Title: Implementing a Sustainable Solution for Cooling Tower Treatment in the Food Industry
To demonstrate how understanding a customer's key objectives and goals can lead to a sustainable solution.
Mike Hunter, AP Tech Group, Inc.
Marty Templeton, Visentia - will be available during presentation to answer questions and paper author
Industrial facilities are continuously looking for ways to improve employee safety and to reduce environmental impact from their operations. Facilities that have multiple cooling systems distributed around a large site are often faced with managing many 20 and 200 litre containers which can have undesirable safety and environmental implications.
It is well known that solid form technologies reduce freight, CO2 emissions, operator handling and exposure and disposal volume to landfill over traditional liquid chemicals. The main challenge is to deliver a full water treatment program cost effectively in order to take advantage of these benefits across multiple chemicals and at the same time maintain or improve the program performance.
A project was implemented to convert all liquid cooling water chemistry to solid products at a large food production facility in New Zealand. Two of the seven cooling systems have been fully converted in 2019 and the remaining five will be converted in 2020.
The total program administered in this study includes a multifunctional corrosion and scale inhibitor, oxidising biocide, pH control and biodispersant all in solid form.
Safety risk has been improved by reducing the weight of each package by a factor of four. In addition to this the frequency of handling events has also been reduced.
Environmental impact has been improved by reducing transport related CO2 emissions by a factor of [TBC] across the total program. In addition to this, disposal of liquid packaging to landfill was almost eliminated.
Program performance improved substantially by improving refrigeration coefficient of performance by [TBC] while maintaining corrosion performance and microbiological control.
This paper describes how a total water treatment program can be administered using solid chemistries to maximize the safety and environmental gains associated with this form.
Mike Hunter, AP Tech Group, Inc. - AP Tech’s Mike Hunter provides exceptional service to water treatment partners and customers around the globe. As a chemist with over 35 years of sales, service and management experience in commercial water treatment, Mike helps customers create safe and sustainable water treatment programs.
Mike has been with AP Tech since 2013. He began his career at Houseman Hegro as a sales and service trainee in 1977, after obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Salford University. During his 22-year career at Housemen, he progressed through a series of sales and technical responsibilities to senior management roles.
In 1999, Mike joined Halox Technologies as VP Sales and Marketing where he was a key contributor to the introduction of a revolutionary chlorine dioxide generator. Along with three partners, Mike launched Waterchem (UK) in 2004. As Sales Director of the Water Division at Waterchem, Mike was also responsible for the technical support function and product development aspects of the chemical range within the company. In 2010, Waterchem was sold to Green Compliance plc.