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  1. Do You Need P-80® Temporary Rubber Assembly Lubricants?

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    Have You Ever Struggled With Rubber Assembly?

    How many times have you pushed a rubber hose onto a fitting only to find it wouldn’t slide into place because the fit was just too tight? Or, how about all of those seals and O-rings that twisted or tore because it took so much force to seat them? Remember the frustration you felt after pushing a grommet into place and then watching it pop right back out? 

    If so, you’ve probably experienced for yourself the excessive force needed to properly install hoses, seals, gaskets, O-rings and many other rubber parts. These tasks can be very frustrating and can often require considerable physical effort and time.

    Rubber materials are inherently difficult to install, remove, or otherwise manipulate – even when wet. The slip-resistant nature of rubber creates a challenge during the assembly and repair of rubber parts. Since these parts play such an integral role in product function and design, it’s important to assemble them properly to avoid future problems with product performance.

    Do Any Of These Assembly Problems Sound Familiar?

    • Rolling O-rings
    • Uneven cuts
    • Misaligned parts
    • Damaged parts
    • Injured workers (sore muscles, slippage, repetitive stress injury)

    If so, P-80® Temporary Rubber Assembly Lubricants may be the answer. When applied to rubber parts, P-80 lubricants reduce friction during assembly to make installation easier. Once dry the slipping action goes away and parts stay in place.

    What Are The Advantages Of P-80 Temporary Assembly Lubricants?

    Reduce Installation Force:

    A thin film of lubricant applied to a part fills in any gaps, holes, or spaces between two separate surfaces, allowing them to slide across each other. By reducing the tension between the two surfaces, rubber parts can slide into place easily.

    Achieve Closer Fits:

    The force needed to install parts when a lubricant is used is greatly reduced, so engineers can design lower tolerance parts. Since the lubrication is only temporary, once dry, the parts stay in place resulting in a tight fit.

    Improve Product Performance:

    Improper part alignment can lead to part failure and safety issues. Using lubricants is one way to ensure that mated parts are properly installed and will work as anticipated.

    Increase Production Rates:

    Paring the optimal lubricant with the right application technique speeds up production. An increase in lubricity, even by small amounts, is greatly appreciated by line operators required to maintain strict cycle times.

    Help to Avoid Worker Injuries:

    Assembly lubricants ease the installation process of many parts. Workers can more easily push parts into place, reducing the amount of musculoskeletal, slippage, and repetitive stress related injuries that can be caused by using too much force to insert a rubber part.

    How Does P-80 Compare To Other Lubricants?

    P-80 lubricants are temporary assembly lubricants, once dry the lubrication ceases and will not reactivate, even when wet. Additionally, P-80 lubricants are environmentally friendly, non-hazardous, and non-flammable, making them safe for workers and most plastics, rubbers, and metals. In fact, most P-80 products are biodegradable.

    Which P-80 Lubricant Do I Need?

    Since each assembly application is unique, IPC has developed different P-80 formulas so workers can choose the product that will work best for their particular application. P-80 is available in four ready-to-use industrial formulas, as well as two special formulas that are registered with the NSF as H1 lubricants approved for incidental food contact applications.

    Many jobs can benefit from the reduced friction and increased safety provided by P-80 Temporary Rubber Assembly Lubricants. Use P-80 the next time you’re having trouble replacing pump seals, installing bushings, assembling O-rings, or pushing hoses onto fittings and you’ll discover for yourself how much easier assembly can be.

    Any time you encounter rubber parts…P-80 can help!

    Want to try P-80 lubricants for your challenging rubber assembly applications? Request a free sample today!

  2. What Is The Shelf Life Of My Assembly Lubricant? (And, Why It Matters)

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    Remember that temporary assembly lubricant that’s been in your cabinet for years? How do you know if it’s still effective and safe to use? These things are good forever, right?

    Absolutely not! Chemical products do indeed have a shelf life. Paying attention to expiration dates helps ensure you are using products at their peak performance levels for optimal results.

    What Is Shelf Life?

    The shelf life of a product is defined as the “length of time that a commodity may be stored without becoming unfit for use, consumption, or sale.” (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelf_life). It’s important to note that manufacturers determine the shelf life of a product based upon expectations of normal use and storage. Failure to follow recommended guidelines can limit the expected shelf life of any product.

    How Is Shelf Life Determined?

    While each product and each manufacturer is unique, shelf life is generally determined by assessing product stability under normal conditions over an extended period of time. Are the active ingredients still effective or have they deteriorated? Chemical composition and anticipated environmental factors both have a role in determining a product’s shelf life.

    Product quality can be assessed by determining the concentration of key ingredients. Once the active ingredients of a product begin to degrade, product strength may be diminished.

    Environmental factors include temperature, moisture and exposure to air. External contaminants or stresses can also affect product quality.

    What Is The Shelf Life of My Lubricant?

    All of IPC’s P-80® Temporary Assembly Lubricants have a two-year shelf life.

    Is This Information On the Product Container?

    All of IPC’s products are stamped with a six-digit lot number that signifies the date of manufacture (YY/MM/DD). For example, a lot number of 190301 signifies that the product was manufactured on March 1, 2019.  The product expiration date is stamped directly below the lot number.

    How Does IPC Calculate Shelf Life?

    The shelf life of IPC’s products is determined by observation and testing. Part of the manufacturing process includes retaining a sample of each lot number produced for quality control.

    To determine the shelf life of its P-80 Temporary Assembly Lubricants, IPC tests for changes in pH and viscosity. IPC also observes the product for any changes in appearance or separation.

    What Other Factors Affect Shelf Life?

    The manner in which products are handled by the end user may also influence shelf life. It’s always a good idea to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for storage and handling. Follow these steps to maintain product quality and get the most out of your lubricant:

    • Store at recommended temperatures
    • Properly close containers between use – do not leave bottles uncapped
    • Do not mix with other chemicals
    • Use clean tools to avoid introducing contaminants
    • Do not dilute
    • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for use

    What Happens If I Use My Temporary Assembly Lubricant After The Expiration Date?

    Using products beyond their expected expiration date is not recommended. After the expiration date your lubricant may no longer offer the same amount of lubricity which can have an impact on your entire assembly process. If you have questions about whether or not it’s okay to use your product, contact the manufacturer for assistance.

    Have questions about temporary assembly lubricants? Want a free sample for testing? IPC can help!

  3. What Is The Shelf Life Of My Cleaner? (And, Why It Matters)

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    Remember that bottle of cleaner that’s been in your cabinet for years? How do you know if it’s still effective and safe to use? These things are good forever, right?

    Absolutely not! Chemical products do indeed have a shelf life. Paying attention to expiration dates helps ensure you are using products at their peak performance levels for optimal results.

    What Is Shelf Life?

    The shelf life of a product is defined as the “length of time that a commodity may be stored without becoming unfit for use, consumption, or sale.” (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelf_life). It’s important to note that manufacturers determine the shelf life of a product based upon expectations of normal use and storage. Failure to follow recommended guidelines can limit the expected shelf life of any product.

    How Is Shelf Life Determined?

    While each product and each manufacturer is unique, shelf life is generally determined by assessing product stability under normal conditions over an extended period of time. Are the active ingredients still effective or have they deteriorated? Chemical composition and anticipated environmental factors both have a role in determining a product’s shelf life.

    Product quality can be assessed by determining the concentration of key ingredients. Once the active ingredients of a product begin to degrade, product strength may be diminished.

    Environmental factors include temperature, moisture and exposure to air. External contaminants or stresses can also affect product quality.

    What Is The Shelf Life of My Cleaner?

    Use this reference guide to see the shelf life of IPC’s cleaners:

    Is This Information On the Product Container?

    All of IPC’s products are stamped with a six-digit lot number that signifies the date of manufacture (YY/MM/DD). For example, a lot number of 190301 signifies that the product was manufactured on March 1, 2019.  The product expiration date is stamped directly below the lot number.

    How Does IPC Calculate Shelf Life?

    The shelf life of IPC’s products is determined by observation and testing. Part of the manufacturing process includes retaining a sample of each lot number produced for quality control.

    To determine the shelf life of its cleaners, IPC tests for changes in pH, specific gravity and detergency.

    What Other Factors Affect Shelf Life?

    The manner in which products are handled by the end user may also influence shelf life. It’s always a good idea to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for use, storage and handling. Follow these steps to maintain product quality and get the most out of your cleaner:

    • Store at recommended temperatures
    • Properly close containers between use – do not leave bottles uncapped
    • Do not mix with other chemicals
    • Use clean tools to avoid introducing contaminants
    • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for use

    What Happens If I Use My Cleaner After The Expiration Date?

    Using products beyond their expected expiration date is not recommended. The detergency of your cleaner may have diminished, which can have an impact on your cleaning application. If you have questions about whether or not it’s okay to use your product, contact the manufacturer for assistance.

    Have questions about cleaners? Want a free sample for testing? IPC can help!

  4. Why Micro-90® is A Lab Tech’s Best Friend

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    What Is One Of A Lab Tech’s Biggest Challenges?

    Cleaning lab equipment, of course! Everyone knows that labware must be properly cleaned, but what’s the best way to achieve that goal? And, why is cleaning so important?

    Why Clean Lab Equipment?

    Regular cleaning is one of the easiest ways to keep your equipment functioning properly. Apparatus that is not thoroughly cleaned can yield inaccurate and inconsistent results. Trace ingredients from previous use must be removed to avoid cross-contamination and to ensure that all future test results are error-free.

    Proper maintenance of labware and apparatus helps to ensure that your equipment is working correctly and your lab is functioning efficiently. Analyzers, centrifuges, microscopes, pipettes, beakers, slides and flasks all need to be kept clean to provide accurate readings. Failure to properly maintain lab equipment can have a direct impact on test results.

    How To Set Up A Cleaning Regimen?  

    Since regular cleaning is one of the easiest ways to keep your equipment functioning properly, it’s important to establish a cleaning procedure and stick to it. The exterior surfaces of all equipment should be wiped down on a daily basis, after each use. A complete cleaning should be performed at least once a week.

    Consider these factors when setting up your cleaning process: 

    Download IPC’s 7-Step Guide to the Proper Use of Critical Cleaners for help in setting up your cleaning regimen.

    Selecting the right cleaner for your lab equipment is extremely important. There are many different kinds of products available, so it’s important to consider all of the above factors when making your decision.

    Micro-90…The Lab Tech’s Best Friend

    Many labs rely on Micro-90 for manual and ultrasonic cleaning of glassware and equipment. Micro-90 is a mild, yet powerful, multipurpose, alkaline cleaning concentrate that is excellent for removing a vast array of soils from flasks, pipettes, slides, stainless steel, plastic, glass, and other laboratory equipment and surfaces. Micro-90 contains ionic and non-ionic ingredients which combine to produce a variety of cleaning actions. Micro-90 lifts, disperses, emulsifies, sequesters, suspends, and decomposes soils, then rinses away leaving the surface absolutely clean. When properly rinsed, Micro-90 does not leave any residue.

    Why Lab Tech’s Love Micro-90:

    • Effective on a wide range of soils

    • Compatible with most hard surfaces
    • Manufactured in a dedicated system
    • Filtered to 1 Micron
    • Can be used for manual, CIP, and ultrasonic cleaning applications
    • Free rinsing, does not leave residue or product build-up
    • Cleaning validation methods are available
    • Safe, environmentally friendly formulaEconomical, concentrated formula that is easy to dilute
    • NSF registered as USDA-A1 Cleaner
    Still not convinced? Request a free sample for testing and try Micro-90 for your most challenging lab cleaning applications!
  5. UNTANGLING THE NEW 2018 PROP 65 REQUIREMENTS…WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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    What is Prop 65?

    Prop 65 is the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. This initiative requires that the state of California publish a list of chemicals that the state has determined cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. The list of chemicals is monitored and updated annually.

    In accordance with Prop 65, businesses that sell products in California are required to inform consumers, by issuing a “clear and reasonable” warning, if there are significant amounts of these chemicals present in their products. They must also issue a warning if any of these chemicals are released into the environment or discharged into sources of drinking water. Products that contain these chemicals in insignificant amounts or in locations from which consumers would not be exposed, such as the internal components of a product or areas that would not cause significant exposure, are exempt from the warning requirement.

    Prop 65 is administered by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) which is a part of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA). The regulation is enforced primarily by private personnel who are allowed to enforce in the public name. The California Attorney General’s office may also enforce Prop 65, but it only handles a small percentage of potential violations. More information about Prop 65 can be found on the OEHHA website.

    Prop 65 Updated In 2018

    The Prop 65 warning regulation was amended in August 2018. The amended requirements apply primarily to consumer products and address the appearance, form and content of the warnings that businesses are required to provide. The amended regulation further clarifies that the primary responsibility for providing Prop 65 warnings lies with manufacturers.

    The amended labeling requirements include:

    • The word “WARNING” which must appear in bold print and in all capital letters     
    • A pictogram with a yellow equilateral triangle outlined in bold black with a black exclamation point in the center must be placed to the left of the word “WARNING”. The size of the pictogram cannot be smaller than the word “WARNING”. In some cases, the triangle can be in black and white.
    • The language on the label must be changed from “This product contains” to “This product can expose you to…”
    • The full chemical name of at least one chemical found in the product that is known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm must be listed on the warning. If the product contains chemicals from both lists, a minimum of one chemical from each list must be identified.
    • At the end of the warning, the following must be included: “For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.”
    • Businesses can also choose to use a short-form warning for warnings on products or on product packages. A short form warning cannot be used on signs or other types of warnings.
      • A short form warning must include the above elements except that instead of using the language “This product can . . .” and identifying the chemical(s), the required language states only: “Cancer and Reproductive Harm – www.P65Warnings.ca.gov;” or “Cancer” or “Reproductive Harm” if only one endpoint is applicable.
      • The font size of this short-form warning must be a minimum of 6 points, and it cannot be smaller than the largest size font used for other consumer information included on the label.
    • If the label includes consumer information in other languages, such as instructions, ingredients or other warnings, the warning must be included in those languages as well.

    The amended regulation applies to internet and catalog sales:

    • The warning on the internet page must be prominently displayed on either the product page or a clearly-marked hyperlink on the product page, or at the checkout page to California purchasers prior to purchase
    • Short-form warnings can be used on the internet
    • The warning on a catalog page must be clearly associated with the specific product

    Amended regulations for specific types of products and exposures:

    • Specific warning requirements apply to food products, alcoholic beverages, restaurants, wood dust, furniture, enclosed parking facilities, hotels, petroleum products and other types of exposures.

    IPC Is Committed To Safety

    International Products Corporation (IPC) continually evaluates its products to ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state and EU laws. IPC has evaluated its products for compliance with Prop 65.

    Pursuant to the Proposition 65 statute, Proposition 65 regulations and applicable federal court decisions, IPC’s products are exempt from Proposition 65.  This is because they are manufactured for industrial and commercial use only and are therefore exempt from the Proposition 65 consumer product warning label requirement.  In addition, because IPC is an out-of-state, non-California manufacturer, IPC is subject only to federal OSHA warning requirements and is therefore exempt from Proposition 65 occupational warning requirements.

    IPC’s products are fully compliant with OSHA’s Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and labeling requirements.

     

  6. Best of 2018: IPC’s Top 5 Posts of the Year

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    As 2018 draws to a close, it’s time to take a look back at all that has happened over the past twelve months. This has been a very productive year for International Products Corporation and we look forward to continued growth during 2019.

    We have embarked on a building renovation project and are expanding our warehouse to better serve our customers. Recently, we installed a new manufacturing filling line that provides for more efficient and quicker operations.

    Throughout the year we exhibited at various trade shows and visited many of our customers and distributors worldwide.

    Our on-site laboratory has worked on various customer driven research projects and continues to ensure the quality of our products.

    Our employees banded together during the holiday season making donations to local causes to help those in need.

    Our popular blog continues to attract new followers and provide our customer base with informative and helpful product and industry insights.

    As the year comes to an end, we want to thank all of our loyal followers and customers for helping to make 2018 a great year.

    Below are our 5 most popular blog posts of 2018:

    1. How do I Choose the Best Detergent for My Cleaning Application?

    It’s easy to see that you have a dirty surface that needs to be cleaned. Figuring out what type of cleaner to use can be tricky! Choosing the right product from the outset will make your cleaning task easier, quicker and more efficient. So, how do you know which detergent to use?…

    2. Everything You Need To Know For Easy O-ring Installation

    The O-ring…the little part that plays a big role! “What are the parts of a car?” Most people will answer with “engine, thermostat, radiator, water pump, battery, alternator, ignition, steering wheel, tires, windows, doors, and seat belts”. Not too many people will mention O-rings…

    3. Save Time And Money With Preventative Maintenance

    We’ve all been there. Any of these scenarios ring a bell? A long road trip and your car won’t start. You’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner and your oven isn’t working. Or, it’s the worst heat wave of the summer and your air conditioning unit dies. Regardless of the scenario, we can all agree that malfunctioning equipment is extremely aggravating. If only there were a way to prevent these things from happening!…

    4. Reclaiming Water To Maintain Future Economic Growth

    How do you provide a consistent, high quality supply of water when you have a large volume ethanol distiller located in your backyard? The city of Fargo, ND came up with the perfect solution: reclaim water through the municipal wastewater treatment plant!…

    5. 10 Things To Know When Choosing An Assembly Lubricant

    A lubricant is a material that reduces the friction between two surfaces making it easier for them to move across each other. Lubricity measures the reduction of friction that results from using a lubricant. A higher percentage of lubricity indicates a greater reduction of force….

    Did we miss your favorite post from 2018? Please let us know! We have more great content coming your way in 2019. Be sure to subscribe to the IPC blog to read the latest and greatest from the IPC team.

    Happy New Year and Best Wishes for a wonderful 2019 from everyone at IPC!

  7. ‘Tis the Season for Sharing

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    During the month of December, most of us are busy shopping, cooking, decorating and attending parties. Our days are filled with finding the perfect gift for our loved ones, baking dozens of cookies and deciding upon the best outfit to wear to each holiday event. Hours are spent with our families trimming the tree, lighting a menorah or celebrating the seven core principles of Kwanza. Regardless of which holiday we celebrate, most of us are engaged in a multitude of seasonal activities.

    It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. But, it’s always important to remember those who may need a little help at this time of year. This year, the employees at International Products Corporation (IPC) have banded together to give back to our community and help our neighbors who may be struggling to provide their families with a happy holiday.

    In celebration of the holidays, IPC employees have contributed to two worthwhile causes: Toys for Tots and The Foodbank of South Jersey. Employees have generously filled our donation boxes with an array of toys and food to help those in need. 

    The mission of Toys for Tots is to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas. The primary goal of the program is to help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America’s less fortunate children.

    The Foodbank of South Jersey provides food to people in need throughout Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties in NJ. Their mission is to make the holidays (and every day) hunger-free by providing nutritious, high-quality food to those who cannot provide for themselves.

    All of us at IPC are grateful that we can celebrate with our families, showering our children with gifts and filling our tables with mouth-watering feasts. Knowing that our efforts may have helped less fortunate families feel that same joy is the best gift we can wish for this holiday season.

    Best wishes to all for a joyous holiday season!

  8. Ergonomics: A Winning Formula For Improved Quality, Safety And Production

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    International Products Corporation (IPC) recently upgraded their manufacturing facility with the installation of a 20-liter liquid filling line that not only provides for a quicker, more efficient manufacturing process but also provides ergonomic benefits for workers. The new station was engineered, manufactured and installed by Inline Filling Systems.

    our 20-liter liquid filling line

    The new equipment has designated product capabilities and is used to fill 20-liter (5-gallon) sized containers of the company’s lubricants and cleaners.

    Features of the new equipment include:

    • Increased Output
    • Increased Fill Accuracy
    • Increased Worker Safety
      • Assisted lift devices
      • Automatic speed adjustments
      • Automatic case erector

    Ergonomic Improvements Are A Win-Win

    Ergonomics Reduces Injuries

    Worker injuries are frequently the result of repetitive movements and strain caused by moving heavy objects. Lifting, pushing and pulling heavy loads can all cause undue strain leading to injury. Ergonomic lifting equipment helps to eliminate the strain caused in these instances. The assisted lift device on IPC’s new fill line bears almost the entire weight of the heavy bottles.

    Ergonomics Improves Quality

    If line workers are in pain, tired or frustrated, the quality of their work may suffer. By installing ergonomic lifting equipment, the strain and repetitive motion of lifting are removed and workers can more easily focus on the task at hand. In addition to providing ergonomic benefits, IPC’s new filling line provides increased automation which reduces the likelihood of human error.

    Ergonomics Increases Productivity

    With ergonomic improvements in place, jobs can be completed with less strain and fewer motions leading to a quicker, more efficient production process. Adding to the ergonomic benefits, IPC’s new filling equipment has the capacity to fill three to four times the number of bottles as the equipment previously used.

    Ergonomic improvements in the workplace are beneficial to companies and their employees. Improvements in quality, production and employee well being all contribute to reduced costs and a safer work environment. A win-win for everyone!

     

  9. How To Assemble Hoses And Seals With P-80® Temporary Rubber Lubricants

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    Cars, trucks, buses, locomotives, motorcycles, boats, airplanes, refrigerators, dishwashers, washers and dryers, pumps, construction equipment, conveyor belts, cable assemblies, and machines…What do all of these familiar items have in common?

    All of them are composed of countless rubber parts that help them function properly and efficiently. Have you ever considered all of the uses for rubber hoses and seals? Without hoses, seals, grommets, O-rings and so many other rubber parts, most everyday items would leak, fall apart or otherwise malfunction.

    Since rubber parts play such an integral role in product function and design, manufacturers have to be careful to assemble them properly to avoid problems down the line. While this sounds simple enough in theory, the reality is that assembling rubber parts can be quite difficult.

    The slip-resistant nature of rubber makes it difficult to install, cut, remove or manipulate. Improper part alignment or installation can lead to part failure and safety issues. Repair and installation of rubber parts can take considerable physical effort and time.

    Temporary assembly lubricants help solve this problem. When applied to rubber parts, temporary assembly lubricants reduce friction during assembly to make installation easier. Once dry the slipping action goes away and parts stay in place.

    What is the best way to apply temporary lubricants to rubber parts?  Brushing, sponging, spraying, dunking and dipping are all effective manual application methods. Since each assembly process is unique, the best method is often based on personal preference.

    Watch this short video for International Products Corporation’s (IPC) suggestions for assembling hoses and seals with P-80® temporary assembly lubricants:

    P-80 temporary assembly lubricants are water-based and do not contain alcohol or petroleum distillates, so they will not cause rubber to swell, dry out or harden. And, they do not contain silicon or other persistent ingredients, so once dry the slipping action goes away and parts stay in place. P-80 lubricants are free of hazardous ingredients, making them safe for workers and the environment. Most P-80 products are biodegradable.

    Want to learn more about P-80 temporary assembly lubricants?
    Contact IPC’s technical team or request a free sample.
  10. Reclaiming Water To Maintain Future Economic Growth

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    The Challenge

    How do you provide a consistent, high quality supply of water when you have a large volume ethanol distiller located in your backyard? The city of Fargo, ND came up with the perfect solution: reclaim water through the municipal wastewater treatment plant!

    The History

    The wastewater treatment plant in Fargo, North Dakota has an auxiliary effluent re-use facility constructed specifically to produce reverse osmosis quality water destined for ethanol production. A local corn to ethanol distiller, Tharaldson Ethanol, requires approximately 1,000,000 gallons (3.8 million liters) of reverse osmosis water per day above the wastewater treatment plant’s normal processing volumes. Fargo’s wastewater control systems manager, Jeff Hoff, manages the effluent re-use facility to ensure this additional volume is met on a daily basis.

    The Problem

    A key component of the effluent re-use facility is the ultra-filtration process, which uses 0.4μ polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) membranes with an upper pH limit of 10.0. These membranes are fouled primarily with petroleum sulfonates and bacterial secretions. Particularly in cold weather, the upstream BOD step has frequent “upsets,” where the bacteria die and secrete a water soluble foulant that adheres strongly to the PVDF polymer and significantly increases the trans-membrane pressure (TMP). These “upsets” must be resolved quickly to ensure a plentiful supply of pure water.

    The Test

    In order to determine the optimal cleaning regimen to resolve these upsets, Jeff systematically evaluated the performance of twenty different cleaners and hundreds of different combinations and concentrations, including commonly used commodities and many formulated membrane cleaners.

    The Solution

    Jeff discovered that Micro-90®, a formulated cleaner from International Products Corporation (IPC), stood out because it performed better than all of the commodities and other formulated membrane cleaners, particularly on the bacterial secretions. What Jeff found most impressive is that this formulated cleaner worked effectively without the use of phosphates, silicates, and strong alkalis, at a membrane compatible pH of only 9.5, and at a 0.3 percent concentration.

    The Product

    Micro-90® is a mild, yet powerful, multipurpose, alkaline cleaning concentrate that is used for membrane cleaning as well as in laboratories, industrial applications, and critical cleaning processes. A unique chelating detergent, Micro-90® contains anionic and non-ionic ingredients which combine to produce a variety of cleaning actions. Micro-90® is compatible with UF, RO, Ceramic and NF Systems.

    The Long-Term Success

    This same formulation has been in use at Fargo’s effluent re-use facility since October 2010. Some of the original PVDF membranes are still used and continue to see significant TMP drops after cleaning. Although the bacterial upsets cannot be prevented, their fouling can be resolved in a predictable manner with the use of this formulated product.

    The engineers at the facility recognize that using Micro-90® for regularly scheduled preventative maintenance and cleaning of the membranes proves to be an effective, safe, and economical method of keeping the plant running efficiently and the water flowing continually. Based on its effectiveness, safe profile, compatibility and economical cost per use, they have recommended Micro-90® to design engineers at similar effluent re-use facilities.

    Read more about cleaning filter membranes here:
    How To Choose the Proper Membrane Cleaner
    Make Your Membranes Last…A Simple 10 Step Guide

Detergent Selection Guide

= Used ; = Preferred
SOILS Micro-90® Micro® Green Clean Micro® A07 Surface-Cleanse/930® LF2100® Zymit® Low-Foam Zymit® Pro
Adhesives
Biofilm
Biological soils: Blood, Feces, Mucous, Sebum, Sweat, Urine
Dyes, Inks
Eggs, Butter, Fruit Stains
Emulsifiers
Fat
Fingerprints
Flavor, Fragrances
Gelatin
Gels
Grass
Insoluble Salts
Milkstone
Oils
Oxides
Paraffins
Petrolatum
Proteins
Scale
Shop Dusts, Soldering Flux
Silicons
Starch
Tar
Tissue
Titanium Dioxides