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Innovations at IFAT 2014 Think Tank IFAT — Exhibitors Aren't Sparing with Innovations

| Editor: Dr. Jörg Kempf

In all segments of the water and wastewater industry, there is still plenty of scope for innovations, as the sector will be amply demonstrating at this year’s IFAT. The exhibitors will come up with plenty of new ideas in water and wastewater treatment. Here are just some examples …

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Without pumps it is impossible to imagine modern water treatment systems. And indeed the market in pumps is very diverse and, not surprisingly, there are a large number of suppliers of pumps exhibiting at IFAT.
Without pumps it is impossible to imagine modern water treatment systems. And indeed the market in pumps is very diverse and, not surprisingly, there are a large number of suppliers of pumps exhibiting at IFAT.
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Munich/Germany – Like the water cycle itself, the industry involved in the processing of water and waste water is always in motion. New products and solutions keep emerging, and the companies and the markets in these fields are constantly re-forming in new constellations. In November last year Siemens, for example, sold its “Water Technologies” business unit, set up to develop and market systems to treat water and waste water.

The international environmental technology show IFAT, coming up in May this year, is an opportunity for this global enterprise to show the market that Siemens is now concentrating in the water sector on automation, control and drive systems for industry and municipal authorities.

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At IFAT one of the solutions Siemens will be presenting is its modular water-management software, Siwa. With the aid of simulations, for example, this product helps network operators optimize complex water and wastewater networks. Also, the “Leak” module, says the company, can identify and localize leaks in water transport systems.

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By acquiring the US-American company Ashbrook Simon-Hartley in 2012 Alfa Laval has rounded off its product spectrum for wastewater treatment in industry or by municipal authorities. One of the results of this teaming up is the new Iso-Disc, a disc filter launched by Alfa Laval but developed on the basis of the technology and know-how from the new acquisition. Iso-Disc is used, for example, in tertiary filtration, the treatment of process streams and surface water. The square or rectangular Iso-Disc filter plates, says Alfa Laval, fit easily into existing filter tanks and basins. They are therefore ideal for retrofits and require only a low driving force of a 30 cm water column.

The Rotamat screens and fine screens from manufacturer Huber have already been installed around the world many thousands of times in waste-water treatment. A new development in this product family to be on show at IFAT is the RPPS Star screen system. According to the company the star-shaped screen drum of this product delivers high separation efficiency and has a high throughput capacity. Also new in the Rotamat segment is the RoMem Liquid microscreen. Its large membrane screening surface removes algae, suspended material and hair from the waste-water streams in an energy-efficient way. In addition, according to the Huber experts, RoMem Liquid improves the operational stability of MBR plants (hollow fiber membrane plants).

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