The Splash

Investigating the Effectiveness of Antibiotic Combinations Utilized in Fuel Ethanol Production

Bacterial infections during fuel ethanol fermentations can negatively impact the fermentation process and lower ethanol yields. Lactic Acid-Producing Bacteria (LAB), such as Lactobacillus , Lactococcus , Weissella and Pediococcus , are a common source of contamination due to their ability to grow in the harsh conditions, low pH, high temperatures, and high concentrations of ethanol, present during fermentation. [...]

OptaCell™ Plus Configured for Calcite Contactor Provides Flexible Operation While Stabilizing Aggressive Water

Craven County is located in the Eastern part of North Carolina at the mouth of the Neuse River. Their new water treatment plant was to include a reverse osmosis/nanofiltration (RO/NF) membrane system; however, the small membrane pore size removes many beneficial minerals, often resulting in a corrosive water. To stabilize the water before sending to distribution, Kurita America furnished a calcite contactor [...]

Kurita’s S.sensing® CS Technology Increases Lost Product Recovery by More Than 30% for Meat Processing Plant, Drives Incremental Revenue of $400,000 Annually

A large beef processing facility located in the upper Midwest, operated by a leading global meat producer, implemented Kurita America’s feed-forward, approach using S.sensing CS technology that significantly increased incremental revenue and production capacity. The client’s state-of-the-art, dissolved air flotation (DAF) system in their flagship beef processing plant could not consistently [...]

Do Your Procurement Practices Align with Your Asset Management and Sustainability Goals?

In the recent edition of Opflow magazine, a publication by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), co-authors T.J. Stroebl (Kurita America, AWWA MAC Vice Chair) and Randy Moore (Tnemec Company, AWWA Innovation Initiative Co-Chair) discuss the nexus between asset management and sustainability practices, and how goals related to both can be achieved through a properly structured procurement program. Having a [...]

Smart Irrigation Practices Make Drip Systems More Efficient

As the world faces freshwater supply issues, Kurita America is committed to making every drop count. In July, we recognize the Irrigation Association ’s Smart Irrigation Month , which helps educate and inform growers about efficient irrigation technologies. Growers using micro-irrigation and other efficient systems are on the right path towards using less water, but it’s still important to [...]

Kurita America’s Commitment to Safety: Driving Workplace Protocols and Customer Value Forward

Sponsored by the National Safety Council (NSC) , and held every June, National Safety Month is an opportunity for individuals and organizations to assess their strategy on preventing unnecessary workplace injuries, whether it be on the road, at work or at home. This year, the NSC’s efforts are focused on safety strategy and ensuring employee’s feel inherently safe on the job. Kurita America has [...]

New System Increases Water Savings Following Natural Disaster in New Jersey

Long Beach Township is mostly located on a barrier island in Ocean County, New Jersey. After Hurricane Sandy left much of the area underwater, significant reconstruction was necessary, which included a new Water Treatment Plant (WTP). The need for new construction also presented an opportunity to upgrade with better technology, increasing overall operational efficiency. The township first became acquainted [...]

City Benefits from Packaged Treatment System to Rejuvenate Aging Plant

The City of Savage, Minnesota had relied on legacy Tonka Water (now Kurita America) equipment at their No. 2 Water Treatment Plant since 1985. When it came time to replace the aging infrastructure, they wanted to keep aeration and gravity filtration, but also enhance the treatment process with detention. Kurita America’s Dualator ® III packaged treatment product was a good fit, which [...]

Bacteria and Corrosion Control in Reclaim Water: Kurita America Mitigates Risk While Reducing Costs by 35%

At ten cents for every 1000 gallons, the use of reclaim water provided significant water cost savings for a thriving and innovative 900+ bed hospital located in Western Florida. However, it also presented a host of challenges—one of which was microbiological growth. At the time, the hospital’s previous biocide solution consisted of a stabilized bromine program in conjunction with periodic chlorine [...]

Potential Issues with Micro-irrigation Systems in Agriculture and How to Solve Them

There are many factors that affect micro-irrigation systems in agriculture which can have a significant impact on your bottom line. Understanding some of the unique properties of water will shed light on potential issues that can arise, as well as some of the most common water treatment strategies to resolve them. Water is called the "universal solvent" because it dissolves more substances than any [...]

Minimizing White Rust in Galvanized Cooling Systems

Galvanized coatings for cooling tower systems (cooling towers, evaporator tube bundles, etc.) have been used in the industry since the 1950s due to their relatively low cost and long service life. The galvanizing process bonds a layer of zinc metal to steel. When properly applied and passivated, the zinc coating works as a non-permeable sacrificial anode to prevent corrosion of the underlying steel structure. White [...]

Rob Herbon Recognized as Growth Energy Member of the Year

Growth Energy , the nation’s largest ethanol trade association, held their 12th Annual Executive Leadership Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona last week. This conference brings together biofuels industry experts from all over the country to participate in panel discussions, networking and charity events to help promote the environmental and economic benefits of biofuels with others. This year’s theme, [...]