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4 Qualities to Look for in Your Next Environmental Partner

Not all environmental technology providers are created equal. How do you ensure you make the smartest choice in such a significant relationship? Start by assessing these four qualities and asking the following questions to any potential environmental technology partner.
1. Engineering Experience and Expertise

oil and gas refining process of refinery plantLike three legs of a stool, any potential technology partner should have a proven record of engineering experience across three key dimensions: company and employee legacy, industry and application depth, and global reach. A company with multiple planes of experience will ensure you are getting the best custom solution tailored uniquely to your application.

Questions to Ask:

  • What is the depth of your engineers’ experience?
  • How many successful installations do you have in my industry?
  • Who will my project manager be, and can I meet them?

2. Quality Design and Manufacturing for System Reliability

Your selected environmental technology partner should have a proven process in place for design and manufacturing processes to ensure Inside of Anguil Fabrication facilityyour equipment is not only delivered on time and on budget, but that it meets performance and compliance requirements.

Questions to Ask:

  • How is your fabrication process managed?
  • What kind of Quality Assurance program is in place?
  • What technology is leveraged during system design?

3. Integrated System Controls

When evaluating a potential partner, assess their in-house controls engineering capabilities and success record with integrating multiple equipment packages and process lines.  Controls designs should be remotely accessible, resilient to downtime, account for safety and Worker analyzing oxidizer usecompliance risks, be optimized for usability, and enable seamless integration into the existing facilities.

Questions to Ask:

  • How do your controls ensure safe, efficient, and reliable operation?
  • What is your experience integrating abatement equipment and process lines?
  • What remote connection capabilities are in place?

4. Robust Aftermarket Services Department for All Makes, Models & Manufacturers

A reputable partner should have an accessible aftermarket and service department to maximize system value through preventive and Worker improving equipment efficiencypredictive maintenance, spare parts, and emergency service. Consider the stability and vitality of any potential partner – being left without a service lifeline after a company goes out of business could leave you adrift and risk unplanned down time and compliance risk.

Questions to Ask:

  • Do you have a dedicated Aftermarket department?
  • Do you offer 24/7 service support?
  • Who will be servicing my equipment? Where are they based?

 

Anguil’s legacy of broad Industry Experience means our engineering experts are not pigeon-holed to a limited product portfolio to solve every application. Learn more about our System Design & Engineering capabilities and Contact Us to get started on a custom solutions specific to your application.

3 High Payback Oxidizer Retrofits for Lean Budgets

2020 has been the year many manufacturers have had to pivot into to the unknown. Your pollution control equipment must be considered as you make key business decisions. Whatever your new business landscape, Anguil is ready to assess your current equipment, production requirements, and capacities to develop a strategy that meets your emerging business needs.

Have you had to make any of these business decisions in 2020?

  • Adding new process line(s) for expanded or new product offerings
  • Consolidating production plants or building new facilities
  • Speeding up process lines
  • Changed process inputs

In the face of uncertainty and rapid change, strategic investment in your existing pollution control systems can keep you in compliance and offer opportunities for rapid return on investment (ROI). Instead of a new capital equipment purchase, consider retrofitting your existing equipment to fit tight timelines and lean budgets.

Here are three high payback equipment retrofits to consider.


Increase Capacity to Accommodate Production Changes

Add more flow to your existing oxidizer.

Anguil makes it easy to reimagine the possibilities of your pollution abatement equipment. If you have had to expand or consolidate production lines, you can retrofit your existing equipment to treat additional flow.

How to Evaluate Capacity Changes

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Is the new flow over capacity of existing unit?

When evaluating capacity modifications, start by determining your current state and comparing it with the future.

  • Confirm existing flow, VOC loading, and temperature to oxidizer
  • Confirm new flow, VOC loading, and temperature to oxidizer
Can modifications be made to the existing unit to increase capacity?

Most of the time, the answer is yes. Review the VOC loading and confirm it does not exceed capacity of the unit type. Anguil’s engineering experts can help you confirm your capacity modification possibilities.

What components need to be upgraded to increase RTO capacity?

Once your capacity parameters are determined, several components need to be evaluated to accommodate the flow expansion.

  • Upsize the Burner: Review burner system, fuel train, SFI
  • Change Media Design: Review media bed design – size, depth, type of media, velocity, TER, and pressure drop, residence time
  • Upsize Fan: Review fan/VFD sizing – flow, temp and pressure rating
  • Add an Emission Concentrator: Reduce the flow to your oxidizer by concentrating large flows of low concentration air upstream of the inlet

Reduce Downtime with Controls Upgrades + Strategic Spares Management

Prepare for the unexpected with modern controls and critical spares

Like an insurance policy, the savviest oxidizer operators invest great care in preventive safeguards for resiliency in the face of unexpected downtime. Two high impact, low effort investments you can make to reduce downtime are oxidizer controls upgrades and strategically stocking your spare parts inventory.

Controls Upgrades 

Because your oxidizer controls will generally function without incident even with older software and hardware, you may not consider them an upgrade or replacement priority. That is, until you experience a lengthy downtime due to a PLC crash or not having spares for an obsolete system.

Anguil has extensive experience consulting with operators on their oxidizer controls needs and developing custom solutions to prevent unplanned downtime, safety and compliance risks, and obsolete part headaches.

Are you ordering replacement control panel parts from Ebay? Or struggling to find support for your obsolete control components?

While obsolete parts may function, they expose you to many risks ranging from lengthy downtime to lack of service support. BecauseWorker improving equipment efficiency control components work together, a failed obsolete component might not be easily replaced and may require a full controls upgrade – a 12–16-week lead time. Many common controllers and I/O components will be discontinued in 2020, including control components installed on Anguil equipment manufactured prior to 2013.

Answer: Anguil Aftermarket can help identify which components are slated to be discontinued by completing a Controls Review of your current installed components and make Controls Upgrade recommendations

Is your PLC or HMI exhibiting signs of vulnerability, such as program loss or failure?

A failed display can leave you blind when it comes to operating your oxidizer system safely. If this happens at an inopportune moment, you want to be prepared to download your HMI program to a replacement display from your spare parts inventory.

Answer: Anguil Aftermarket can perform PLC Upgrades, even if source code is unavailable. Our electrical and field service engineers will specify, supply, and install replacement hardware and supply and commission new software.

Are your oxidizer controls upholding your safety commitment?

Even if your system is using aging or obsolete components without issue, your system may not be meeting modern safety standards.

Answer: Anguil Aftermarket can review your program logic, make Operational Efficiency and Safety Improvements, and develop a custom solution.

Do you wish you had clearer insight into the workings of your oxidizer’s PLC? What if your oxidizer’s controls could be e

Hardware improvements such as a Human Machine Interface (HMI) Upgrade can provide better system control and visibility on machine operation and troubleshooting via improved graphics and diagnostics.

Answer: Anguil Aftermarket employs a user-friendly 10” HMI option that provides easy operation with a graphical overview with process values, loop bar graphs, trends, and I/O and purge interlock status. Additional upgrades such as Digital Chart Recorders and Remote Ethernet Access can unlock the full potential of modern oxidizer control technology.

Stocking Your Spare Parts Inventory
Why does my oxidizer spare parts program deserve significant attention?
  • Uptime – The downtime associated with a system upset can be dramatically reduced if the right parts are immediately available on site.
  • Compliance – Stocking an appropriate level of spare parts for your oxidizer system may be required by your environmental permit.
  • Preparedness – Making the decision to have a well-stocked spare parts inventory could be the difference between having the needed component available in your stockroom to get your system quickly back online versus lengthy downtime, lost production revenue, and plant headache.
  • Mission – Stocking an appropriate level of spare parts for your system is a vital step in a long-term commitment of environmental compliance.
How Does Anguil Determine my Recommended Spare Parts List?

Using your system process and instrumentation diagram (P&ID) and bill of materials (BOM), Anguil’s Aftermarket Experts can design a custom-tailored recommended Critical Spare Parts Package for you. Yes, we can do this for any oxidizer system regardless of manufacturer! Plus, we can supply parts for your ancillary equipment including scrubbers, concentrator wheels, and dust collectors. We tag each system component as falling into one of four categories: CRITICAL, RECOMMENDED, CONVENIENCE, and WHEN NEEDED.

Level Description Examples
Convenience Consumables not critical to system operation Filter elements, door gasket
Critical High-use and high-wear parts that are vital to system operation, parts that may have a long lead-time Actuators, poppet valve components, thermocouples, flow sensors, and spark igniters
Recommended These items are not typically known to fail; however, they cannot safely be bypassed if they do Air proving switches, PLC components, and fuel train components
When Needed Parts that are unlikely to fail or not generally critical to system operation  Burners, gauges, and flex joints
What is a Critical Spare Parts Package?

A critical spare parts package bundles the most critical spare components for your system at a discounted price.

Why should I consider a Critical Spare Parts Package?

This convenient package takes the guesswork out of ordering spare parts and saves you money. In addition to meeting compliance requirements and strengthening your downtime firewall, we discount this package over the cost of ordering individual parts.

Why order spare parts through Anguil?

Anguil can simplify your parts procurement process. We know your system, so let us quickly get you the parts you need. If we don’t know your system, our engineering experts can quickly assess your system and determine your parts needs. Anguil has an expansive network of vendor relationships and enjoys priority service and advantageous pricing that we pass on to you.


Increase Thermal Energy Recovery (TER) for High Impact ROI

Improving TER with a media upgrade

Considering some enhancements to your RTO? Your RTO’s media is a key target area for high return on investment (ROI). Many operators consider media replacements primarily out of necessity due to plugging, but a lot of potential upside may be available by focusing on your media’s TER performance. Consider this:

  • Up until recently, most RTOs were designed with 95% Thermal Energy Recovery (TER%) or less.
  • Rule of Thumb for a self-check: If the average RTO outlet temperature is more than 100°F higher than the RTO inlet temperature, your actual TER% is probably less than 95%.
  • Even a small increase in TER% can have a dramatic effect on RTO fuel usage. In some cases, a bump in TER% could eliminate RTO fuel use entirely.
  • Advances in ceramic media have allowed Anguil to improve TER% in RTOs by only replacing a portion of the existing ceramic media beds, improving payback periods.
  • Anguil has performed this retrofit on numerous RTOs, regardless of original manufacturer, and we offer free Savings Cost Analysis making it easy to get started.
How to Evaluate a Media Design Change
What is my current media design?

Start by determining your current state and comparing it with available possibilities. When evaluating your current media bed design, take note of the following:

  • Type of media
  • Bed dimensions
  • Available space
What is my current media performance?

Next, determine your current process conditions to calculate your media’s current performance.

  • Airflow
  • Inlet temp
  • VOC loading
  • Combustion air from burner
  • Current fan sizing and speed
What are my new design possibilities?

Look at different media suppliers and what designs are available. Important parameters to keep in mind

  • Pressure drop across media beds – will it impact fan speed and possibly sizing?
  • Total flow that needs to be treated – will it impact pressure drop and velocity through media?
How much savings can I expect?

The cost of your media retrofit versus your projected fuel savings will determine your ROI. For a free assessment and consultation, complete our Savings Cost Analysis. Upon submittal, an Anguil Aftermarket expert will contact you for a follow-up consultation.

As a custom solutions provider, Anguil’s team of experienced engineers will partner with you to understand your system, regardless of make, model, configuration, or manufacturer, tailoring your retrofit project to maximize system performance. Contact us to get started on your high impact retrofit project.

Webinar: Composite & Carbon Fiber Manufacturing

When: October 27th, 2020 / 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CDT

In conjunction with CompositesWorld Publishing, Anguil Environmental will be presenting the latest in Emission Control Technologies and Techniques for Composite and Carbon Fiber Manufacturing.  These processes can negatively impact the environment and company profit margins if careful consideration is not given to emission control during the production of these materials. Recent developments in air pollution abatement technologies have not only improved destruction capabilities but also allowed producers to reduce operating costs and improve up-time.

Primary Topics:

  • What are the primary air pollution control technologies used in this industry?
  • What technology features should companies consider for air pollution compliance?
  • Which operating cost reduction strategies to consider for various process conditions?

REGISTER HERE

Anguil has developed the most advanced air pollution control technologies currently used for carbon fiber and composite processes. Our proprietary designs offer high destruction efficiency, low greenhouse gas output and energy recovery options for powering process systems.  Learn More

Addressing India’s Air Pollution Control Needs

In response to increased demand for its environmental technologies and services, Anguil Environmental Systems Inc. (Anguil) is expanding its’ coverage in the Indian market with the formation of a wholly owned subsidiary in the country. On June 22nd, 2020, the articles of incorporation were approved by government officials and Anguil Environmental Systems Private Limited was formed. Since then, Anguil has establish a direct presence by securing an office in Gujarat and hiring several seasoned employees with plans for more hires in early 2021.

Anguil has been serving the global air pollution control market since 1978. With well-established partners already in place and several successful installations throughout India, company executives felt the time was right. “Forming a subsidiary of the United States parent has always been part of the company’s overall international strategy” said Chris Anguil, President of Anguil Environmental. “After successfully penetrating the European and Asian markets, we knew India was a priority given the growing demand for pollution control solutions.”

Having an established company in the local market allows Anguil technologies to be manufactured utilizing local resources while avoiding substantial international freight costs and duties. Customers can expect a responsive, single source provider for their specific pollution control needs. With a dedicated local team of technical sales, engineering, and service resources at the ground level, the company seeks to serve the nation with the best technology at affordable price.

Make sure to visit our company directory to contact our team in India or see a list of all Anguil locations.

Company Commitment During COVID-19

These are unprecedented times with the global outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We want our customers, partners, suppliers, employees and community to know that Anguil is following an existing, robust, business continuity plan for managing situations such as this. In fact, our leadership has been preparing for this disruption in the United States since the virus first hit our offices in China last February. Anguil is also following the recommendations of local, state and federal health officials to protect our employees and surrounding community while continuing to serve our customers to the best of our ability.

As the world continues to grapple with this pandemic, many federal and state agencies are imposing shelter in place restrictions to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. We understand that many of our customers are considered essential businesses in critical infrastructure industries such as Chemical, Defense, Industrial, Energy, and Transportation, and therefore cannot cease operations.

Our number one priority will remain the health and well-being of our team, while doing whatever possible to service our customers, their facilities and production. We are dedicated to remaining flexible in our approach and adjusting accordingly to keep them operational.

  • Our entire service team and support staff remains healthy and is setup online, ready to assist you via remote connection or teleconferencing. For customers requiring onsite services, we are investigating each situation on a case-by-case basis so please contact our service department.
  • As a provider to critical business sectors we will continue to operate all of our fabrication facilities including those locations where the population has been placed under a ‘stay at home’ order. Anguil fabrication facilities will remain open as long as possible for any emergency fabrication needs while trying to maintain production schedules.
  • We have implemented a work from home policy for all non-essential employees in Accounting, Administration, Purchasing, Sales and Marketing. All individuals in these departments can be reached via phone or email.
  • Our purchasing department is maintaining constant contact with our major supply chain partners to ensure the continued flow of products and services.

For 40 years and counting, Anguil has taken on complex environmental challenges and stood strong for our customer. That will not change in the face of these unprecedented times.

Should you have any questions, please call the corporate office (800-488-0230). This is a very fluid situation so please revisit this page for future updates.

Chris Anguil, President-Anguil Environmental Systems
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Anguil to Exhibit at SEMICON West

***Delayed due to COVID, looking forward to 2021***

SEMICON West truly connects the entire extended electronics supply chain. Anguil Environmental is excited to be a part of the 2020 event in San Francisco. It is the premier place to keep up with manufacturing developments of chips, lithography, printed circuit boards and liquid crystal displays. The three day event consists of technical presentations, networking and exhibitions regarding materials, equipment, design, manufacturing, system integration and demand channels.

Anguil understands the industry’s need for up-time, increased production and environmental compliance. Visitors to booth 1854 will learn about the latest abatement technologies and techniques. Interested in setting up a meeting with one of our sales engineers? Call Kevin Summ at 414-365-6400 or email us, and we will set aside some time to speak with you about your unique needs.

Visit www.semiconwest.org for more details. We hope to see you in San Francisco.

eChem Expo & Anguil Presentation

***Delayed due to COVID, looking forward to 2021***

Different oxidizer technologies are used on various applications in the chemical industry for the destruction of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) and odorous emissions. No other supplier has the worldwide experience with emission control applications in this industry like Anguil does.

Held every two years in Kingsport, Tennessee, eChem Expo is a one-day event packed with seminars on innovation, productivity, and sustainability for chemical processors. On October 7th and 8th, Anguil personnel will be located in booth number 59 of the Knowledge Center Hub. We welcome the opportunity to meet attendees to discuss their air pollution control and energy recovery needs.

During the show, Jeff Kudronowicz of Anguil will be presenting to attendees on the Technologies and Techniques used on rich fume, VOC control applications. A wide variety of industries use thermal and catalytic oxidizers for the destruction of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs). Determining which oxidizer technology to apply relies on the flow, temperature, concentration and contaminants coming from the process. Many chemical processing processes generate VOCs and HAPs that are inert, or contain very little oxygen, and are extremely concentrated. The same facility can also have other emission sources that produce dilute streams with plenty of oxygen but not much calorific value.

Treating both of these flows in the same oxidizer system can save a substantial amount of money in capital expenditures and operating expenses. However, combining the different emission sources does present some challenges for the abatement systems. Our presentation will examine, in detail, all the benefits and potential hurdles when destroying inert and dilute emission streams in a single abatement device using real world examples and data. In addition, we will cover the various equipment options and maintenance recommendations specific to abatement projects in the chemical processing industry. Click here to see the seminar schedule.

Federal Environmental Advisory Committee Welcomes Kevin Summ

Anguil Environmental is very proud to announce that our Director of Marketing, Kevin Summ, was recently selected by the Secretary of Commerce to serve on the Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee (ETTAC) for a two-year term. Under the guidance of the United States Department of Commerce, Kevin and his fellow committee members will advise government officials on environmental technologies, trends, policies and markets to improve our nations’ reputation as an international leader.
Over the past twenty-plus years, Kevin has been actively involved in the marketing and sale of environmental technologies for various industrial applications. With a solid technical understanding of pollution control systems and the international regulations to which they are applied, Kevin brings a wealth of insight into many of the barriers that US companies face in doing business overseas. This knowledge will be extremely valuable as the ETTAC charter works to provide input on the development and administration of programs to expand US exports of environmental technologies, goods, services and products that comply with US environmental, safety, and related requirements.

“Being one of only forty people appointed to ETTAC speaks to Kevin’s experience with the promotion of sound environmental technologies and his dedication to protecting our environment.” said Chris Anguil, President of Anguil Environmental Systems. “As a company, we are happy to sponsor Kevin’s involvement in ETTAC as their mission coincides with Anguil’s pledge to provide environmental and energy solutions that ensure cleaner air and water for future generations.”

More information on committee members and the 2018-2020 charter can be found on the International Trade Administration website: https://www.export.gov/ettac

The ETTAC welcomes comments and suggestions from the public. If you wish to make a comment for consideration by the Committee, or for information about previous ETTAC charters, please contact Amy Kreps at amy.kreps@trade.gov

Another Top Workplace Award for Anguil!

Top Workplace awardAnguil Environmental has been recognized as a Top Workplace in Southeastern Wisconsin by The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for the sixth time. Thousands of companies from across the state competed for this award and Anguil was one of the 150 selected. Winners are based solely upon feedback from employee surveys.

“This is our sixth time being honored as a Top Workplace and the recognition has not lost it’s significance with management” said Deb Anguil, Chief Operating Officer of Anguil Environmental. “Family culture is one of our core company values. The fact that Top Workplace winners are determined by feedback from employees tells us that our team members feel a part of the family which is very important to organizational growth”

“Anguil is committed to protecting the environment with unmatched engineering, innovative equipment, guaranteed compliance and reliable service.” said Chris Anguil, President of Anguil Environmental. “None of that is possible without the dedication and hard work of our employees. On behalf of the ownership at Anguil, I want to thank them for all they do for the company and our customers.”

The complete list of winners can be found on Jsonline.com.

See what it is like to be an Anguil Employee.

New Trends In Industrial Pollution Control

If you have both air and water pollution control needs, how do you know that your treatment approach is optimizing performance and operating costs? As you undertake pollution abatement projects, how can you really be sure that you’re protected against creeping project costs, missing compliance requirements, and project management headaches?

An integrated approach to industrial air and water pollution abatement is gaining traction as an optimal solution, with many benefits including one point of contact, reduced project administration and a holistic solution. However, finding and leveraging a provider with sufficient expertise across both sectors is challenging, if not nearly impossible.

This discussion will examine industrial pollution control trends through the lens of a single source air and water solutions provider, offering insight into avoiding abatement project pitfalls and how an integrated approach can save you time, money, and hassles.

Click here to register for the live event, or view on demand, the interview with Tim Hermes of Environmental Leader and Anguil Environmental Systems.