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Product: PURELAM® A-9000/A-9010 solventless laminating adhesive
Manufacturer: Ashland Specialty Polymers and Adhesives
Description: A solventless, flexible packaging, laminating adhesive that provides very low aromatic amine extractables.

Applications: PURELAM® A-9000/A-9010 solventless laminating adhesive provides aromatic amine extractables below 20 parts per billion, and is compliant with recent European standards. In addition, the adhesive delivers excellent optical properties, a room temperature working cure in less than 12 hours and easy clean up.

Operating information: PURELAM A-9000/A-9010 delivers excellent laminating performance in the packaging of moist and/or oily foods as well as dry food packaging. PURELAM A-9000/A-9010 meets FDA 175.105 compliance.

About the Company: Ashland Specialty Polymers and Adhesives, a business group of Ashland Specialty Chemical, is a leader in the pressure sensitive and structural adhesives marketplace. Ashland Specialty Chemical, a division of Ashland Inc., is a global supplier of specialty chemicals serving industries including adhesives, automotive, composites, metal casting, merchant marine, paint, paper, plastics, watercraft and water treatment. Visit to learn more about these operations. Ashland Inc. is a Fortune 500 transportation construction, chemicals and petroleum company providing products, services and customer solutions throughout the world. To learn more about Ashland, visit

For more information: Contact: Julie Treon, Ashland Inc.
Phone: (614) 790-3446

Product: Gatekeeper™, the newest module for web-based CMS (Chemical Management System)
Manufacturer: Actio Corp.
Description: Actio Gatekeeper™ is the newest module for a web-based CMS (Chemical Management System). With Gatekeeper, an automated system for routing and tracking chemical requests, approvals and purchases, Actio CMS is an improved Internet-based solution for all stages of industrial chemical management.

Details: As an ASP (Application Service Provider) solution, Actio CMS significantly lowers the cost of automating a company's chemical management tasks—a demanding regimen that can easily cost two to ten times the actual purchase price of a chemical. Actio CMS lowers such costs through automation, and also provides further savings through its Internet-based software subscription model that eliminates the need to purchase highly complex applications.

Applications: Actio Gatekeeper speeds and manages the multiple processes of screening chemicals prior to purchase, tracking approvals, managing inventory, and accounting for chemicals within the company. The process begins by prescreening a chemical against Actio's library of government and health/safety lists; enterprises can also upload their own criteria to initiate or manage corporate objectives, such as banning carcinogens or reducing hazardous air pollutants.

Once the chemical has passed the prescreening process, a decision matrix routes the purchase request to all individuals in the enterprise who are required to review or sign-off on the purchase decision. Gatekeeper allows managers to check the status of requests at any point in the process. While the request is being routed, the CMS system places the official MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for the chemical into another CMS system component, MSDS Vault®, ensuring that employees are compliant with all OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) requirements.

“Gatekeeper is a natural extension of our chemical management solution,” said Russ McCann, president of Actio Corporation. “Our customers have requested an expert system that manages all aspects of the chemical lifecycle. Gatekeeper rounds out our product line and offers unparalleled accountability and chemical control to our client base.”

“Chemical Centric View:” In addition to its other product lifecycle management benefits, Gatekeeper maintains a chemical-centric view—a trait especially valuable in the biotechnology and semiconductor markets where chemicals are the primary ingredients for producing new products.

Such a capability, for example, allows users to establish a BOM (Build of Materials) containing all the chemical and non-chemical components of a product. Collaborators working at different locations can share information in a common area of the module as well as upload supporting documentation and keep an audit trail of the development process.

As to inventory management, Gatekeeper tracks inventory down to micro-locations so users know what inventory is located at what facility, who requested it, and who authorized the purchase. The process streamlines the rebalancing and repurposing of inventory and makes it easy to determine cross-utilization of chemicals across all a company's facilities. What's more, inventory can be synchronized with an Enterprise Resource Planning system, alleviating the need to enter historical inventory data.

About The Company: Actio is a business service provider for chemical lifecycle management. Its chemical management portfolio manages all phases of the chemical lifecycle, enables corporate to use a best practices approach to chemical handling and manages the use of chemicals in the workplace. For more information, visit
MSDS Vault is a registered trademark, and Actio Gatekeeper is a trademark, of Actio Corporation. All rights reserved.

Product: Advanced thermo-mechanical pulp (TMP) Solution for pulp and paper manufacturers
Manufacturer: Honeywell
Description: With this solution, manufacturers can replace more expensive chemical pulps to reduce raw material costs and increase profitability and competitiveness.

'Global pulp and paper producers face an increasingly competitive market environment driven by rising raw material costs, escalating energy costs, increasing product quality requirements and pressure to utilize production capacity by manufacturing new value-added paper grades,' said Jarmo Kosunen, pulping segment marketing manager, Honeywell Process Solutions. 'The Honeywell thermo-mechanical pulp solution is opening doors for many pulp and paper manufacturers, and helping them compete in ways they couldn't before.'

Details: The TMP solution employs a two-level control strategy with Honeywell Profit® Controller to simultaneously stabilize and optimize refining processes. The modular controller design can easily handle multiple refiner lines, which can be manipulated independently without causing variation in the process. This improves both pulp quality and paper machine operations, and reduces energy and kraft usage. It also offers the possibility of producing higher quality paper grades, such as light weight coated (LWC) and supercalendered A (SCA) paper.

Case Study: At a North American TMP mill, this new solution reduced motor load by 53 percent and consistency variations by 86 percent. Profit Controller helped reduce power consumption by 2 percent and kraft consumption by 30 percent. Thanks to its closed loop quality control, the TMP solution decreased pulp freeness variability by 41 percent and mean fiber length variability by 21 percent. This resulted in more than a million dollars of increased profitability for the mill in the first year.

Applications: Honeywell's TMP solution provides supervisory control and optimization of the complete pulping and bleaching operation as well. It first stabilizes the refining process for uniform pulp quality and then optimizes pulp quality parameters. The solution controls key refiner line process variables such as motor load and blow-line consistency to stabilize the refiner line operations.

The TMP solution helps stabilize refiner operations and minimize product variability, allowing maximum production with optimal product properties. Refiner feed rate, plate position and consistency control and minimize the variability of power consumption. Programmed start-up and shutdown sequences provide maximum equipment availability with minimum process upsets and optimal plate life.

Operating information: The solution also optimizes operations by controlling production through the screens while maintaining screening efficiency. A production-to-control reject rate controls screen pressure drops and rejects flows. Operators constantly monitor screen conditions so they can take immediate action if constraints are exceeded. For example, at the onset of a blinding, the screen will automatically clear. This allows manufacturers to optimize production and achieve target reject rates with minimal screen upsets.

Once the refiner line has been stabilized, Honeywell's TMP solution maintains the final pulp quality within the operator-specified quality window. It uses Profit Controller, a multivariable model-predictive range controller to regulate the refiner line operations. Profit Controller provides control and economic optimization of processes that have significant interaction between variables such as freeness and fiber length. The controller incorporates a model of the refiner lines and determines how to adjust the controller's output to bring all process variables to the desired setpoints within constraints.

If there are any degrees of freedom remaining, the controller adjusts the process to optimize operations. This control strategy leverages the natural decoupling in the process. The modular design technique is able to handle multiple refiner lines that empty into a common latency chest. A global optimizer is also used to integrate and coordinate the two layers for enhanced constraint handling.

About the Company: Honeywell International is a $26 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, Chicago and Pacific Stock Exchanges. It is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is also a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. For additional information, please visit

Honeywell Process Solutions is part of Honeywell's Automation and Control Solutions group, a global leader in providing product and service solutions that improve efficiency and profitability, support regulatory compliance, and maintain safe, comfortable environments in homes, buildings and industry. For more information about Process Solutions, access

For more information: Contact: Erik Rasmussen
Phone: +1 602-313-4054

Product: ITT Dual-Stage Membrane Bioreactor Design
Manufacturer: ITT Aquious - PCI Membrane Systems, Inc.
Description: A dual-stage membrane bioreactor (MBR) for advanced treatment of industrial wastewater delivers a higher quality effluent in less space and with lower operating costs than are normally associated with conventional activated sludge processing system. The new ITT Industries systems take advantage of synergies between two of its subsidiary companies: Sanitaire and Aquious - PCI Membrane Systems. Aquious is a new brand that envelopes ITT Industries' existing membrane filtration products and technology, including PCI Membrane Systems, Inc., Milford, OH. Sanitaire, Brown Deer, WI, is known for innovative wastewater treatment technologies used in municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities.

Details: Targeted at industrial wastewater applications in food & beverage production, chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing, pulp and paper processing, metal finishing and steel production, the ITT Dual-Stage MBR system is a complete and continuous process. It accepts wastewater with high loadings of BOD, suspended solids and other contaminants and yields an excellent quality effluent that can be suitable for direct discharge to surface water bodies (depending on local regulations) and “low grade” re-use applications such as vehicle washing. The water can be further treated with polishing processes (for instance, reverse osmosis) to yield potable water.

Benefits: The new Dual-Stage MBR system offers several other benefits:

  • Reliability — Simple-to-operate barrier technology, ensuring consistently high effluent quality
  • Compactness — the intensive nature of the process minimizes space requirements
  • Robustness — resistance to shock effluent loads
  • Reduced sludge — the production of solid waste is reduced, limiting disposal costs
  • Economy — advanced aeration and membrane technology minimize power demand.

Applications: In a traditional activated sludge process, wastewater is introduced into a biological treatment tank where organic contaminants are reduced and nutrients removed. The resultant biomass or sludge then flows to a clarifier or settling tank where solids separate out and effluent can be taken off and filtered prior to disinfection. If higher levels of effluent quality are required before disposal or re-use, an additional microfiltration or ultrafiltration step may be required.

Membrane bioreactors, on the other hand, use the physical barrier provided by an ultrafiltration membrane instead of a settling tank to separate solids from liquid. Thus the effluent is of significantly higher quality and little, if any, additional treatment is required prior to disposal or re-use.

In the new ITT Dual Stage MBR system, the biological treatment portion of the process is kept separate from the membrane filtration stage. Each stage of the process can then be operated at its optimum condition. Critical parameters such as aeration rate can be controlled discretely to minimize cleaning and power costs. In addition, this configuration provides flexibility that allows standard designs to be tailored to suit the specific requirements of different industrial wastewater types.

Operating information: High-efficiency Sanitaire® diffused aeration technology is incorporated into this stage of the Aquious MBR system. The Gold Series™ aeration diffusers used have been preferred for years in conventional biological wastewater treatment systems.

Because membrane filtration is used instead of gravity settling for solids separation, the activated sludge process can be considerably more intense than is possible with a conventional treatment process. In fact, the level of mixed liquor suspended solids (MLSS) in the ITT Dual Stage MBR can be as high as 10,000-12,000 mg/liter, which is three to five times higher than that employed in conventional treatment. This higher concentration of biomass provides resilience to changes in influent quality and also greatly reduces the overall plant footprint required. Importantly, it also reduces the amount of waste sludge that is produced. For customers needing to reduce the concentration of nitrogen species and phosphorous, an anoxic zone can be incorporated to provide biological nutrient removal, which reduces the need for chemical precipitation.

FILTRATION STAGE: In the membrane filtration stage of the process, submerged hollow-fiber ultrafiltration membranes are employed to separate purified effluent from the biomass. The membranes operate in the ultrafiltration spectrum, with a pore size of 0.2 micron, so they provide effluent of a very high quality. The membranes are manufactured from porous polyethersulphone material with a braided reinforcement providing mechanical strength. These features of the unique, patented design significantly improve the membranes' ability to withstand the harsh operational environment of the membrane bioreactor and thus increase their lifespan. The hollow fiber membranes are open at one end and connected to a manifold through which a low vacuum is applied to draw the effluent through the filter. Lateral restraint supports provide further stability for the fiber bundles.

Patented air-scour nozzles within the fiber bundles produce air bubbles that keep the fibers in motion and drive solids from the surface. Periodically, some of the clean filtrate can be backflushed through the membranes to clean them.

The ITT Dual Stage MBR has been proven in multiple pilot scale performance trials conducted on both municipal and industrial waste streams. The results shown below (from a recent pilot plant trial on industrial wastewater) are typical of what is possible using the ITT system.

Parameter Influent MBR Treated water Removal (%)
Average Max. Min. Average Max. Min.
COD (mg/l) 2330 3360 1740 123 158 90 94.7
BOD5 (mg/l) 1420 1970 911 b.d.* (<4) 11 b.d.* (<4) 99.7
*b.d. = Below detectible levels.

The final effluent from this pilot plant also had turbidities consistently less than 0.1 NTU. These results illustrate the high quality of final effluent that is achievable by the Dual Stage MBR system.

The growth of membrane bioreactors in the global marketplace is a direct result of water scarcity and the increasing need to reduce levels of solids and nutrients in effluent to meet more stringent treatment requirements and to allow for water re-use. In general, any wastewater source that can be treated using activated sludge can be treated using the MBR process. Until recently, traditional activated sludge processes have been used for most applications because of their relatively low cost. However, MBR costs have been dropping and can be comparable or less than conventional treatment, especially when effluent quality requirements are more stringent.

The ITT Dual Stage MBR is designed to have a competitive capital cost and will show a 20 to 30% lower operating cost when compared to other MBRs currently marketed. Thus, in a typical 20-year life cycle analysis, the per-1000-gal cost of the ITT system will be at least 30% lower than other systems.

About the Company: Aquious -PCI Membrane Systems, a unit of ITT Advanced Water Treatment, is a world leader in the application of membrane filtration systems. The company specializes in filtration systems based on tubular membranes for liquids containing suspended, colloidal or viscous materials. Aquious also supplies spiral-wound or hollow fiber membranes for clean feed streams, and ceramic membranes for applications requiring high chemical compatibility and thermal resistance. With its own membrane manufacturing facility and in-house research and development group, Aquious is able to engineer filtration materials and systems that exactly match the customer's application requirements. Installation, commissioning, training and technical support services are also available.

For more information Contact: David Pearson, Aquious - PCI Membrane Systems, Inc.
Phone: +1 513 575-3500
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Product: Metering Pump in Three Configurations
Manufacturer: Moyno®
Description: The Moyno® Metering Pump is available in bare shaft, close-coupled and motorized configurations, each delivering smooth, metered flow free from pulsations and variations to prevent material waste or mixture imbalance.

  • Bare Shaft Configuration – Provides precise, cost-effective metering for applications requiring a separate drive.
  • Close-Coupled Configuration – Offers a variety of drive options, from a 56C-Face or 140TC-Face motor, gearmotor drive to variable speed drives. This design permits the customer to add their own motor, gearmotor or variable speed drive.
  • Motorized Configuration – The most compact model available, accompanied with AC and DC variable speed drives for accurate control.

Details: All models are capable of handling a wide variety of fluids from clean, clear liquids to shear sensitive and viscous fluids as well as abrasive, corrosive materials. The Moyno Metering Pump handles a wide variety of applications throughout the world in chemical processing, pulp and paper, petrochemical, petroleum refining, food and wastewater treatment industries.

About the company: Moyno, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of Moyno progressing cavity pumps, multiphase fluid transfer systems, grinders and controls. It has an extensive worldwide stocking distribution network that serves a wide range of industries including water and wastewater treatment, pulp and paper, chemical, food, pharmaceutical, mining, petrochemical and oil and gas recovery. Moyno products are marketed internationally under the R&M® brand name. Moyno, Inc. is a unit of Robbins & Myers, Inc.

For more information: Contact: TDH Marketing & Communications
Phone: 1-877-4UMOYNO

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