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Odor Control in Wastewater Sludge Dewatering

Posted by Mike Baranski on Nov 18, 2019 12:26:00 PM

MULTIPLE METHODS FOR SLUDGE DEWATERING BUT ONLY ONE ODOR CONTROL SOLUTION

Sludge dewatering is the process of removing as much water as possible from wastewater and sewage sludge. The output of this process includes untreated water that will continue to be cleaned and purified (before being released and reused), and biosolids with drastically reduced liquid content, volume and mass.

The reduced mass and volume of the biosolid end-product makes it far easier to store or transport, being both lighter and with a far smaller footprint. It is then either land applied as agricultural fertilizer or sent to a landfill.

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Topics: wastewater treatment plant odor control, sludge dewatering

Biosolids Management and Wastewater Odor Control

Posted by Mike Baranski on Oct 21, 2019 8:01:41 PM

Importance of Ventilated Odor Control in Wastewater Biosolids Areas

Biosolids are a nutrient-rich organic material produced when sewage sludge is extracted from wastewater and treated with several processes, including one to reduce pathogens. It can have an organic matter content of up to 50% and is often used as an alternative to conventional fertilizer.

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Topics: biosolids management, wastewater treatment plant odor control

Wastewater Odor Control Technology & Methods

Posted by Mike Baranski on Sep 11, 2019 10:30:00 AM

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?

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Topics: wastewater treatment plant odor control, odor control technology, odor control systems

Fab-Tech at Semicon West 2019, Booth 5972, North Hall

Posted by Mike Baranski on Jul 1, 2019 8:04:00 AM

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.

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Topics: semicon west

5 Avoidable Laboratory Ventilation Costs

Posted by Mike Baranski on Feb 4, 2019 3:00:00 PM

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.

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Topics: frp duct, fume exhaust duct, laboratory ventilation

Faster, Easier and Less Expensive to Install than FRP Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on Sep 15, 2018 7:12:58 PM

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.

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Topics: vent pipe installation, frp duct, duct installation

Why AE Firms Prefer PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on Jun 19, 2018 8:39:04 AM

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?

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Topics: vent duct, facility design

Containing Acid Fumes with Fluoropolymer Coated Vent Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on Jun 5, 2018 12:19:01 PM

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.

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Topics: vent duct, acid fumes

21st Century Evaluation of U.S. National Lab Design

Posted by Mike Baranski on May 23, 2018 1:22:52 PM

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.

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Topics: lab design, national labs

Cutting Edge MIT Nano-Lab Design Merges Function and Safety

Posted by Mike Baranski on May 22, 2018 10:59:09 AM

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. 

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Topics: fume exhaust duct, lab design, lab safety

The Numbers Behind PermaShield's Superior Class 1 Fire Rating

Posted by Mike Baranski on May 22, 2018 10:56:24 AM

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.

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Topics: frp duct, class 1 fire rating, astm e-84, class 1 duct

4 Tips for Optimal Lab Fume Hood Performance and Safety

Posted by Mike Baranski on May 22, 2018 10:52:16 AM

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. 

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Topics: fume exhaust duct, lab design, lab safety

Exhaust Duct Joint Technology Differences

Posted by Mike Baranski on May 22, 2018 10:50:09 AM

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.

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Topics: frp duct, fume exhaust duct, duct installation

An Easy Choice for Wastewater Treatment Plant Odor Control

Posted by Mike Baranski on May 22, 2018 10:48:40 AM

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. 

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Topics: frp duct, wastewater treatment plant odor control

Optimize Research Lab Safety with Proper Equipment Selection

Posted by Mike Baranski on May 22, 2018 9:29:38 AM

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.

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Topics: vent duct, research lab safety

Why Process Industries Want PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on May 1, 2018 3:20:15 PM

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.

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Topics: fluoropolymer coating, fume exhaust duct

Lab Air Quality In Multi-Use Research Labs

Posted by Mike Baranski on Apr 23, 2018 4:30:33 PM

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.

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Topics: Clean Room Design, lab design, lab air

PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct Hot Tap Installation: Part 2

Posted by Mike Baranski on Apr 4, 2018 4:19:00 PM

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.

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Topics: fume exhaust duct, hot tap installation

PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct Hot Tap Installation: Part 1

Posted by Mike Baranski on Apr 4, 2018 4:18:00 PM

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.

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Topics: vent pipe installation, saddle tap

What's Replacing FRP Duct on Wastewater Odor Control Systems?

Posted by Mike Baranski on Mar 28, 2018 11:40:00 AM

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.

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Topics: wastewater treatment, frp duct, wastewater treatment plant odor control

How Coated Metal Duct Improves Wastewater Odor Control Systems

Posted by Mike Baranski on Mar 16, 2018 10:30:24 AM

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.

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Topics: frp duct, fume exhaust duct, wastewater treatment plant odor control

Lab Safety Goes Beyond the Chemical Fume Hood

Posted by Mike Baranski on Mar 7, 2018 2:43:47 PM

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.

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Topics: fume exhaust duct

4 Big Advantages of PermaShield Pipe Over FRP Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on Feb 15, 2018 8:37:29 AM

4 More Reasons to Use Coated Stainless Steel Duct

It's always nice to discover that little advantage or edge-up which makes our lives easier, safer, cheaper, or more productive. It's even better when that advantage is not so little, and when it improves our lives across all categories!

This article takes aim at four big advantages of PSP® coated stainless steel duct and how it surpasses FRP duct in quality, safety, cost, and convenience.

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Topics: frp duct, wastewater treatment plant odor control

Meeting Demand for Wastewater Treatment Plant Odor Control Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on Jan 4, 2018 12:15:00 PM

Fab-Tech Hires Mike Mulcahy AS Midwest Regional Sales Manager

Colchester, Vermont - Fab-Tech Inc., is excited to announce it has hired Mike Mulcahy as Midwest Regional Sales Manager

“Mike brings more than a decade of sales management and account development experience in the water and wastewater industry to our team,” said Scott Fine, President of Fab-Tech. “He’s a solid fit for our goals and initiatives. We are pleased to add such a key person to our roster.”

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Topics: careers, wastewater treatment plant odor control

How To Identify True Class 1 Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on Dec 18, 2017 1:23:04 PM

Not All Class 1 Duct is Created Equal

Building codes and regulations stress lower flame spread and low smoke generation for many materials. The Steiner Tunnel Test (ASTM E-84) is frequently referenced as a method to assess these burn characteristics and is a mandatory test for many commercial building materials.

While such standards and mandatory tests are indeed important, it is also critically important to understand their parameters and tolerances.

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Topics: Permashield Pipe, frp duct

No Flame + No Smoke = Fluoropolymer Coating On Stainless Steel Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on Dec 5, 2017 11:19:00 AM

Fluoropolymer Coating - Q&A

What is a fluoropolymer? A fluoropolymer is a fluorocarbon-based substance that contains atoms of fluorine. It is characterized by a high resistance to solvents, acids, and bases. Fluoropolymers were discovered by happen-stance in 1938 by Dr. Roy J. Plunkett as he was working on freon (for the DuPont corporation) and accidentally polymerized tetrafluoroethylene.

The result was PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), more commonly known as Teflon. This material was found to have the lowest coefficient of friction of any known solid and was inert to virtually all chemicals known. Its corrosion resistivity (in almost all applications) exceeds that of glass (borosilicate and enameled glass-steel) and exotic alloys such as Hastelloy, Niobium, Tantalum and Titanium.

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Topics: coated stainless steel, fluoropolymer coating

How Coated Stainless Steel Duct Fits Into The Circular Economy

Posted by Mike Baranski on Dec 4, 2017 11:19:00 AM

First, What Is The Circular Economy?

We are entering a new age, one where people are realizing that it’s possible to meet and exceed financial goals and make progress in preserving our environment. This concept is taking hold in new and diverse ways and across many commercial and industrial spheres. It's known as the Circular Economy.

You’ll be hearing this phrase more and more as its influence grows, but what exactly does it mean? 

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Topics: frp duct, coated stainless steel, circular economy

Hidden Costs of FRP Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on Nov 20, 2017 3:38:18 PM

5 Things You Should Know Before Using FRP Duct

When it comes to installing odor control systems in wastewater treatment facilities, one of the many design considerations to resolve is whether to use fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) or coated stainless steel duct.

Historically, FRP duct has been the more common choice from a cost perspective, but increasingly savvy WWTP owners and engineers are recognizing that there are hidden costs and strict rules and regulations that come with a decision to use FRP materials.

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Topics: frp duct, wastewater treatment plant odor control

Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plants That Trust PSP® Fume Exhaust Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on Nov 14, 2017 3:05:38 PM

Leading wastewater treatment facilities ARE Using PermaShield Pipe

Many modern wastewater treatment facilities are moving away from traditional fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP duct) and employing PSP® odor control exhaust duct instead. Through informed research, facility owners and engineers are learning that PSP® delivers superior performance, superior labor savings, superior safety, and lower maintenance than FRP duct. 

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Topics: frp duct, fume exhaust duct, wastewater treatment plant odor control

Standards, Chemicals & Coated Stainless Steel

Posted by Mike Baranski on Nov 7, 2017 2:24:26 PM

More Reasons To USE Fluoropolymer Coated Stainless Steel Over FRP Duct

When it comes to corrosive fume exhaust systems, process facilities must ensure that their equipment and practices adhere to strict regulatory standards all while remaining as flexible as possible to adapt to future mandates and regulation changes.

In the midst of this balancing act, facility owners and engineers are finding PSP® fluoropolymer coated stainless steel to be a more versatile, affordable, compliant, durable and safe alternative to fiber-glass reinforced plastic (FRP duct).

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Topics: frp duct, coated vent pipe

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