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For the Engineered Woods and Pellets industries especially, treating and reusing WESP wastewater can save millions of dollars per year in maintenance costs alone.

From an operations perspective, the equipment at the plant comes second only to personnel. If equipment function isn’t optimal, production will suffer. Maintenance tasks such as cleaning out WESP and RTO units to remove solids and contaminants can impact the bottom line. Such activities are not profitable; the maintenance can take hours and even weeks at a time and causes the plant to shut down, which impacts productivity. What if the equipment didn’t require constant cleaning or replacing? What if all that thick, dark wastewater didn’t have to be evaporated and disposed of?

What if the wastewater that currently comes out of the WESP could be recycled into process-ready water again? What if the WESP never had to receive already concentrated wastewater to begin with? Effectively treating and reusing WESP wastewater protects the valuable equipment from gumming, corroding, and slowing production. If the water that goes into the WESP is clean, maintenance downtime becomes less of a burden and hydroblasting is unnecessary. Not only that, but having to haul off wastewater and solids for disposal can also be greatly reduced or eliminated. ProChem’s CleanWESP™ chemical treatment program effectively treats WESP wastewater and feeds the treated water back to the WESP. Cleaner water into the WESP means a cleaner WESP and cleaner vapor entering the RTO.

CleanWESP is an all organic, proprietary process designed to reduce TSS, TDS, potassium and sodium oxides, and high chlorides (>1,000ppm that corrode stainless steel). This proven process uses coagulant and polymer to treat wood processing wastewaters specifically. It can be tailored to each application too, to ensure it addresses the unique issues occurring at a given customer’s site. In addition to the CleanWESP program, ProChem offers water treatment system design and integration services, operations and maintenance services, and ongoing service and support for its products. Stop spending weeks’ worth of man hours on maintenance activities. Instead, lower your operational costs and increase production potential by reusing process wastewater. Contact us for more information about water reuse and the CleanWESP program.

Case Study

 

At ProChem, our mission is to provide our customers with solutions. More specifically, we want to provide cost-effective solutions that actually solve their problems and allow them to meet their goals.

That mission often requires time and specialization. We've dedicated the past 15 years to a (very) long list of contaminants, industry-specific issues, and customer-specific issues. As a result, we can meet a lot of different challenges here with our extensive (and impressive) catalog of equipment and chemistry. But there are still corners of the market that we have not yet reached. We want to be prepared for those challenges, and we will be with a little help from our friends at ABS Wastewater.

Like ProChem, ABS Wastewater is a full-service water and wastewater treatment company with products suitable for many different industries. Their flagship family of Regenex Wastewater Treatment Systems is ideal for cost effectively removing a (very) long list of organic compounds. Regenex utilizes a high performance, transformative absorbent technology, developed by their parent company, ABS Materials. This media is reusable. it can be regenerated over and over again while continuously treating wastewater. Regenex is specially designed and equipped to handle certain contaminants that are best left to the specialists at ABS Wastewater. That's why we're excited to announce that we're adding Regenex to our solutions offerings.

Through our mutual collaboration, ProChem and ABS Wastewater can be more cost competitive with a quicker turnaround on solutions for our customers. By expanding our respective catalogs to include one another's products, we can reach more industrial facilities. We share the same goal: solve industry's water problems. Together, we are one (giant) step closer. We're proud to have ABS Wastewater's Regenex systems as a solution option, and we are proud to be part of ABS Wastewater's solutions catalog too.

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About Wet Testing

Before we ship a system to a customer site for installation, we test it here in our facility in Virginia. We call it a "wet test." Wet testing includes running water through the system, testing and calibrating instruments, checking for leaks, simulating scenarios, training Technical Services staff, applying finishing touches, and ensuring all the pieces are functional and present before shipping.

ProChem is currently starting up a 10gpm CWP - continuous flow wastewater treatment system at a leading global securities company. The system will remove heavy metals and suspended solids from their waste stream before discharging it.  The following images are from the wet testing that was conducted on this CWP system.

 T104 Filling with Water

T104 filling with water for the wet test.

 

Technician, Turner Ward, calibrating a pH sensor.

 

Technical Services Representative, Scott Buff, getting familiar with the HMI.

 

I & C Manager, Mark Trussell, triple checking the PLC program.

Next Steps

After the successful we test, this system was shipped to Utah for installation. The installation and start-up process is now nearly complete. This process includes operations training and dedicated Technical Services staff on site. They are there to ensure that the system is running effectively, that the operations staff is ready to operate it on their own, and that our customer's expectations have been met--before we leave the site.

Watch a video from the wet testing on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ja76_vpMCM