SITE FEASIBILITY SURVEYS
At-site surveying will maximize your water system's performance and reduce equipment, installation, and operations costs.
Proper site/system surveys, will assist customers in:
Utilizing lower-cost water sources
Eliminating ancillary equipment systems
Reducing energy costs
Lowering facilities/operations budgets
Improving source hydraulics
Meeting environmental goals and regulations
Improving total system reliability.
Our water-technology specialists working with your team, analyze a broad range of critical operating factors:
Only by actually surveying the jobsite is it possible to design the best water-treatment system. Many times, the area layout of the plant will determine what is possible. System operators can offer key ideas for optimizing your system's performance. Frequently, personal observation of the actual water usage offers ideas to imaginative system designers. Through this first- hand experience, our engineers can design the best system to do the best job.
SYSTEMS DESIGN & ENGINEERING
System-balancing increases operations reliability, meets peak demand with safety, and lowers capital/maintenance costs.
We begin water-treatment system design with a performance-flow requirements analysis. This charts peak demands...assays operational safety needs...weighs unit sizing with duty cycles, and...formalizes a system to fit your facility.
Often, multiple small-unit configurations can reduce capital costs, assure greater safety and reduce operating expenses.
Skid-mounted systems, extra-large brining units, or build materials-supply systems, sophisticated monitoring devices, and even proprietary design of a unique piece of equipment...all these, and other design and engineering elements enter into consideration for the preparation of your system.
Our engineering drawings are prepared to allow complete system evaluation and cost-efficent installation, as well as functioning as graphic operator trouble-shooting guides.
Specifications are designed to 1) assure system engineering which will meet client performance goals, and 2) establish a technical base for comparing various system options.
Working with a consulting engineer or with a client's Central Engineering Department, we organize overall performance requirements into technical performance criteria and ask prospective vendor to assure that the recommended system will comply with these criteria.
Translating the hardware or mechanical elements of a proposal into performance data requires water-technology expertise combined with equipment experience. Utilizing performance requirements makes the consulting designer's intentions clear so bidders response can and must reflect the client's requirements.
This eliminates supposed "should fit" systems and poor performance analyses.
WATER SYSTEM PERFORMANCE PROPOSALS
System performance is what it's all about!
Designing the most efficient, lowest-cost water-treatment system which meets your performance goals is our commitment. This approach requires an analysis of how the water-treatment system relates to your overall process...what demands must be met...what emergencies can arise...what is the best benefits/cost ratio possible. Our proposals, then, are not simple statements of equipment selection and price. They are a combination of critical factors - - technical capacity...engineering layout...capital/operating financial analysis -- which altogether will allow you to evaluate all trade-offs and select the system best suiting your needs.
We have assisted customers in:
Designing more flexible systems, offering greater operations reliability
De-sizing units on average versus peak usages requirements
Combining various treatment technologies to improve system life cycles and to
All proposals are drafted in conventional and business terminology so that all levels of professional management and engineering management can participate in the evaluation process.
EQUIPMENT SELECTION & PURCHASE
Turnkey water-treatment systems are integrations of design, performance engineering, and proper equipment selection and skilled installation capability.
In most cases, clients prefer to ask us to serve as an equipment supplier. This happens because we have full mechanical-construction capability to complement our engineering services. We can provide equipment on any basis the client might prefer. Depending on a client's needs, we can furnish packaged systems or components —
to contractors for inclusion as part
of their package
to the client directly for installation
by his mechanical department or by others
to the client on a turnkey basis, including
complete installation on site
However, the approach we often favor, which utilizes the most modern methods incorporates a complete system, fully pre assembled at the factory.The system assembly takes place in the shop, where costs and quality control can be accurately controlled. Using this "skid mounted" approach, jobsite work is minimized. Operational testing, done before shipment, greatly simplifies jobsite piping and electrical hookup.
If necessary, in existing plants, shipment and hookup can be coordinated with jobsite preparation. This procedure practically eliminates interruptions in production.
INSTRUCTION MANUAL & OPERATOR TRAINING
The trouble with most instruction manuals is that the writers never have to use them in the field.
As we often supervise field installation and system start-up as well as provide contract maintenance, we know, in a hands-on manner, the incompleteness of most instruction manuals. We make sure that the written instructions for any system are indeed complete. When advisable, we write supplemental instructions to clarify ambiguous areas. If necessary, we will re-write the entire manual, always with the goal in mind of clarifying the information for the installer, operator, and mechanic.
Many times, we find that full understanding of what the system should do allows operators to anticipate and head off problems before they arise to interrupt production. Too often, particularly when sub-components are factory-assembled into a system, not enough thought is given to an explanation of the functional responsibility of these components. The operators need to know why and how those components fit together, and how they behave in relation to one another.
We take a fully systematic approach to any project with which we are involved. Since most systems are actually simpler than they first appear to be, it follows that to obtain best performance, operators should understand that their simplest components can have a critical affect on total operation. Again, the key to efficient operation is understanding.
Prior to formal turnover of the system, operating and maintenance personnel receive full training in the correct operation of the system. In many cases, special operating and record-keeping procedures are developed for the facility operations people. This assures not only that the new system runs at the proper efficiency, but also that the operating data is available to monitor all phases of the system in use. Many seemingly unrelated functions — such as fuel consumption, chemical consumption, and heat loss — can be monitored from available water-usage data.
By their normally trouble-free operation, water-treatment systems receive too little attention... until real damage to a process has already occurred. Even the most fully automated system requires periodic checking.
There is no substitute for operator attention, and even the most fully automated system requires periodic checking. However, there is a way of greatly diminishing the chances of system failure. This is through a schedule of routine maintenance.
Depending on the individual situation, the program can consist of as little as yearly replacement of wear parts and other preventive maintenance...all the way to regularly scheduled operating testing and record-keeping visits where our technician not only makes sure that the equipment is functioning but also updates the operating records and replaces whatever supplies have been consumed.
In any case, the goal is the avoidance of unscheduled production interruptions.
When unscheduled service is necessary, we have the skilled service people, and parts on hand or quickly available, to get clients back into production as quickly as possible. In cases of major failure, we can respond rapidly, with major repairs, new equipment, or rental equipment available in emergencies on a first-come, first-served basis.
INSTALLATION SUPERVISION & SYSTEMS START UP
Jobsite supervision of water-treatment equipment installation, though critical to efficient system performance, is ignored by most water-technology firms.
Our responsibility to our clients does not end when our equipment is shipped to the jobsite. In fact, one of our most important assets comes into play at that point...our skill in jobsite supervision! Intimately familiar with all aspects of our systems, we are able to explain to the installers just how the job is laid out. We can answer any mechanical, hydraulic, or electrical questions which might arise, and by so doing we are able to prevent system problems and costly rework which unclear instructions or poor supervision frequently causes.
Armed with complete installation, wiring, operating, and maintenance manuals, we can guide the installers not only in piping layout but also valve placement and in the exacting nature of underbed and media placement. Proper bed installation can be the key to efficient operations and is a leading problem for system malfunction. Since bed placement is slow costly work, it is imperative that the work be done properly the first time.
After installation is complete, we check out the entire system for correct functioning of all facets of system operation. All rates and volumes and water quality are measured to assure conformance to specifications.
During the system shakedown period, we are available to check progress, monitor operating procedures, and make sure that all portions of the system function properly and are understood by the operators.
We don't think of ourselves as distributors, we are proud of our ability as problem solvers. While we do stock many products and parts, our commitment is to defining and solving your water problem. Very often this requires a combination of components, engineered into a complete system.