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Dairy Farm in Idaho Finds Success with Centrisys Dewatering Centrifuge

Bettencourt Dairy in Wendell, Idaho houses over 13,000 Jersey dairy cows with a crossvent scrapped barn. At this dairy, the milking cows produce an average of 18 gallons of manure, per cow, per day, plus some added parlor water.

Previously, the farm used only conventional slope screens for their primary separation which removed the coarse material. The farm had to dredge their 200 acre-foot waste lagoon once a year.

Bettencourt Dairy needed to process and meet their nutrient management plan when they added cross vents and vacuum trucks to move the manure from the barns. In 2018, they decided to add a Centrisys CS26-4DT dewatering centrifuge to remove the fines from the manure.

“We saw the Centrisys centrifuge as the only piece of equipment that was going to be able to get the solids out of our water,” Don Brand, Bettencourt Dairy Operations Manager of Equipment and Buildings. “The centrifuge seemed like the only piece of equipment that would be able to grow and expand with the operation.”

Without added chemicals, the CS26-4DT centrifuge removes most of the solids, typically leaving less than 1% total suspended solids in the effluent manure that previously went into the lagoons. In other words, instead of dredging a few feet of solids from the lagoon, the Centrisys centrifuge reduces the solids down to only few inches. Now, the farm only has to dredge their waste lagoon once every 2 to 3 years instead of every year. The residual manure solids is 25% total solids and is resold as compost fertilizer.

“The Centrisys centrifuge was the first piece of equipment that we bought for manure processing that worked from the beginning the exact way it was promised,” Brand said.


Centrisys/CNP supports global sustainability through its resource intensification portfolio with water and wastewater equipment and processes. Our systems are simple. They are designed to use less energy, less chemicals and less space. Centrisys is a U.S.A. manufacturer of dewatering centrifuges, sludge thickeners and also provides global service, repair and parts for all centrifuge brands. CNP, a division of Centrisys, designs and supplies nutrient recovery and biosolids treatment optimization systems.

For more information, please contact:

Centrisys/CNP
9586 58th Place
Kenosha, WI 53144
262-654-6006
Michele Whitfield or Jessie Jones
Email: marketing@centrisys-cnp.com
Website: www.centrisys-cnp.com

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Eco Digesters

Centrisys/CNP Exclusive U.S. Distributor for LIPP America Tank Systems

Centrisys/CNP has signed an exclusive U.S. distributor agreement with LIPP America Tank Systems, LLC for water, sludge and digester tanks. LIPP has a patented stainless steel digester system that allows digesters to be built on-site in less than two months. The short construction period and patented digester building system allow Centrisys/CNP to offer its clients cost-effective, high-quality digesters with a long life cycle. The LIPP product line compliments Centrisys/CNPs product portfolio by offering its customers solutions for resource intensification and resource recovery.

“Like Centrisys/CNP, LIPP is a highly innovative, privately-owned company. This partnership allows us to customize digesters and storage tanks with short delivery times and attractive costs,” said Gerhard Forstner, CNP President. “The distributor agreement enables Centrisys/CNP to retrofit even small wastewater treatment plants and convert them to resource recovery centers by recovering water, energy and nutrients.”

Eco DigestersCentrisys/CNP promotes and sells LIPP tanks through its independent manufacturer representative network. With the addition of these tanks, Centrisys/CNP and its representatives offer an entire product portfolio for sludge and biosolids treatment. Centrisys/CNP offers innovative sludge thickening with its THK series, dewatering with its proven CS Series, thermo-chemical hydrolysis process, phosphorus recovery and biosolids drying, in addition to LIPP tanks.

“We at LIPP America Tank Systems are honored and extremely excited to be a new partner with the Centrisys/CNP team,” said Al Lettinga, President/C.E.O. “We are confident that working together, we can make tremendous penetration within the municipal bioenergy and waste treatment market with our special LIPP double-fold tank technology. At LIPP America, as in the world markets, we stand out as a high quality and very unique tank technology. The LIPP double-fold and dual stainless plating system are a one-of-its-kind in the entire world market. Therefore, we are set apart against any liquid storage system in the market today.’

LIPP recently built a municipal anaerobic digester in Ohio and three more are currently being built in Michigan.

Centrisys/CNP supports global sustainability through its resource intensification portfolio with water and wastewater equipment and processes. Our systems are designed for simple operation using less energy, less space and fewer chemicals. Centrisys Corporation is a U.S.A. manufacturer of dewatering centrifuges, sludge thickeners and complete dewatering systems for municipal and industrial water and wastewater. Centrisys’ service department is a leader in global service, repair and parts for all centrifuge brands. CNP – Technology Water and Biosolids Corporation designs and supplies nutrient recovery and biosolids treatment optimization systems. CNPs key technologies are AirPrex® and CalPrex™, phosphorus recovery technologies that produce struvite and brushite fertilizers, and PONDUS, a Thermo-Chemical Hydrolysis Process (TCHP) which increases biogas production and digester capacity and reduces sludge volume and polymer consumption. CNP is a U.S. distributor for digester and storage tanks and hydrograv® adapt Variable Inlet System.


For more information, please contact:

Centrisys/CNP
9586 58th Place
Kenosha, WI 53144
262-654-6006
marketing@centrisys.com
www.centrisys-cnp.com

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Technology Days for Laser Blanking Line from Schuler

Around 50 visitors learned about die-free blank production and a new solution with two cutting heads instead of three

Canton, Michigan, December 2, 2019 – Customers from Germany, the US and China have already invested in laser blanking lines from Schuler. Recently, Schuler received another order from the People’s Republic—this one by one of the largest Chinese steel producers for a plant in Tianjin, as well as an order from a customer in South Africa. Around 50 visitors took advantage of Schuler’s invitation to learn about the benefits offered by the technology during two days in Heßdorf, Germany. They also had a chance to look at the actual system that will be delivered to China.

South African automotive supplier VM Automotive is expected to begin producing blanks for the plant of a high-end German automaker in South Africa (among other jobs) on a Laser Blanking Line 2.18 in the fall of 2020. The newly established blanking operations will handle the full scope of material logistics for the car manufacturer, thereby increasing the value in South Africa. By investing in this highly flexible laser blanking line, VM Automotive was able to gain the upper hand over competitors that use conventional blanking systems. Additional logistics centers are planned for other auto manufacturers in South Africa.

In 2014, a high-end German automaker ordered one of two laser blanking lines for mass production, and the equipment began producing two years later. “Our customer no longer has any dies for these blanks,” noted Martin Liebel, who manages the Schuler site in Heßdorf, a town located in the vicinity of Nuremberg. A highly flexible laser beam now performs the work formerly handled by the dies. This laser beam makes it possible to alter the blanking shape at the push of a button, whereas altering a blanking die can take several months, not to mention the accompanying costs for storage and maintenance. And when the set up time is taken into consideration, the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) climbs to 80% for the laser blanking line, compared to just 65% for conventional press blanking lines.

With the system’s DynamicFlow Technology, a laser blanking line is up to 70% as productive as a modern servo blanking line with a press. “Output actually significantly exceeded our expectations,” said Liebel, adding that it had been possible to regularly increase output by a few percentage points with the help of a number of smaller measures. A proven cleaning process ensures that the system produces high-quality blanks which are also spotless—an important requirement for critical body shell parts. The same German carmaker went on to order two additional high-tech lines in 2017.

At roughly the same time, Schuler began developing a new concept featuring two laser heads instead of three. “We needed a basic machine that would also deliver solid, acceptable performance for the rest of the world,” said Liebel. The decision proved to be the right one, as evidenced by the orders for one Laser Blanking Line 2.18 each from China and South Africa this year. “The systems are becoming more and more dynamic, and the concept will win out in the end,” said a confident Liebel.

Distance Control between Laser Heads and Coil

One of the things that makes these systems so dynamic is the distance control for the lasers. This control maintains a distance of 0.7 to 0.9 mm from the continuously moving coil and, where necessary, corrects the distance within fractions of a second to ensure that any residual surface irregularities in the sheet metal do not damage the heads. Liebel explained, “This axis is critical to the line’s output. Each coil contains residual waves. If I’m looking to blank at a rate of 100 meters per minute, I need to be able to respond extremely dynamically.”

Larger surface irregularities are eliminated by the straightener. “The straightening result is a key ingredient to a stable process, especially for the laser blanking line,” added Regional Sales Manager Justine Fonteyne. “To make this happen, we use the ‘Check2Flat’ system, which adjusts the crowning on the straightener rollers.” Either the visualization system makes a recommendation based on the adjustment system, which the operator must then review, or the straightener itself can provide a fully automated control. “It’s important to remove as much of the tension from the material as possible so that the metal doesn’t pop up during blanking. These types of systems help to ensure process stability.”

Global Production Capacity Can Be Easily Used

According to Liebel, another increasingly important aspect for carmakers is the intelligent capacity utilization of production facilities across the globe. “But it’s difficult to make a product somewhere else on short notice if you’re using a press blanking line. To do so, our customers first have to move the die, prepare it for shipment and then send it off.” If a supplier is producing the blanks, the scrap chutes or something else may not fit. “With laser blanking lines in the production network, all I have to do is send a data set for the desired part and make sure that the coil material is available on-site. If the system has available capacity, production can start one or two hours later. It’s really a huge advantage.”

Fonteyne’s coworker Berthold Jüttner offered another example: “One of our customer’s plant managers had a problem with a blanking press and had asked another plant manager if he would be able to cut a few blanks for him on the latter’s laser blanking line. He then immediately sent the drawings and had the coils brought to the site. Blanking began the next day.”

High Surface Quality and Material Utilization

In addition to the newly achieved blank programming freedom, Jüttner saw another advantage in the line’s excellent dimensional accuracy, reproducibility and surface quality. “There are no burrs and the amount of cuttings is significantly less than in conventional blanking.” The so-called “angel’s hair” phenomenon is especially prevalent where blanks are cut from aluminum coils, and is also the reason why blanking presses regularly need to stop so that the dies can be cleaned. “This is no longer an issue with the laser blanking line.”

Laser blanking also makes it possible to support the material across its entire surface area. “We can nest the parts edge-to-edge on the coil and no longer need the 8 to 10 mm dividers required when using the blanking dies. For small cutouts, we can briefly open the belts and the scrap can drop into the scrap chute. On the new lines, the scrap and the usable parts are no longer separated using robots, but rather by an intelligent sorting system. This provides an additional boost in output.”

Laser Easily Handles High Strength Steel

The growing amount of high strength steels used in automobiles is increasingly pushing blanking presses closer and closer to their maximum mechanical loads, adds Liebel, who noted: “When it comes to yield strengths, there are no limits in laser blanking. We have performed many tests and high-strength steels are no problem.” As Jüttner added, “The laser doesn’t care at all what’s under it.”

According to Liebel,” The bundled beam of light darts across the metal coil at speeds of up to 100 meters per minute and a thickness between 0.7 and 2.5 mm.” Before the year 2000, it was only possible to achieve blanking speeds of 4 or 5 meters per minute using CO2 lasers. Then the fiber laser made its triumphant entrance and opened up the possibility of laser blanking for the first time. This development wouldn’t have been possible with conventional gas lasers.”

In addition, noise emissions are much lower than with blanking presses. “If sound protection is installed on the laser blanking line, you’ll have to look very carefully to see whether the line is running or not,” Jüttner commented. He added that a person can have a completely normal conversation, as long as a press isn’t running next to them. The investment cost is also significantly lower, since the laser line is not as tall and also does not require an elaborate press foundation. “That’s a huge cost factor,” concluded Jüttner. The loop for the material buffer is also routed above ground. However, the laser line’s energy requirements are comparable to those of a press blanking line.

Software Makes Blank Programming Easier

Schuler has developed a software package, the LBL Studio, designed to greatly reduce the operator workload required to program the laser cutting movement. “All you have to do is upload the drawing data and the program will calculate the best-possible contours, the possible nesting options and the optimum level of laser utilization,” Fonteyne said as she listed the software’s benefits. “This means that users can already define the laser movement contours and configure the transitions offline. The binding output quantities can also be predicted. After that, the data can be transferred to the control system, and production can be run exactly as configured.”

www.schulergroup.com/Laserblanking


About the Schuler Group – www.schulergroup.com

Schuler offers customer-specific cutting-edge technology in all areas of forming technology – from networked presses to press shop planning. In addition to presses, the product portfolio also includes automation and software solutions, dies, process know-how and service for the entire metalworking industry. Our customers include automobile manufacturers and automotive suppliers, as well as companies from the forging, household appliance and electronics industries. Presses from the Schuler Group mint coins for more than 180 countries. As a provider of innovative system solutions, we support our customers worldwide in the digital transformation of forming technology. In the 2018 fiscal year, Schuler generated sales of € 1 212 billion. Schuler AG, founded in 1839 at its headquarters in Göppingen (Germany), has approx. 6 600 employees at production sites in Europe, China and America as well as service companies in over 40 countries. The company is majority-owned by the Austrian ANDRITZ Group.

Schuler in Heßdorf was founded in 1962 as Hermann Schleicher GmbH, with the original headquarters in Erlangen, before joining the Schuler Group in 1990. The facility’s product portfolio includes automation solutions ranging from coil loading to end-of-line destacking. The most important areas it serves are the auto manufacturing, automotive supplier, and household appliance industries. The location employs approximately 350 people.

For further information on Schuler Inc., North America, please contact:

Guido Broder, Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Schuler Incorporated
7145 Commerce Blvd.
Canton, MI 48187 USA
734-207-7200
Guido.Broder@schulergroup.com


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Centrisys to Display Breakthrough Treatment Technology at WEFTEC 2019

Market leader in sludge and industrial wastewater treatment equipment brings new ideas to market at major Chicago event

Centrisys Shows Treatment TechnologyCentrisys/CNP (Kenosha, Wisconsin) will attend the 92nd WEFTEC (Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference) in Chicago, IL. The event runs from September 23 through the 25 at McCormick Place Convention Center. Centrisys/CNP is located at Booths 7708 and 7711 in the North Hall. The company’s THK Sludge Thickener and PONDUS™ Thermo-Chemical Hydrolysis Process will be featured at the show.

During the event, Centrisys personnel will conduct three in-booth presentations. On Monday, September 23 at 3 p.m., Centrisys/CNP shares an update on the first U.S. installation of a Passavant® hydrograv® adapt system that eliminates the need for clarifier systems. An in-booth demonstration unit will be on display. On Tuesday, September 24 at Noon, the company announces the CalPrex Pre-Digestion WRF project results and at 3 p.m., they talk about the recent THK installation updates.

Centrisys Shows Treatment Technology CloseupCentrisys/CNP also has two technical sessions during WEFTEC. On Tuesday, September 24 at 4 p.m. in Room N426C, CNP President Gerhard Forstner discusses the “Economic Analysis of Removing Orthophosphate and Improving Dewaterability of Digested Sludge by Post-Digestion AirPrex® Technology.”

The second session is on Wednesday, September 25 at 2 p.m. in Room S505A, where Menachem Tabanpour, CNP Vice President of Business Development, presents his paper, “High Efficiency Calcium Phosphate Recovery Technology at the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District: Stability Metrics, Design Optimization and Performance.”

Stop by Booth 7708 and 7711 to learn more about the Centrisys/CNP technology.


For more information, please contact:

Centrisys/CNP
9586 58th Place
Kenosha, WI 53144
262-654-6006
marketing@centrisys.com
www.centrisys-cnp.com
Michele Whitfield or Jessie Jones

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Screw Plug Immersion Heater

Durex Industries Releases Quick Ship Program for Standard and Custom Designed Process Heaters

Durex Circulation HeaterDurex Industries, Cary, Illinois, a leading manufacturer of electric industrial heaters, sensors, and systems, now offers screw plug, flange immersion and circulation heaters with fast turn shipping capabilities.

Durex uses product platforms to provide standard “catalog” type designs as well as customized designs in the same fast turnaround window. Plug heaters ship in 3 to 5 days. Flange heaters ship in 5 to 7 days. Circulation heaters in 9 to 12 days. Regardless if standard or custom configured. In addition, there is no upcharge for customized units or “non-standard” configurations.

To facilitate this fast response, Durex has tech support personnel manning the phones to provide fast, intelligent support to get the right solution into customer hands as quickly as possible.

Durex builds standard as well as custom heaters for a host of applications and industries, including power plants, oil & gas, chemical and petrochemical, pharmaceutical, plastics, packaging, heat treating, cleaning & plating, aerospace, semiconductor processing, and food service equipment.

  • Flange Immersion Heater
  • Screw Plug Immersion Heater

About Durex Industries

Durex Industries is a leader in the design and manufacture of electric industrial heaters, temperature sensors, controls and process heating systems. Located in Cary, Illinois, company facilities were recently expanded to over 200,000 square feet to accommodate production expansion as well as R&D and engineering support teams.

For more information, please contact:

Rich Hartfelder, Director of Sales & Marketing
Durex Industries
190 Detroit Street
Cary, IL 60013
Phone: 866-712-5014
sales@durexindustries.com
www.durexindustries.com

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FZ33 milling head in action

Zimmermann Hosts Open House

 

Machine tool builder of various mills introduces new moldmaking machine

Sit down area of the open houseWixom, Michigan-On July 24-25, Zimmermann Inc., the North American affiliate of Zimmermann GmbH in Germany, hosted an open house at its headquarters here for its customers and prospects in North America. Among the crowd were many major suppliers to aerospace and automotive, as well as other large part producers for the OEM, media from the industry, suppliers and other associates of Zimmermann. Machines were on display, highlighted by the company’s FZ33, a compact and highly flexible 5-axis gantry mill designed specifically for moldmaking.

Presentations were given throughout the event, which also featured displays from a number of Zimmermann business partners, including Mapal, Keller, Siemens, Zoller, Heidenhain, Fischer, Tebis, Unisorb, Weiss and Haimer.

The open house was hosted by Zimmermann GmbH President Frieder Gänzle, as well as Zimmermann, Inc. President Cornelius Kiesel and his team for North American engineering, sales and service.

Gänzle commented, “We are very committed to success in the American moldmaking market, as we have experienced good results in aerospace and other large component production for years here.” Kiesel echoed that sentiment, “Our customers are growing in number in the moldmaking industry, owing to the solid stability of our machines, with their highly flexible programming capability and swivel 5-axis head, that allow very fine finishing on the mold surfaces, as well as intricate pocket machining with a high degree of accuracy and repeatability.”

One of the main suppliers to Zimmermann for CNC is Heidenhain and Gisbert Ledvon, the company’s marketing manager who attended the event, observed, “Zimmermann is a very good customer, as they work closely with us and their customers to produce CNC programs for application-specific purposes. They also put on a very fun event!”

As a testimony to the long-lasting quality of Zimmermann milling machines, a unit built over 20 years ago was also on display. This machine is currently being retrofitted for resale to an interested customer. (Interested parties may contact Cornelius Kiesel at Zimmermann for details.) The machine is well suited to the aerospace industry, where Zimmermann offers its portal milling machines for spars and stringers for all commercial aircraft currently in use.

All attendees enjoyed the food, evening entertainment and collegiality at the event.

 


For more information, please contact:

Zimmermann, Inc.
30587 Century Drive
Wixom, MI 48393
Phone: 248-305-9707
www.f-zimmermann-inc.com
Attention: Lena Kiesel, Marketing Manager

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S-EW3 Beaumont Machine

Beaumont Machine Offers a New Value-Priced EDM

S-EW3 Beaumont Value-Priced EDMLeading supplier of fast hole EDMs now offers a new CNC wire-cut EDM machine, S-EW3 at an affordable price.

Beaumont Machine, located in Southwest Ohio, has updated its EDM line with a new machine, the S-EW3.  This 5-axis servo motor EDM (Electrical Discharge Machine) combines several key features for only $69,900.00. These include compact space, approach control, corner control, auto threader and training software.

The S-EW3 Wire EDM is designed by Optimum Machine Solutions and built by a strong Taiwan manufacturer of wire cutting machines, established in 2006. The company specializes in various series of wire cutting EDM machines. In addition, the machine takes up only 42 square feet of floor space, including the machine’s filtration unit.  Programmable reduced power settings eliminate wire breaks on lead-in cutting. Automatic adjustment to power settings and feed rate improve corner accuracy. The EDM machine also features an AWT (Auto Wire Threading) that is low maintenance and highly capable.

Regarding the CNC controller, it features a Windows embedded operating system, an independently developed CNC control device, a 15” Color LCD, 64  bits industrial computer and a memory card with capacity of  2GB CF. Furthermore, it includes keyboard, mouse stand, RS-232, USB disk, network and FTP.

The discharge power supply has high speed voltage withstanding MOSFET, a modular design discharge power unit and real-time sparking pulse control.

S-EW3’s features a 5-axis linear guide way, 5-axes AC servo motors, ball screws (grade X/Y C1, U/V C3, Z C5), high stability mechanical structure and a reliable AWT system.

Optional features available are a 3 phase transformer, short message service, remote monitor system, jumbo feeder, a wire guide on top and one on the bottom.

A new “E” learning training software enhances the customer’s S-EW3 experience.


For more information, please contact:

Ed Beaumont
President
BEAUMONT MACHINE
4001 Borman Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
Phone: 513-701-0421
Web: www.beaumontmachine.com
Email: beaumach@msn.com

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Dukane Announces Acquisition of Aurizon, LLC.

Dukane Booth at IDEA Show - Acquisition of AurizonDukane acquired all the assets and intellectual property of Aurizon, LLC in Kimberly, Wisconsin. Aurizon is a global leader in developing high-power rotary ultrasonic systems for converting nonwoven materials, bonding textiles & films and sealing packages. With 30+ years of R&D in product design and application experience, Aurizon holds a significant patent portfolio. These patents and the team’s experience have significantly improved the speed and capabilities of the ultrasonic continuous bonding process. Over the years, Dukane and Aurizon have worked together closely to develop a generator solution for continuous ultrasonic bonding, sealing and converting.  This collaboration advanced the core technology and application knowledge of Aurizon, Dukane and our customers.

This acquisition will create significant synergies and opportunities for Dukane and Aurizon, allowing both companies to share their technical expertise in the hygiene, personal care, medical disposable and packaging industries. For the hygiene market, Aurizon’s product line will expand with Dukane’s fixed (blade) sonotrode technology for customers who don’t require continuous rotary bonding.  For the packaging industry, both Dukane and Aurizon have developed several applications and will combine their sales and engineering efforts to better meet the demands of our packaging customers. Dukane’s product portfolio includes the ultrasonic, vibration welder, spin welders, laser welders, hot plate welders, hot gas welders and infrared welders. These products will now be complimented by Aurizon’s rotary ultrasonic technology. This addition to the product portfolio will be supported through Dukane’s worldwide sales and service network in conjunction with the team at Aurizon. With Dukane products installed at manufacturing facilities all over the world, Aurizon’s rotary ultrasonic technology will be a welcome addition for existing and future customers.

Dukane and Aurizon Banner - Acquisition of AurizonAurizon will continue sales, support, manufacturing and design at the Kimberly, Wisconsin facility. This facility houses a state-of-the-art application laboratory for rotary ultrasonic applications. The plan is to expand the capabilities of the lab to handle fixed blade horn technology as well. Moving forward, both Dukane’s and Aurizon’s electrical and mechanical engineering groups will be working together in bringing new products and advanced technologies to the market.

President and CEO of Dukane, Mike Johnston says, “I have personally worked with Aurizon’s team for over 25 years. Knowing their technical capabilities and seeing the products they have developed makes me very proud to have Aurizon part of the Dukane organization.  The rotary technology for continuous applications and Aurizon’s capabilities far exceed any supplier in the industry. Rotary technology expands Dukane’s current wide range of ultrasonic processes. Whatever your bonding needs, Dukane has a solution.”


For more information:

Dukane
2900 Dukane Drive
St. Charles, Illinois 60174 USA
Tel: (630) 797-4900
www.dukane.com

Contact:
 Shivani Singh
Marketing Associate
630-762-4325
ssingh@dukane.com

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Facility Expansion and First-Of-Its-Kind Balancing Bunker Prepare Centrisys for Next Generation Centrifuge Manufacturing and Service

Note: Information taken from a discussion with Michael Kopper, the CEO and founder of Centrisys and Bill Fairbairn, Vice President and Building Expansion Manager at the company.  

Expanded Building Area

Centrisys/CNP, Kenosha, Wisconsin today announced the completion of a 34,000 square-foot building expansion, including an upgrade of its balancing equipment with a first-of-its-kind centrifuge balancing bunker in the interior of the building.

The Centrisys/CNP Manufacturing and Service Campus, located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, consists of three buildings totaling 13,000 square feet. In 2016, it became apparent that the capital equipment manufacturing building was running out of workable space and needed an expansion. According to Kopper, “As the decision-making for the extension evolved, the addition of a next-generation balancing machine and bunker was logical. The safety of our employees, along with the assurance that every centrifuge we build and service is balanced correctly, was well worth the added expense.”

Because the balancing bunker is a first-of-its-kind solution, aimed at creating higher safety standards and increasing manufacturing productivity as well as efficiencies, a company committee was formed to design and build the bunker space and determine what equipment would work best.

According to Kopper, “We’ve been doing this type of work for a long time; centrifuge manufacturing and service have been our focus since the beginning.  We had a thorough understanding of what we wanted and what the industry needed. Having enough workspace in a shop is important to eliminate errors during the manufacturing process. No one likes to work in a space that’s too crowded.”  He added, “Underestimating the power of accurate balancing for a centrifuge is a big mistake. There is a tremendous cost to customers when a centrifuge is not in balance. High vibrations cause premature damage and wear to the centrifuge parts and structural components, creating higher repair costs and unnecessary process downtime.”

Centrisys partnered with Schenck USA Corp. and chose the HM7U for the upgrade. According to Fairbairn, “It has stronger supports and higher dynamic load capabilities; we can balance over- operating speed on machines with a diameter of 44” or greater. We can handle larger and heavier rotors, so this is the natural next step for manufacturing and servicing next generation centrifuges.”

The HM7U has a full range of safety features for all protection classes. The bunker isolates the operator in a protected control area and includes video monitoring to see into the balancing areas without the employee needing to be in proximity to the running equipment. Cranes are installed overhead to place parts and components in the balancing cradles.  Fairbairn concluded, “This set- up is something in which our team takes great pride, as it is world-class.”

Commenting on the future of Centrisys, Fairbairn said that the expansion changes were necessary and that the company’s growth “…has allowed us to build larger and greater numbers of centrifuges, along with different types of environmental process equipment.  As the only US manufacturer of decanter centrifuges in all environmental dewatering and thickening applications, Kopper stated, “I believe we’ve set the bar high for improved safety, productivity and efficiency. These are all essential to the higher standards we’ve established in our industry.” He added, “I won’t compromise on any of these factors at a Centrisys facility. Our customers shouldn’t ever be required to compromise, either.”


For more information, please contact:

Centrisys/CNP
9586 58th Place
Kenosha, WI 53144
262-654-6006
marketing@centrisys.com
www.centrisys.com
Michele Whitfield or Jessie Jones

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Centrisys PONDUS TCHP

Centrisys Earns Acclaim from Frost & Sullivan For Increasing the Efficiency of the THP Process In Sludge Treatment

The PONDUS TCHP helps wastewater and sludge treatment facilities pursue a more sustainable future through a waste-to-value strategy 

Centrisys PONDUS TCHPCentrisys/CNP, Kenosha, Wisconsin announced that it has been recognized by Frost & Sullivan with its 2019 North American Product Leadership Award for its PONDUS thermal hydrolysis process (THP).  With this product, Centrisys allows the North American sludge treatment industry to not only accelerate the sustainability of anaerobic digestion but also to significantly enhance THP.

“Centrisys/CNP, through its licensing agreement to distribute PONDUS TCHP in North America, offers the market a more productive process alternative by replacing steam with safe caustic soda. The simplified system uses only a heat efficiency exchanger, progressive cavity pumps and a reactor with no moving parts,” said Seth Cutler, Frost & Sullivan’s principal consultant.  “Through chemical reaction, the caustic soda breaks down cell membranes in the sludge as effective as steam. As a result, PONDUS TCHP offers operational simplicity avoids further personnel training and decreases the process carbon footprint.” ‘

TCHP reduces the volume of solids. This boosts the availability of digester capacity and the quality of outputs in biogas and solids. Biogas can be turned into heat, while the cake solids can be turned into fertilizer, soil amendments or nutrients. Thus, the product increases economic gains, economic care and offers a better future for communities.

“It is an honor that Frost & Sullivan gave us an award for PONDUS,” said Gerhard Fortner, CNP President. “The PONDUS process is a technology that just makes sense.  It is simple to operate, cost-effective and safe for all sized plants.”

PONDUS originated in Germany and is currently used in six installations in Europe and one in China. Centrisys introduced PONDUS in North America through an agreement in 2015. The PONDUS process was integrated into the facility and fully functional in just 15 months.

Cutler  further noted that this product can decrease the viscosity of thickened sludge up to 80%.  This is important, as it permits 50% reductions in volume for anaerobic digesters and frees up more space.  In addition, he pointed out that the produced sludge in the digesters is enhanced and can generate 30% more biogas, increasing value resource recovery. In addition, dewatering can result in improvements up to 5% in processing, while polymer consumption can shrink by 20% and eliminate foul odors in the facility.

The outstanding production and cost effectiveness gives Centrisys a huge advantage over traditional sludge treatment companies and position it for further growth.

Each year, Frost &Sullivan presents this award to a company that develops a product with innovative features and functionality that is gaining rapid market acceptance. The award recognizes the quality of the solution and the customer value enhancements it enables.

Centrisys/CNP will be at the WEF/IWA Residuals and Biosolids Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from May 8-9 at booth 609. Zhongtian Li, CNP Technical Manager will give a presentation about PONDUS on May 9 at 2:30 pm.


About Centrisys/CNP
Centrisys/CNP supports global sustainability through its resource intensification portfolio with water and wastewater equipment and processes. Our systems are simple. They are designed to use less energy, less chemicals and less space. Centrisys is a U.S.A. manufacturer of dewatering centrifuges, sludge thickeners and also provides global service, repair and parts for all centrifuge brands. CNP, a division of Centrisys, designs and supplies nutrient recovery and biosolids treatment optimization systems.

About Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector, and the investment community. 

For more information, please contact:

Centrisys/CNP
9586 58th Place
Kenosha, WI 53144
262-654-6006
marketing@centrisys.com
www.centrisys.com

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