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Schwing Bioset is Exhibiting at WEFTEC 2017

 

Schwing Bioset, Inc. (SBI) is looking forward to exhibiting at the 2017 WEFTEC Event in Chicago on October 2-4. 

Please be sure to stop by our booth (#2007) while you're on the exhibit floor. We will be displaying a dewatering screw press, as well as two new pieces of equipment.

Our new Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) filtration systems for water and wastewater utilize hollow fiber membranes. The unique end-free cartridge design provides an economical alternative to traditional longer fibers.

We are also debuting our new SBI Solutions system. This pre-packaged system is configurable to produce either Class A or B Biosolids in a convenient, pre-engineered skid mounted unit. The system is a compact, modular unit including a piston pump combined with the Bioset process, and optional screw press dewatering capabilities for an all-in-one package.    

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The SBI team members attending the show include Executives, Regional Sales Managers, Aftermarket Support personnel, and more. If you'd like to meet with one of our team members, please email us and we'll put you in touch with the appropriate person.

Read about our Nutrient Removal and Struvite Harvesting, Dewatering Equipment, Piston Pumps, Bioset Process and Class A Biosolids, our new products, and other products hereand then stop by booth 2007 to learn more!

Visit the conference website to view the event details and exhibition map: http://www.weftec.org. Here is the Schwing Bioset listing for the show.

We hope to see you at WEFTEC 2017!


For more than 30 years, Schwing Bioset, Inc. has been helping wastewater treatment plants, mines, and industrial users by engineering solids handling solutions. Schwing Bioset’s custom-engineered solutions can be found in over a thousand facilities across North America and around the world.

Our products include, among others, sludge, industrial, and tunnel piston pumps, screw presses, nutrient removal and management, membrane bioreactors, sliding frame and push floor silos, fluid bed drying products, Bioset process for Class A Biosolids, container wagons, and screw conveyors. We also offer on-site demos, spare parts and equipment maintenance services, and training. 

 

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Heavy-Duty Pumps “Take the Cake” at Detroit’s Massive WWTP

 

Schwing Bioset Application Report 7, Detroit, MN

Written by Larry Trojak, Trojak Communications

Version also published in WaterWorld Magazine

 

Much like a chain, the wastewater treatment process is made up of individual segments, each linked to the next, each vital to its overall effectiveness. No single facet of the process, nor any single piece of major equipment, is more important than another; if one fails, it all suffers. Occasionally though, one piece of equipment has such challenging demands placed upon it that when it proves itself - and continues to do so for years - it bears mention.

At the Detroit Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), a pair of heavy-duty pumps is used to take high solids-content cake from the dewatering operation to either incineration or a truck loading area.  That, in itself, is not noteworthy.  The fact that it accomplishes this both by pushing cake, dewatered to well over 20% dry solids content more than 500 linear feet, and taking it up five stories, is.  Today those pumps, a pair of Schwing Bioset KSP 110V(HD)L’s, move better than 100 wet tons of dewatered material per hour, have improved the efficiency of the incineration and haul-off operations, and have proven a key part of the system.

 Schwing Bioset Detroit WWTP Solids Pump

 

The Motor City Treatment

The first thing that strikes visitors upon arrival at Detroit’s WWTP is its sheer size. Covering several city blocks, the plant is the largest single-site wastewater treatment facility in the United States, with a capability for processing approximately 845 million gallons per day (MGD) through secondary treatment. The facility has undergone a number of major expansions since it was first built in 1940. At that time, it served Detroit and 11 neighboring communities; today it handles wastewater from 35 per cent of the state’s total population - a service area that covers 946 square miles.

The most recent of the major upgrades took place in 2004 when, according to Kenneth Paylor, Detroit WWTP’s Senior Maintenance Foreman (Solids), modifications to solids processing were included in the overall plan.

“One of the biggest changes that impacted this area of the plant was the addition of a Central Offload Facility (COF).  Up to that time, dewatered cake was taken by conveyor to a lime pad that was used to support land application for the biosolids.  When that land use was discontinued, however, an alternative was needed.  The COF, essentially a truck loading area to transfer biosolids to area landfills for disposal, is now that  alternative

 

Dewater is Different

To process its huge volumes of sludge, Detroit’s WWTP relies upon 14 incinerators located in two separate solids buildings, identified as Complex 1 and Complex 2 (C1 and C2). Solids content before dewatering ranges from 1.2 to 7% - generally in the 4.5% range. Paylor says the plant’s dewatering effort also underwent major changes in the ‘04 upgrade.

“To upgrade the dewatering operation, a number of belt presses were totally replaced and centrifuges were added in ’04,” he says. “We now dewater sludge with ten centrifuges and 22 belt presses: ten in C1, twelve in C2. Material exiting the presses has a solids content of about 23-27%; out of the centrifuges it can be in the 27-32% range.”

 

The Need to COF

In an ideal world, all of Detroit’s dewatered sludge would be sent directly to incineration, making the need for alternative disposal efforts a moot point. But this is not a perfect world and, to best deal with situations that are occasionally out of the ordinary, the COF was included in the design.

“There are times when we might have an incinerator or two that are down for maintenance and material needs to be re-routed,” says Paylor. “Another example is if our incoming volumes rise quickly - as they can after a heavy rain - and we are exceeding what we can normally handle. There was no way to avoid it; we needed a way to get material from C1 to a point where it could be hauled off site for disposal.”

Such occurrences are more commonplace than one would suspect. Even given the large number of incinerators in use and the obvious preference to keep those units fed with material to minimize fuel costs, Paylor says roughly 40% of their cake still heads to the COF. “That is when the Schwing Bioset pumps come into play: getting the cake from the belt presses in C1 to the COF where it can be treated with lime for odor control and loaded into trucks.”

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The Long Haul

Using pumps to move cake in wastewater treatment plants is hardly a new concept. Scores of plants throughout the country—and internationally as well—have seen the benefits pumping can provide over moving material by conveyor. Improved production, better efficiency, improvements in site cleanliness and reductions in odor are just some of the gains that can be made by pumping.

“To get material to the Schwing Bioset pumps, which are located in the lowest level of the facility, a belt conveyor first collects the cake from all ten belt presses in C1,” says Paylor. “That belt feeds a Schwing push floor, which, in turn, feeds the two KSP 110V(HD)L pumps.”

With a maximum operating pressure of 1,500 psi, cake is pumped in high-pressure piping out to the COF. Mind you, it’s a fairly decent distance out to there.”

That assessment would appear to be something of an understatement. According to Keith McWilliams, Detroit’s Plant Supervisor, the distance from the C1 pumps to the COF is in excess of 500 feet. “Material first has to go up five stories—that’s 60-70 feet alone,” he says. “Then it has to make its way over to the facility, so 500 linear feet is probably a conservative guess.”

 

The Best Approach

McWilliams says there are alternatives to pumping the cake such a long distance. One of those, he says, is pumping it over to C2 where it could be dropped onto belts and taken to the COF.

“While that’s feasible, it is much better to do it this way,” he says. “Once we’ve put the cake into the pump, we may as well take it as far as we can. There is no advantage to dropping it on a belt—in fact, it’s a whole lot messier—and the pumps have shown that they can more than stand up to the challenge.”

Both Paylor and McWilliams say that since installation, the Schwing Bioset pumps, some of the largest the company makes, have been solid performers. XL model pumps were selected for Detroit WWTP based on the anticipated challenges to be placed on the units. Those particular models feature heavy duty poppets which reduce material velocity through the poppet housing. Doing so can result in a variety of benefits including: a reduction in pressure drop through the valve housing, an increased filling efficiency of the pumping cylinders, and a reduction in wear on the poppet discs, seats and pumping rams.

“In the five years the pumps have been in place, we’ve had very few issues with them, and those we’ve had, have all been minor” says Paylor. “That’s outstanding, given what they’re asked to do for roughly 30 hours every week, year round. Providing a continuous flow rate in the 150 to 200gpm range and taking it that distance is really impressive.”

 

Ongoing Changes

As mentioned, Detroit WWTP has seen its share of changes over the years, and new approaches to dealing with the biosolids are always under consideration. 

“We even have contingency plans already in place to handle things before any of those major changes occur,“ says McWilliams. “We put in different access points, for example, where the Schwing Bioset pumps could feed the conveyors in C2. 

Regardless of the direction Detroit’s WWTP takes, both McWilliams and Paylor say they are confident the pair of Schwing Bioset pumps will figure into those plans.  “Whatever happens will most likely involve further movement of the cake, says Paylor.  “And, given what we’ve seen from the pumps so far, I’m sure they can meet that challenge. They’ve been real workhorses for us.”

 

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Schwing Bioset Hires Mining Sales Engineer for the U.S. and Canada

 

Schwing Bioset, Inc., (SBI) is excited to announce the hire of John Brown as the new Mining Sales Engineer for the U.S. and Canada. John will oversee mining sales activities as SBI continues to expand its presence in the mining industry.

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John has been involved for several years in the mining and industrial sectors with a focus in sales and business development. With a degree in Chemical Engineering, he also has extensive training on hydraulic and pneumatic systems.

John has been a supplier of hydraulic components, proportional valves, and hydraulic systems solutions, and has sold business automation and instrumentation systems for the mining process. He has also been involved in different sectors of the mining industry in the extraction process, repairing and rebuilding mining drilling machines, as well as supplying components for the metallurgical process, such as conveyors and hydraulic motors. John has also sold high precision transducers to the mining arena and mobile machinery and sensors for organic solutions in the mining process.

Although born in Detroit, John has a multi-cultural background, growing up surrounded by the mining industry in Peru and Chile. Working with different cultures and mining segments has given him an exceptionally thorough overview of the industry. With his history of increasing presence internationally with former companies, and his extensive knowledge of the mining industry and processes, John is a wonderful addition to our sales team as it works to achieve its growth objectives.    

John’s office location will be in Somerset, WI, and he can be contacted at (715) 247-3433 or jbrown@schwingbioset.com. To learn more about our mining pumps, click here.

 

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Another Successful Schwing Bioset KSP Pump Service Seminar is Complete

 

Written by Kelly Kramer

May 2017

Schwing Bioset, Inc. (SBI) held its Spring KSP Pump Service Seminar from May 9 – 11 in MN/WI. The seminar was our most well-attended seminar yet and, once again, led by Schwing Bioset’s Quality Control Specialist, Jack Koehler, and Service Technician, Chris Kohnen. The seminar and training is designed for Schwing Bioset customers to expand their knowledge on how to properly use and maintain their equipment, to help ensure they get the most out of it. This spring, there were 23 customer attendees and three of Schwing Bioset’s employees who attended. The course provides 24 hours of training credits toward quality training and education for the attendee.

The first two days of training were held in the classroom and covered safety, operations, maintenance, and basic hydraulics. The third day was factory training, which provided hands-on experience where attendees train with the SBI Parts/Service and Quality Control departments, working directly with equipment to learn about its use, maintenance, and using it safely. Some of the topics discussed include hydraulics, poppet valves, power packs, schematic reading, troubleshooting, screw feeders, sludge pumps, preventative maintenance, and much more.

 

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Some feedback we received from the seminar attendees include:

“Very informative and all subjects were covered well. All around fun and above what was expected.”

 “I am impressed. Schwing employees were over the top helpful and accommodating. I would find it difficult to improve the experience.”

 “The training, evening events, and professionalism of the Schwing Bioset staff was excellent!!”

“The entire seminar was great. Very knowledgeable instructors.”

“The Schwing Bioset instructors and tech’s combine the training with enjoyment. I liked all of it.”

“Great class. Great instructors. Awesome. Everything.”

“Great seminar. Jack and Chris do an awesome job and show dedication to their trade.”

“Everything was great. An awesome time.”

 

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Schwing Bioset offers KSP Pump Service Seminars throughout the year. The next training will take place in Toronto in October 2017. Training fills up fast, so please register right away if you are interested in attending. For general inquiries or if you are interested in our Spring 2018 session in MN/WI, please email Kelly with questions or to get on the wait list.

Our Service Department is also available to come to your location and train at your facilities. If that is an option you’re interested in, please contact our Service Manager, Paul Katka, at (715) 350-6913.

 

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Push Floor Bin and Biosolids Pumps Help Plant Stabilize Operations

 

Written by Chuck Wanstrom

The City of High Point, NC, was previously pumping biosolids to an incinerator using hydraulically actuated piston pumps supplied by another manufacturer. These pumps were aging and the city couldn’t reliably obtain spare parts to support their operation. Additionally, the wastewater treatment plant occasionally struggled with operations as it didn’t have any buffering capacity for the dewatered biosolids ahead of the piston pumps. In an effort to solve the support issues with the existing equipment and stabilize operations, the city solicited bids from consulting engineering firms to update and improve their process.

The selected engineer began surveying biosolids handling systems available in the market and with input from their Client, settled on a push floor storage bin and piston pump arrangement as offered by Schwing Bioset. With over 30-years of experience in biosolids storage and conveyance, and numerous successful installations to its credit, Schwing Bioset was the logical choice to provide the design and equipment for this retrofit application.

A new push floor bunker with 60 yards of storage capacity was supplied to handle the centrifuge dewatered biosolids. Directly coupled to the bottom of the new push floor bunker are two Schwing Bioset model SD 350 screw feeders and KSP 17 piston pumps. The piston pumps have a dual-discharges that allows the biosolids flow to be split and fed into the incinerator at a total of four injection points for more efficient incinerator operations as well. If the incinerator goes down, biosolids can also discharge to a new truck loading facility.

To learn more about our pumps and push floor bins, visit our Products page, Contact Us, visit our Website, or find us on social media.

 

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Schwing Bioset, Inc. Onsite University Gives Students Pump Knowledge

 

Written by Dan Anderson

With our legendary spring pump school right around the corner, our Service department wants to let everyone know that our school can also come to you!

Having an onsite pump training can be a great tool to help expand your staff’s knowledge of the equipment in your wastewater treatment plant or at your mine. Plus, training credits are offered.

With one of our Service Technicians as the instructor, we offer customized programs tailored to the specific equipment at your plant. Attendees will have the opportunity for hands on demonstrations and instruction, in addition to learning about pump hydraulics, poppets, rams, safety, and more.

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Here are a few quotes from previous service school attendees:

“I would recommend anyone involved with Schwing Bioset products to take this seminar. They have super customer service and an invaluable learning tool in these seminars.”

“Very worthwhile. Would recommend to any technicians who works on Schwing Bioset pumps. I am grateful for the privilege to attend.”

“The instructors were excellent. I learned a lot and had fun doing it.”

Whether it’s at your plant or at our location, we look forward to educating you and your operators soon.

To learn more about our onsite trainings, please contact Paul Katka at pkatka@schwingbioset.com or 715.247.3433.

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Schwing Bioset Hires Latin America Regional Sales Manager

 

March 9th, 2017 (Somerset, WI)

Schwing Bioset, Inc., is excited to announce the hire of Jose Luis Diaz Lopez as the new Latin America Regional Sales Manager. Jose will oversee all Latin America Sales activities, as the company seeks to expands its presence in these markets.

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Jose has over ten years of experience in the sales of equipment and spare parts for the mining and construction markets, including Schwing Bioset equipment. With a degree Civil Engineering, his sales experience, and Schwing Bioset product knowledge, Jose will help improve the company’s market presence as it works to achieve its growth objectives.    

“Jose has extensive training and expertise with pumps and equipment in our markets and is adept at listening to the Clients’ needs and developing solutions that solve their long-term goals.  Jose is a perfect addition to our team. I have confidence that he will be able to successfully direct our sales efforts within his territory and solve the needs of our current and future customers,” said Chuck Wanstrom, Director of New Business Development.

Jose’s office location will be in Hermosillo, Mexico, and he can be contacted at +52 1 662 937 3189 or jdiaz@schwingbioset.com. More contact information is available at http://www.schwingbioset.com.

About Schwing Bioset 
For more than 25 years, Schwing Bioset has been helping wastewater treatment plants, mines, and power generation customers by engineering material handling solutions. Schwing Bioset’s custom engineered solutions can be found in hundreds of wastewater treatment plants in North American as well as mines and tunnels around the world.

 

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Schwing Bioset Onsite Demonstrations Help Find Solutions

 

Written by Dan Anderson

The past year has been full of onsite demonstrations and we are looking forward to another busy year for our demo fleet.

In 2016, we completed several successful onsite demos for solids pumping, the Bioset process for Class A Biosolids, nutrient removal/struvite recovery, and screw press dewatering.

Our demo program is a great way to see first-hand how our equipment can help your plant. Demos can run anywhere from a few days to a few months, depending on the needs of the plant.

Whether it is pumping material with ease, producing a beneficial re-use product, dewatering sludge efficiently, or removing unwanted nutrients to help your plant and the environment, Schwing Bioset has a vast array of knowledge, tools, and equipment to help your plant find the right solution.

For more information on our demos, please contact Chuck Wanstrom at cwanstrom@schwingbioset.com or 715.247.3433.

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Schwing Bioset Offering Two KSP Pump Training Seminars in 2017

 

Posted by Kelly Kramer, February 13, 2017 

 

The Schwing Bioset Service Team is excited to announce that we will be holding two KSP Pump Training Seminars in 2017!

Our first will be this spring from May 9-11 in Stillwater, MN and at our facility in Somerset, WI. Here attendees will join us for classroom and hands-on KSP Pump Training and learn how to properly use, maintain, and troubleshoot pump equipment. The deadline to register for the spring seminar is April 3rd.

We will also be having a seminar this fall in Toronto from October 17-19. Join us for classroom learning and hands-on demonstrations to gain an understanding of equipment, use, and safety. The deadline to register for the fall Toronto training is July 14th.  

Attendees will have the chance to learn more about basic hydraulics, poppet valves, power packs, setting pressures, screw feeders, troubleshooting, and more!

The regular cost to register is $1195, but if you register early you can receive $100 off of your registration fee. Our classes do fill up, so please reserve your spot now.  Click Here for Info on our   KSP Pump Training 

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Schwing Bioset is Exhibiting at Several Events in 2017

 

Schwing Bioset, Inc. is excited to be exhibiting at several conventions and expos throughout 2017. If you'd like to meet with one of our team members, please email us and we'll put you in touch with the appropriate person.

Below is a list of events that we are scheduled to attend for the coming year. We will keep this information up-to-date throughout the year.

For more than 25 years, Schwing Bioset, Inc. has been helping wastewater treatment plants, mines, and power generation customers by engineering material handling solutions. Schwing Bioset’s custom-engineered solutions can be found in hundreds of wastewater treatments plants in North America, as well as mines and tunnels around the world.

Our products include, among others, sludge, industrial, and tunnel piston pumps, screw presses, sliding frame and push floor silos, fluid bed drying products, container wagons, Bioset process equipment, phosphorus removal and struvite recovery, and soil conditioners. We also offer spare parts, equipment maintenance services, and customer pump training. 

Read about our Bioset Process and Class 'A' Biosolids, Dewatering Equipment, Pumps, and other products hereand then stop by one of our booths to learn more!

 

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Place

NEWEA - New England Water Enviro. Assoc.

Jan. 22-25

Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston, MA

Michigan AWWA / NWEA Joint Expo

Feb. 7-8

Lansing Center, Lansing, MI

SME Annual Conference & Expo

Feb. 19-22

Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO

MRWA Water & WW Technical Conference

March 7

River's Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud, MN

WaterCon - AWWA Illinois Section

March 20-23

Crowne Plaza Conference Center, Springfield, IL

WEF Residuals & Biosolids Conference

April 9-10

Seattle Convention Center, Seattle, WA

Texas Water - AWWA Texas Section

April 10-13

Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX

FWRC - Florida Water Resources Conference

April 23-26

Palm Beach Conv. Center, West Palm Beach, FL

CWEA 2017 Annual Conference

April 25-28

Palm Springs Conv. Center, Palm Springs, CA

CIM 2017 Convention

Apr. 30-May 3

Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Montreal, QC

AWW & WEA Arkansas

Apr. 30-May 3

Hot Springs Conv. Center, Hot Springs, AR

Arizona Water Assoc. Annual Conference

May 3-5

Phoenix Conv. Center, Phoenix, AZ

Hawaii HWEA Biosolids Workshop

May 26-27

Manoa Grand Ballroom, Honolulu, HI

IAWEA Annual Conference

June 7

Bridge View Center, Ottumwa, IA

WaterJam

Sept. 11-14

Hampton Road Conv. Center, Hampton, VA

WEFTEC

Sept. 30-Oct. 4

McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

WWOA Annual Conference

Oct. 17-20

Marriott Madison West, Middleton, WI

PNCWA 2017

Oct. 22-25

Hilton Vancouver, Vancouver, WA

 

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