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Three trends shaping the future of the wastewater industry

The world is changing and we must change with it. That is as true for industrial water and wastewater as it is for any other industry. Advancements in technology and increasing environmental issues are contributing toward the need for evolution. Fortunately, all signs point towards a sustained growth. In this article, Fluid Controls examines which trends are shaping the future of the wastewater industry.

Key wastewater industry trends

The changing requirements for water treatment have prompted both the government and the industry alike to react promptly and look toward the future. Whilst we have noticed a rise in individual trends, the following are the three which are occurring most prominently in the wastewater industry:

Advancements in wastewater reuse

While the practice of wastewater management is hardly anything new, there have been advancements in industry practices and the technology used. As stress on our water supplies continues to grow, the holy grail for wastewater treatment to become increasingly cost-effective.

Industrial operations now seek to increase the recovery of their produced water and will be turning to more advanced technology to do so. Both direct and indirect potable reuse practices have become more palatable and technologically efficient.

With an increased focus on affordable alternatives to augment water, this will also help depletion related events such as seawater intrusion or groundwater salting. As a result, industrial recycling systems can be further developed for wastewater treatment operations.

Decreased groundwater pumping

As a knock-on effect of water reuse, there has been a reduction of groundwater pumping. Industrial operations have reduced the usage of underground aquifers following after years of over-pumping. This, in turn, has contributed to sustained drought.

However, in order for wastewater treatment to move forward, sterner regulatory approaches must be introduced. Once this has been achieved, water companies can look towards the implementation of sustainable industrial wastewater recycling systems.

Improved seawater desalination

Scientists around the world have been working towards improving saltwater purification. Making desalination a more affordable process will offer further growth opportunities to those in the industrial water and wastewater treatment market. As desalination technology grows, so too will its popularity.

Due to the consumption of chemicals and energy, the practice of seawater desalination has been known to have substantial environmental costs. Therefore, there has been a renewed focus on creating a greener desalination process. By implementing an eco-friendly approach, desalination can be used longer-term at reduced costs.

Industrial wastewater treatment with Fluid Controls

While the future looks positive for the wastewater industry, it’s the present that often concerns clients. As we wait for advancements and improvements to take shape, our range of flow controllers can help provide effective treatment in here and now.

Our automatic flow rate controllers from W.A. Kates can be successfully applied to a wide variety of industrial wastewater recycling systems. These controllers compensate for any changes in supply and discharge pressures, whilst maintaining a constant flow.

Whether you are looking to apply them within a filtration system or to help improve the deionisation of water, W.A. Kate’s Flow Controllers can help improve a multitude of industrial water and wastewater systems.

For more information about our range of Flow Controllers, contact Fluid Controls today on 0118 970 2060 or via email at fluid@fluidcontrols.co.uk

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Products to help maintain a constant flow rate

Here at Fluid Controls, we are reputable stockists of flow rate measurement devices. If you are striving to achieve a consistent rate of flow, we can help identify the right flow controller for your application. In this article, we will cover which of our flow control and measurement products can best help you maintain constant flow rates. Before we begin discussing products, let’s briefly cover how to maintain flow rate.

How to maintain flow rate

When determining how best to maintain flow rate, always remember this rule of thumb; in order to maintain flow rate, the velocity of the fluid must be constant.

To achieve this, the potential head must also be constant via a large orifice. Alternatively, this function can be attained by ensuring that the flow rate which enters the orifice is equal to that which leaves it.

At first glance, this may seem like a complicated procedure. However, if you ensure this practice is implemented, flow rate can be maintained consistently. Now that we have established how to maintain flow rate, we can begin discussing the best devices for flow measurement.

Flow measurement devices from Fluid Controls

Whether your business requires flow controllers to compensate for changes in supply and discharge pressures or mass flow controllers for specific fluid types a particular range of flow rates, we can match the desired function with your chosen application.

For the quantification of flow movement, Fluid Controls has a wide array of measurement devices to help achieve the required task. However, if you are looking for a device to help achieve a constant flow rate, we would recommend the automatic flow controller from W.A. Kates.

W.A. Kates flow controller for flow measurement

W.A. Kate’s superior range of automatic flow rate controllers can be applied to a wide variety of liquid applications. The distinct advantage of these flow controllers is their ability to automatically compensate for changes in pressures, whilst maintaining a constant flow setting.

For those looking for additional flow measurement, the W.A. Kates flow controller can also maintain a constant pressure drop. This is achieved by combining an adjustable orifice with an internal regulating valve.

In addition, the internal regulating valve can also downstream pressure fluctuations. As a result, this helps maintain the standard cub feet to within 1-1/2% of flow setting. This another feature which contributes toward maintaining a constant flow rate.

Maintain flow rate with Fluid Controls

With a simple design and few parts, the W.A. Kates flow controller eliminates the many calibration and adjustment checks that are required of a typical flow rate. By choosing a Kates controller, you can be assured of a high quality and high-performance device that will provide many years of consistent flow rates.

If you would like to find out more about our range of flow control and measurement devices, visit Fluid Controls online. For more information about the W.A. Kates flow controllers for flow measurement, contact us today on 0118 970 2060 or via email at fluid@fluidcontrols.co.uk

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Why flow control is important in hazardous environments

All industries that require the delivery of gas or liquid media for chemical processes use flow controllers. However, when processes occur in potentially hazardous environments or involve volatile gasses or liquids, flow control becomes crucial.

In this article, Fluid Controls discusses the importance of flow control in hazardous work environments and how to manage hazard prevention with flow controllers. Before we begin, let’s consider which work environments would be considered hazardous.

What is a hazardous environment?

Every workplace has hazards. From offices to warehouses, chances are there will be some degree of risk that employers must manage to ensure employees do not come into harm’s way. The most common categories of workplace hazards include: biological, chemical, ergonomic and physical.

However, some work environments are considered to be more hazardous than others. Certain sectors or occupations, such as working on an off-shore oil ring or a petrochemical plant, present a greater risk to employee personal safety due to an increased number of hazardous variables.

Where flow control is concerned, regulating a potentially flammable liquid or gas in a highly-sensitive environment would be considered hazardous. One wrong move or misjudgement could lead to disaster. With this in mind, careful consideration must be given to how these substances are controlled.

Hazard prevention and control in the work environment

Applying effective controls is the best method of hazard prevention in the work environment. This rule of thumb applies as much to hazardous environments as it does to non-hazardous ones. If hazards cannot be removed or eliminated outright, then ensuring the right equipment is used to control them is the next best step.

The purpose of flow controllers in hazardous work environments is not just to control a hazardous substance, but to reduce the overall risk at the source. When considering fluid automation, any flow controlling equipment used must operate safely and comply with the strictest regulations.

Flow control equipment with Fluid Controls

Choosing the right equipment is of the utmost importance. For example, solenoid valves are known to perform immensely well in hazardous environments. While pneumatic valves offer a simple, reliable method of flow control that eliminates fire and explosion hazards by removing electricity from the delivery process.

Whichever flow control equipment you choose, ensure it is able to safely perform the function required within your work environment. Remember, when it comes to employee safety in hazardous environments, you can never be too careful.

If you are not sure about which flow controller is best suited to your work environment, contact Fluid Controls today on 0118 970 2060 or via email at fluid@fluidcontrols.co.uk

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