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Our Expert Opinion: A series of knowledge articles from our experts

Is Mixing Costing you Dear?

The design of your mixing equipment has a major impact on process efficiency and productivity. With the pressures of daily production targets, product quality and on-time shipping, it’s easy to push equipment auditing and opportunities for process improvement to the bottom of the list.

Mick Dawson, Engineering Director explains why an independent audit can be a win-win for your mixing operations. Read the Full Article

Need to Scale-up Right First Time?

The successful scale-up from laboratory to pilot plant and pilot to production plant is critically important. You know the required production rates that must be achieved, but how can you be certain that the process can be successfully implemented? Furthermore, how do you select the critical operating conditions?

David Brown, Technical Director, explains some of the factors you need to consider. Read the Full Article

Moving Slurries Through Pipework

Whether your industry works with slurries, sludges, slips or suspensions, pumping these complex materials poses several challenges and problems. By characterising the slurry properties correctly, ensuring effective hydraulic pipeline design, and fully considering equipment selection, you can experience many years of worry-free, cost-effective operation.There’s a number of decisions you need to navigate that will impact your operational efficiency, timescales and budget when pumping and storing slurries.

Nigel Heywood, Senior Consultant explains how best to decide whether you need to use
a pump to move your slurry. Read the Full Article


Ensuring Performance of Wet Thermal Insulation Solutions

Inadequate thermal insulation can ultimately result in prohibitive penalties or in costly production restarts (after shutdown in case of a hydrate plug, for example). Clearly the best way to avoid this is to take a thorough approach, by ensuring any new products you design or that are provided by your supply chain, have been tested to agreed industry standards, but what’s the most cost-effective way to do that?

Benoit Post, Head of Energy & Power shares our current thoughts. Read the Full Article

Hydraulic Design Validation Methods

Many existing infrastructure networks cannot keep up with modern-day demands for water and sanitation. The provision of major new civil infrastructure projects to deliver increased capacity and sustainable networks is therefore a key priority. In delivering these projects to time, cost and quality, whilst undertaking active risk-mitigation, project managers need to make informed decisions about project design early in the process.

Ian Hart, Head of Water & Wastewater considers the key elements in determining the best project-specific approach for clients’ needs. Read the Full Article

Getting the most from Chemical P-Removal

Phosphorus is crucial nutrient with widespread use domestically, in industry and
agriculture. However, high Phosphorus levels in the environment have led to increased eutrophication of surface waters throughout Europe, threatening water quality and biodiversity. As a result, legislation in the form of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (UWWTD) sets statutory limits on the concentration of phosphorus that can be discharged into the environment from waste water treatment works.

Mick Dawson, Engineering Director, explains how to get the most from Chemical
P-Removal, to meet both legislation and commercial/operational objectives. Read the Full Article