July 2020 News
A range of new purchase orders and progression of project builds, has kept PPM busy during July. Severn Trent Water has progressed two separate purchase orders for Proam analysers intended for final effluent, continuous ammonia measurement. Replacement instruments for ammonia and turbidity have also been supplied to Wessex Water.
The bespoke build of a battery powered, portable logging system has also been completed and delivered to Wessex Water. The instrumentation for Affinity Water comprising optical probe technology from TriOS for dissolved organics, suspended solids and colour measurement has also been pre-configured ready for delivery. Having already shipped two Proams for a petrochemical application, our Taiwanese distributor placed a further order for two additional Proam ammonia monitors, intended for a new Semiconductor plant in Taiwan.
Severn Trent Water final effluent Proam installations
The Proam ammonia monitor is extensively installed throughout Severn Trent Water for final effluent ammonia measurement. The instrument provides continuous analysis of treated effluent quality before it is discharged to the local water course. The latest instruments were ranged 0-20mg/L as N and programmed to calibrate daily against two known calibration standards, to self-validate measurement performance and maintain repeatability.
One of the instruments was configured to operate at 5rpm to conserve reagents and allow for monthly site attendance. The ability to extend the maintenance interval especially at remote sites or at un-manned treatment works, has proved popular with a number of the Utilities. Additionally, the cost of ownership is minimised by reducing the reagent consumption and the number of planned maintenance visits, so this is also an added benefit.
Another two Proam analysers supplied to TSMC semiconductor plant in Taiwan
Atlas Technology of Taiwan has placed an order for two Proam ammonia analysers for their client, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, a long-time end user of PPM's instruments. The analysers are to be used to monitor the waste water coming from the new Fab 18 plant which is the fourth 12-inch GigaFab wafer manufacturing plant in Tainan City.
From a recent TSMC news bulletin: "Opened by Chairman Dr. Morris Chang, the new Fab demonstrates TSMC's ongoing commitment to investing in Taiwan as well as to environmental sustainability, and marks another milestone in TSMC's 30-year history and its competitive advantage in technology leadership, manufacturing excellence, and customer trust. TSMC will continue applying its high standards of green fab design to Fab 18, with comprehensive measures for energy saving, water conservation, pollution prevention and waste reduction. The design includes an ecological green space, which both preserves habitats of native species and provides a pleasant environment. "TSMC has recently overtaken Samsung to become the world's largest chip company by market capitalization.
June 2020 News
Due to the current COVID19 situation, a quieter period has allowed PPM to progress the build of a number of bespoke measurement systems and analyser sales. Additionally during June, Wessex Water purchased a portable, battery powered water quality logging system and a final effluent turbidity monitor.
We also finished the build of the second towable trailer for Northumbrian Water which was delivered to the NE of England. Other bespoke builds included a pH & turbidity monitoring system for a UK mineral production site. International sales included a purchase order from our Irish distributor who purchased our Protoc analyser technology, for a cooling water application.
Wessex Water purchase battery powered water quality logging system
A bespoke, data logging system has been supplied to Wessex Water for waste water quality monitoring. The system comprises a water proof case containing the data logging instrument and the lithium ion battery pack. Two external 7.0m sensor cables, which have a universal sensor connectors are provided. Initially, the system is configured for ORP measurement. Oxidation Reduction Potential is useful on crude sewage, to indicate septicity and within anoxic zones to monitor anaerobic digestion. A second cable with hanging bracket has also been integrated (but blanked off with a water proof blanking socket). The second sensor (ammonium) may be simply connected when required on a future monitoring project. All of the digital IQ sensors use the same water proof connector, making the system very versatile. Additionally, the ability to field exchange a spare battery pack and to house the instrumentation within a pad-lockable, water proof enclosure were also key considerations.
The portable unit can be quickly deployed to profile treatment works, with measurement intervals from one minute. In many instances this approach replaces discrete sample collection and the need to wait for subsequent laboratory analysis. Main power supply, typically required to support this type of robust process instrumentation, is no longer an issue for short term deployment. The lithium ion battery powered system, is an invaluable tool for reactive and planned site investigation. The data is logged to the instrument’s memory and easily transferred to a USB data stick. Alternatively, a GSM communications system can be connected to obtain real time field data.
Turbidity, pH & Temperature measurement at a UK mineral production facility
Following a detailed consultation with site staff, PPM prepared a proposal, received a purchase order and built a bespoke process waste monitoring system for a Staffordshire based mineral supplier. Process waste leaving the plant will be continuously measured for pH, turbidity & temperature. Digital probes measuring these key water quality parameters will be mounted in a purpose built sample tank, with internal baffle plates to aid sample degassing. A sufficiently high flow rate will be set to enable a fast response, to any process changes.
In the event of a high excursion on any parameter, a relay from the controller will activate a valve to divert the flow and recirculate the waste back to the start of the treatment process This control functionality will ensure the production plant remains within their discharge consent at all times. PPM has pre-mounted the instrumentation within a small secondary enclosure for the client, to simplify site installation. We also integrated the provision for automatic cleaning of the sensors using site air should this need to be implemented, at a future date.
Another Protoc 300 TOC analyser sold for Cooling water project in Eire
Ntron our Irish distributor, has secured another project sale which includes a Protoc 300 TOC analyser. The instrument is ranged 0-50ppm for cooling water monitoring application and has been supplied with a membrane panel filter system complete with automatic air scour cleaning. A sample break tank was also built and supplied by PPM to take a client’s pH probe. All the equipment was to be installed in to an existing GRP kiosk, located on site.
May 2020 News
Whilst we are still implementing safe working practices to mitigate the risk of the pandemic, we continue to support our customers by performing critical routine servicing and providing remote technical support. These are difficult times, affecting normal business activity. However, the possibility to video conference using various digital platforms rather than conduct face to face meetings, is a way forward which is also environmentally friendly and may indeed become the future norm.
Please let us know if you have the need to set up a video conference call to provide technical guidance or discuss any measurement applications in detail. Sales continue to hold up. Within the UK, Wessex Water has purchased three water quality measurement systems for final effluent turbidity and ammonia measurement. Additionally, two replacement final effluent monitoring ammonia sensors have been supplied. We have also despatched an automatic sampler to a leading frozen food manufacturer who has previously installed continuous turbidity measurement, on the final discharge to trade. Construction of the second mobile trailer for Northumbrian Water has taken place and is now ready for delivery to site. Internationally, we have supplied a further two Proam ammonia monitors to Taiwan for a semiconductor application. A significant purchase order was also received for seven Protoc TOC analysers for India and the instruments have now undergone witness testing.
FOOD MANUFACTURER PURCHASES MCERTS AUTOMATIC SAMPLER
After recently supplying a final effluent turbidity monitor to replace one that failed to reliably measure the final effluent quality, a leading frozen food manufacturer contacted PPM to ask for advice about a suitable replacement automatic sampler. A simple, compact vacuum-pressure sampler that meets the MCERTS standard was selected and supplied to automatically collect samples on an hourly interval to form a daily composite. The existing refrigeration system has been reutilised to maintain the sample integrity of the collected sample without incurring additional cost. The instrumentation was delivered within two weeks of receiving the purchase order despite receiving the purchase order during the pandemic lockdown period.
TWO ADDITIONAL PROAM AMMONIA MONITORS SUPPLIED TO A SEMICONDUCTOR PLANT IN TAIWAN
This month our distributor Atlas Technology located in Taiwan, placed an order for two additional Proam ammonia monitors. The on-line instruments are to be installed for continuous waste water quality monitoring at a Semiconductor plant. The Proam analyser has been extensively installed throughout Taiwan for this purpose and our distributor has been building on their previous success in this market place. These instruments as usual, will undergo a full function and performance test before being despatched. They will be configured for the application with measuring ranges set to 0-50mg/L and 0-100mg/L as N.
SEVEN PROTOC 300 TOC ANALYSERS SUPPLIED TO INDIAN REFINERY
We have completed a build of seven Protoc 300 TOC analysers for Forbes Marsha of India. The instruments are destined for a Refinery in the north of India, monitoring cooling and condensate return lines for contamination. The purchase order was subject to the client’s Quality Assurance Procedure (QAP). All the instruments have undergone strict performance and functional tests, with one instrument being Third Party Inspected. The TPI was performed in a cordoned off area of the factory and with strict social distancing measures in place. The Lloyds inspector and our test engineer where able to complete the full inspection in a Covid safe manner. All the paperwork was reviewed and stamped as necessary. A full report and inspection release note were emailed to Forbes Marshall for approval from the client. Once approval was received, the instruments have undergone export packing ready for collection, arranged by our distributor.
April 2020 News
Despite a very difficult period, with the pandemic affecting normal business activity, we have continued to provide service support to critical UK installations requiring routine preventative maintenance. Additionally, with skeleton office staffing in place, the supply of instruments and spares has also not been adversely impacted. To observe social distancing guidelines and minimise the risk to our workforce, where possible we have implemented remote working and scheduled office attendance, to minimise the risk of infection transmission between employees. We are pleased to report that this practice appears to have worked well whilst still maintaining a high level of support to our customer base. Sales have also held up very well in the UK and Internationally.
Affinity Water have purchased two TriOS water quality measurement systems for two water intake protection installations are their Chertsey and Walton water treatment sites. Additionally, they have also purchased three additional MTOL turbidity instruments. Wessex Water has purchased three Proam ammonia monitors and taken delivery of four Proam instruments pre-mounted within secondary enclosures. A Proam instrument has also been supplied to Severn Trent Water for final effluent monitoring. Our Irish distributor has secured a project requiring our Protoc TOC analyser with a sample break tank to contain pH instrumentation. The delivery of the first mobile trailer for Northumbrian Water has taken place and the build of the second trailer is now underway.
AFFINITY WATER PURCHASE TWO TRIOS WATER MONITORING SYSTEMS
Two TriOS water quality measurement systems have been purchased for the Chertsey and Walton Sites, to provide continuous analysis of raw water abstracted from the River Thames. The Tribox touch screen controller, with local display and telemetry outputs, will interface with the OPUS optical probe providing DOC, nitrate and turbidity measurement and also with the Lisa-C optical probe, providing colour measurement. The use of two separate probes, each with different path lengths will optimise the quality of measurements. A 5mm pathlength has been selected for the dissolved organics and nitrate measurement whilst a 50mm pathlength has been selected to obtain the best possible resolution for the colour determination. Both probes will be installed in a bespoke sample tank and will feature automatic compressed air cleaning of the optical windows, to maintain their integrity.
WESSEX WATER REPLACE TWO PROAM AMMONIA MONITORS AT MARSHFIELD WRC
Wessex Water has placed a purchase order for another two continuous ammonia analysers. The Proam ammonia monitors manufactured by PPM, will be installed on two sample streams to measure water quality and the nitrification process. The instruments will be installed in conjunction with PPM's membrane filtration system, to remove suspended solids and biology. Sample preparation improves the reliability of measurement and reduces analyser maintenance. The instruments will be connected to Scopex using an analogue 4-20mA output so data can be continuously reported, enabling Scientists to proactively monitor the treatment process.
AFFINITY WATER PURCHASE THREE ADDITIONAL MTOL TURBIDITY INSTRUMENTS
Affinity Water use the MTOL turbidity instrument at their Clay Lane water treatment works and neighbouring sites. Three additional instruments have been purchased and this order follows many years of using the former microtol technology. The competitively priced instrument is small, compact and simple to operate. The turbidity meter is used throughout key stages of the water treatment process including final treated water to ensure compliance to the Drinking Water Directive. The latest MTOL model incorporates many new features including continuous ultrasonic cleaning and data logging as standard.
March 2020 News
CoronaVirus (Covid-19) Impact
The escalation of the CoronaVirus across the globe has caused major disruption in normal business activity and the way everybody conducts their day to day activities.
First and foremost, the Health and Safety of our workforce and our clients is a key priority.
We have increased our safety measures in line with government guidance, to minimise the risk of infection. We are currently maintaining a skeleton staffing of the head office to enable critical spares to be dispatched to our clients. Where possible our staff have been asked to work from home and engineers attending site have been issued with guidelines on best practises to stay safe at work, during this time.
Our staff have been issued with information regarding identifying symptoms related to COVID-19 and what to do if they (or anyone they have had contact with) does begin to show any of the symptoms. Our service engineers are logging their temperature and have been advised to cancel/rearrange visits as appropriate, if indicative symptoms materialise. We have also prepared guidance on best practices related to vehicular travel. We have reviewed our service attendance to ensure we can work in isolation and reduce our visits to those only deemed critical. Even so, we have had some very positive feedback with comments like "We appreciate your support in what are Extraordinary circumstances!"
We have also reviewed our supply chain and increased stock holding where appropriate. We shall try to maintain a stock holding of critical spares and key instruments, to allow us to continue to provide the best service possible. We have asked our customers to review their critical spares holding for the instrumentation they have purchased from us, to ensure that should a component failure occur they holds the necessary parts as a precautionary measure.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers for their continued support and wish everybody the very best, over this difficult period.
Stay well and stay safe.
February 2020 News
UK sales included two bespoke trailer builds for Northumbrian Water and four conductivity, two pH and a final effluent turbidity instrument to Wessex Water. Severn Trent Water has purchased a Proam ammonia analyser, for continuous final effluent monitoring. Additionally, three very different UK industrial sites have purchase pH instrumentation:- a major UK car manufacturer, a specialist textile mill and a major Somerset diary. We have also been busy this month completing bespoke analyser kiosks builds for Wessex Water. Five Proams ammonia analysers, pre-mounted into secondary enclosures have been completed in addition to a walkin analyser kiosk with the Proam analyser technology for installation at a trade effluent site.
Another analyser kiosk containing our Protoc TOC technology for Kelloggs was also completed. Site commissioning in Wessex Water included two Proam analyser kiosks for Charlton Horethorne WRC, two Proams ammonia monitors with turbidity measurement at Thingley WRC and a Protoc 300 TOC analyser, continuously monitoring final effluent quality at Shepton Mallet WRC.
Northumbrian Water purchase two bespoke analytical trailers
A significant purchase order has been received for two towable trailers designed for proactive analytical measurement of waste water. The trailers can be towed to site and quickly deployed where required, to investigate the performance of site treatment. One of the trailers will be intended for temporary installation on the inlet to a waste water recycling plant, measuring crude sewage. The trailer will be equipped with a comprehensive array of instruments complete with associated sample delivery & preparation systems, automatic air purging of sample lines, sample pipework, electrical isolation, lighting and heating. Parameters measured include pH, redox, conductivity, temperature, turbidity, ammonia, alkalinity, iron, total phosphate and COD. The second trailer will be intended for installation on the treated final effluent discharge to river and will incorporate the same parameters with the exception of redox and conductivity that can always be added if later required. All the outputs signals from the instruments will be wired to a common signals box, to enable remote interrogation.
Wessex Water Charlton Horethorne – Proam ammonia monitoring kiosks
Two of three Proam analyser kiosks have been commissioned at Charlton Horethorne WRC. One kiosk was located at the inlet to the works monitoring crude sewage to capture high strength influent primarily from a local commercial dog kennel. The Proam ammonia monitor’s measuring range was extended by incorporating a sample dilution system. A special sampling system with compressed air back-purging was installed to maintain sample supply and minimise fouling, at this location. A second Proam ammonia monitoring kiosk was installed measuring final effluent quality. A submersible sample pump was used at this location to deliver sample to a membrane filtration system, preparing sample for continuous analysis. A third monitoring kiosk was also engineered for installation at an intermediate location but has not been commissioned at this time. All the analyser kiosks were supplied by PPM with the instrumentation pre-installed complete with lighting and frost protection, sample and electrical distribution.
Wessex Water Thingley WRC - final effluent monitoring kiosk
A further final effluent monitor was commissioned within Wessex Water at Thingley WRC. The instrumentation will provide continuous measurement of final effluent quality to automatically control discharge to a local stream under normal conditions or redirection to a neighbouring works should the quality not meet strict criteria. The Proam ammonia analysers with membrane filtration were pre-installed within a GRP enclosure along with turbidity measurement, receiving a pumped final effluent sample. A flow switch was also integrated to provide an alarm for loss of sample supply. The enclosure includes frost protection, LED lighting, individual fused spurs, forced ventilation and preformed rigid pipework. The inclusion of a common signals box allowed for a single armoured cable to be terminated, to transmit all analogue and digital signals.
January 2020 News
The new year has started well. We have received a number of important domestic purchase orders. Wessex Water has placed orders for a total of five Proam ammonia monitors pre-mounted into secondary enclosures. Additionally, Wessex Water has purchased replacement instrumentation for a number of sites including new optical dissolved oxygen and ammonium probe technology. A significant purchase order has also been received for the supply of three Protoc TOC analyser kiosks, for surface water monitoring at a London International Airport.
A specialist textile manufacturer has also purchased pH instrumentation, to support their existing trade effluent monitoring system. Additionally, we commissioned two oil film detection systems monitoring surface water quality at a major UK car manufacturing plant. International sales have included four Proam ammonia analysers sold for a new semi-conductor plant in Taiwan.
Wessex Water place order for three Proam ammonia analyser kiosks
Wessex Water have placed a significant purchase order with PPM to pre-engineer five Proam ammonia monitoring enclosures, with direct sample preparation using membrane technology. Two instruments are intended for installation at Harding Mandaville WRC and the other three will allow for fast deployment.
The enclosure includes a peristaltic sampling system, frost protection and electrical isolation. The Proam technology is widely deployed, especially for final effluent monitoring applications because it has proved to be reliable and simple to maintain. The automatic calibration and chemical cleaning routines have ensured the instrument reports accurately and the internal diagnostics notify operators when maintenance is required.
UK car manufacturer installs two surface water oil film detectors from PPM
Two oil film detection systems have been installed and commissioned at a major UK manufacturing plant. The OFD instrumentation, manufactured by PPM has been installed to continuously monitor the surface water quality entering two site lagoons. The holding lagoons receive surface water runoff from the hardstanding around the site. The non-contact laser measurement at both locations will provide continuous measurement and alarm the ingress of hydrocarbon contamination should it occur in real time.
A solar charging panel with battery backup was installed to power the system removing the need to trench a power supply to each location. A small secondary enclosure was provided by PPM provide weather protection and house the transmitter with local display and the GSM communications system.
Semi-conductor plant in Taiwan orders four Proam ammonia analysers
Our distributor Atlas Technology has taken delivery of four Proam ammonia analysers. The end user is the Micron Memory Taiwan Co., and the instruments are destined for a new manufacturing plant located in Taichung. The semi-conductor plant is set to produce the next generation DRAM chips for applications in the Internet of Things, automotive electronics and emerging 5G technology. Two of the Proam analysers have high measuring ranges with an integrated sample dilution system allowing measurements up to 20,000 PPM as N. These two instruments will be installed at the inlet to the site treatment plant. The internal sample dilution considerably extends the normal measuring range of the ion selective electrode so the same technology can be deployed throughout the process, to provide continuous analysis which is very beneficial. The remaining two instruments are configured for a much lower measuring range. These instruments will be installed on the final discharge from the treatment plant, to demonstrate site compliance.
December 2019 News
December continued to be a busy month for domestic UK sales. Wessex Water purchased replacement ammonia instrumentation to measuring incoming load at a small rural treatment works in addition to our Proam ammonia monitor which we shall pre-install within a walk-in analyser enclosure for installation at an abattoir trade discharge. We also supplied a final effluent turbidity measurement system. Northumbrian Water purchased pH measurement for an existing intake protection monitoring station.
Commissioning of new instrumentation included a visit to Manchester Airport – a new large walk-in analyser kiosk containing our Protoc TOC analyser complete with pH and temperature measurement of surface water from a new Apron hardstanding area, which is de-iced during winter. International sales included our Protoc TOC technology to India.
Proam ammonia monitor to be installed within walk-in kiosk for trade effluent monitoring
Wessex Water have placed a purchase order for a Proam ammonia monitor to be pre-installed within a GRP analyser kiosk complete with frost protection, sample and electrical distribution. The instrumentation will continuously measure the trade effluent quality at an abattoir to provide assurance of treated effluent quality, post DAFF treatment. Sample will be acquired using a peristaltic pump and prepared for analysis by membrane filtration to remove biology and suspended solids which can cause fouling within the instrumentation.
The Proam analyser will automatically calibrate and chemically clean on a daily interval to insure optimum measurement. Concentration data will be continuously transmitted for remote access by scientists and engineers. Threshold alarm set points will be provided for control functionality.
Manchester Airport takes delivery of latest Surface Water TOC analyser kiosk
The latest Protoc TOC analyser kiosk complete with Paper Band sample preparation, has been delivered to MAG group. The instrumentation will be positioned on a new Apron at terminal 2 monitoring surface water quality. PPM pre-installed all the instrumentation within a large walk-in analyser kiosk to simplify the site installation and commissioning process.
Additionally, sample pH measurement and sample acquisition has been integrated. A common signals termination box has also been installed to simplify connection of telemetry signals.
Protoc TOC technology supplied for Indian Refinery Project
Forbes Marshall of India have concluded this year with another refinery project requiring 2 Protoc 300 TOC analysers. The application is condensate return with a TOC range of 0-10PPM. The instruments will undergo final testing at the beginning of January with the test procedure witnessed by Lloyds Register who will issue a report after comprehensive performance evaluation which follows PPM’s own QA protocol.
November 2019 News
November was another buoyant month for domestic sales. Wessex Water purchased conductivity measurement technology for a crude sewage application and turbidity measurement technology for continuous final effluent measurement. Anglian Water purchased another portable, battery powered water quality data logging system, for ammonia and redox measurement.
Severn Trent Water purchased our Proam ammonia monitor for final effluent measurement. We also supplied turbidity measurement to a large UK Diary, for trade effluent monitoring. Additionally, a visit from Trios allowed for some important client meetings to obtain feedback on two measurement systems recently deployed for the determination of nitrate measured within observation boreholes, affected by ingress of fertiliser and some new measurement opportunities.
Bespoke builds included the completion of three Protoc analyser kiosks for surface water measurement at Southend Airport which were delivered to site using a hiab. Additionally, phase one installation of two solar powered systems at a UK car manufacturer also took place. Overseas sales included the supply of Proam ammonia analysers to Taiwan and Protoc TOC analysers to India.
Anglian Water purchase battery powered instrument for waste water monitoring
We received another purchase order from Anglian Water to supply a bespoke battery powered, portable instrument which can be quickly deployed to capture water quality measurement data. The package includes lithium ion duty and stand-by battery packs which can be quickly exchanged in the field, without the need to return to base. The digital platform allows multiple sensor connection and has been initially configured to capture ammonium, nitrate and ORP measurement data. The robustness of the sensors makes the measurement technology ideal for waste water measurement. The deployment includes continual measurement of crude sewage, within the aeration lane to investigate the nitrification treatment process and on final effluent for compliance measurement.
Atlas Technology of Taiwan secures more Proam ammonia business
Atlas technology of Taiwan have placed two orders for ProAm ammonia monitors.
The first being for the Taiwan Power Company for waste water application. The company has a mission statement which includes a commitment to providing an “eco-friendly approach” in its supply of power to consumers. The second instrument is to be supplied to the Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), for a another waste water monitoring application. TMSC have invested in the Proam technology over a considerable period of time at a large number of their manufacturing plants, located throughout Taiwan.
Forbes Marshal of India wins three Protoc TOC analyser orders
Forbes Marshal have placed orders for 3 Protoc TOC analysers. Two Protoc analysers are for condensate monitoring and another analyser is intended for a cooling water application. The end user is the Panipat Refinery, located north of Deli. This Refinery took delivery of their first Protoc analysers in 2008 for waste water monitoring and have continued to invest in PPM TOC analyser technology.
October 2019 News
October proved to be a buoyant month for new purchase orders and bespoke builds. Wessex Water purchased a turbidity monitoring system for final effluent monitoring; DO optical sensor technology for aeration monitoring & control and our Protoc 300 TOC analyser for final effluent organic loading. South East Water purchased eight flow through nephlometers for potable turbidity compliance measurement. Turbidity monitoring was also supplied to a Paper Mill in Gloucester. A major car manufacturing plant in Derbyshire also purchase two OFD oil on water detection systems, to protect their surface water quality.
We also commissioned a new intake protection system for Essex & Suffolk Water. Three Protoc TOC analyser kiosk builds were started for Southend Airport, to support their surface water monitoring and control improvements. International sales include a Proam ammonia monitor supplied to our Taiwanese distributor. Additionally, our Irish distributor secured a large purchase order for the supply of our instrumentation on a surface water discharge application, at a distillery in Northern Ireland.
Essex & Suffolk Water Intake Protection System
A new water quality monitoring system was installed and commissioned at Barsham WTW to provide continuous intake protection, for water pumped from the River Waveney. The instrumentation comprised a multi-parameter digital controller with turbidity sensor which was pre-installed onto a PVC back-panel with Unistrut supports, to enable simplified site installation.
Additionally, a sample break-tank complete with sample degassing incorporated high and low flow utility alarm conditions. All the process signals were wired to an intermediate signals marshalling box, for connection to the site telemetry system. PPM attended site to commission the instrument panel and provide training to operational staff.
South East Water purchase eight HF Scientific turbimeters
South East Water have purchased eight flow through nephlometers for potable turbidity compliance measurement including the MTOL+ incorporating the latest measurement technology from by HF Scientific. The MTOL+ is built on the same measurement platform as the former microtol model which has proven to be a reliable flow through instrument, for raw and treated water applications. New features such as continuous ultrasonic cleaning of the measurement cuvette, graphical display and data logging complement the ergonomic design. The integral USB allows both data transfer and the possibility to upload new software to the instrument. The instrument calibration will still be maintained using the Primetime primary calibration polymer set which includes a 0.02NTU test point. Operators have always provided very positive feedback on the simplicity and speed of the calibration procedure especially since a single set of calibration standards may be used on multiple instruments.
Ntron secures important purchase order for Protoc TOC and OFD oil detection systems
Our Irish distributor has secured a significant purchase order for two Protoc Spyders with a Web controller-display touch screen, to continuously measure a new discharge from a major distillery, currently using our Protoc technology. The quality of the surface water will be continuously measured for organic load before it is discharged back to the local water course. Duplication of measurement has been selected to ensure that even during the analyser’s automatic calibration and cleaning routines, a second analyser is available for continuous analysis, to provide the optimum measurement capability. Additionally, two OFD oil on water detection systems have been procured to measure the same discharge point, for the presence of an immiscible component.
September 2019 News
September continues to be very busy in the UK. Purchase orders include ammonia measurement within Anglian Water, Wessex Water and United Utilities. Various sewage inlet applications were fulfilled with measurements of redox to infer septicity; conductivity for saline intrusion; pH for variations from non-compliant traders in addition to dissolved oxygen for aeration control and turbidity measurement for final effluent applications.
We also supplied a bespoke measurement system to a large food production plant preparing frozen products, to measure suspended solids on a trade discharge which will replace a rival system which has proved unreliable. System builds include a surface water monitoring analyser kiosk for Manchester Airport Group. We have also been busy with an ISO 9001:2015 quality standard audit which is required on a regular basis to ensure that we apply rigorous manufacturing standards to ensure a consistently high quality of manufactured product.
Manchester Airport Group (MAG) places further order for Protoc TOC analyser kiosk
Manchester Airport Group (MAG) has placed a number of significant purchase orders for the supply of water quality instrumentation over the last few years. The most recent, is a bespoke analyser kiosk to provide continuous surface water quality measurement at the new Terminal Two Apron. We have pre-installed our Protoc 300 TOC analyser with Paper Band filtration into a large walk-in analyser kiosk measuring 4.0m x 2.5m. The sample acquisition pump complete with automatic compressed air cleaning, lighting and frost protection has been pre-installed by PPM prior to delivery to site.
The kiosk also has an internal partition so additional flow metring and control panels may be installed on site by others. The total number of Protoc TOC analysers currently installed at strategic locations across the Airport is eight and this latest addition will make nine.
Trade compliance measurement at Suffolk food processing plant
A new digital water quality measurement platform has been supplied to a leading frozen food producer located in Suffolk for trade compliance measurement. Initially, a single sensor for continuous turbidity measurement to infer suspended solids has been procured and installed for off-line measurement within a sample break tank, taking a bypass feed of the trade discharge. In-situ measurement was not possible because of the amount of entrained air which causes measurement interference. The instrument and the sample break tank (with sample degassing facility) have spare capacity to integrate additional probes measurements, such as pH should they be needed at a later date, when the existing instrumentation may need replacement.
ISO9001:2015 annual audit successfully completed
We are pleased to report that our annual quality audit has been completed with good feedback from the inspector. The audit summary concludes that the audit objectives were met in accordance with the audit plan. There were no deviations from the audit plan. The management system was evaluated with respect that it is continually meeting its specified objectives. The overall quality system Pollution & Process Monitoring Ltd found to be well documented and well implemented with respect to ISO 9001:2015 and good amount of compliance was observed.
August 2019 News
August was a surprisingly busy month for domestic purchase orders and new projects builds. Within the UK we received purchase orders for our Proam ammonia monitor for a continuous final effluent monitoring application within Anglian Water; a semi-portable Proam ammonia for final effluent monitoring within Wessex Water; continuous pH measurement at the head of the waste water treatment works within Wessex Water and for turbidity monitoring of an intake within Essex & Suffolk Water.
Additionally, a large RAF base has placed an order for replacement Dissolved Oxygen instrumentation. We also wanted to complete our annual customer survey to provide important feedback on our performance required as part of annual ISO9001:2015 quality standard audit, scheduled for September.
Excellent feedback from our ISO9001:2015 customer questionnaire survey
In preparation for our ISO9001:2015 annual audit, we conducted a comprehensive customer survey. We asked customers who had procured instrumentation from us during the past twelve months, for their feedback on all aspects of their experience. We received very positive responses across all categories which included product supply, servicing and technical support. In particular, our customer support and technical knowledge was detailed as one of our strengths. Our customers advised they were 100% satisfied with the overall performance provided. Many categorised their experience as totally satisfied. We also scored extremely highly when compared to the service provided by our competitors, reinforcing our position in the market as a leading manufacturer and supplier of water quality instrumentation.
Wessex Water purchases a semi-portable Proam ammonia monitor
We have pre-installed a Proam ammonia analyser within a GRP enclosure complete with frost protection for installation at Langport WRC to monitor final effluent quality.
The analyser will use membrane filtration which is directly mounted within the effluent chamber, to prepare sample for analysis.
The analytical measurement will provide a more precise measurement than a direct probe technology which is currently installed and provide daily automatic calibration to verify the measurement system. The sample acquisition, reagent, calibration solutions and cleaning acid are all contained within the secondary enclosure which is mounted on a Unistrut frame, allowing for simplified installation.
July 2019 News
July has been an exceptionally busy month for new prospects, contract service work, purchase orders and bespoke instrumentation builds. Significant purchase orders include three bespoke surface water monitoring analyser kiosks comprising our Protoc TOC analyser for London Southend Airport. Furthermore, we have supplied four final effluent - turbidity monitoring applications within Wessex Water, in addition to completing a bespoke build comprising two Proam ammonia monitors and a turbidity system for final effluent compliance measurement.
A large northern UK Brewery has also placed a further purchase order for a Protoc 300 TOC analyser to compliment the Protoc instrumentation already installed across the site. Internationally, we have supplied our Protoc TOC analysers for two Indian petrochemical applications.
Wessex Water Final Effluent Monitoring System
The most recent bespoke analyser kiosk build has recently been completed for a project in Wessex Water. Our Proam ammonia monitors with membrane filtration have been pre-installed within a GRP enclosure with turbidity measurement receiving a pumped final effluent sample. A flow switch has been integrated to also provide an alarm for loss of sample supply. The enclosure also includes frost protection, LED lighting, individual fused spurs, forced ventilation, and preformed rigid pipework simplifying site installation.
The inclusion of a common signals box has allowed for a single armoured cable to be terminated, to transmit all analogue and digital signals. The monitoring system will be delivered to an appointed installation contractor who will connect services, prior to PPM commissioning & training visit.
Protoc 300 TOC analyser installation at large UK Brewery
Another Protoc 300 TOC monitor has been installed on a new fermentation process at a large Northern UK Brewery. This is a further addition to the existing TOC monitors also supplied by PPM that are monitoring a number of other locations across the site. These water quality monitoring stations give continuous feedback on organic load from each production area which has greatly helped the Brewery with cost reduction and their improvement strategy.
Two refinery projects secured for Protoc TOC analysers in India
We have received an order for two Protoc TOC analysers from our Indian Distributer who continues to secure regular orders within the petrochemical industries.
The end users for these purchase orders are the Indian Oil Company Limited (IOCL) for a refinery located in the very north of the county and Bharat Petroleum Company Limited (BPCL) for a refinery in the south west of India.
Domestic sales included our Proam ammonia monitors supplied to both Anglian Water and Severn Trent Water, for final effluent, compliance monitoring applications. Wessex Water additionally purchased pH and dissolved oxygen instrumentation for process control at Water Recycling facilities. A number of dissolved oxygen systems have also been supplied to a waste water treatment facility, at a large UK military base. Commissioning included a new installation at Northumbrian Water, for monitoring final effluent turbidity at a site which has very low outfall flows and the first of four Proam installations supplied to Anglian Water also for final effluent monitoring. An Irish research facility has placed an order for a RAMSES sensor, manufactured by TriOS. Internationally, we have supplied our Protoc TOC analyser technology to two petrochemical projects in India to provide continuous water quality measurement.
Proam Ammonia monitors supplied for final effluent monitoring
Two Proam ammonia monitors have been supplied to Anglian Water and Severn Trent Water, to provide continuous measurement of final effluent quality. Both Companies now have a significant number of Proam ammonia monitors installed, having witnessed the reliable operation for final effluent compliance measurement.
Final effluent typically contains a combination of suspended solids and biological that may cause fouling, growth and blockage within analytical instrumentation, affecting measurement reliability. The Proam has been specially designed with large diameter internal tubing and pinch valve technology, to allow the free passage of waste water samples of this difficult nature. When coupled with automatic chemical cleaning to reduce maintenance and keep the instrument operational, the instrument can remain on-line even during challenging conditions, to report data when most needed.
Another bespoke low flow turbidity monitoring system commissioned
We have supplied and commissioned another bespoke final effluent monitoring system within the waste water sector. The system was pre-engineered into a compact GRP enclosure and comprised a sampling system suitable for low or intermittent sample flows delivering sample to a flow through turbidity set up, complete with automatic compressed air cleaning. The cleaning system is integrated to remove biological fouling and prevent blockage within the sample transfer line. Handover training was also provided to a number of operational staff to advise them on correct maintenance and functionality of the measurement system.
Protoc 300 TOC analysers supplied to two Indian petrochemical applications
Our distributor in India, Forbes Marshall continues to secure important business within the petrochemical and refinery industries. Two Protoc TOC instruments have been shipped both having the final testing independently witnessed by Lloyds Register. The end users will be Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) at the Mumbai Refinery and Assam Petrochemicals, located in the very north east of India.
Domestic sales have been very buoyant this May. Anglian Water has placed additional purchase orders for final effluent ammonia monitoring at three sites, Wessex Water have procured four final effluent turbidity systems and United Utilities has also purchased a low flow - bespoke turbidity monitoring system.
Additionally, we have supplied our Protoc TOC analyser technology to Birmingham Airport and we have received purchase orders for trace DO measurement for use within a UK particle accelerator, turbidity monitoring at a Scottish sea farm pilot treatment plant and dissolved oxygen measurement at a major UK Diary. Internationally, we have supplied three Protoc TOC analysers ranged 0-10 PPM to India and a portable turbidity monitoring system to Indonesia.
Final effluent ammonia monitoring system delivered to Anglian Water
Three additional final effluent ammonia monitors, using the Proam ammonia technology have been purchased for AWS Louth, Ulceby and North Somercoates WwTW. The bespoke build for Louth WwTW was completed ahead of schedule and delivered to site within 4 weeks of receiving the purchase order.
The analysers complete with frost protection and preformed pipework, were pre-installed within a GRP enclosure. A second GRP enclosure has been provided with the membrane filtration and sample acquisition system to also be mounted on another Unistrut frame, fabricated by PPM. The M&E contractor will complete the site installation work to subsequently allow PPM to commission the instrumentation.
Birmingham Airport install four new Protoc 300 TOC Analysers
Four new Protoc 300 TOC analysers have been supplied to Birmingham Airport, to replace three existing Protoc TOC instruments, supplied around 12 years ago and one old BOD monitor. The decision to place the repeat order with PPM was heavily influenced by the service support provided over the past 12 years, contributing to reliable operation of the instruments.
The Protoc TOC monitors are linked to penstock valves which allow BIA to take prompt action in the event of any changes to the quality of the surface water run-off. Should the instruments detect the presence of glycol or other organic contaminants, flows can be diverted to sewer. Conversely, when the water quality meets the stringent standard, surface water flows can be returned to the local water course, greatly reducing discharge costs.
United Utilities places order for bespoke turbidity monitoring system
Another engineered Turbidity system has been ordered by United Utilities and will be commissioned early next month. The specially engineered system allows reliable Turbidity measurement at the smallest of waste water treatment plants which only have minimal or intermittent effluent discharge (without creating any false alarms or instrument fail conditions).
There are a number of these bespoke systems now installed in several of the major Water Companies and feedback on the performance, has been very good.
April this year has continued to be a very busy month for domestic and international sales. New orders included several key projects within Wessex Water. Our Proam has been supplied for final effluent water quality measurement and pH / Turbidity instrumentation has been purchased for a large membrane filtration waste water treatment facility.
We have also supplied suspended solids measurement to a UK winery for process control and our Protoc TOC analyser technology to a UK Refinery. Internationally four Protoc TOC analysers have been supplied to India for a petrochemical condensate return application.
Protoc trade effluent water quality monitoring
A large refinery in the North East UK, has replaced their fifteen year old Protoc TOC analyser, with a new mcerts Protoc 300 instrument. The dedicated GRP kiosk that housed the old analyser, was still in good condition which made the replacement straight forward. The majority of the supporting facilities were already in place so it was a simple transition from old to new with minimal down-time. The output signals were transferred to the new system in less than one hour, so there was very little disruption and continued protection to site effluent quality, thanks to the PPM’s engineers fast and efficient site work.
Final effluent monitoring kiosk order for Wessex Water
A purchase order has been placed for duplex ammonia measurement using the Proam ammonia analyser technology with membrane sample preparation, as part of a treatment upgrade at Thingley WRC. The water quality monitors including turbidity analysis, will provide continuous effluent quality measurement. The instrumentation will be housed in a large GRP enclosure equipped with internal and external lighting, frost protection and preformed sample pipework. The pre-installation will be provided by PPM to an agreed layout which will minimise time on site, during the construction phase of the project. PPM will also attend site to commission the monitoring system and provide training to operational staff.
Final effluent ammonia monitoring system delivered to Anglian Water
The first in a series of final effluent ammonia monitors, using the Proam ammonia technology was delivered to AWS Kibworth, located in Leicestershire. The analysers complete with frost protection and preformed pipework, were pre-installed within a GRP enclosure. A second GRP enclosure has been provided with the membrane filtration and sample acquisition system to also be mounted on another Unistrut frame, fabricated by PPM. The M&E contractor will complete the site installation work to subsequently allow PPM to commission the instrumentation.
Another Four Protoc TOC instruments supplied to Indian Oil Corporation
The latest build of four Protoc TOC analysers for our Indian distributor Forbes Marshal, has been despatched for the Bongaigaon Refinery. Located in the Assam area of India, the Bongaigaon Refinery is part of the Indian Oil Corporation. The Protoc instruments are ranged 0-10ppm TOC and will be installed for condensate return monitoring, on a cooling water application within the Refinery. This latest purchase order, brings the total supplied this year to the Indian Oil Corporation, to 23 Protoc instruments.
Domestically, there were many new purchase orders to keep us busy throughout March in addition to the previous month's bespoke analyser kiosks currently being progressed. Various Severn Trent Water projects required a number of Proam ammonia monitors for final effluent water quality measurement. Wessex Water purchased final effluent turbidity instrumentation. Birmingham Airport have purchased replacement Protoc TOC instruments.
International Food and Flavours (IFF) procured a walk-in analyser kiosk to be equipped with our Proam analyser configured for chloride measurement with membrane sample preparation. Internationally our distributor for India has secured a refinery project requiring multiple Protoc TOC analysers. Additionally, we have supplied a Protoc TOC analyser complete with a pH and conductivity monitor to our Irish distributor for a project requiring surface water quality measurement.
Four Protoc TOC analysers procured for Birmingham Airport
PPM has recently been awarded a tender contract with Birmingham Airport to supply four new Protoc 300 TOC water quality monitors. These new instruments will replace the existing TOC analysers previously supplied by PPM some fifteen years ago. The instruments will continue to provide continuous water quality measurement and control of surface water runoff from the hard standing.
The existing engineered kiosks, originally supplied by PPM are still in good condition, so do not need to be replaced. This contract covers the supply of the new MCERTS Protoc 300 TOC model, keeping disruption to site monitoring to a minimum. The PPM service team will continue to give after sales service and maintenance support, along with on-site training for the new monitors to Birmingham Airport staff.
International Food and Flavours (IFF) Chloride monitoring application
Following a recent evaluation of the ion selective technology, IFF have placed a purchase order for a continuous final effluent monitoring station. The decision to install continuous real time measurement was taken to enable a more proactive approach to the waste water treatment process.
The Proam analyser configured for chloride measurement, will be installed along with membrane sample preparation into a walk-in analyser kiosk. The instrument will continuously monitor final effluent water quality on the trade discharge. An automatic two-point calibration will be used on a daily interval, to maintain the operational performance of the instrument and to validate measurements. To date, automatic sample collection and laboratory analysis has been used to provide compliance data but this approach does not lend itself to real time control.
Haldia Refinery selects Protoc TOC analyser technology from PPM
The next build of Protoc TOC analysers is underway for our Indian Distributer, Forbes Marshall. Four Protoc analysers have been purchased for the Haldia Refinery; one instrument will have the testing witnessed by an independent inspector from Lloyds Register.
The paperwork from the other tests, will also be verified for the client’s documentation portfolio.
Three instruments are ranged 0-10ppm TOC for condensate return monitoring and one ranged 0-20ppm TOC for a cooling water application within the Refinery.
Production has continued to be very busy during February with many analyser and system builds in progress. Anglian Water has procured a system build comprising the Proam ammonia monitor for Kibworth WRC, to monitor final effluent quality. Wessex Water has purchased final effluent turbidity and inlet pH water quality measurement systems. A Proam final effluent water quality analyser has been purchased for Severn Trent Water, Ashley WwTW. We have built a bespoke water quality monitoring station for a UK water treatment works.
Our Irish distributor has placed two further orders for our Protoc TOC analyser, one of which also included pH, conductivity and turbidity measurement of surface water quality. A system build comprising our Protoc TOC analyser with Paper Band Filtration including pre-installation into a GRP analyser kiosk, was progressed for a UK biofuels manufacturing plant. Internationally, sales have included Protoc analysers sold to Belgium for a life science application and to Korea for effluent monitoring, at a fine chemical manufacturer.
A new intake monitoring station was installed and commissioned in the North East this month
PPM supplied another water quality monitoring system, to analyse abstracted water quality, at a NE Water Treatment Works. Whilst similar in design to previous installation, this system also incorporated remotes communication over the Ethernet protocol, specifically requested by the client. The instrumentation consists of pH, Temperature, D.O., Conductivity & Turbidity sensor technology plus a colour monitor, supplied by a third party. All these parameters have been integrated into a bespoke sample flow through configuration, purposely designed for ease of maintenance and fast response.
This instrument package was assembled on a purpose built, PVC panel to simplifying the site installation process within an existing GRP kiosk. A number of similar water quality monitoring systems, supplied by PPM are now operational across the Water Company’s catchment. The client has expressed a high level of confidence in the results and commented on the reliable operational performance of the PPM design.
Protoc TOC sold to Belgium life science company
Inatech our Belgium distributer, has placed an order for a Protoc 300 TOC analyser for their client, a leading life science company producing crop protection products. The Protoc instrument ranged 0-300ppm TOC, will be monitoring a waste water stream detecting product spillages. This instrument is to replace a current Protoc instrument which is now over 10 years old and compliments another Protoc analyser measuring a different waste water stream.
Korean fine chemical manufacturer purchases Protoc TOC system
Our distributer Dong Moon ENT Co. Ltd of Korea has secured another purchase order for a Protoc 300 TOC analyser ranged 0-400ppm. Complete with an automatic wash option, the instrument is to be used by a leading chemical manufacturing company monitoring TOC load entering the main wastewater treatment plant. The end user supplies fine chemicals to the Korean and Chinese semiconductor manufacturers and has recently invested in new wastewater treatment facilities.
For further information on how PPM can support your instrumentation requirement please contact:
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