incredibly complex and differ from site to site. It’s important that the best technology, tailored in multi-component solutions is brought to bear to meet treatment requirements cost effectively,” he said. “Suez Environnement has an incredibly broad technology portfolio and experience base in the power industry and can help realize the potential of biological technology in these applications. We’re excited to be working with Suez Environnement in this endeavor,” he added.

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Envirogen Enters North American Market Providing “End-to-End” Water Management Solutions for Food & Beverage Processors

June 2015

The offering will combine proprietary technologies, process expertise and services for incoming water, process water/filtration and wastewater treatment applications.

Envirogen Technologies, Inc. announced that it will begin providing a range of water treatment and management solutions to food and beverage processors in North America. Currently one of Europe’s leading providers of ‘end-to-end’ water solutions to the food and beverage industries, Envirogen  will employ a broad-based technology portfolio and operations management expertise to deliver programs for incoming water treatment, process water conditioning, process filtration, water recycle & re-use, and wastewater treatment. The overall mission of Envirogen is to help North American food & beverage processors prepare water from municipal or impacted groundwater sources, enhance facility throughput, and reduce water footprint at the lowest lifecycle cost.

According to Richard Reese, President & CEO, Envirogen has a unique approach to providing water & wastewater treatment solutions to food & beverage companies. “We combine proprietary technologies with sound process engineering, system design and construction, along with operations services to develop comprehensive solutions for our customers. We can support our clients at any point of the project development and implementation process. Our full-service options include guarantees for performance, operating costs and the lifetime of equipment assets. That’s why we call ourselves a Lifecycle Performance company,” he said. “When you invest in new or existing assets for process improvement or environmental performance, you want a least-cost, long-term solution that performs per the design. You want the people you work with to be responsible for what they do,” he added.
Solid expertise in food & beverage processing

In Europe, Envirogen has been providing a broad range of water solutions to food and beverage processors for more than a decade under the Puresep® brand. These include treatment of groundwater and surface water sources via filtration and ion exchange; incoming water treatment solutions via filtration, ion exchange, disinfection and membrane technologies; process water treatment solutions using membranes, de-aeration, disinfection & sterilization; and wastewater treatment solutions that feature recovery and re-use. Global customers of Envirogen’s European operations include: Heineken, Diageo, Britvic, SABMiller, Carlsberg and MolsonCoors. As an example of its leading position, it is estimated that over 85% of cider produced in the United Kingdom today takes advantage of Envirogen’s technologies and expertise.

In the United States, Envirogen has been an industry leader treating and managing impacted groundwater using biological, physical chemical and adsorptive technologies – with over 80 installations country-wide. A key segment of this activity is treating groundwater to drinking water standards – removing contaminants such as nitrate, perchlorate, arsenic, chromium and more. Envirogen’s offering includes expertise in process design & engineering and a proprietary portfolio of treatment technologies. These offers are supported by extensive experience in providing support and in system operation. Full turnkey operations & maintenance options deliver guarantees for performance and the life of installed systems.

Sustainability & reduced water footprint

According to Todd  Webster, West Regional Vice President for Envirogen, the company’s offering to food and beverage processors is particularly timely considering the overall industry drive for reduced water footprint and the extreme drought conditions being experienced in California and the U.S. Southwest. “At Envirogen, we have the ability to help companies utilize alternative source water and to make their existing water sources work harder – and with better quality.  Within the processing facility, there are a number of opportunities to reduce overall water usage, to make more efficient usage of expensive water sources, as well as investigate water re-use approaches,” he said. “We have done this for companies worldwide, and we’re ready to implement tailored solutions to meet new and emergency water requirements in the United States right away,” he added.

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Amendments to existing production process resulted in significant reduction of waste water at Bevisol Ltd

January 2015

Bevisol Ltd is a non-brand-owning company that produces a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for the drinks industry. They specialise in ciders, perrys, made wines, as well as alcohol bases for use in Ready To Drink (RTD) products. As part of their ongoing continuous improvement initiatives, Bevisol employed Puresep, part of the Envirogen Group to look at how they could reduce their environmental impact as well as increase manufacturing efficiency.

??????????Effluent was proving to be the most pivotal issue, due to recent expansion the amount of effluent produced by Bevisol was due to exceed the discharge permit consent. To understand this situation better, Envirogen completed a series of hollow fibre and flat sheet membrane trials on the effluent produced by the regeneration process of the demineralization plant. Bill Denyer, Envirogen Process Specialist identified that with the correct pre-treatment and osmotic pressure it was feasible to recover a significant amount of the waste produced. Thus achieving enhanced site efficiencies and further meeting environmental requirements and regulations.

An ion exchange system was generating a large amount of the waste water produced by site, with 40m³ of effluent going to waste. The hydraulic loading of the waste (chemicals and re-gen water) was hitting the maximum amount allowed, resulting in the remainder being tankered off site. Tankering waste from site on a regular basis can be costly, inefficient and environmentally un-sound.

The solution recommended by Envirogen to reduce the effluent was to feed the regenerated water to a recapture vessel where the waste stream was collected, assessed for pH and neutralised as required using dosing equipment. During this process the tank contents are recirculated using a 30m³/hr centrifugal pump. After the pH correction stage the stored effluent is passed through an ultra-filtration (UF) membrane system to remove suspended solids and colloidal matter. The UF system is a required pre-treatment step prior to the water recovery stage. The UF membrane skid is a dual skid, each holding four membranes, with each membrane having a 75m² surface area. The UF plant has 100% duty per stream, with the 50% duty during service across two streams. This enables back-pulse sequences to occur without impacting output. Post UF, the feed water quality means it was suitable for a semi-permeable membrane treatment stage. This recaptured water was then fed on a dedicated line, using a variable speed inverter driven pump to ensure maximum water efficiencies on all regeneration sequences. This altered process has improved water recovery by 80%, with only 20% of the original volume ending up as effluent.

Bill Denyer, Envirogen says; “an in depth understanding of how a plant operates is crucial in being able to offer solutions that meet performance requirements. Bevisol were very open and with some amends to their production we were able to solve some potentially high cost issues immediately” Chris Newall, Managing Director, Bevisol says “The thorough analysis undertaken by Envirogen at the early stages, meant a robust workable solution was put in place. From the word go our costs were reduced, environmental impact lessened, and efficiency and capability within the plant increased”

Click here to download the case study (pdf).

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Envirogen Water Technologies Further Extends Consumable Portfolio.

August 2014.

Envirogen Water Technologies, a leading global water treatment and filtration provider, and Puresep’s parent company, today announces an extensive expansion to their range of consumables.

Poliflo web sizeCarrying the Envirogen and Fluxa brand, the cartridge range offers long life, high efficiency and low operating cost. Manufactured using the most modern equipment and techniques the cartridges are engineered to meet the specific requirements of numerous applications. Using several technologies, which include depth and membrane media, the cartridges range in micron rating from 0.2 micron microbial up to 1000 micron and includes both nominal & absolute, and are available in standard industry lengths with end fittings to meet most standard filter designs, ensuring the Envirogen range of cartridges can fit securely into existing filtration systems as well as new.

Vince Payne CEO Envirogen Water Technologies Europe says “We recognise that customers today want to minimise their supplier base and so by continually expanding our product range we can provide an end to end solution. These consumables are bought to market with the back-up of an extensive in-house product and service team that can give expert advice and value add to this consumable range

Importantly, each cartridge supplied is quality control checked, tested and guaranteed to international standards (EU and FDA) providing peace of mind and assurance. They are manufactured under clean room conditions and supported where necessary with product validation guides. There is full traceability back to the raw materials and products are validated and tested using a modified single pass test methodology with standard test dust.

These filters are already being used in markets that include; food and beverage, healthcare and industrial markets including oil and gas.

 Cartridges can be purchased at either of the UK locations, details of the products can be found by clicking here.

Puresep

Bill Denyer promoted to Director of Service Operations for the Envirogen Group.

May 2014

Bill-DenyerWe are pleased to announce that Bill Denyer has been promoted to Director of Service Operations & Beverage Systems. Following the continued growth of the Envirogen Group he has very successfully brought together 3 separate service teams uniting them into one complete team.  This has increased the depth and breadth of experience available to the Envirogens service offering.   Bill will continue to ensure all staff work seamlessly together, helping deliver excellent customer support to all our customers.

Mark Beveridge Service and Engineering Director says “Bill has helped shape the service division over the last couple of years, and he will continue to ensure our customers get the answers, support and solutions they need as quickly and efficiently as possible.”  He goes on to say: “With Bill’s experience of the Beverage market, consistently delivering systems to large multinational organisations, he will continue to aid in the strategic development of our beverage markets both here and abroad.”

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Envirogen Water Technologies adds strength to its project and industrial team.

May 2014

Envirogen Water Technologies today announce two additions to the team. Ian Pearson as Head of Projects – Europe and Dave Rigby as Industrial Market Manager.

Ian PearsonIan Pearson recently joined as Head of Projects for the European Operation, with over 15 years experience delivering projects to customers, Ian brings with him a wealth of Project management experience, gained at organisations such as Ionics and GE. Ian has delivered projects for large global blue chip customers. Mark Beveridge European Technical Director at EWT says “With Ian’s experience, he is able to shape processes and drive technical excellence to help deliver world class water treatment systems for our customers”. Ian’s role at Envirogen is to “enhance the execution of world class projects, ensuring on-time delivery of the best technology, whilst retaining the advantage to our customers of our intimate industry knowledge and versatility.”

 

Dave RigbyDave Rigby joins as Industrial Market Manager, and is responsible for the sale of the complete range of products and solutions for water purification and effluent treatment solutions to the industrial market.

Dave is a qualified Mechanical Engineer with over 18 years experience in the water treatment industry. Having previously worked at both GE and Veolia, he is experienced in every aspect of customer sales including service, emergency hire, major refurbishments, capital sales and long term out sourcing. He is well placed to grow the Industrial division under the Derwent brand and further establish Envirogen Water Technologies as a leading provider of industrial water treatment equipment, providing great products and services to customers with honest, sound advice.

Vince Payne, CEO – European Operations at EWT says “both Ian and Dave are significant boosts to our team, and bring with them a wealth of experience, further strengthening our ability to provide water treatment solutions and deliver projects on time and to budget.”

 

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Envirogen strengthen its Service Team to meet growing demand

December  2013

Envirogen Water Technologies, the water treatment specialists, have expanded and strengthened its service division to meet the growing demand.

Under the leadership of Bill Denyer, Service Manager, the new structure gives way to a regional and market sector bias, giving service customers specialist and dedicated contacts.

The restructuring details include:

  • Aran Morris and Jim Hallatt, both highly experienced in water treatment technologies and solutions, have responsibility for the service contract customers in the North and South respectively. Giving engineers and customers an extra layer of expertise and accessibility
  • Nick Whiteley has been promoted to Principle Industrial Engineer whilst Kevin Barr is now Principle Healthcare Engineer. Both are extremely experienced in their specific markets, and are available to support those customers and engineers, ensuring that Envirogen’s high service standards are maintained and best practice within those markets is promoted.
  • Envirogen already boasts a UK internally based service administration team, where enquiries are dealt with on a 24/7 basis. This team welcome’s in January a highly experienced administrator, Joanne Foreman to complement the existing team and ensure customer service levels are continuously maintained

Bill Denyer says “These changes give us an even stronger service division in place to meet the needs of existing and new customers. We are seeing an increase in demand for flexible service offerings, and customers that require support that delivers on value and high quality” Bill goes onto say: “We wanted to and needed to strengthen this department to meet the growing needs of this division. We are confident that our customers are speaking to the best in the business and getting the answers, support and solutions they need as quickly and efficiently as possible”

 

The PureCare Service Offering from Envirogen boasts of flexible levels to suit budget as well as requirement. Their regional in-house team of engineers are equipped with the latest technology giving customers instant access to spare part supply, visit reports, billing data. All this is replicated back to the internet giving customers a login to their dedicated area, leaving the customer in full control and all the information they need at their fingertips.

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Derwent Water is acquired to become the industrial division of the Envirogen Water Technologies Group

June 2013

June 26th 2013, UK – Today, the water treatment and filtration specialist, Envirogen Water Technologies announces that it has acquired the assets of Derwent Water Services and Derwent Water Systems. This latest acquisition substantially enhances Envirogen’s presence in the UK industrial water treatment and filtration market.

Derwent Water has established itself as a leading manufacturer and supplier of quality water treatment plant, ranging from basic water softeners and reverse osmosis equipment to customer specified complex water treatment solutions. Like Envirogen’s other brand divisions, success at Derwent is due to its flexibility in tailoring its quality products to meet customer requirements and budget.

The Envirogen Group already has Puresep Technologies and Environmental Water Systems (UK) as part of the European Group, alongside Envirogen Technologies Inc in The States. Bringing together these leading water treatment and process filtration organisations means the Envirogen technology and service business model can be broadened and strengthened to target a wider market and to continue to bring to the market place; flexible, efficient and cost effective solutions in a time of tightening budgets and increasingly stringent environmental regulations. Like the other divisions, the Derwent Water brand will continue to have a presence under the parent company and legal entity Envirogen Water Technologies.

The Derwent division will be headed up by the thoroughly experienced Envirogen Management team. CEO of European Operations, Vince Payne says “Derwent is a natural fit for Envirogen, both companies believe in developing long-term relationships with customers, focussing on delivering value through innovative technologies, solutions and service. This addition to the group substantially enhances our product offering into the industrial market, providing customers with best value, best choice and best quality in the industry” Vince Payne goes onto say: “This acquisition combines 21st Century technologies, an experienced team, a solid and broad customer mix, secure income and a robust platform for growth. We look forward to strengthening and consolidating Envirogen’s position in what is one of the most fragmented water markets in the world at a time when demand in the UK is surging as companies have to adhere to ever more strict environmental, economic and regulatory targets.”

Chris Watkins, Owner of Derwent says “This is a great next step for the Derwent Water brand and its customers, giving them access to a wider range of technology and solutions and to one of the largest and experienced in-house service teams in the UK. There is no question that the experience of the Envirogen Management team will ensure that Derwent is well placed to meet the current economic challenges to support our customers”

About the Envirogen Group

The Envirogen Group brings expertise and knowledge through specialist business divisions across the globe, specialising in key markets, applications or products. With offices and manufacturing facilities in the UK, Italy and USA, and regionally based team of engineers, Envirogen is well placed to respond to the needs of its customers.

Envirogen is the water business of Amplio group, an international operator focused on solar energy and water treatment.

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Envirogen Water Technologies can now help prevent the Spread of Cryptosporidiosis

April 2013

Puresep, part of the Envirogen Water Technologies Group, today launches its range of specific ‘Crypto’ grade filters, that help prevent the spread of Cryptosporidiosis by removing Cryptosporidium from water used in the production of food and drink products.

As a predominantly waterborne disease, Cryptosporidium causes severe diarrhoea which can last up to two weeks in healthy adults.  For the young, elderly and sick, the condition can be more serious.  Water is used extensively in Food and Beverage production for product make-up, for rinsing and CIP. If a manufacturer supplies contaminated food products, the legal and financial consequences can be extremely serious.  Therefore many retailers are introducing cryptosporidium control into their process operations.

Envirogen Water Technologies provides a range of filters which are specifically designed and qualified for cryptosporidium removal, including absolute rated depth and pleated filters. They say “these cartridges provide a simple, reliable and cost effective solution to a potentially fatal problem.  They are specifically designed and qualified for cryptosporidium removal which is highly resistant to chlorine and other traditional chemical disinfectants”

Meeting the requirements for food contact, as detailed in European Regulation (EC) Number 1935/2004, they are already being been used by many Food and Beverage manufacturers to help ensure their products are protected from cryptosporidium contamination.

About Puresep:

Puresep Technologies is a division of the Envirogen Group of companies, where the vision is straightforward – to be the industry leading water, waste water and process filtration provider using sophisticated technology backed by expertise and service. Helping customers solve complex challenges related to water availability and quality, to increase productivity, reduce costs and help meet environmental regulations and sustainability targets, though innovative  solutions delivering consistently reliable performance at the best lifecycle cost.

The Envirogen Group brings expertise and knowledge through specialist business divisions across the globe, specialising in key markets, applications and products. With offices and manufacturing facilities in the UK, Italy and USA, and a regionally based team of engineers, Envirogen is well place to respond to the needs of its customers.

www.envirogengroup.com

For further information please contact:  Jo Collins – Group Marketing Manager –jcollins@envirogengroup.com

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Envirogen Water Technologies, are pleased to be supporting the Making Cosmetics show

March 2013

Envirogen Water Technologies, are pleased to be supporting the Making Cosmetics show, 12 – 13  March 2013 at NMM in Birmingham.  Making Cosmetics features developments that allow branded / private label manufacturers and brand owners to respond effectively and efficiently to consumer demand in ever competitive markets.  Envirogen is a total solutions provider, supplying water purification and water treatment systems to customers in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical and healthcare market, where high grade, purified water is an essential element in the manufacturing process.

Click here to read more about the show or click here to read about Envirogen in the Cosmetics market.

Show web address is:

http://www.making-cosmetics.com/

Link for Envirogen in Cosmetics market is:

http://www.envirogengroup.com/our-markets-2/cosmetics/

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Puresep provide mobile water treatment solution to global soft drinks manufacturer

Having previously undertaken a number of water treatment and filtration projects for this global soft drinks manufacturer, Puresep were chosen to deliver a containerised water treatment solution to the aerosol specialist packaging plant in Europe.

This soft drinks manufacturer was launching a new drink, packaged in an aerosol, where the drink is fired into the mouth, looking to target the teenage market and move away from the “me too” products.

A European packaging company was chosen to facilitate the aerosol packaging. Packaging a soft drink was a slight variation on the company’s typical market and so in order to meet the production demands, a containerised mobile water treatment solution was deemed the most viable option, allowing small batch production.

The bespoke containerised mobile treatment plant contained; Pre-filtration, Reverse Osmosis, pH correction, sterile filtration and UV filtration systems. The entire plant was built, tested and pre-commissioned in the UK, prior to shipping to Europe.

Once onsite, Puresep assisted with the installation and commissioning of the container. This mobile solution was supplied on a lease hire arrangement giving the manufacturer complete autonomy and peace of mind ensuring the mobile solution can easily be removed at any time, product demand depending.

Throughout the lease agreement Puresep had in-house service engineers available 24/7. CIP’s were carried out where necessary and remote access to the PLC program was enabled through a modem, giving additional security.

Puresep’s Engineering Manager says:” The mobile treatment system reliably provided the water quality and quantity required. It proved to be a cost effective solution, with consistent product quality without the long term capital investment”

Puresep’s Mobile Treatment Solution:

Puresep offers a large fleet of mobile water treatment systems across Europe, providing rapid response for a full range of water treatment and filtration solutions including: reverse osmosis, filtration, demineralisation, softening, and deoxygenation treatment on demand. Mobile water treatment is available for emergency, supplemental, or extended term service.

Puresep can supply high-quality water treatment systems for all kinds of temporary needs along with system analysis and design through to installation, maintenance, upgrades, and emergency response. Included are immediate system backup and support, along with in-house regional service engineers available 24/7.

Why a mobile water treatment solution might be the perfect solution:

  • Production continuity
  • Meet changes in production demands and required water quality
  • Save time and cost on repair projects and new plant
  • Guaranteed water quality and quantity
  • No outlay of capital investment
  • 24/7 service back up and support including where required remote access to the plant
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The filtration and water treatment specialist Puresep provide leading soft drinks manufacturer with a state of the art system to reduce their water usage

Puresep were contacted to look at ways the soft drinks manufacturer could reduce the amount of rinse water sent to drain – in order to help them achieve their water reduction targets

Following an onsite review of the current rinse water configuration, Puresep made recommendations as to what improvements could be made to reduce the amount of water going to waste. The current situation involved four rinsing lines that washed bottles prior to being filled with product. The rinse water was then disposed of down the drain. This was a costly exercise as this waste was of high specification having been de-alkalised, UV sterilised and filtered.

Puresep looked at how this water could be re-used onsite. Each of the four rinsing production lines was fitted with a tank and a submersible pump system. The water from each production line fed into a single common recapture water line that filled a central storage tank.

Inline instrumentation was fitted to ensure the water was of the required specification prior to filling the storage tank. This is controlled using valves and a central PLC. Any out of specification water was sent to waste. The central storage tank was fitted with monitoring equipment to ensure the water continues to remain at the required specification. If the quality of this water degrades it is disposed of and the tank is re-filled with beverage line product make up water to bring the water back into specification.

Variable frequency drive pumps maintain the pressure within the ring main to feed the rinsers. The pressure in the ring main is adjusted by set points in the HMI system.

The return water is fed through a UV sterilisation system and through 10um and 1um absolute cartridge filtration. There are then take-off points to each of the four rinsers. If there is no demand for the water, it continually circulates around the ring main; flowing through the UV and Cartridge filtration systems to maintain sterility.

The environmental KPI goal for the site was to reduce water waste by 2.5%. Following the installation and commissioning by Puresep of the new recovery system the water wastage was reduced by 35%. This amounts to huge cost savings across the production line and a major achievement in meeting the manufacturer’s environmental requirements.

Engineering Manager says:  “….Puresep’s expertise and knowledge enabled them to see how modifications to an existing system could bring major benefits. Puresep project managed the whole process from design, installation to commissioning. The attention to detail and onsite work is outstanding”

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New Parent Company Name Announced for Leading Water Treatment Companies Puresep Technologies and Environmental Water Systems (UK)

Puresep Technologies and Environmental Water Systems (UK) will continue as leading brands in their respective markets as new parent name, Envirogen Water Technologies,is revealed for the UK and European Operations.

The announcement of the new name follows the official merger of the two Water Treatment and Filtration specialists in January 2012.Envirogen Water Technologies states that the scale of the new company will allow “delivery of best value, best choice and best quality in the industry”

Although the parent company of the joint venture is Envirogen Water Technologiesthe Environmental Water Systems (UK) and Puresep brands will continue to serve customers in their specific markets namely Healthcare, Industrial and Food and Beverage.

Puresep is the Food and Beverage market facing brand for process filtration, onsite water treatment and waste water solutions offering customers an end to end solution for incoming, process, and waste water needs.

Environmental Water Systems (UK) continues to bring to market cost effective Healthcare solutions forultra-pure water applications across departments such as Endoscopy and Central Sterile Services.

Both brands currently look after industrial customers, but the group plans to launch Envirogen Industrial into the market place as this part of the business isexperiencing significant growth.

The Envirogen Water Group has a comprehensive service offering, PureCare, giving customers a choice of 24/7 maintenance agreements, with thebest being four houronsite response. The company states that being part of a group and having UK widein-house expert engineers means they can offer the most customer –focussed bespoke service levels.

Being part of this group has also given the ability to offer DB(F)O and long term lease options for wastewater and effluent treatment plants, where Envirogen offer customers project financing and integrated water operations and management. The customer benefits in a number of ways; faster and more cost-efficient project delivery as well as requiring less capital to invest in effluent treatment, whilst at the same time meeting ever tighter environmental obligations, which in itself can add significantly to bottom line profit. With predicted growth in global demand for long term lease options, the group are well placed to serve this market.

Customers and suppliers will start to see the Envirogen branding more in the market place but purely as the legal parent company trading name.

The MD of European Operations, Vince Payne says “Bringing together leading water treatment and process filtration organisations means we can better respond to our customers,meeting their demands and needs particularly in the current climate, investing more in R and D, and our PureCare service offering. Making us a single source supplier for customers. We are also heavily involved inwaste water DBO/DBFO contracts as we now have the in-house ability, structureand experience”

Envirogen Water Technologies also has an operation in Milan, Fluxa Filtri, who specialise in the oil and gas market and The Envirogen Group has a number of locations in the USA including Houston, Memphis and California where the specialist markets are mining and Industrial waste water.

Click here to download the Envirogen Group brochure and read more about the groups offering.

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Puresep Technologies adds strength to its service offering…

Puresep Technologies adds strength to its service offering by welcoming James Hallatt as Service Business Development Manager.

James Hallatt recently joined Puresep Technologies, a division of The Envirogen Group as Service Business Development Manager.

With over 17 years experience in the water purification and treatment market on both customer and supplier side, James brings with him a wealth of knowledge and understands the varied service requirements of customers with standard or complex water treatment processes.

Working for market leaders his experience includes roles such as:

  • Field Service Engineer working throughout the UK, Europe and Australia commissioning and maintaining mobile and BOOM water treatment applications.
  • Operations Support Engineer managing the logistics, movement and work instructions of 30+ field engineers whilst also liaising with customers to ensure that high standards and contractual commitments were achieved and maintained.

James will now bring that experience and knowledge to Puresep and will take the PureCare Service range and its excellent levels of service to a wider market.

With a passion for exceeding customers expectations James says “it is my aim to build professional working relationships with our customers, understanding the issues and pressures they face, particularly in the current climate.  I am very excited about the company’s vision and look forward to playing an important role that helps us differentiate ourselves from our competitors.”

Billy Denyer, Field Service Manager says “James is a significant addition to our service team, his experience and knowledge means he can work closely with our existing and new service customers, ensuring they receive not only the service they expect and ultimately pay for, but the water treatment solutions that could bring  efficiencies to their organisation. “

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Puresep launches the EcoSave range of cost effective and environmentally friendly water softeners

Puresep Technologies today announced the launch of the new volume controlled counter current range of EcoSave Water Softeners offering reliable and economical operation, along with significant cost savings and reduced negative impact on the environment.

The softeners are volume-controlled plants and therefore extremely economical, allowing the plant to reach its full capacity before an automatic regeneration and exchange between filter tanks takes place. The plant supplies soft water during regeneration enabling con¬tinuous operation. The unit runs in reverse flow, i.e. operation and regeneration flow in opposing directions. This results in extremely low salt and water consumption and minimal “leakage” during operation.

Plant is simple in design and configuration can be flexible to suit the plant area available.
The unit is con¬trolled by a PLC making it possible to alter the operating conditions. This is connected to a monitor at the front of the panel so that all operating parameters can be monitored.

There is the additional option of installing a conductivity meter to monitor the rinse stages – allowing potential water wastage reduction by 25-35 %. The conductivity meter will measure the rinse water quality and will halt the rinse cycle when the conductivity meter reaches a pre-set value, normally set at worst case inlet water quality. To measure the quality of the soft water, a Testomat can be installed. This can be set to trigger an alarm if the water hardness increases above a pre-set value. In addition the read out on the monitor will indicate the hardness of the water in the display of the control panel.

Advantages the EcoSave softeners bring to the end user include:
o Reduction in water consumption by as much as 80% when compared with conventional water softeners
o Significant cost savings
o Simple design resulting in less maintenance
o reliable and safe
o Typical pay back can be 12 – 18months

Puresep have devised a simple to use cost benefit analysis tool that can give end users a clear idea of the cost savings when comparing to the existing installation or a new softener. As well as giving the expect payback timeframe. See below for details –

David Hayes, Sales Director says “this is a key product for our end users at a time when water shortages are rife. To enable our customers to clearly see the cost and water savings they could be making and over what time frame is an invaluable tool”

To find out how much money you could be saving, just email jcollins@puresep.com with the following information:

1) How much water do you use per week?
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2) What do you pay per m³ for your water?
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Name: ………………………………………………………..
Company Name: ………………………………………….
Email: …………………………………………………………
TEL: ……………………………………………………………
Postcode: ……………………………………………………

With this, we can calculate the cost savings you could be making when comparing the EcoSave Water Softener to your existing plant or a new
softener. We can give you the expected payback time (ROI) Often its much sooner than you think.

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The importance of a service and maintenance programme – as featured in Food Processing Magazine

As food manufacturers strive to achieve minimum operating costs and lean operations in terms of manpower, the service and maintenance activity has become a target for outsourcing, an attractive alternative to the traditional “in-house” approach to maintaining assets. However for many organisations, maintenance is close to the core of their operations and the decision to outsource is a tough one. Often these agreements are seen as a cost rather than bringing added value to an organisation and manufacturers wonder if they can afford not to have one knowing it could be more costly in the long run? Even the best equipment can fail when faced with 24/7 operation demands – that’s when a reliable service is essential.

Traditionally, plant maintenance was reactive. Plant was individually designed with few standby features and limited spares. Many manufacturers had in house maintenance departments that took care of everything. More recently productive maintenance has been the focus, recognising the importance of reliability, maintenance and efficiency

Today with more sophisticated equipment, and the pressure to keep overheads low and production at its maximum, it is paramount for manufacturers to be aware of available resources to help with those pressures. Equipment suppliers and contract maintenance companies are alternatives to using your own employee’s for maintenance. Outsourcing the service and maintenance of your plant and process brings peace of mind; an “insurance policy” against unscheduled downtime, providing security and reliability.

To better gauge the cost implications, it’s crucial to understand the potential breakdown situations that could occur, by plant and component, outlining cause, effect, risk level, manpower requirements and ultimately cost. Having this outline is essential in demonstrating the impact of not having an adequate planned preventative maintenance program in place.

The hardest challenge is selecting the right service provider. It doesn’t have to be the company that installed the plant. Many providers can offer agreements and have the knowledge and expertise to look after other manufacturer’s equipment. But how do you decide who will give you the best value for money?

Reputable service providers will have experience in design, installation and commissioning of a variety of plant. Thus giving them knowledge and expertise and the ability to provide service and support across a portfolio of equipment and markets. Not only should the provider be able to service the equipment, the provider will need to be able to recommend the best way of utilising your production equipment to maximise process efficiencies. The provider needs to recognise the continual changes over time due to wear and tear, technological developments, changing operational requirements, product quality and a host of other related topics. Spare parts are often part of the offering, coming with the engineer or being shipped overnight so reducing or eliminating the need for additional high expenditure on spare parts

Outsourcing ensures specialist maintenance meaning the expertise does not need to be held in house. Relationship is key part of maintenance strategy. There needs to be trust and understanding between client and service provider, trusting that the service provider is working to keep costs low and performance and it’s optimum. With advancements in technology comes further efficiencies and traceability for both the customer and supplier – using PDA’s, jobs are logged and completed onsite with emails and invoices being automated immediately at the end of a job.

Having an outsourced maintenance and service agreement is a tough decision. But with production increasing and improving – the need for an outsource provider is more significant. A reliable and planned maintenance service is critical. One call can solve many problems, giving the manufacturer a quick response facility in place for costly and timely breakdowns, where knowledgeable well trained engineers solve the problem or work with onsite engineers to get production up and running or a problem solved quickly and easily. Of course the quicker the resolution the more you pay!

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Puresep Launch New PureCare Service Offering

New PureCare Service and Maintenance offering – giving customer four levels to choose from, onsite response and capability to service any plant from any supplier.

Puresep Technologies, the filtration and water treatment specialists are proud to launch the PureCare service offering.  Responding to current market conditions, Puresep revised their existing offering and have created the PureCare Range of Service and Maintenance Agreements.

The PureCare range has   four service levels, giving the client clearer choice and flexibility to choose the level of support required depending on need, application and budgetary requirements.  The levels of service give varying response times and discounts on call outs, consumables and spare parts.  Puresep pride themselves by guaranteeing that all response is onsite response.

Puresep have embraced latest technology to provide a better service to the end user. With the engineers using PDA’s, all reports, invoices and orders for spare parts can be made on the move.  Each customer can log into a personalised web area where the engineers reports, up to date certificates etc, can be accessed 24 hours a day

Due to the expertise, experience and knowledge of Puresep’s in-house engineers, any filtration and water treatment equipment can be maintained, whether it is a Puresep system or not.

Mark Beveridge, Technical Service Director says:

“In this market, the cost of having a service agreement is a huge consideration for a company, our new range means our customers can have a balance of reliability and cost.

Our engineers are very experienced, and only a phone call away. We feel that this offering better meets our customers’ needs from a service and maintenance point of view.”

Visit www.puresep.com/service for more information

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Puresep Technologies wins Food Processing’ Environmental Initiative Award

At the 25th Food Processing Awards, Puresep, the global food and beverage filtration and water treatment specialists, were awarded the environmental initiative award based on the work carried out at Universal Beverages Ltd.

Universal beverages, the drinks solutions provider, commissioned Puresep to provide top-of-the-range filtration and water treatment plant, including; PureFlow Crossflow systems, duplex ion exchange softener system, Triplex Granular Activated Carbon filters, and a PureChlor Chlorine Dioxide system. All of this plant boasts high performance, efficiency and productivity with minimum environmental impact in order to meet UBL’s environmental requirements and the latest legistlation in the beverage industry.

The Food Processing Awards organisers said they had had an overwhelming number of entries for this year’s FP Awards, which made the judges’ job in picking the finalists particularly difficult. But the result was an outstanding group of finalists. To decide the winners, people within the industry were invited to vote through food processing’s website.

Vince Payne, MD Amplio Filtration Holdings, the group that owns Puresep says: “It’s great for Puresep to win such an award – it recognises our commitment to ensuring we and our customers are meeting environmental targets”.

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“Puresep Anticipate Continued Growth” – says Jo Collins, Marketing Manager, Puresep Technologies

Jo Collins, Marketing Manager, Puresep TechnologiesJo Collins, Puresep Technologies, Group Marketing Managers assesses what the future holds for Puresep and the industry it’s in.

1 Could you define what Puresep does in your own words?

In very simple terms, Puresep provide filtration and water treatment technologies and 24/7 expert service capabilities. We work across a number of markets but we are strong in the Food and Beverage market and like others we are riding the cider wave.  If you take someone like Universal Beverages – we provide technology or plant for every part of their production process; from the borehole ready for bottling or packaging. Technology installed onsite includes – Demineralisation plant, softeners, Deaeration kit, PureChlor Chlorine Dioxide, Activated Carbon beds, PureFlow CrossFlow, Sheet Filters and Cartridge housings along with an ongoing supply of filtration consumables and chemicals and a 24/7 bespoke service contract.

That example shows the scope of our offering, however, we have smaller customers where we purely provide a regular supply of consumables, or smaller plant.

2 Describe the founding of the company, and the origin of its name

The company was set up in October 2002. Today three directors still preside and through their drive, determination and knowledge of the market place and our customers have got us to where we are today and we look forward to future continued growth, particularly in light of the latest company changes.

As for the name – whether it’s filtration or water treatment – both processes involve purification and separation – hence Puresep.

3 There have been some company changes recently. Could you elaborate?

The Amplio Group was brought in to purchase shares in Puresep Holdings following the retirement of one of the directors. Owners of The Amplio Group, Andrea Davi and Riccardo Segat have worked with our MD Vince Payne for a number of years and so the partnership was a natural decision. The Amplio Group specialise in investments within the filtration, water and sustainable energy markets and so it’s a very beneficial and positive fit for us.

With Amplio now owning part of Puresep Holdings, along with the three existing directors, there was a name change to Amplio Filtration Holdings – which is purely a holdings company – but within that group sits Puresep Technologies, and the recently acquired Environmental Water Systems (UK) Ltd. EWS are water treatment specialists predominantly across the healthcare and industrial sectors.

4 What do these changes mean for the end-user?

We now operate as a group and with that come a number of benefits for our customers.

We can further invest in and expand our product and services model and can accelerate the development of innovative products and services that help our customers face the challenges that these times are presenting; ever tightening budgets and stringent environmental regulations being just two. Our wider product range will include waste water capabilities and we will be looking to expand the service team with expert engineers who will work closely with our customers on the ground.

We will soon have the ability to sell consumables and off the self items online giving our customers another route to purchase.

5 Could you elaborate on the purchase by Amplio Filtration Technologies (formerly Puresep Holdings) of Environmental Water Systems (UK) in Cheddar?

Environmental Water Systems UK are a successful and growing business. They offer complimentary technologies to Puresep but predominantly within the healthcare sector where they are a strong force. They have over 200 installations within hospitals and 350 service contracts in place. They are very service driven and market orientated. They have answered calls from the healthcare industry to develop specific products and have met these with state of the art and cost effective solutions.

What is so great about both Puresep and EWS is the capability to meet customer and market demands quickly and cost effectively. We have short lines of communication and employees are given the autonomy to make decisions to ensure we are at the forefront of the industry.

6 What is your involvement with the US-based company Envirogen?

Envirogen is wholly owned by The Amplio Group, so they are a sister company for us. They are a waste water treatment company with a strong focus on lifecycle performance – so can tell you how quickly you will make your money back on installed plant. They are based in the US and we plan to work very closely with them to bring their products and services to the UK and Europe. Another benefit of being part of a group –customers are looking at reducing their supplier lists to achieve better economies, being part of a group means we have an extended product and service offering so can offer our customers that.

7 What sets you apart from your competitors?

Expertise. Knowledge. Flexibility

A great  culture. We don’t think we are the best, we are not arrogant. We strive to be the best and do the best for our customers. It’s about the customer and what they want…. it’s them and their products that need to be the best. Cheesy but true.

We have an extensive product range, with internal knowledge and flexibility ensuring our solutions and technology can be entirely bespoke to meet customers, application, and market needs. Particularly now with Puresep, Ews and Envirogen working together

8 What are Puresep’s views on investment in China?

It’s a hugely growing market.  It is said that demand for water treatment products in China will soar 15.5 percent annually through 2012. Filters and membranes will be the fastest growing segments, although all types will see double-digit gains. The pace of development in China is rapidly gaining momentum.  It is something we are seriously looking into…..

9 How important are skills & training to Puresep?

Very. We can’t expect to stay ahead of our competitors if our personnel aren’t kept up to date with the latest technologies etc.

We have very tight stipulations when it comes to employing engineers and sales people. These are the people on the ground, the people in touch with our customers and prospects every day. They represent our brand and our culture. We can’t afford to, and don’t want to get it wrong. Therefore skills and training are utterly important to us. Our engineers need to have the expertise and the knowledge to answer customer questions, deal with onsite issues and make recommendations. All our engineers are trained in an engineering discipline. Ongoing process training for each of our engineers is given on our process technologies and control systems as per our training matrix.

10 What challenges, in your opinion, does the food sector face with respect to water management?

The main challenges include increased regulation and rapidly rising costs, with the three main drivers for producers being to: lower operating costs, adhere to regulatory requirements and to operate in an environmentally friendly manner.

Lowering operating costs and improving efficiencies is crucial for all organisations to remain competitive. But, lowering these costs, must never compromise the quality or safety of a product. Adhering to regulatory requirements can be more challenging as requirements are continually changing and becoming more stringent and more specific. Operating in an environmentally friendly manner is the responsibility of the industry as a whole.

Solutions can be expensive and so total cost must be factored into operating budgets. Understanding current and future regulations, waste-water technologies that are available and selecting the right partner will ensure the most cost-effective and safe operation.  We work hard to help our customers tick all these boxes.

By Jo Collins, Marketing Manager of Puresep Technologies

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Minimise your water charges

Food and drink manufacturers are increasingly pre-treating substandard water to bring it in line with current requirements

Water is an essential raw material and the quality of feed and discharge water can have a significant impact on the efficiency, reliability, performance and cost to the site. As water and effluent costs rise, the treatment of discharge water and the recycling of site water for other process applications is becoming more financially viable.

For effluent treatment Puresep offer two technologies – Membrane Bioreactor and Dissolved Air Flotation. Both systems treat wastewater, bringing it to a standard that meets legal requirements as well as significantly reducing costs.

An MBR is a compact-build purification system combining the biological degradation step with a membrane separation step. This combination offers several significant advantages, such as an increase in solid contents resulting in a more compact system and a decrease in sludge carry over in the effluent reducing the need for post-treatment.

DAF is an efficient flotation method for the removal of turbidity, colour, suspended solids and other contaminants from water. It uses pressurised air to make small bubbles form. These bubbles attach to particles in the water causing their density to become less than that of water. The particles float to the surface for collection and removal, leaving the clarified water behind to either be disposed of or recycled through further treatment systems.

The re-use of water is a key opportunity to reduce costs and meet strict environmental standards. Recycling and onsite disinfection using PureChlor Chlorine Dioxide is one way of doing this, where chlorine dioxide is produced through the tightly controlled mixing of acid and salt. It is an effective, fast acting killer and well suited to a range of water treatment applications, but it must be generated on site and if not properly controlled can be hazardous. PureChlor is PLC controlled with full safety features.

The PureChlor Chlorine Dioxide system has been installed at Universal Beverages, where the system feeds five points of use – deaerated liquor, softened towns water, two CIP lines and post carbon filtered water. Chris Newall, Operations director at UBL, says, ”The PureChlor Chlorine dioxide system is very efficient for our needs and the fact we can use one system with numerous points of use makes it operationally beneficial and cost effective”

Secondary Disinfection Treatment

Secondary treatment of waste water will enable further re-use within local site processes. Secondary treatment systems include Reverse Osmosis. Reverse osmosis membrane systems are commonly used for reduction of salts in a water source or to treat waste water streams. These systems are easy to sanitise, offer high rates of flow and removal efficiencies and are generally compact, self-contained and can be controlled by PLC. Although the capital cost can be deemed high, the quality of the water is much greater.

There are numerous options to efficiently minimise water costs through the pre-treating and recycling of substandard water. The fundamental issue is to understand which option best suits the plant in question and the financial viability. Puresep Technologies can offer in depth consultancy services to review and assist company’s with their water treatment needs to ensure performance and cost targets, as well as legal requirements, are met.

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A clear picture

Manufacturers need to ensure all the water used in their plant is of the highest standards – whether it’s used in their products or being disposed of

The environmental impact of businesses has taken on increased importance in recent years, and its use of waste water is a particular example. Indeed, regulation in this sector is stronger and tougher than ever, with many food and drink companies being fined thousands of pounds – and in some cases even threatened with prison sentences – for the illegal discharge of waste.

The challenge now, therefore, is for companies to find effective ways to neutralise their effluent, using the services of many experts in this field. Sometimes the treatment can actually help companies make a profit. For example, Wehrle have introduced their BIODIGAT process, which separates the treated water from the biogas produced very efficiently. In addition to the low operating costs and minimal effluent production, the system can help the company turn a profit as the biogas which has been separated can be used to power the plant.

Indeed, much wastewater generated can now be renewed – a growing number of new buildings have been constructed with rainwater harvesting systems in place to save water. Other waste water produced by a manufacturer can be reused thanks to effective treatment. For example, a PureSec electrochlorination system from water process company Puresep was recently installed at Britvic Soft Drinks. The system generates onsite chlorine solution, which is safe to store and stable for long periods with no loss of activity. Britvic’s Kevin Cunningham says, “We chose the PureSec electrochlorination system due to its high level of safety and efficiency.”

Similarly, a PureChlor Chlorine Dioxide plant was installed at Universal Beverages. In this case, chlorine dioxide is produced through tightly controlled mixing of base reagents. It is a powerful disinfectant making it an effective and fast acting killer. Chris Newall of UBL says, ”The PureChlor chlorine dioxide system is very efficient for our needs and the fact that we can use one system with numerous points of use makes it operationally beneficial and cost effective.”

The obvious problem when it comes to filtering waste water is that the filters can quickly become blocked up or suffer from excessive condensation. A further issue in this instance is that of corrosion of both the hardware and the equipment used to monitor the filtering. In addition, too, the heavy vibration can be an issue and many monitoring devices have to be particularly robust.

Wehrle exhibited an effective wastewater treatment when it recently installed a new system at Dairy Crest’s plant in Foston. The plant already had a Balance Tank and DAF unit but upon expansion the company saw the latter reoptimised to treat the waste prior to entering a new crossflow MBR system. With its enhanced treatment performance, the system now provides more reliable final water quality, with the water being of a high enough standard to discharge directly into a local river.

In addition to the treatment of water the company is offloading, increased interest in health and safety also demands that the water used in products is of the highest standards imaginable. Increasingly companies are using ultraviolet technology such as that provided by Hanovia so they can identify and deal with a number of chlorine resistant organisms that are effectively destroyed with UV. One of its most recent tasks was to replace the ozone-based system used at Nongfu Spring in China for a UV system. Many companies, particularly those in China, use ozone in this situation but this can cause the Consumers demand that the water served up reaches the highest standards imaginable. Increasingly companies are using ultraviolet technology such as that provided by Hanovia so they can identify and deal with a number of chlorine resistant organisms that are effectively destroyed with UV. One of its most recent tasks was to replace the ozone-based system used at Nongfu Spring in China for a UV system. Many companies, particularly those in China, use ozone in this situation but this can cause the conversion of bromide into bromate – and high bromate content is now enough to get the products thrown off the shelves.

UV is already widely used in high purity applications like pharmaceutical processing and microchip manufacturing, where particularly clean water is required, and is likely to become more important in the food and drink industry – treating not just water-based products on the manufacturing line but also the wastewater to avoid excessive contamination of the surrounding area. Manufacturers’ responsibilities mean that water both incoming and outgoing has to reach the highest standards possible. Fortunately, new systems are allowing consumers piece of mind that what they drink is as clean as it can be, and that the company producing it is aware of its environmental obligations.

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Envirogen Water Technologies, are pleased to be supporting the Making Cosmetics show

Envirogen Water Technologies, are pleased to be supporting the Making Cosmetics show, 12 – 13  March 2013 at NMM in Birmingham.  Making Cosmetics features developments that allow branded / private label manufacturers and brand owners to respond effectively and efficiently to consumer demand in ever competitive markets.  Envirogen is a total solutions provider, supplying water purification and water treatment systems to customers in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical and healthcare market, where high grade, purified water is an essential element in the manufacturing process.

Click here to read more about the show or click here to read about Envirogen in the Cosmetics market.

Show web address is:

http://www.making-cosmetics.com/

Link for Envirogen in Cosmetics market is:

http://www.envirogengroup.com/our-markets-2/cosmetics/

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