IW introduces industry’s first mobile combined UF/RO units

MPW Industrial Services introduced the industry’s first mobile combination ultrafiltration-reverse osmosis units August 1 at the 16th annual American Electric Power Boiler Reliability Optimization Forum at Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Available as permanent installations or mobile trailers, MPW’s newest water purification technology saves time and money.

“Transportation costs are cut in half because we only need to make one trip to the customer’s plant site instead of two,” said Justin Pierce, MPW’s Director of Engineering & Manufacturing. “In addition, customers only need one power feed. Less plumbing and electrical wiring are required because we integrate the two systems at our plant. That saves a considerable amount of time during the setup process.”

Pierce said another key benefit is the fact the combined UF/RO units require less space than separate systems. “That’s a big consideration whenever a customer is conducting maintenance or repairing their onsite water purification systems,” Pierce said. “Space is often at a premium with so many other contractors all working in the same space at the same time.”

Pierce said MPW’s innovation is ideally suited for industrial clients purifying surface water with production requirements of 150 to 300 gallons per minute but added the system also works well with ground and municipal water. “Some even use our UF/RO unit for the further processing of clarifier effluent.”

Requiring two years of research and development, MPW’s technology is capable of purifying water in a single pass up to 300 gallons per minute or double pass at 250 gallons per minute.

The ultrafiltration portion of the system removes total suspended solids, organics, iron, manganese and other contaminants. With two racks and an on-board filtration tank, the UF system provides continuous production even during automated on-board, clean-in-place operations. “This means less downtime and greater productivity,” Pierce said.

Standard instruments include feed and filtrate turbidity, flow rate, pressure sensors, pH, conductivity and water temperature. A programmable logic control system monitors and adjusts conditions to maintain consistent and reliable operations. Remote monitoring and troubleshooting are standard features.

The AEP BRO Forum is an annual, invitation-only event that brings together AEP employees, utility company guests and top industry suppliers to network and learn about plant and boiler reliability optimization through technology and process improvement.


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