The Splash

Considering an Ethanol Plant Expansion?

Many biofuel plants are expanding operations to increase ethanol production. Often when plants move forward with expansion efforts, the adverse impact on system efficiencies, such as cooling, is overlooked. Without proper evaluation of the existing cooling system operation, plants could spend additional capital on an unnecessary cooling tower expansion or experience an increase in operational costs if the existing [...]

U.S. Water Plans to Appeal Recent Ruling That pHytOUT® Patents Are Invalid

U.S. Water announces that on May 25, 2018, the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin overturned a decision by a unanimous Federal Court jury that U.S. Patent Nos. 8,415,137 and 8,609,399 relating to U.S. Water’s pHytOUT® deposit control technology were valid. U.S. Water plans to appeal the ruling and proceed to defend these patents.  “We are obviously disappointed [...]

U.S. Water Featured as Guest Columnist on Water Online

Just Published! U.S. Water's Director of Digital Solutions, Mike Henk, was published as a guest columnist on Water Online . In his article Mike introduces the Industrial Internet of Things, explaining what is it and its benefits in the industrial market. Read the full article on www.wateronline.com .

A Closer Look at Food & Beverage Industry Certifications

Food & Beverage (F&B) facilities make products that are intended for human consumption, therefore food safety is always an area of major concern. For over a century, compliance with the rules and regulations of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have  been a driving force in the F&B processing industry, and it’s their regulation that guides [...]

U.S. Water's ProClean AB 1000 Optimizes Ethanol Producer's Fermentation Process and Reduces Treatment Costs

Even with quality cleaning practices in place, there is a risk of bacterial infection during the fermentation process of ethanol production. When bacteria are present, it can inhibit yeast productivity and loss of alcohol production can occur. Many ethanol producers utilize an antibiotic program to control bacteria growth and optimize product yields. A Midwest ethanol producer was utilizing a competitor’s [...]

Custom Plant Controls Upgrade Optimizes Aging Ethanol Facility Performance

Multiple Midwestern ethanol facilities within the same organization were experiencing controls failure due to aging PLC and HMI equipment. Current plant control equipment was more than ten years old and had reached end of life. The outdated equipment caused plant shutdowns and a loss in production, which can cost up to $10,000 per hour. U.S. Water recommended an integrated controls upgrade solution to prevent future [...]

U.S. Water’s Changing the World Program Partners with Pure Water for the World

U.S. Water’s mission and commitment to our core values empowers our organization and its employees to have purposeful expressions of generosity through the sharing of time and resources with our Changing the World program . We are excited to send a team of five U.S. Water employees on our first Changing the World volunteer trip with Pure Water for the World in June. During this trip, the U.S. Water team [...]

TowerAssure Program Provides Cooling System Protection, Improves System Efficiency and Reduces Water Usage at a Southern U.S. Airport

U.S. Water’s successful program at a nearby facility resulted in an invitation from a Southern U.S. airport to propose an alternate treatment program for their existing cooling tower system.  The airport practiced sustainable water usage by utilizing softened graywater in its cooling tower system, but the responsible decision to move away from domestic city water to graywater quickly led to concerns [...]

Networking 101

For decades now, the ubiquity of the internet has been essential to modern life. Services like email, Google, and Amazon have connected us to each other, the vast collective knowledge of humankind, and brought literally whatever we desire to our doorsteps with just a few motions of our fingers. Like any widely adopted technology, the internet’s popularity relies on the principle that users need not know how it [...]

U.S. Water’s Cambridge and Plymouth Facilities Win Minnesota Governor's Safety Award

U.S. Water’s Cambridge, Minnesota and Plymouth, Minnesota facilities were recognized for excellence in workplace safety and health during the 2017 Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon held on May 10, 2018 in Minneapolis. U.S. Water is one of 279 employers to be honored through the awards program, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council. Donald Brozek and Mike Bock, Cambridge facility production shift [...]

U.S. Water Featured in April 2018 Issue of Food Engineering Magazine

U.S. Water's food and beverage industry experts, Brett Robinson & Steve Tapper, were interviewed for April's  Food Engineering Magazine article, How Food Processors Can Successfully Manage Water and Utilities. In the article, Brett and Steve discuss water and energy efficiency options in food processing and explain the benefits a thorough understanding of [...]

An Introduction to Industrial Use of Technology for Non-Techies

It’s increasingly obvious to me that the gap in the general understanding of technology is continuously increasing with those that are not working in the space every day. I am referring to industrial technology versus the general consumer technology market. The consumer technology market has made our lives easier, simplifying tasks and adding entertainment with intuitive technology that most [...]