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Best Practice: Effective Maintenance of your Capital Equipment

May 25, 2021 6:01:03 PM / by Dave McWalters posted in water treatment, wastewater treatment, Water Parts and Service

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An investment in drinking water and wastewater systems is undertaken to protect public health and the environment. The decision to move ahead on a capital project is one that should not be taken lightly. Whether you are designing a new facility or upgrading an older site, any capital investment, should include the implementation of measures to protect that capital investment. The most effective way to protect an equipment purchase is to follow manufacturer-recommended maintenance and service procedures and schedules.  Download our Checklist using the form on this page to keep your equipment in tip top shape.

An equipment purchase is effectively the start of a long relationship between the purchasing company and manufacturer, going well beyond the installation, start-up and commissioning of a system. As a result, it’s important to focus on the service and maintenance a manufacturer offers throughout the life of the equipment. A simple review of the service offerings will help ensure a partnership with a manufacturer that understands what is required to effectively support their system.

Water and wastewater system operators play an important role in ensuring reliable water and wastewater equipment performance. Proper operation and maintenance of water and wastewater treatment equipment depends largely on the operators and the training they’ve received to support the equipment. Equipment-specific training from a manufacturer at start-up and routinely throughout the life of the equipment is important, especially given the high turnover rate of trained and experienced operators at water and wastewater treatment facilities.

From an operation and maintenance perspective, some of the common deficiencies affecting the ability to follow manufacturer-recommended procedures and schedules include:

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SANILEC® and SEACLOR® Upgrade and Retrofit Programs for Offshore O&G Operators

Mar 29, 2021 3:25:01 PM / by Jose Lopez posted in oil and gas, Sanilec, SEACLOR, Retrofit Programs, Water Parts and Service

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As a mechanical engineer and technology professional, who was also one of the original designers of SANILEC equipment in the early 2000s, Jose Lopez understands the piping and structural layouts of seawater electro-chlorination systems inside and out. Today, as the technology manager for both SANILEC and SEACLOR product lines, he is on a mission to make the maintenance and care of these critical systems readily accessible to offshore equipment owners everywhere.

For any near shore or offshore application—from power plant cooling to firewater circuits or any underwater equipment that has access to saltwater, De Nora is the electro-chlorination market leader. De Nora has been instrumental in making sure that essential Oil & Gas equipment stays clean and in optimum condition for almost 100 years—with performance, safety, and environmental concerns as top priorities.

De Nora Retrofit Programs
Extending the life of older equipment can help lower costs, and in many instances, keep your electro-chlorination system working as good as new. Many systems in the field, even those 20-25 years or older, have an excellent maintenance record. Form the retrofit perspective, for them maintenance is more about cell replacement every five to seven years. Other customers may be experiencing downsizing of their staff and need a remote monitoring capability—with the addition of automation, transmitters, and controls so the operator can monitor the health of a system from a single master control center. While remote monitoring has been in practice a very long time—primarily for status and alarms —De Nora can improve that automation by designing a box (seawater in/hypochlorite out), then sending the hypochlorite to ten or more different locations. Automating the process allows the operators to avoid isolating those valves—saving time, money, and unplanned outages.

Other older systems may be ready to change out their technology—either because they have outgrown their capacity and need more chlorination. These SANILEC customers may want to add an additional electrolyzer, or alternatively upgrade to the SEACLOR product line, which features a more compact design and the ability to produce higher capacities. Regardless, these are major decisions that take advanced planning and our field technicians are at the ready to review your specific requirements and make a recommendation.

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