Dow Water & Process Solutions Opens Manufacturing Facility
Facility will meet demand for filtration products
At the WQA Aquatech USA 2013 conference and exhibition, Dow Water & Process Solutions announced the opening of a commercial-scale manufacturing facility for the Tequatic Plus fine particle filter in Menlo Park, Calif., that is designed to meet growing demand for its line of F-50, F-75 and F-150 models.
The new facility is owned and operated by Clean Filtration Technologies LLC (CFT), a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow. According to Abhishek Shrivastava, manager of special projects, “the new facility reflects a five-fold increase in floor space, most of which is dedicated to manufacturing and research and development (R&D). It will also house a growing team of water filtration experts. Importantly, the facility includes a state-of-the-art application development laboratory that will enable us to speed up R&D and product testing, bringing solutions to market faster than ever before."
The facility is designed around LEAN manufacturing principles, with strict quality control standards and best practices for safety leveraged from Dow. In addition, system and technical service field engineers are in place and focused on timely order response and onsite technical support.
The Tequatic Plus filter is a patented technology that combines continuous-cleaning, cross-flow filtration with centrifugal separation and solids collection into one device. It is designed to handle a wide range of difficult-to-treat feedwaters with high and highly variable total suspended solids (up to 10,000 mg/L) cost-effectively and consistently.
“Orders are already being filled in a variety of applications where the Tequatic Plus filter is used as a primary filter, a prefilter and pretreatment for applications such as reverse osmosis and ultrafiltration, or even as a post-filter in applications such as moving bed bioreactor (MBBR) systems,” said Cedella Beazley, general manager for CFT. “The MBBR application is the most recent application to benefit from the Tequatic Plus filter, which is being integrated into systems for five hospitals in Iraq to help meet stringent requirements for treating wastewater prior to discharge into rivers. The customer found the Tequatic Plus filter to offer a variety of advantages over multimedia, including low maintenance, high uptime and the ability to simplify their system in ways that reduced their overall footprint.”
According to John Patrin, CFT strategic marketing manager, “the Tequatic Plus filter is also proving its value in other markets, such as oilfield water. In addition to low maintenance and high uptime, these customers are attracted to a high water recovery that is typically greater than 99%, low consumables and disposal costs and low environmental impact. The Tequatic Plus filter is being used in applications with space and weight constraints, such as prefiltration for drinking water on oil platforms.”