FOOD & BEVERAGE FACILITIES
Food & Beverage Facilities Trust Solid Chemistry as the Optimal Choice in Water Treatment for Safety, Sustainability & Ease
Whether you’re a business that brews, pasteurizes, or packages, our solutions for your cooling and boiler water is an approach that improves conditions (reduces scale/ corrosion/ biological fouling), as well as helps minimize risk & liability while increasing sustainability.
Today, the pressure on facilities managers to comply with regulatory standards, achieve sustainability goals, and satisfy the facility’s needs as a whole is at an all-time high.
For the food & beverage industry, it’s critical to align with companies that have shared values in providing solutions that help increase sustainability across the entire facility using proven technologies that achieve optimal results. This directive must include all aspects of the company, including industrial water treatment for cooling towers, boilers, and closed-loop systems.
SOLID CHEMISTRY CAN HELP
Solid chemistry technology by AP Tech is a safe and sustainable solution. Developed in 2002 and manufactured in the USA, solid chemistry is the optimal choice in water treatment for various reasons:
With liquid chemistry, splashing and spilling highly acidic or alkaline chemicals can result in falls or chemical exposure/inhalation, thus creating hazardous areas. AP tech solid chemistry will eliminate chemical spills and risks during shipping, application, and storage.
Solid chemistry packaging is recyclable and can simply be placed into a recycling bin. Liquid-filled drums typically require handling considerations, triple rinsing upon disposal due to their hazardous nature, and other restraints that come with associated costs.
CO2 reduction is a direct result of switching to solid chemistry. Assuming a 2,000-ton average load at five cycles of concentration, switching from liquids to solids can reduce CO2 emissions by 56 tons annually. In addition, solid chemistry can help achieve LEED credits.
MAXIMIZE FLOOR SPACE
Keep floor space free from obstruction (unlike bulky, liquid-filled chemical drums) and optimize facility square footage. Store cases of solid chemistry safely on shelves. No special containment is required.
When shipping lightweight chemistry discs, bottles, sticks, and tabs, you will save on freight costs. Liquids can cost almost four times the amount of solids to ship. In addition, increase savings with solids as they do not require special containment or triple rinsing to comply with government or company-enforced regulations.
EASILY TRANSPORT TO DIFFICULT–TO–ACCESS LOCATIONS
Remove the safety concern of carrying awkward-to-handle 5-gallon pails. Often, pails are carried to a roof via ladder, or to a remote location. This heavy lifting is risky. At just 11 pounds or less, solid chemistry poses little to no health risk.
LESS FREQUENT DELIVERY/FEWER REFILLS REQUIRED
Solid Chemistry discs are stacked in the dissolver (up to 4 per dissolver) and allow for complete product use. Replace product as needed and less frequently.
Poultry Plant – Solids Provide a Safe Solution
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Water Treatment Challenge:
A poultry processing plant in the southwestern U.S. was experiencing severe problems in its 3,500- ton ammonia refrigeration system.
The evaporative condensers were located on the roof so a “pulsed power” non-chemical water treatment device was used to treat one of the seven evaporative condensers, while the remaining six systems were only treated by heavy manual bleed. These practices were not effective and allowed heavy scale deposits to form on the evaporative condenser tubes, which resulted in high condensing pressure and increased energy costs. Severe corrosion occurred, which significantly reduced the life span of the evaporative condensers. The plant was considering an expensive coating to help avoid premature replacement of the corroded system.
Plant personnel considered a liquid chemical water treatment program but were concerned about the safety and handling requirements associated with transporting and storing hazardous liquid water treatment chemicals on the roof. The limited space available for drum storage around the evaporative condensers and in the compressor room was also an issue.
Solving the Water Treatment Challenge with Solids:
AP Tech’s solid chemistry for water treatment provided as non-hazardous program in recyclable plastic bottles rather than liquid in drums. The solids are dissolved as needed into a small plastic reservoir using a dissolving board. The feed solution is then pumped into the system being treated, as is done with liquid chemicals.
The dissolving boards were installed inside an enclosure located on the roof near the condensers, and the blended solid concentrates were provided in 11-pound bottles that can be easily transported to the roof as needed. Solids provided benefits of:
- Simplicity of use (solid concentrate is easily moved throughout the facility and product loading only requires handling a single bottle)
- Reduction of splash and spill concerns
- Elimination of drum handling, storage and disposal
- Ideal for use in hard-to-reach locations
- Reduction of fuel and greenhouse gas emissions associated with product delivery
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