4 Considerations for Wastewater Odor Control Technology
When odors from wastewater treatment facilities become problematic for surrounding communities, they have the potential to cause more headaches than simply an unpleasant smell. Depending on the severity of the foul air, locals may contact plant management to complain, or in more severe cases they may even reach out to local government or the media to make their complaints be known. If these odors begin to garner political or media attention it could hurt the reputation of the plant. Moreover, severe odors can impact job satisfaction and even the safety of on-site employees.
So, what can be done to control problem odors?
Topics: wastewater treatment plant odor control, odor control technology, odor control systems
We set the industry standard for safe and reliable corrosive fume exhaust duct systems through the efforts of our team of hard working employees. In addition to the safety that we engineer into our fume exhaust duct products, we emphasize "Safety Always" across all aspects of our business operations. As such, we like to recognize when our employees embody this initiative by practicing impeccable safety in their daily work routines.
Today we'd like to recognize Jim Raymond for his hard work and dedication to upholding our corporate safety vision.
Topics: careers, safety
Opening Day at Semicon West 2019
The Future of Advanced Manufacturing is here. Come see us in the Moscone Center North Hall at Booth 5972.
Early interest at the opening to meet with Fab-Tech President, Scott Fine, and our systems and equipment experts.
Topics: semicon west
What: Semicon West 2019
Where: San Francisco, Moscone Center
When: July 9th-11th
Fab-Tech will be exhibiting at Semicon West 2019 in San Francisco. We will be attending along with our sister CPS Group company, Diversified Fluid Solutions. Come meet our team at Booth 5972 in the North Hall to discover how our fume exhaust duct systems can translate to 60 to 70%+ installation labor savings, superior fire safety, and virtually zero lifetime maintenance compared to FRP duct. Our experts will be on hand to answer these questions and more.
Topics: semicon west
Merging Size and Safety in PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct Production
As part of a corporate wide safety awareness initiative, Fab-Tech recently implemented changes to our manufacturing process to reflect a safer way to perform the fabrication and coating of our vent duct systems. Since our largest diameter exhaust duct was among the first to roll off the production line following the process updates, we decided it was time to take a step back and admire the fruits of our labor.
Topics: fume exhaust duct, careers
Why Lab Ventilation Systems Should Use PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct
Fab-Tech’s proprietary fluoropolymer coated stainless steel fume exhaust duct carries clear benefits across an array of industrial and scientific research applications.
Given its status as the material of choice for venting corrosive fumes in semiconductor manufacturing, laboratory owners in private and university settings have taken note and are now following suit.
Topics: fume exhaust duct, laboratory ventilation
Production Employees Seize Professional Development Opportunity
Through the Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI), two Fab-Tech employees have registered to take Certified Production Technician courses at CCV in Winooski. The 9-month CPT training program is a "nationally recognized credential" that affords both professional development and increased earnings potential.
Topics: careers, CPT Training
Welcoming Design Engineer Mike Lucy
Fab-Tech is pleased to announce it has added Design Engineer, Mike Lucy, to its growing roster of engineers.
Prior to joining Fab-Tech, Mike held the position of Design Engineer with Cascades Containerboard in Schenectady, New York, where he worked on design innovations for the packaging and containers industry.
Topics: careers, design engineer
Successful MFG Day Event at Fab-Tech
Manufacturing Day is a growing nationally-held event which allows modern process facilities to embrace groups and individuals that are on an early manufacturing career path. Across the nation, manufacturers open their doors to showcase their work and to provide a look into the state of the industry, all with the intent of sparking inspiration in the minds of incoming manufacturers and engineers.
Originating in 2011, MFG Day has been recognized on the first Friday of every October, and it is increasingly uniting manufacturers in a national effort to raise awareness on how and why manufacturing is the backbone of any vibrant economy.
Topics: MFG Day, careers
Awarded for Significant Contributions to Workplace and Community
Fab-Tech Inc., Sales Operations Specialist, Bailey Gokey, has been recognized as a 2018 Rising Star by Vermont Business Magazine for her outstanding community service and exemplary work ethic. The award will be presented to her at a special reception and dinner to be held at the Trader Dukes Hotel on November 8th.
Bailey is among a select group of young Vermont professionals that were chosen by a panel of judges to be honored with the award this year.
PSP® On Display at WEFTEC 2018
Fab-Tech Inc., will be attending the 91st annual WEFTEC Conference in New Orleans, joining nearly 21,000 registrants and 1000+ exhibitors from around the world.
This event is "recognized as the largest annual water quality exhibition in the world... providing unparalleled access to the most cutting-edge technologies in the field."
Topics: wastewater odor control
Video Comparison of PSP® Vent Pipe and FRP Duct Assembly
A common belief among engineers and facility designers is that coated stainless steel vent pipe is more expensive than FRP duct alternatives. While the upfront material costs of fiberglass may appear slightly cheaper on estimates, it is most important to compare equivalent systems, such as the resin and service type of FRP duct, and to include an evaluation of system installation time and cost.
Topics: vent pipe installation, frp duct, duct installation
Chad Whittemore is Promoted to Director of Operations
Fab-Tech and Pure Guard are looking to experience some exciting times during the next two years. We have been living in a digital world where semiconductors have been taken for granted. But, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing everything – and bringing semiconductors back into the spotlight. AI’s potential market of hundreds of zettabytes and trillions of dollars relies on new or refurbished chip manufacturing facilities.
Differentiate Your Firm in Your Next WWTP Pitch
The AE marketplace gets more competitive every day. AE firms competing for the larger and more valuable WWTP projects must stay ahead of the competition or become commoditized.
It's not every day that an advanced process solution presents itself in the wastewater treatment market which provides so many benefits to operators and allows specifying engineers to stand out.
So, how can adding PermaShield Pipe to an AE firm’s toolbox help them stand out and stay innovative?
Topics: vent duct, facility design
Awarded for Service and Support of Vermont National Guard and Reserve Members
Colchester, Vermont - Scott Fine, President of Fab-Tech Inc., has been recognized by Vermont ESGR for his service and support of Vermont's Guard and Reserve members.
During their annual banquet held recently in South Burlington, Vermont, ESGR recognized Scott Fine as one of more than "40 employers who provided outstanding support to their citizen warrior employees over the past year. Guest speaker for the event was Major General Steven Cray, Vermont’s Adjutant General. State of Vermont Governor Phil Scott also participated in recognizing employers and providing brief comments. The event, hosted by Jean O’Sullivan, Vermont State ESGR Chair, was attended by several other senior uniformed Guard and Reserve members as well as key business and community leaders." 
Topics: awards and recognition, careers
PSP® Vent Duct Safely Handles Hydrochloric Acid Fumes
Belvidere, NJ - During the manufacture of a pilot run of innovative Vitamin C products, Roche Vitamins set out to solve a long standing problem that many pharmaceutical manufacturers and research labs face with their process ventilation systems.
That is, how to contain and exhaust highly corrosive acid fumes without having to perpetually replace the vent duct system.
Topics: vent duct, acid fumes
5 Lab Design Criteria for the Future of U.S. National Labs
Governments around the world rely on their national labs to conduct research that will keep them at the leading edge of scientific and technological advancement.
Considering that U.S. national labs were developed during the middle of the 20th century and their management model is only recently showing signs of change, a major concern is that our national lab system may be many times inadequate to keep pace with modern day research initiatives.
Topics: lab design, national labs
PSP® Enhances lab Safety in State Of The Art MIT Nano-Complex
MIT is currently constructing a 200,000 square foot center for nanotechnology and nano-science at their campus in Cambridge, MA. Nicknamed MIT.nano, the facility will follow an open lab design concept to bring faculty, researchers and students together on a grand scale of collaboration.
Topics: fume exhaust duct, lab design, lab safety
A Closer Look At The Class 1 Fire Rating And ASTM E-84 Results of PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct
Prior to the appearance of 300 series fluoropolymer coated stainless steel, the most common materials for process ventilation were galvanized steel, polyvinyl chloride, polypropylene and FRP duct.
In today's high-cost high-tech process facilities, strong regulations and higher standards for fire-safety are turning the attention of facility owners, engineers, and underwriting insurers alike toward PSP® fluoropolymer coated fume exhaust duct.
To understand why, let's take a look at how PSP® gets its superior Class 1 fire rating.
Topics: class 1 fire rating, astm e-84, class 1 duct
Fume Hood Safety Protocols Should Be In Lockstep with a Safe Lab Design
Fume hoods serve as the literal and figurative birthplace for next generation research and scientific discovery. Within these clean, confined spaces, our world is discovering new ways to improve the quality of life for all.
Thomas Edison was known to utilize his fireplace chimney as a fume vent. Without it, chances are his work would have ended prematurely.
These days, fume hoods are better ventilated, more chemically resistant, cleaner, and perform better than Edison’s fireplace, but they still require basic care and planning to ensure that lab safety is not compromised.
Topics: fume exhaust duct, lab design, lab safety
Here’s what it takes to make an exhaust duct joint on FRP Duct
Joints on FRP duct are traditionally accomplished by means of a labor intense "butt and wrap" procedure. Duct ends are ground smooth, exposed ends are sealed with catalyzed resin, and the duct or fitting is "buttered-up" and overlaid with several layers of resin and reinforcing fiberglass.
Adhesive curing at an ambient temperature of 70°F would take at least 24 hours to complete, so electric heating blankets are often required to accelerate the time to cure each joint.
Topics: frp duct, fume exhaust duct, duct installation
5 Advantages of A PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct Installation
Today, savvy wastewater treatment plant owners, engineers, and managers are paying close attention to the potential risks and unforeseen costs of the materials that are being used in their facilities and systems.
One area where material consideration can have both immediate and long lasting impacts is in the odor control systems of a wastewater treatment plant.
When it comes to exhaust duct installation, some materials like FRP duct may require a deep investment of time, money, and specialized labor.
Topics: frp duct, wastewater treatment plant odor control
Wet scrubber Systems and lab Fume Exhaust
Laboratories are becoming increasingly necessary as more and more products require the controlled conditions that only labs can provide. For the purposes of advanced manufacturing, every process from research, to testing, to development, to cleaning must be conducted with precision and accuracy.
Within these environments, lab fume hoods serve as an integral safety feature to help maintain facility air quality. While fume hoods are typically the first line of defense against hazardous vapors in these settings, they're by no means the only defense.
Topics: vent duct, research lab safety
Fluoropolymer Coating and Stainless Steel Fume Exhaust Duct Are a Perfect Combination
There's no shortage of corrosive fumes and vapors generated by process industries which need to be safely and successfully vented.
Common exhaust duct materials that are tasked with this responsibility include stainless steel, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP). While special glass linings, metal alloys, and a wide range of polymers may be used individually or in combination to help meet particular demands, none seem to solve the breadth of corrosive application challenges like PermaShield Pipe (PSP®) with its proprietary fluoropolymer coating.
Topics: fluoropolymer coating, fume exhaust duct
5 Fundamentals For Dynamic Lab Air Quality Needs
In the face of exponentially changing technology and consumer demands, advanced manufacturing industries are driving research labs and clean rooms to accommodate multiple production flows.
As such, these facilities must contend with a wider spectrum of lab air quality requirements, including increased air supply, dynamic airflow patterns, room pressurization, and high-efficiency air filtration versus that of traditional labs and clean rooms.
Here we'll cover 5 fundamental lab air quality considerations that should be factored into every advanced manufacturing clean room or research lab design.
Topics: Clean Room Design, lab design, lab air
Hot Tap Installation Using a Pressurized Glove Box
We all know that change is the only constant. Therefore, it stands to reason that process systems should be designed with adaptability and the eventuality of change in mind. As process intensive facilities grow, there usually comes a time when air-handling and fume exhaust systems need to be expanded or adapted to meet operational demands.
Fortunately, hot tapping with PSP® is a versatile solution that allows users to retro-fit new PSP® components to a variety of host duct systems without costly, time consuming, or disruptive shutdowns to the system.
This instructional demonstrates the relative ease and simplicity with which a hot tap installation can be performed with a zero-leak glove box on PSP® fume exhaust duct.
Topics: fume exhaust duct, hot tap installation
Hot Tap Installation Without A Pressurized Glove Box
As process systems and facilities grow, there usually comes a time when new fume exhaust components need to be added to existing vent duct configurations.
For most facilities, it can be extremely costly and disruptive to take systems offline in order to make such upgrades. Fortunately, PSP® exhaust duct systems are capable of remaining in-service (hot) while saddle tap installation procedures are performed.
The instructional below focuses specifically on how to perform a hot tap installation on PSP® fume exhaust duct without the use of a glove box. For hot tap installations using a pressurized glove box, please follow this link.
Topics: vent pipe installation, saddle tap
Why WWTP Owners Prefer PSP® Coated Metal Duct On Their Odor Control Systems
Wastewater treatment plants are sites where odorous and hazardous fumes are dealt with on a daily basis. As facilities face an ever growing list of water and air-quality issues with which to contend, advancements in vapor phase odor control technology have been sought to help mitigate many of these challenges and concerns.
This article examines some of the leading reasons why PSP® fluoropolymer coated stainless steel duct stands out as the preferred choice for wastewater odor control systems.
Topics: wastewater treatment, wastewater treatment plant odor control
10 Benefits of Coated Metal Duct for Wastewater Odor Control Systems
Wastewater odor control systems and vent pipe products not only need to contain foul air but also need to be highly corrosion resistant. For decades, wastewater treatment facility owners (and engineers) have faced a major pain point with plastic and FRP duct systems that degrade and need regular repair or replacement.
Compounding this pain is the fact that many plastic and FRP duct products are highly combustible. In the event of a fire, or gaseous ignition, such systems will likely be rendered useless if not completely destroyed. In short, wastewater facilities with these types of systems face the pain of higher fire insurance premiums; and those that self-insure face catastrophic losses.
Topics: frp duct, fume exhaust duct, wastewater treatment plant odor control
OSHA AND Lab Safety Standard 29 CFR 1910.1450
Research laboratories are vital to the advancement of technology in many industries including semiconductor, pharmaceutical, chemical, fiber optics, and nanotechnology, to name a few.
In the United States alone, more than a half a million people work in laboratory settings and are faced with the potential dangers that come with this line of employment.
Topics: fume exhaust duct