ARR Offers Technology that Cuts Industrial Water Use and Increases the Bottom Line

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Process Water Re-Use Can Increase Profits While Helping To Stave Off a Looming National Water Crisis

Water is a resource that gets more valuable every day and the industrial sector offers the best opportunity to conserve it. Some companies are learning that they can cut industrial water use and increase the bottom line at the same time by turning to technology from Aqueous Recovery Resources, Inc. (ARR) in Bedford Hills, New York.

The firm has developed an innovative technology that effectively separates process oils and other liquids along with suspended contaminants from water. The patented system enables users to separate liquids differing in specific gravity, thus making significant savings in process water consumption by allowing reuse of the water as well as other process fluids, such as the separated oil. This savings of water also improves uptime, extends the use of detergents and significantly reduces the need to prepare water, thus saving on energy.

Called Suparator®, this exclusive "dynamic separation' technology is based on the Bernoulli Principle of physics. This unique application of this principal achieves perfect separation of any two fluids with a specific gravity differential. Unlike conventional water separation devices, it uses no moving parts or media to provide 99%-plus separation of polluting oils or liquid contaminants from water while it is still in the process tanks, thus saving a typical user millions of gallons of industrial water each year. This liquid-liquid separation allows reuse of the recovered contaminants, like oil, as well providing a means of reuse of it as well. Plus, because separation is accomplished dynamically, Suparator® is able to remove dirt and other unwanted foreign objects from the suspended oil before it can settle into the water tank and necessitates water and/or detergent changes.

At Ford Motor Company's Dearborn plant the Suparator® removes preservative oil from pickup truck door "blanks" before the doors are formed in a giant press. The steel blanks have to be cleaned of oil and any dirt or other foreign matter prior to being stamped.

Daimler-Chrysler has successfully deployed the same technology in paint-line operations, resulting in a superior finish for the high-end Mercedes vehicle product line where fluid quality is directly related to finish quality. The Daimler facility in Sindelfingen, Germany has achieved a CO2 emission reduction equal to the auto emissions from 1.5 million kilometers by not having to re-heat replacement water.

The technology has also been already deployed on an exploratory basis in pharmaceutical solvent extractions, plastics and ballistic fiber production, petrochemical plant effluent pre-treatment, crude washing and other applications. In every instance, Suparator® more effectively removed the contaminating fluid from the aqueous stream than the existing methods.

In Colorado this technology has been assisting a water reclaimer supplying "Hydraulic Fracturing" water to Haliburton and other oil well production services firms. The Suparator® results surprised the seasoned professionals by recovering nearly 1000 gallons of crude oil from a contaminated "produced water" source in less than 4 hours. The crude had a measured 500PPM water. This low water content allowed the oil to be sold immediately at a significant profit to the water reclaimer. Previously, the reclaimer was unable to remove the contaminated oil with low enough water content for the market and he had to have the water/oil mixture skimmed and hauled off at a significant expense. This inversion of the revenue stream is typical of a technology that represents a completely new breakthrough. It is clear that by reducing industry's voracious appetite for clean water through point-of-use recycling saves significant money. At the same time, other resources are conserved along with industrial water, and energy may be conserved and uptime may be improved, all of which contributes to improved competitiveness.

In addition to providing a viable new means for industry to relieve its pressure on the limited supply of fresh water, dynamic separation also fundamentally changes the focus on water treatment. Instead of cleaning of the most contaminated industrial pollution, the new focus is on in-house pre-treatment and reuse to save costs and preserve industrial water use in the same way that any other industrial process component would be preserved and maintained.

For more information, contact Kim Kaplan at Aqueous Recovery Resources, Inc. (ARR), 300 Adams Street, Bedford Hill, NY 10507; Phone: (914) 241-2827; Fax: (914) 242-7346; email: info @ suparator.com; or visit the web site: http://www.suparator.com.

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