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Anguil Expands Wastewater Treatment Offerings

Anguil is announcing that we have signed an exclusive product licensing agreement with American Micro Detection Systems, Inc. (AMDS) of Stockton, California. Under the terms of the agreement AMDS will allow Anguil to exclusively present the REX product line to their Fortune 50 customers in the electronics space. The AMDS CEO Robert Keville stated that, “This agreement opens a new verticle market for AMDS products with substantial sales potential.” He further stated that, “The total market value to AMDS through this agreement will, over the term of the license and in aggregate, total tens of millions of dollars in revenue to AMDS. We are very excited about working with Anguil and having them as a sales channel partner.”

Christopher Anguil, President of Anguil stated that “As a provider of single-source, fully-integrated air and water treatment systems, we are always looking for ways to increase the value for our global customer base. By leveraging and integrating the REX capabilities into our client processes, we will be able to help our customers mitigate exposure to operational risk and costs. The analytical capabilities that REX adds, but moreover the speed with which REX delivers those results, will help some of our clients improve their process monitoring to minimize downtime and potentially reduce production losses.”

About AMDS
American Micro Detection Systems, Inc. (AMDS) is a privately held technology company located in Stockton, CA with research and development facilities in Livermore, CA. AMDS develops and markets world class analysis instruments specifically geared towards the water sector. AMDS manufactures innovative state-of-the-art, real time fluids analysis instruments that allow for autonomous monitoring of fluid flow streams at the source of interest. AMDS products serve any industry that utilizes water in their process from pulp and paper to agriculture to electronics to mining and oil.

For more information visit: www.anguil.com/aqua or contact Mr. Mike Munnagle, Director of Business Development at mike.munnagle@anguil.com.

Frac Water Recycling White Paper

Balancing the risk of well damage with the economic benefits of frac wastewater reuse can be difficult. In conjunction with Environmental Daily Advisor, Anguil Environmental Systems has sponsored a detailed report which answers some of the tough questions about fracking and water use.

Minimizing Operator Risks While Implementing a Frac Water Recycling Program

  • Why Recycle?
  • Why isn’t recycling a widespread practice?
  • How to manage the perceived risks of wastewater reuse
  • What are the emerging technologies?
  • What are the regulatory risks?

The reduced U.S. dependence on foreign oil and the increase in U.S. exports of natural gas are directly related to natural gas resources in the United States that have become more accessible through hydraulic fracturing. However, companies have come to realize that due to the amount of water needed in the fracking process, the use of freshwater is unsustainable. Recycling frac fluids would not only mitigate the need for freshwater, but would also provide an alternative to the costs and problems of disposing of wastewater.

Concerns that the use of recycled frac fluids would damage wells have held operators back from embracing recycling even though recycling has proven to be much less expensive than using freshwater. However, major operators are demonstrating that certain frac fluids that are recycled properly do not damage wells, making recycling increasingly attractive to operators.

Contact us for copy of the report to learn this and more about the evolving landscape of hydraulic fracturing.

New Clean Air Techniques for Carbon Fiber Processes

As a material, carbon fiber has fundamentally changed many of the products we use every day, making them lighter, stronger and more durable. The manufacturing process is typically unique to each supplier and it can be as complex as the fiber molecules themselves. Equally as challenging are the air pollution control systems used on the production equipment. This year, two institutions have rolled out new processing techniques that utilize different, yet highly effective air pollution abatement technologies that also drive down production costs.

When the first conversion plants came online, operating costs were not critical design parameters and neither were the environmental effects of production. Today, the manufacturing of carbon fiber is heavily regulated by the environmental community and producers are continually looking to reduce energy demands of this heat intensive process. The oxidation and carbonization furnaces and industrial ovens have the potential to emit hydrogen cyanide (HCN), ammonia (NH3) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Some of these pollutants are immediately dangerous to human health, even in very small quantities. Other pollutants of concern for carbon fiber producers include harmful gases such as carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen oxide (NOX). These emissions not only contribute to global warming but also have a direct correlation with the manufacturer’s consumption of energy.

Recycling at the Forefront

The strength, durability and light-weight characteristics of carbon fiber make it perfect for many manufactured products like airplanes and automobiles. However, most waste ends up in landfills where those same attributes do not allow the carbon fiber to break down like other organic material. A major university has opened a new, state of-the-art facility dedicated to the reuse of this valuable resource.

In conjunction with industry partners, they have developed a pilot scale carbon fiber recycling plant. The team set out to develop and commercialize recycled fiber that maintains the material strength at a cost-savings to manufacturers using carbon fiber in their products. The result was a lightweight, low cost material made from recycled carbon fiber that gives users a competitive advantage over virgin carbon fiber.

The university knew that an air pollution control device would be necessary to meet the local emission requirements for hydrogen cyanide (HCN) and ammonia (NH3). They also realized that there was the potential to reuse some of the energy released during the combustion of these carbon fiber processing emissions.

Anguil Environmental Systems (Anguil) was selected to provide the air pollution control system. Their experience with similar applications and ability to make a custom designed system to meet the unique needs of this pilot-scale recycling facility were the primary determining factors. Anguil manufactured, installed and recently brought online a Thermal Recuperative Oxidizer with dual heat recovery.

A metallic heat exchanger within the oxidizer reduces the amount of supplemental fuel required to bring the process emissions up to combustion temperatures. In addition, a secondary heat recovery system downstream of the oxidizer captures nearly all of the remaining heat for process heating needs. The extremely efficient system drastically reduces the operating costs of the carbon fiber manufacturing process. In addition, the Anguil oxidizer has been achieving over 99% destruction rate efficiency.

A Technology Transfer in the United States

Recognizing the need for this industry to develop a lower cost carbon fiber material, The United States Department of Energy built a custom designed conversion process at Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL). The process equipment, designed by Harper International, makes this one of the most sophisticated and capable facilities in the industry. The carbon fiber technology line in Oakridge, Tennessee allows commercial partners to test the scalability of emerging carbon composite materials before commercial production.

To treat the exhaust streams coming from the carbon fiber process, Anguil Environmental Systems was commissioned to design, manufacture and install a multi-stage Direct Fired Thermal Oxidizer (DFTO). The abatement system is capable of destroying nitrogen compounds without the formation of NOX which is a typical by-product in conventional oxidation processes. Gases move through zones within the DFTO under varying conditions where the total emission destruction efficiencies are over 99% with minimal NOX generation.

Even though this application does not warrant additional NOX reduction, the Anguil DFTO has the capability of adding Selective Non-Catalytic Reduction (SCNR) to further reduce the environmental impact.

Anguil Environmental is a system provider of air pollution control and energy recovery solutions. We are intimately familiar with the capture, control and compliance hurdles of the carbon fiber industry. View our Carbon Fiber page for more information.

New Service Resource for Oxidizer Operators

On a yearly average, Anguil services oxidizers made by dozens of different manufacturers. Put that knowledge to use for you by registering your oxidizer system(s) with Anguil and get a unique Service ID!

Participants in this program receive periodic maintenance recommendations, energy saving tips and service ideas for keeping your oxidizer running effectively and efficiently. In addition, your Anguil Service ID will streamline future service requests and scheduling.

As an added bonus you will immediately receive an Anguil hat, flash drive and pen! Future benefits may include complimentary operating cost evaluations and discounted service pricing.

Click Here for the Machine Registration Page

Beacon – Waste Gas Treatment Technologies for Carbon Fiber Processes

In conjunction with Harper International, Anguil Environmental announced the launch of Beacon™, a ground-breaking new program offering Carbon Fiber manufacturers the ability to evaluate the carbon footprint of their manufacturing process and identify opportunities for improvement.

With its extensive experience in the industry since the market’s inception, Harper has developed a model that analyzes various plant configurations and capacities, precursors, integration scenarios and energy recovery options and ranks the environmental impact of the process line. This endeavor establishes a baseline and a facility-specific metric that can be used to develop improvement plans to drive greater energy recovery and lower operating costs.
Anguil is excited to announce our participation in the Beacon as it pertains to the destruction of Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN), Ammonia (NH3), Silicone and Nitrous Oxide (NOX) emissions often produced in the ovens and furnaces of carbon fiber and composite plants. We design, manufacture, service and install energy-efficient oxidizer systems designed specifically for the air toxins that are often produced in the ovens and furnaces of carbon fiber manufacturers. Our company is intimately familiar with the capture, control and compliance hurdles that the processing plants face.

“The Carbon Fiber industry is at a critical maturity point where we must focus on achieving greatest output cost effectively with environmental responsibility in order to secure adoption in future market applications such as in automotive,” commented Robert Blackmon, VP of Integrated Systems at Harper.

The Beacon program is the only offering that comprehensively examines energy utilization in detail and develops solutions for improvement. We expect many to be inspired by this innovation, however Harper is clearly leading the way.”

A new website, harperbeacon.com , also launched as a part of the program. On this site, users can experience the concept of Beacon with a preview survey that evaluates the carbon footprint in a short example model. The complete Beacon model is a complex analysis of over a hundred design parameters. This work expands upon Harper’s previous cost modeling providing insight into the impact of energy efficiency as a part of the overall cost of operations.

Anguil & Canmaker JL Clark Teamwork Highlighted in The Canmaker Magazine

canmakerThis is how J L Clark exceeded the US EPA’s VOC abatement requirements at its Rockford, Illinois, litho plant: a PLC controlled RTO from Anguil Environmental Systems

Canmakers in the US are increasingly concerned about the need to comply with regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on air quality, specifically volatile organic compound (VOC) and hazardous air pollutant (HAP) control.

Last November the EPA issued a final rule that established national emission standards for coating operations in regions that generated large volumes of VOCs. The standards (5,700 litres or 1,500 gallons of coatings per year) outline various control requirements based on usage of affected VOCs but also provide for emission reduction by using a capture system in conjunction with pollution control devices.

With legislation looming on the horizon, Rockford, Illinois-based lithographer and canmaker J L Clark last year began a thorough review to find a system that would exceed the minimum EPA requirements cost-effectively. “This was not the first time that J L Clark had taken steps to control their emissions,” said Gordon VerWeyst, J L Clark’s vice president of product development & engineering.

“Years earlier, the company had installed several recuperative thermal oxidiser (RTO) systems that had satisfied earlier requirements but had, over the years, become outdated and were a significant drain on the plant’s operations budget. Costs to operate the systems had become a major component of J L Clark’s annual fuel usage.”

J L Clark chose Anguil Environmental Systems, based at Milwaukee in Wisconsin, to supply a bigger 50,000 scfm regenerative thermal oxidiser to control the emissions, and a permanent total enclosure (PTE) to capture the emissions from the plant’s six printing and coating lines.

The RTO destroys VOCs with high temperature oxidation, converting them to carbon dioxide and water vapour, and reusing the released energy. Anguil’s vice president of sales & marketing, Chris Anguil explains how it works: “Process gas with VOC contaminants enters the two chamber RTO through an inlet manifold. Aflow-control valve directs this gas into an energy recovery chamber which preheats the process stream. The process gas and contaminants are progressively heated in the ceramic bed as they move toward the combustion chamber.

“The VOCs are then oxidised, releasing energy in the second ceramic bed, thereby reducing any auxiliary fuel requirement. The ceramic bed is heated and the gas is cooled so that the outlet gas temperature is only slightly higher than the inlet temperature. The flow-control valve switches and alternates the ceramic beds so each is in inlet and outlet mode.

“If the process gas contains enough VOCs, the energy released from their combustion allows self-sustained operation. For example, at 95 percent thermal energy recovery, the outlet temperature may be only 77 deg F (25 deg C) higher than the inlet process gas temperature,” he says.

PLC-based electronics automatically control the RTO’s operation, from startup to shutdown, reducing the necessity for operators to be involved.

Meanwhile, the permanent total enclosure contributes significantly to the reduction in VOCs released to the atmosphere.

VerWeyst says: “We selected the PTE system because it enabled our litho lines to run without individual burdensome enclosures and exhaust hoods over each line. This allowed the operator’s room to do their job without interference. The PTE also allowed us to forgo the yearly EPA capture inspections that are required on a singularly captured line.”

Adds Anguil: “The PTE at J L Clark has proven effective at capturing the emissions from the wet-end coating operations of the process lines: that exhaust is combined with the exhaust from the ovens at the inlet of the RTO. This results in 100 percent capture efficiency of the VOC/HAP emissions assuring capture efficiency requirements and eventual destruction.

“The RTO itself has proven to be similarly effective, achieving destruction efficiency in excess of 99 percent while exceeding all fuel usage reduction objectives. The combined capture and destruction efficiency has therefore exceeded 99 percent for the facility, minimizing the overall VOC/HAP emissions from the plant and allowing it to meet their emissions cap,” he says.

Originally published in October of 2004 in Canmaker Magazine.