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Another Top Workplace Award for Anguil!

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Anguil has been named a Top Workplace Winner for the 8th timeAnguil Environmental has been recognized as a Top Workplace in Southeastern Wisconsin by The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for the eighth time. Thousands of companies from across the state competed for this award and Anguil was one of the 141 selected. Winners are based solely upon feedback from employee surveys.

“This is our eighth time being honored as a Top Workplace and the recognition has not lost its 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. Thanks to everyone for making Anguil a Top Workplace. We appreciate everything you do and especially your tenacity and efforts during these tough times.”

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

See what it is like to be an Anguil Employee.

Anguil Exhibiting for the First Time at Environmental Trade Fair and Conference (ETFC)

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Anguil is thrilled to announce we will be exhibiting at the Environmental Trade Fair and Conference (ETFC) trade show for the first time May 11-12, 2022 in Austin, TX. Presented by the Texas Commission Environmental Quality (TCEQ), this dynamic environmental conference will put a spotlight on issues important to manufacturers in the region, including air and water permitting, oil and gas, remediation, industrial waste, and much more.

Anguil’s has long been a pollution control equipment leader in the Natural Gas Production and Refining and Petrochemical industries. In fact, Anguil is the largest supplier of oxidizer technologies to the natural gas industry. Our solutions, including Regenerative Thermal Oxidizers (RTOs), Direct Fired Thermal Oxidizers (DFTOs), and Vapor Combustors, are engineered with careful consideration given to the design and material selection to avoid corrosion, equipment failures and non-compliance. Anguil oxidizers are built with quality materials of construction and engineered to withstand the difficult streams and often remote installations. With additional expertise in Industrial Wastewater Treatment solutions as well as local representatives and service personnel, Anguil is positioned to be a single source provider of air and water pollution control needs for the greater Texas region.

Held at the Austin Convention Center, Anguil engineering experts will be onsite at Booth 1245 to discuss how our innovative solutions can meet the needs of your application. More information on the trade show and attendee registration can be found here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Anguil Environmental to Return to SEMICON West in July

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SEMICON West truly connects the entire extended electronics supply chain. After a successful first year exhibiting in December 2021, Anguil Environmental isSemicon West Logo excited to announce our return to their original summer format SEMICON West event in San Francisco this July 11-14, 2022. It is the premier place to keep up with manufacturing developments of chips, lithography, printed circuit boards and liquid crystal displays. The four 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. We will announce our booth location closer to the event. 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.

The Changing Workforce and Its Impact on Your Wastewater Treatment System

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We have all heard about the “Great Resignation” in the news and the significant numbers of people retiring or leaving the work force.

A Washington Post article, [i] stated that 4.3 million people of all ages left the workforce in August of 2021 alone – that’s almost 3% of the total workforce gone in one month. Per Axios, [ii] 3 million baby boomers retired early because of COVID pandemic. It is important to know the numbers and reasons why people are leaving the workforce, but it is even more critical to know how you are going to protect your organization when one of your workers retires or leaves for another job.Staff with Industrial Waster Treatment Equipment

Most companies have contingency plans to replace C-level and senior executives when they abruptly leave. However, not as many organizations have replacement plans in place when the people operating equipment suddenly quit. For decades, your wastewater treatment systems have been completely out of mind, not causing any crisis or concern. Wastewater has been continually treated, solids removed off site, chemicals delivered and consumed, and all the while your wastewater has been (generally) in compliance with discharge standards. In the background, the same personnel have been quietly keeping the legacy system operating.

Because the system has been operating in the background of your more visible revenue-generating objectives such as producing products, many things have been neglected. It is likely that that many of the monitors, meters, instruments, and automation (if they even existed) have failed, and the overall condition of your wastewater treatment system has deteriorated. Someone was probably told about it, and it was likely deemed there were no funds to fix it at the time. Maybe the original wastewater it was designed to treat has changed because your production process has changed, and the system has been retrofitted several times. So, your operator had done what every wastewater treatment operator does: they find a manual work around and improvised solutions.

This is not everyone’s situation, but it is the story of so many plants. Systems installed decades to half-centuries ago are not only in jeopardy of completely failing, but the men and women who have kept them running are largely part of the groups retiring early or quitting for a better job.

Let’s hope you do not lose your system operator. However, if you realistically think your system and workforce could be suffering from similar ailments described here, we have some cost-effective recommendations you can implement now to ensure workforce changes do not negatively impact your operation or bottom line.

System Audit

Have a firm focused on water treatment applications come in to review your system. Having a firm focused on water treatment applications evaluate your current system is a quick way to assess your situation. Ideally, they can identify critical aspects of the system that require immediate attention and those which can be addressed later. They should be able to evaluate the system as a whole to determine if it is cost effectively meeting your current – and future needs while also providing you with replacement options.

Controls and Advanced Automation Upgrade

Typically, upgrading system controls and automation provides return on investment and quickly limits exposure from workforce challenges. Replacement of broken instrumentation, installation of additional monitoring, and a new control panel with PLC controls can automate the treatment process, reducing the workload for your staff while ensuring the system is operating properly.  Notifications can alert employees to system upset conditions and provide maintenance reminders for things like filter changes, chemical replenishment, or solids removal.

Chemical Optimization

Many companies have not changed the makeup of their water treatment chemicals since the system was first installed. Over that time, your costs probably continued to rise, but you may have no idea if you are in line with market prices. Additionally, are you sure a more cost-effective chemical treatment protocol isn’t available? Has your wastewater changed from the original production line you ran? A short lab trial by a third-party can provide testing validation across multiple chemicals and provide a complete OPEX assessment for your consideration. Chemical costs truly add up, especially when many do not periodically evaluate the options.

Sludge Handling Automation

Additional flow or changes to the wastewater generating processes can impact the performance of your sludge handling equipment. Additional solids could mean your operator has to increase the number of times the filter press is dumped, pulling the operator from more critical tasks. Additional oil or solvents in the solids could negatively impact the performance of the filter press, increase the disposal weight of your solids, or possibly cause the solids to not be accepted at a normal landfill. As human resources become more scarce, automated sludge handling systems can offer a cost-effective solution to many of those problems.

Equipment Replacement v. System Replacement

Site audits are often performed when someone believes a new wastewater treatment system is required. This could be due to expansion, age/condition of current system, poor performance, or all the aforementioned conditions combined. A good site audit would include the determination of what equipment can be reused and which cannot. Additionally, lab and field testing can validate where a system may be failing. In many cases, companies can identify a single piece of equipment for replacement instead of scrapping the entire treatment train. Be sure to communicate with your provider so that you can have all the supporting data for all the options available to you.

Proper Documentation

Part of properly maintaining any pollution control device hinges on document control. The changing employment situation is magnifying the importance of keeping critical documents not only accessible but also updated. Documenting operating procedure can be the difference between compliance and non-compliance when a key person abruptly leaves an organization. Companies should take every step to maintain updated documents such as the Process and Instrumentation Diagram (P&ID), electrical schematics, sequence of operation, set points, and alarm conditions. Don’t find yourself searching for the company’s permit operating conditions when they should be stored in a centralized location with other critical documentation.

In conclusion, the GREAT RESIGNATION has significantly changed the work landscape and likely will continue to do so. One simple way to ensure you stay in compliance with standards, continue to be a good neighbor to your community, and stay cost-effective in production of your goods is to ensure your wastewater system and process is prepared for operator disruption.

At Anguil, our team of industrial wastewater treatment experts can help you optimize your wastewater system and process. To find out more, contact us today.

Want to learn more?

Listen to our team of experts in this podcast with EHS Daily Advisor.


[i] Washington Post. A record number of workers are quitting their jobs, empowered by new leverage. Oct. 12, 2021. Eli Rosenberg, Abha Bhattarai, and Andrew Van Dam

[ii] Axios. Millions of baby boomers retired early during the pandemic. Oct. 29, 2021. Erica Pandey, author of What’s Next

 

Anguil Recognized as Green Professional Company for the Seventh Time

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The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council has once again named Anguil Environmental Systems, Inc. as a Green Professional within its Green Masters Program.

Recognizing sustainable actions by businesses from across the state of Wisconsin, the Green Masters program works to identify companies that have taken actions within nine sustainability pillars. Participants receive recognition for their sustainability accomplishments and use the program to develop ideas to plan future sustainability actions.

For the seventh year in a row, Anguil has been recognized as a Wisconsin Green Masters Program Participant and has been acknowledged as a Green Professional within our industry. The Green Master Program provides a third-party, objective set of criteria for defining sustainability initiatives and legitimizes our work to push sustainability into our supply chain. Anguil is continually evaluated and accepted based on our involvement in key areas of sustainability and improvements in employee engagement, community involvement, and environmental performance.

While the past year has looked a little different as a large portion of our employees have continued to work remotely through the pandemic, Anguil has continued to make strides in our sustainability efforts. A major project completed this fall included the planting of 23 mature native trees, including oak, arbor vitae, maple, london planes, and Ohio buckeye trees, along the Anguil corporate headquarters in Milwaukee. These trees were specifically chosen and planted due to their high carbon sequestration.

On Anguil’s sustainability goals, the executive team believes, “It is important to us that every employee knows what we stand for, our values, and future goals. This takes some work, practice, repetition, and belief. In the end, it revolves around communication from every level of our organization. With this, we believe we can create a more sustainable company, saving time, money, resources, which then opens the doors for opportunity and growth.”

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The Green Masters Program is an objective, point-based recognition, assessment, and certification program that enables Wisconsin businesses from any size or sector to measure and improve their sustainability strategy. The program has three levels of participation: Green Apprentice, Green Professional, and Green Master. Anguil has achieved Green Professional status. Each year the top 20 percent of the program’s companies are recognized as Green Master companies at the annual WSBC Conference, held in December.

“The Green Masters Program is a tool for businesses to assess and grow their sustainability actions, to benchmark against others in their industry, and to receive a third party credential recognizing their sustainability achievements,” says WSBC’s managing director, Jessy Servi Ortiz.

To learn more about the program, visit https://www.wisconsinsustainability.com/greenmasters

Anguil Environmental Systems Private LTD Celebrates Grand Opening of India Office

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Anguil is thrilled to announce the official inauguration of the Anguil Environmental Systems Private LTD headquarters in India.
Anguil India Employees and Vendors

Anguil Environmental Private Ltd employees and vendors gather to celebrate the office opening

Since 1978, Anguil has been a burgeoning leader in the global air and water pollution control markets. In response to increased demand for its environmental technologies and services, Anguil Environmental Systems Inc. (Anguil) formed a wholly owned Indian subsidiary, Anguil Environmental Systems Private LTD, in June of 2020. Since formation, Anguil’s Indian office has been busy leveraging well-established partnerships and building on a favorable reputation based on several existing installations throughout India. Anguil is now thrilled to announce that the growing India team has officially inaugurated the new the Anguil Environmental Systems Private LTD headquarters located in Gujarat.

Located in the Atlantis Heights neighborhood in Subhanpura, the office is in a prime location for doing business within the Vadodara metro area. The office location is key to strategic growth and an unparalleled customer experience ― Gujarat is a hub for chemical, petrochemical, and pharmaceutical companies. With an office in Vadodara, Anguil India’s team can leverage proximity to customers to meet their needs. Additionally, key vendors such as fabricators and component suppliers are located within five miles and the airport is located approximately 3 miles from the office.

The Celebration

The inauguration was marked with an office gathering and a special celebration. The day of the inauguration, September 3rd, 2021, was also the Ekadashi holiday. Ekadashi is an auspicious day in Hindu culture. It takes place on the eleventh day of the two lunar cycles of the month. Spiritually, Ekadashi symbolizes eleven senses constituting five sense organs, five action organs and one mind. People observe a fast to mark the day by controlling the eleven senses and consuming only permitted foods and refraining from others.

Office Opening Celebration

The celebration featured an extensive spread of Indian food and time for worship.

As a part of our inauguration day celebration, worship was conducted at the office.  A priest was invited to help conduct worship. Key partners of Anguil India, including our fabricators, were invited to the festivities. The gathering included an extensive spread of food and time of fellowship together.

The Office

The office is located on the 6th floor of a 12-story building in a prime commercial area with many nearby corporate offices representing the information technology, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries. The office, which is designed to serve as a center point of all business activities, will help integrate sales, engineering, project management, and service functions at one single location.

Having an established company in the local Indian 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.

Congratulations to the Anguil India team on this special milestone in our growth into the India market.

 

Meeting Pollution Control Compliance Through System Design & Engineering

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Anguil’s pollution control technologies have been used for cleaner air, water, and energy in a wide range of manufacturing applications across almost every industry. The need to comply with pollution control regulations goes beyond ESG (Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance), as non-compliance with pollution control regulations can be extremely costly for businesses from many aspects.

The use of the proper pollution control technologies can lead to smaller overall production costs through energy-efficient design and reliable construction practices. Solutions from Anguil can lead to a dramatic reduction in costs as well as seamless integration through our expertise in system design and engineering.

Your Business, Your Process

Our designs combine widely used products with innovative, custom-engineered solutions. We aim to work closely with you to tailor our systems to your unique business needs. Ultimately, this means our systems can help you reduce overall costs, minimize non-compliance issues, and decrease your environmental footprint.

We employ a team of skilled engineers from a wide cross-section of disciplines, including mechanical, structural, environmental, and electrical engineering. This diversity allows us to deliver a tailored service whereby we can address a wide range of process needs.

Reliability of Design

It is extremely important to clients that our pollution control technology system designs are at the highest standard, and operational in a timely fashion. Throughout our system design, we use a gate process that allows us to ensure that each stage meets full quality control requirements before proceeding.

This allows us to ensure that our system design and engineering leads to maximum customer satisfaction from engineering through to commissioning. Our quality assurance team consistently monitors our processes to ensure we are meeting our core values of continuous improvement and enhanced customer experience.

Examples of Anguil’s System Design and Engineering in Practice

In recent times, the Chinese government has been increasing the restrictive nature of environmental protection regulations. In Shanxi Province, China, a mining company wanted to adopt a new technology to convert ventilation air methane (VAM) into usable energy. Anguil’s system design and engineering expertise was used to recommend the Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) technology which destroys emissions while using waste heat to generate energy. Anguil’s system design and engineering of the RTO also means that no auxiliary energy is necessary for combustion as long as minimal methane concentrations are maintained.

Anguil’s expertise in system design and engineering allowed us to work with a coil coating facility to generate steam and savings using waste heat. The facility wanted to minimize their exhaust air temperature and operating costs using an RTO.

The customer was able to utilize a large airflow and high exhaust temperature to create energy recovery measures and optimize processes while minimizing operating expenses. As the process needs a lot of steam this would provide a much-needed resource via energy recovery. Anguil installed an air-to-steam waste heat recovery boiler to recover exhaust waste heat from the natural gas-fired thermal oxidizer and created 25 psig of steam. This system design and engineering expertise led to the facility saving $216,770 per year, paying for itself within six months.

 

At Anguil we are always looking for ways to enhance our system design and engineering processes to ensure that we attain exceptional customer satisfaction. To find out more, contact us today.

Pollution Control Technologies—Driving Uptime, Meeting Compliance & Reducing Operating Costs

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Air and water pollution can have a significant detrimental impact on both human health and the environment. Non-compliance with pollution control regulations can be both time-consuming and expensive. Your company could be given increasingly large financial penalties for not meeting regulation standards, resulting in higher overall costs for your company.

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Soil Remediation at Superfund Sites across the USA

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Severe soil contamination is a major cause for concern that can have a harmful impact on human health. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates the levels of pollution in soils to protect the environment and reduce the likelihood that people will come into contact with harmful contaminants. Sites that are severely polluted can be remediated using a choice of pollution control technologies, and the EPA rigorously enforces the need for soil remediation as part of the Superfund program.

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Anguil Exhibiting at CompositesWorld 2021

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Anguil is thrilled to announce we will be returning to CompositesWorld’s Carbon Fiber 2021 trade show November 9-11, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah. CompositesWorld’s Carbon Fiber 2021 provides an objective, comprehensive forum to discuss new developments for carbon fibers in emerging industrial markets. CompositesWorld 2021 logo

Carbon fiber and composites 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.

Anguil has developed the most advanced air pollution control technologies currently used for Carbon Fiber and Composites processes. Our proprietary designs offer high destruction efficiency, low greenhouse gas output, and energy recovery options for powering process systems. Anguil engineering experts will be onsite to discuss how our innovative solutions can meet the needs of your application. We look forward to seeing you there!