New RO system and ultra-low-energy membranes keep plant running smoothly and efficiently during cold winter months
A major food processing plant located in Winnipeg, MB, Canada, contacted one of Axeon’s customers with a problem it was experiencing with its existing commercial reverse osmosis (RO) system. The current system was several years old and was utilizing outdated membrane technology, which required the system to operate at pressures of more than 250 psi. The system’s production was at an acceptable level during the summer and fall months; however, during winter and spring the feedwater temperatures would drop to almost freezing. This decreased the RO product water output by almost half, and that affected the manufacturer’s potential for product output, costing the plant thousands of dollars of lost revenue per day.
This common scenario presented an opportunity for Axeon engineers to design a system with the ability to meet the production requirements while lowering the energy requirements. The solution was the Axeon R1-6140 commercial RO system. The Axeon R1-6140 tap water RO system was fitted with the company’s HF5-4040 ultra-low-energy membranes. Axeon’s HF5-Series membranes are the industry’s lowest operating membranes with a nominal operating pressure of only 80 psi and a production rate up to 2,500 gal per day (gpd) with a 98.5% salt rejection rate. This allows the operator a wider range of pressure to compensate for loss of flow due to cold water temperatures. With the new R1-6140 system installed and fitted with the HF5-4040 membranes, the customer was able to continue manufacturing year round and increase its pure water output during its busy season, while also lowering its energy requirements.
Results and customer benefits included:
- The Axeon R1-Series systems offered reliability, dependability and quality. These systems are engineered with the installer and operator in mind, featuring self-monitoring controls and brand-name components.
- Axeon HF5 membranes are ideal for tap and brackish water applications and offer higher efficiency levels, thus reducing energy costs by up to 23% or offering increased system production.
- These improvements increased manufacturing and lowered energy requirements for an estimated savings of $47,000 per year.
Equipment and parts installed were:
- Axeon R1-6140 (9000 gpd) Tap Water Commercial RO system – engineered for low-energy, high-efficiency operation; and
- Axeon HF5-4040 membrane elements – utilizing the industry’s leading film technology.