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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 hazardous fume exhaust systems in wastewater treatment facilities, one of the many design considerations to resolve is whether to use fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP duct) or coated stainless steel.

Historically, FRP duct has been the more common choice from a cost perspective, but increasingly savvy facility 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, coated stainless steel

What Makes These Wastewater Treatment Facilities Happy?

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

Why 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® PermaShield Odor Control Exhaust instead.

Through informed research, facility owners and engineers are learning that PSP® delivers superior performance and that when accounting for the installation savings and zero life maintenance costs, PSP® actually costs less than traditional FRP duct. 

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Topics: wastewater odor control, vent pipe

Fab-Tech Positions for Continued Growth and Success

Posted by W. Scott Fine on Nov 9, 2017 9:16:00 AM

MIKE BARANSKI IS PROMOTED TO DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & SALES AT FAB-TECH

Please join me in congratulating Mike Baranski on his promotion to Director of Marketing & Sales for Fab-Tech. Mike will have Fab-Tech’s outside sales team and inside sales operations team reporting to him and will be responsible for growing Fab-Tech’s coated duct business. Mike will continue reporting to me as President of Fab-Tech. 

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Topics: careers

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

Vent Pipe Installation Series: How To Install 4" - 14" PSP-EZ Duct

Posted by Mike Baranski on Oct 24, 2017 4:24:34 PM

4" - 14" PSP-EZ Duct Installation

Time is money, and when you're in the midst of a vent pipe installation or overhaul, reductions in installation time can have a significant impact on the total cost and ROI of your project.

Fab-Tech's PermaShield Pipe (PSP®) is already known to reduce installation labor by a significant margin, but there's an even faster and easier installation option that's available for those who specify PSP-EZ™ duct. 

When you specify PSP-EZ™ for a system joint, a single fastener and band-style clamp configuration is employed in place of companion angle rings with multiple fasteners. The EZ-Clamp joining mechanism provides safe, reliable joints without sacrificing system flexibility or integrity. 

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Topics: vent pipe installation, PSP-EZ duct installation

Can You Join PSP To FRP Duct?

Posted by Mike Baranski on Oct 19, 2017 2:21:47 PM

Connecting Dissimilar Materials In A Vent Pipe Installation

There are many process facilities that require specialty vent pipe systems to handle their hazardous exhaust fumes. Where a facility is expanding or a section of vent pipe needs to be replaced, it is often the case that customers would like to upgrade to FabTech's PSP® to replace weathered and corroded components in their non-PermaShield system.

To put to rest any notion that this presents some kind of engineering challenge, this brief article demonstrates the ease and compatibility with which PermaShield Pipe can be connected to dissimilar types of exhaust vent. 

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Topics: vent pipe installation, frp duct

Major Catalysts for Wastewater Treatment Equipment Demand

Posted by Mike Baranski on Sep 28, 2017 10:03:11 AM

Urban Growth Projections and wastewater Treatment Implications

Over the next 6 years, the global market for wastewater treatment equipment and chemical products is expected to grow by more than 138 billion dollars (1). This enormous increase in spending will be driven by shrinking clean water supplies, increasing demand from growing populations, and the growth of industrial applications beyond current water treatment capacities. 

The United Nations is reporting that by 2025, fresh water usage will increase by 50% in developing countries and by 18% in already developed countries. They also estimate that 1.8 billion people will live in areas where water sources are limited and roughly two thirds of the earth’s population will live in potentially limited areas for clean water (1).

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Topics: wastewater treatment

How DC Water and Sewer Authority Is Using PSP® Vent Pipe

Posted by Mike Baranski on Sep 19, 2017 12:27:37 PM

PSP® Vent Pipe Delivers on All Fronts at DC Blue Plains

The DC Water and Sewer Authority (Blue Plains) is the largest wastewater treatment facility in the world. DC Water utilizes some of the most advanced treatment systems available to provide water and wastewater treatment services to more than 600,000 local residents, another 1.6 million people from neighboring Maryland and Virginia, 17.8 million annual visitors and 700,000 people that work in the DC area. 

DC Water is in the midst of a $10 billion Capital Improvement Program which is quickly distinguishing the facility as a global leader in wastewater treatment. PermaShield® vent pipe has emerged a key component in the success of this program, namely in the handling of hazardous fumes for multiple stages of the treatment process.

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Topics: wastewater odor control, vent pipe, biosolids management

Comparing 3 Vapor-Phase Wastewater Treatment Technologies

Posted by Mike Baranski on Sep 11, 2017 3:03:25 PM

Biofiltration, Solid Scavengers, and Carbon Adsorption 

In Part 1 of our wastewater treatment technology series, we examined the role of wet scrubber systems in the mitigation of hazardous fumes associated with hydrogen sulfide gas (H2S). In this installment, we turn our attention to three additional vapor-phase wastewater treatment technologies. 

In addition to wet-air-scrubbing, wastewater treatment plants today have access to a variety of methods for treating ventilation-air and/or biogas. These include biofiltration, solid scavengers and carbon adsorption.

These systems can be deployed in high odor locations like the headworks, wet wells and bio solids areas, but each has its own set of requirements and considerations that must be factored.  

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Topics: wastewater treatment technologies, wastewater odor control, carbon adsorption, biofiltration, solid scavengers

Tips For Handling Coated Vent Pipe Prior To Install

Posted by Mike Baranski on Aug 17, 2017 2:47:06 PM

How To Properly Store and Handle PSP® Coated Vent Pipe For Optimal Performance

Proper shipping and handling of PSP® vent pipe is essential for successful installation and optimal performance. PermaShield Pipe® is used for venting hazardous and corrosive fumes in pharmaceutical, semiconductor, wastewater and chemical process environments. Proper care must be taken to protect its proprietary coating material from being damaged in shipping, moving, and installation.

Following the guidelines provided here will ensure that your PSP® exhaust duct will serve its lifetime intended purpose; far outlasting any other corrosive fume handling products out there.

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Topics: coated vent pipe, vent pipe care and handling

Public vs. Private Wastewater Treatment Facilities

Posted by Mike Baranski on Aug 15, 2017 1:29:34 PM

Key Debates In The Privatization of Wastewater Treatment Facilities

The privatization of wastewater treatment facilities has been increasing over the past several decades. As financial considerations reign supreme, municipalities are looking into full privatization as well as public-private partnerships. 

The main force behind this is public pressure on local governments to reduce spending and lower property taxes. With our country’s aging wastewater infrastructure in need of costly repairs, many towns, cities and counties are looking into all options.

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Topics: wastewater treatment privatization

Handling Corrosive Fume Exhaust In Solar Cell Manufacturing

Posted by Mike Baranski on Aug 2, 2017 8:35:42 AM

Emerging Solar Cell Manufacturing Process Meets Tried-and-True Fume Exhaust Solution 

You’ve probably heard of next-generation roofing products, those roof shingles that double as solar panels? These "fully integrated photovoltaic roofing products," as they've come to be known, are just one of the potential applications arising from advancements in solar cell manufacturing technology.

Recent innovations in photovoltaic technology have allowed solar cells to be manufactured using thousands of tiny silicon beads bonded in an aluminum foil. The resulting product is a flexible PV material that is lightweight, pliable and break-resistant, which can be formed into a variety of shapes and sizes. This opens the door to a broad range of industrial, commercial and residential applications.

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Topics: Solar Cell Manufacturing, fume exhaust

Identifying Areas For Wastewater Odor Control

Posted by Mike Baranski on Aug 1, 2017 11:57:47 AM

3 Areas Where Odor Control Vent Pipe Can Improve Your Services

Wastewater treatment plants around the world use various processes to treat wastewater from homes and businesses.

In multiple stages of the treatment process, odor control has become an increasingly pertinent issue for owners, architects, engineers and design-build companies. As population densities increase and residential zones expand around wastewater treatment facilities, public tolerance for foul odor seems to decrease proportionately.

This article targets three stages of the wastewater treatment process where PSP® odor control vent pipe can be applied to help alleviate public outcry and improve general air-quality.

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Topics: wastewater treatment technologies, wastewater odor control, lift station, headworks, grit chamber

Biosolids Management at World's Largest Advanced WWTP

Posted by Mike Baranski on Jul 31, 2017 1:21:15 PM

PSP® Handles Massive DC Biosolids Management Project

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Fab-Tech, Inc. has partnered with some of the most advanced wastewater treatment facilities in America; and PermaShield Pipe has emerged as the clear choice for some of the largest and most cutting-edge-technology operations where odor control management systems are utilized. Among these, the District of Columbia's Blue Plains wastewater treatment facility is using Fab-Tech’s PSP® duct to play a critical role in the process of converting sewage into power and fertilizer.

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Topics: wastewater odor control, biosolids management

Wastewater Odor Control Technology: Wet Scrubber Systems

Posted by Mike Baranski on Jul 5, 2017 8:10:41 PM

Wet Scrubber Systems Go Beyond Odor Control

We all love our amenities; clean water and proper sewage treatment being foremost among them. Still, nobody wants to have to think about, or especially smell, the processes involved with this infrastructure.

While many of today’s wastewater treatment plants still utilize the same processes from generations ago, others have begun diversifying their water treatment technologies in an effort to improve not only water quality, but air quality as well.

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Topics: wastewater odor control, wet scrubber systems

What Does SUNY CNSE and PermaShield Pipe Have In Common?

Posted by Mike Baranski on Jun 22, 2017 10:07:33 AM

Fab-Tech's Permashield Pipe Provides Solution For Renowned SUNY Nanotech complex

Nanotechnology is not only a rapidly advancing field of study, but a broadening commercial opportunity as well. The ability to observe and manipulate materials at nanoscale, literally at the atomic level, is opening up whole new fields of science and engineering.

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Topics: Clean Room Standards, vent pipe, suny cnse

Revolutionary Wastewater Treatment Technologies Set New Standards

Posted by Mike Baranski on May 4, 2017 2:28:16 PM

Advanced Wastewater Treatment Technologies Are Drawing Public Interest

Economic and population growth in the Seattle, Washington area has driven the need to increase regional wastewater treatment capacity.

In the summer of 2000, King County began searching for locations for additional treatment facilities. Over the course of a 3-year public process between 2000 and 2003, more than 65 potential locations were evaluated. 

Because extensive stakeholder consultation and environmental reviews were a part of the siting process, odor control from the proposed facility became an important factor in its design. The resulting $1.86B, 36 million gallon per day regional system, known as Brightwater, now serves much of North King County and its wastewater treatment technologies have set far-reaching standards.

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Topics: wastewater treatment technologies, wastewater odor control