Anguil Awarded Maturing Status by Green Masters Program

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The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council has once again recognized Anguil Environmental Systems, Inc. for its sustainability efforts as part of 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 a variety of sustainability pillars. Participants receive recognition for their sustainability accomplishments and use the program to develop ideas to plan future sustainability actions.

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For the ninth year in a row, Anguil has been recognized as a Wisconsin Green Masters Program Participant. In 2023, the Green Masters program updated its award categories, leading Anguil to be awarded Maturing status within our industry. The Green Masters 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 environmental stewardship, community involvement and impact, employee experience, and sustainable governance.

While the corporate landscape continues to adapt and adjust post-pandemic, Anguil has continued to make strides in its sustainability efforts. A major project completed in 2023 included the removal of single-use plastics throughout the Anguil corporate headquarters in Milwaukee; reusable and/or sustainably-produced utensils, bowls, plates, cups, and mugs are stocked in each kitchen, and each employee received a set of reusable corn-based utensils. Additionally, Anguil’s employee-led sustainability team has implemented a switch from single-use batteries to rechargeable batteries throughout the corporate office.

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, and resources — which then opens the door for more opportunity and growth.”

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 four levels of participation: Adapting, Advancing, Maturing, and Green Master. Anguil has achieved Maturing status. Each year the top quartile of the program’s companies are recognized as Green Master companies at the annual WSBC Conference, held in November.

“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 wisconsinsustainability.com/greenmasters.

Anguil Exhibiting at CompositesWorld’s Carbon Fiber 2023

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Anguil is thrilled to announce we will be returning to CompositesWorld’s Carbon Fiber 2023 trade show on November 28-30, 2023 in Salt Lake City, UT! Carbon Fiber 2023 provides an objective, comprehensive forum to discuss new developments for carbon fibers in emerging industrial markets.

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. Interested in setting up a meeting with one of our sales engineers to discuss how our innovative solutions can meet the needs of your application? 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.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Anguil to Exhibit for the First Time at NAATBatt Annual Meeting & Conference

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NAATBatt 2024 Building Capacity February 19-22Anguil Environmental is excited to announce our participation for the first time as an exhibitor at the 15th annual NAATBatt Annual Meeting & Conference this February 19th through the 22nd in Carlsbad, CA.

Hosted by NAATBatt International, the trade association for advanced battery technology in North America, NAATBatt 2024 will focus on the rapid build-out of advanced battery manufacturing in North America. Anguil team members will be on hand throughout the conference to speak with attendees about the pollution abatement technologies and techniques being applied on the various battery applications.

Interested in setting up a meeting with one of our sales engineers to discuss how our innovative solutions can meet the needs of your application? 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.

More information on the trade show and attendee registration can be found here. We hope to see you in Carlsbad!

Anguil to Exhibit at International Battery Seminar 2024

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Batteries have become a key contributor in the world’s energy transition and critical in the effort to slow climate change. As a result, battery manufacturing technologies and techniques are constantly evolving as producers look to remain competitive, increase storage capacity, and improve efficiency while decreasing battery size and weight. Anguil Environmental is ready to help the industry meet these challenges and is excited to announce our participation in the annual International Battery Seminar this coming March 12th through the 15th in Orlando, Florida.

Anguil team members will be on hand throughout the event to speak with attendees about the pollution abatement technologies and techniques being applied on various battery-related applications. Interested in setting up a meeting with one of our sales engineers to discuss how our innovative solutions can meet the needs of your application? 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.

More information on the trade show and attendee registration can be found here. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

Additional information on Anguil’s experience in this exciting industry is located here.

Anguil Environmental to Return to SESHA in April

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We are excited to return for the 51st annual SESHA Symposium in Phoenix, Arizona from April 22nd through the 25th, 2024. SESHA is dedicated to improving environmental, safety, and health performance, preventing workplace injuries and accidents, and promoting technological advances.SESHA Symposium 2024

Anguil understands the high technology industry’s need for up-time, increased production, and environmental compliance. Visit us to learn more about how our solutions can impact your unique application. 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 needs.

Visit www.sesha.org for more details. Looking forward to seeing you in Phoenix!

Anguil Exhibiting Once Again at Environmental Trade Fair and Conference (ETFC)

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TCEQ Environmental Trade Fair & ConferenceAnguil is thrilled to announce we will once again be exhibiting at the 30th Annual Environmental Trade Fair and Conference (ETFC) trade show, May 14-15, 2024 in Austin, TX. Presented by the Texas Commission on 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 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 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 to discuss how our innovative solutions can meet the needs of your application; check back closer to the event for our booth number. More information on the trade show and attendee registration can be found here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Anguil to Exhibit at The Battery Show Europe for the First Time

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The Battery Show EuropeFor the first time, Anguil Environmental is excited to announce our participation as an exhibitor at The Battery Show Europe this June 18th through the 20th in Stuttgart, Germany.

The Battery Show Europe is Europe’s largest advanced battery and electric vehicle tech conference. Anguil team members will be on hand at Booth 9-B44 in Hall 9 throughout the conference to speak with attendees about the pollution abatement technologies and techniques being applied on the various battery applications.

Interested in setting up a meeting with one of our sales engineers to discuss how our innovative solutions can meet the needs of your application? 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.

More information on the trade show and attendee registration can be found here. See you in Stuttgart!

Anguil Environmental to Exhibit at Three SEMI Events in 2024

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We are excited to announce that in addition to exhibiting at SEMICON West once again this coming July, Anguil will also be exhibiting at SEMICON Europa and SEMICON Southeast Asia for the first time in 2024.

SEMICON West is the premier place to keep up with manufacturing developments of chips, lithography, printed circuit boards, and liquid crystal displays. The three-day event, running July 9-11, 2024 in San Francisco, consists of technical presentations, networking, and exhibitions regarding materials, equipment, design, manufacturing, system integration, and demand channels.

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SEMICON SEA runs May 28-30, 2024 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. While Southeast Asia is rising up fast as a world-class electronics manufacturing hub with end-to-end R&D capabilities, SEMICON Southeast Asia has become an important exposition for the electronics industry in the region.

SEMICON Europa will be held in Munich, Germany in November 2024 (dates TBA) and is the strongest single event for electronics manufacturing in Europe, broadening the range of attendees across the electronics chain.

Anguil understands the industry’s need for up-time, increased production, and environmental compliance. Visit us to learn more about how our solutions can impact your unique application. 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 needs.

Visit www.semi.org for more details. We hope to see you at one of the SEMI events!

Another Top Workplace Award for Anguil!

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Anguil Environmental has been recognized as a Top Workplace in Southeastern Wisconsin by The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for the ninth 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 ninth 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 so important at Anguil. 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.

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.

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[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