Total water management

Biochemica UK Ltd have been awarded a contract to provide products and services for a leading multi-national food group. Biochemica will provide chemicals and technical services in regard to the successful operation of effluent treatment plant. Significant quantities of inorganic coagulants are required for the primary treatment process as well as speciality polymers to aid dewatering performance.

In addition Biochemica will also provide service and the necessary chemicals for boiler and cooling water treatment. This also includes Legionella services, water softener servicing and cleaning works. “Biochemica has a long and successful relationship with businesses across the food industry. We are therefore delighted to increase our involvement with another established brand and hope to pass on the same high standard of service and products which has helped us proliferate in this sector”, commented Dave Ruddy of Biochemica UK Ltd.

Improving processes, reducing costs

Biochemica was invited to put forward their proposals to improve the effluent treatment at a site of a multi-national food producer.

The client engineering manager commented, “I was tasked with heading up a team to reduce trade effluent water costs at the site during 2008. At the end of 2008 several water treatment contractors were invited to attend the site to discuss cost reduction initiatives. They were all given the same criteria and the subsequent proposals were evaluated. At the end of this process we changed our supplier to Biochemica as we believed they offered the best proposal. Biochemica came up with best cost savings, whilst delivering the required results. Their service has been very good and we have worked with them on other initiatives and plant improvements.” Based on the continuing work regarding effluent treatment, Biochemica have also been invited to look at other areas of water treatment encompassing their total water management ethos. The site engineering manager also had this to say regarding future projects between the two companies, “We have built up a strong working relationship to deliver results to our businesses. We are currently working on another separate water treatment issues and some plant upgrades. We have also invited Biochemica to look at boiler and refrigeration water treatment.”

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Biochemica scoops business award

Biochemica UK Ltd has been awarded the runner up for the Business of the Year category at the Hartlepool Business Awards, organised by the Hartlepool Business Forum.

The specialist water management company was also shortlisted within the Innovation in Technology category.

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Legionella control contract

Biochemica UK Ltd has been successful in its bid to provide Legionella control services to a leading global manufacturer.

“With a view to expanding our Legionella control programme across sites in the UK and Ireland, this service adds to existing water management contracts with our client,” commented Dave Ruddy of Biochemica.

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Water re-use and sludge dewatering

Biochemica UK Ltd has reduced water demand, and im turn overall costs for a food processing plant by implementing water use process improvements.

The factory, which washes and processes vegetables re-circulates water back around its wash system without any treatment, meaning that produce was continually washed in dirty water. This has a number of implications, not least the need for regular refreshing of the process with clean water, which only stayed clean for an initial short period.

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BACS membership

Biochemica UK Ltd has become a member of the British Association for Chemical Specialities (BACS). BACS membership will help Biochemica to keep abreast of all relevant UK and EU Health and Safety legislation, as well as in the implementation of REACH, in the speciality and performance chemicals sector.

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L8 services contract

Biochemica UK Ltd has been awarded the contract to provide L8 temperature monitoring services at a leading pharmaceutical company.

Dave Ruddy of Biochemica commented: “Biochemica offers a wide range of Legionella L8 services, from initial site risk assessments to monthly monitoring programmes.

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Heavy metal removal

Biochemica UK Ltd has successfully completed test work and a scaled-up trial for heavy metal removal.

Chromium was of particular interest as the site was regularly failing to meet its consent to discharge which ranged from 4mg/l to 40mg/l. The consent was 5mg/l. Biochemica performed a number of tests and approaches in order to help keep the site within specification, which produced promising test results – reducing chromium from 34mg/l to 0.7mg/l.

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Wastewater recycling plant

Biochemica UK Ltd has successfully installed a water treatment plant at a stone cutting facility that cuts and polishes high end stone products. Prior to installing the plant, the trade effluent was high in suspended solids and mains water usage was high.

The aim was twofold: to reduce costs by minimising mains water usage through process water recycling; and provide water to a suitable standard for process cooling.

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Effluent treatment upgrade

Biochemica has recently completed a project to improve a waste water treatment process at a potato washing facility.

Previously, waste water from the process was settled out with limited success in a series of lagoons but was often out of consent and the proportion re-used for washing was poor. Based around the current system, Biochemica installed a chemical dosing system to improve settling and performance.

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Quality first – ISO 9001:2008 accreditation

Biochemica has always striven to provide a quality service to each of its clients and this has been substantiated through our ISO 9001:2008 accreditation. Dave Ruddy of Biochemica commented, “Everyone at Biochemica is committed towards maintaining, and continually improving our quality management systems, in order to deliver the best possible service to our clients. This accreditation is affirmation of our approach towards interpreting and satisfying our customer requirements and also complements our LCA [Legionella Control Association] systems.”

Biochemica boiler treatment

Biochemica was invited by GPTL to examine a problem boiler which had been reported to be very corrosive and was impacting on the condensate. A high level of sludge in the boiler was also reported.

After an investigation of the water chemistry Biochemica discovered that the low pH in the condensate was contributing towards corrosion and as a result iron levels were recorded at over 100mg/l. Also, the level of oxygen scavenger in the boiler was inadequately controlled which contributed towards the boiler’s poor condition.

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Biochemica receives excellent customer feedback

Biochemica UK Ltd recently re-evaluated a polymer dosing application. Following test work and listening to our client’s requierments, the water treatment chemistry was changed and recommendations put forward to improve the process.

The site manager contacted Biochemica to provide feedback on the changes, commenting: “I just wanted to write a short note to yourself to thank you and your company for improving our flocculant system and supplying us with a product that far exceeds our previous supplier.

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Combating swine flu – Chlorine Dioxide – A weapon against the spread of swine flu

The World Health Organisation has now designated swine flu as a global pandemic and consequently Biochemica recommends the use of chlorine dioxide treatment in water supplies as an effective agent against the spread of the virus.

Based on the work of scientists in both Japan and the USA, Biochemica is confident that hand washing in water treated with chlorine dioxide (ClO2) will help prevent the person to person spread of the H1N1 virus.

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A cool response

Biochemica was contacted regarding rapidly rising temperatures on a chilled system, imperative to the operation of an important plant process.

The critical temperature of >50C had been reached and as a result was close to causing a full plant shutdown.

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