Milwaukee, WI: Starting an environmental company in the late 1970’s was not nearly as well received as it would be today, but Gene Anguil, Founder of Anguil Environmental Systems, persevered. Four decades later, Anguil is recognized as a worldwide leader of industrial air pollution control and wastewater treatment technologies. On August 12th, the company is hosting a 40th anniversary party that will be truly international, drawing attendees from across the United States, Asia, and Europe. Held in downtown Milwaukee, the private celebration will be one of the first events in the new wing at Discovery World overlooking Lake Michigan.
Approximately four-hundred people are expected at the Sunday evening party. Guests will consist of employees, both current and former, as well as partners, key suppliers, sales representatives and close family friends. “It’s important that we recognize the people and companies that helped us get where we are today,” said Gene. “While my wife was our first, and arguably most-important employee, there were also a lot of other vital contributors to our success.”
The night will include a multimedia presentation focused on Anguil’s Recipe for Success: Vision, Expertise, Leadership, Employees, Resilience, Fun, Community, and Family. Dinner and dancing will follow a series of speeches by key Anguil personnel. According to Chris Anguil, son of Gene and President of the company, “August 12th also happens to be Gene’s 80th birthday, so there may be some surprises”.
Throughout the past four decades, the company has celebrated countless successes, but also persevered through some challenges. Major milestones include several moves into increasingly larger facilities, the establishment of international operations, development of an extensive global sales representative network, and a continuous garnering of awards like the employee-driven Top Workplace distinction and the Environmental Business Journal Achievement Award. The tragic passing of Gene’s oldest son Jeff in 1993, then company President, was one of those challenging moments that tested the company’s resiliency while cementing the family culture that still exists today. The 40th anniversary celebration comes at a time of widespread enthusiasm for the company’s mission and steady growth, including the hiring of several third generation Anguil employees, aggressive global sales targets, and the completion of a remodel of their corporate headquarters in Brown Deer. This investment buoys the optimism of employees and the surrounding community, looking ahead to many more years of success.
About Anguil Environmental Systems, Incorporated: Anguil provides environmental and energy solutions that ensure cleaner air and water for future generations. Company values include a commitment to customer satisfaction, high integrity, family culture, continuous improvement, a passion for excellence and organizational growth. The company is uniquely capable of supplying integrated air and water treatment solutions to the global manufacturing sector and industrial markets for environmental compliance.
On vapor combustion applications, Anguil has over four decades of experience with the design, manufacturing, service and installation of thermal and catalytic oxidizers for the destruction of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs), process odors and Nitrous Oxides (NOX). Anguil also specializes in energy recovery systems that reduce a company’s operating costs, lower their carbon footprint and decrease energy consumption by utilizing waste heat from manufacturing processes.
On the water side, Anguil Aqua provides turnkey water treatment systems that target solid or liquid pollutants from industrial and remediation applications. As a custom solution company, they can integrate a range of technologies with proven techniques to meet specific site challenges.
High-ranking, Wrigley officials from both China and the United States were in attendance for an opening ceremony at the Shanghai plant this past May. Members of the local Environmental Bureau and government leaders in the crowd praised the company for their efforts to reduce air pollutants like Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
The plant recently commissioned Anguil Environmental Asia to design, build and install a 55,000 SCFM Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer or RTO. The emission abatement system is capable of destroying more than 99% of any harmful emissions coming from the gum making process. RTOs are not only effect at destroying odors and emissions but they are also known for their energy efficient operation. Through the use of ceramic media beds, the device captures waste heat from combustion to preheat incoming pollutants. At 95-97% thermal efficiency, many RTO systems like this oxidizer at Wrigley will self sustain, using no additional fuel for operation.
During the ceremony, Wrigley leaders reinforced their firm stance on environmental protection and commitment to action. All attendees then got a tour of the Anguil RTO and witnessed the system in operation. Anguil personnel were on hand to explain the capabilities and answer any questions.
EHS Daily Advisor is hosting a webinar this September on emission destruction technologies for compliance with MACT, NSPS, NESHAP, and state VOC and HAP regulations. Sponsored by Verantis Environmental Solutions Group and Anguil Environmental Systems, the complimentary webcast will provide attendees with a general overview of industrial air pollution control technologies and the pollutants they target. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to earn continuing education credits for attending!
The presenters will use case studies to explain the destruction capabilities, operating costs and limitations to the various technologies. Join us to learn:
Which abatement systems are best suited for certain VOC, HAP, and odor control applications.
How oxidizers and scrubbers are sized and applied on various industrial processes.
The latest operating cost reduction strategies for industrial air pollution control systems.
How air pollution control regulations are driving technology advancements.
Already an expert on air pollution control? That’s OK! We’ll also offer new information on regulatory changes and technology advancements.
Title: Air Pollution Abatement Technology Overview
As one of the largest and long-standing manufacturers of thermal and catalytic oxidizers, Anguil Environmental always strives to educate consulting engineers, regulators and end users on system operation, components, features and capabilities. For a limited time, we are offering a complimentary course on oxidation technologies to interested firms in the environmental field. The educational seminar entitled An Introduction to Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) & Hazardous Air Pollutant (HAP) Abatement Systems will cover:
The Principles of Oxidation
An Overview of Emission Control Technologies
Regenerative Thermal Oxidizers (RTOs)
Thermal Recuperative Oxidizers
Direct Fired Oxidizers & Vapor Combustors
Operating Cost Comparison & Reduction Strategies
The presentation will also address applicable industries and applications, unique air streams, concentration ranges, Destruction Rate Efficiency (DRE), operating costs, available options and equipment selection.
Contact Anguil today to schedule a meeting either at your office or via a webinar. Depending on your local requirements, attendees may qualify for Professional Development Hours (PDHs) or Continuing Education Credits/Units (CECs/CEUs).
AC: Could you please provide our readers with a brief introduction to the industries that Anguil Environmental works within?
CA: Our thermal and catalytic oxidizer systems are applied on any industrial process that is regulated for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) or Nitrogen Oxides (NOX). Some of these industries include chemical processing, pharmaceutical, automotive, composites, petroleum, printing and ethanol but there are several applications in miscellaneous industries that are also regulated.
Domestically, the control of these off-gases are enforced under the Clean Air Act but regulations are taking hold throughout the world and we are prepared to handle the increased demand. With regards to the chemical processing industry specifically, it has long been regulated for these emissions.
The applications where oxidizers are applied in a chemical plant can vary greatly in both volume and composition. I think our ability to supply custom air pollution control solutions has been crucial to our success on applications in this industry.
AC: How has Anguil Environmental grown and changed since the company was founded in 1978?
CA: Anguil has evolved into a global solutions provider, not just an equipment manufacturer. We did this while holding onto our family founded principals without the financial backing that many larger corporations have access to. There are challenges to organic growth but I think there is also value in the experiences learned. We are continually looking for ways to improve our offering by utilizing the strengths of our employees.
One of our more recent growth initiatives was implementing a process improvement program called Stage Gate. It forced us to take a closer look at how business is routed through our company. We are much more methodical about our project management now which has reduced errors and dramatically improved efficiencies.
Essentially a project cannot move to the next stage of production without making sure certain checks and balances have been met. That’s not to say that an engineer can’t still walk drawings on to the shop floor to expedite a project but they won’t start cutting metal until certain criteria is met. Ultimately we are able to offer customers a higher quality system at a lower price.
AC: Why is it important that companies operating in the Chemical Processing Industry use emission control technology and have strategies in place to deal with the process emissions they produce?
CA: When left untreated, VOCs and HAPs degrade in the presence of sunlight and contribute to low-lying ozone, or smog. In addition to their harmful effects on trees, plants and wildlife; VOCs and HAPs are known to cause respiratory ailments, birth defects, heart conditions, nervous system damage and cancer in humans.
Chemical companies that invest in the procurement, operation and maintenance of their air pollution control systems will see benefits in the form of lower operating costs, higher destruction efficiency, fewer shutdowns and a smaller carbon footprint.
AC: What kinds of emission control strategies and technologies can Anguil Environmental offer to organisations currently operating in the chemical process industry?
CA: Anguil has almost 40 years of experience supplying thermal and catalytic oxidizers to companies around the world that manufacture chemicals like Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA), Polyethylene Terephthalic (PET) and formaldehyde. Other chemical related installations include the production of paints, coatings, adhesives, and resins; all of which are equally as challenging from a pollution prevention perspective.
AC: What are the key considerations to take into account when deciding upon the type of oxidizer technology which is best suited for a chemical processing application?
CA: Oxidizer selection is based on airflow, temperature, contaminants and concentrations. It is important to consider these process parameters as well as the destruction requirements and efficiency needs when determining which type of oxidation technology to apply on a given process. Since oxidizers are designed for worst case scenario it is important to fully evaluate and understand your operating conditions.
Chemical companies can lower the capital cost of an air pollution control project by making process modifications upstream that reduce the size and workload of an oxidizer downstream. This is where working with an established and experienced oxidizer supplier will really pay dividends.
AC: How does Anguil Environmental differentiate itself from its competitors in the emission control market?
CA: Each one of the oxidation technologies uses high temperature combustion in a unique manner with distinct advantages for varying process conditions. The fact that we offer all of the abatement and concentration technologies gives us a distinct advantage over our competitors. It ensures that our customers get an unbiased equipment recommendation based on their process conditions, destruction requirements, and efficiency demands.
For example, Regenerative Thermal Oxidizers (RTOs) are arguably the most widely applied abatement technology on the market. However, catalytic oxidizers have a distinct advantage on many chemical processing off-gases. We routinely run capital and operating cost comparisons for chemical companies so they can make an informed decision.
Our service capabilities also differentiate us from most competitors. Anguil has almost four decades of experience servicing thousands of oxidizers of all makes and models. In today’s volatile market there aren’t many of our competitors that can make that claim. The fact is quite a few of our service customers own oxidizers from manufacturers that just aren’t around anymore. In fact last year we serviced systems made by 20 different oxidizer manufacturers.
AC: Do you have any recent case studies from the chemical processing industry which you are particularly proud of?
CA: It’s always gratifying when existing customers comes back to us for a new oxidizer system. One such customer in the Middle East had purchased a catalytic oxidizer from us back in 1990’s for their PTA plant process. When the plant decided to double production capabilities they asked us to take a look at the oxidizer options. We replaced their existing Anguil catalytic oxidizer with two, energy-efficient Regenerative Thermal Oxidizers (RTOs).
When compared to the old catalytic oxidizer, the new RTOs collectively emit 5,000 fewer tons per year of CO2 emissions and 5 tons each year of NOX emissions, which corresponds to approximately 10 MMBTU/hr of reduced auxiliary fuel consumption.
The plant essentially doubled the capacity of the abatement device, lowered operating costs and reduced their carbon footprint all while achieving greater than 98% destruction of the targeted pollutants.
AC: How do you see the emission control industry progressing over the next ten years and how do you see Anguil Environmental being part of this change?
CA: Some experts argue that while oxidizer systems prevent hazardous chemicals from being released into the atmosphere, they also emit significant amounts of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Nitrous Oxides (NOX). Contrary to popular belief, CO2 and NOX are not necessarily a by-product of these air pollution control devices, especially the newer technologies.
However, there are certain features that an oxidizer should have in order to achieve self-sustaining, fuel-free destruction. With mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting on the horizon, oxidizer operators will really need to pay attention to operating costs and look for ways to reduce the energy demands of their oxidation systems.
Over the past twenty years, Chris Anguil has devoted his career to the technical sale and application of Anguil Environmental’s air pollution control and energy recovery systems.
About Chris Anguil
As the President, he is currently responsible for both the revenue and profit for this internationally recognized supplier.
Chris holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. He serves on the environmental committee for numerous trade associations and is intimately familiar with the air pollution control needs of industry.
Anguil Environmental Systems is proud to be a family owned and operated company headquartered in Milwaukee, WI and engaged in an industry that ensures future generations a sustainable environment. The entire organization remains dedicated to its’ slogan, “Committed to Cleaner Air.”
A recent expansion at Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac Wisconsin has caught the attention of professionals in the energy and environmental industries.
At an event this past May, the Wisconsin Association of Energy Engineers (WAEE) showcased Mercury’s new process equipment and pollution control system. The 75 attendees consisted of facility engineers, plant managers, project managers, contractors, vendors, and energy consultants. They were given in-depth presentations and a plant tour of the expansion project as well as the air pollution control system being utilized on the new engine test lines.
Anguil Environmental was honored to be a part of this project and event. The engine exhaust treatment device is Mercury Marine’s third abatement system designed, fabricated and installed by Anguil. The Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system targets Carbon Monoxide, Total Hydrocarbons, Non-Methane Hydrocarbons, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs), and Particulate. The custom-designed SCR system utilizes an integrated air-to-air heat exchanger that reduces the facility’s energy consumption and lowers Mercury’s carbon footprint.
Focus on Energy (FOE), Wisconsin’s energy efficiency and renewable resource program, worked with Mercury Marine to determine the energy saved and contributed funds for the project based on those savings. FOE representatives were at the event to present Mercury Marine with a reimbursement check of $170,688 for their environmental stewardship efforts.
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