Latest News Mon, Apr 16, 2018 9:08 AM
A new Centre of Excellence for process drainage is to be created by the UK’s leading specialist, Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS).
The new Essex based facility will bring together the R&D resources of both Harmer, AWMS’s established building drainage business, and Wade International, a highly specified manufacturer of floor drainage systems, which was acquired by Alumasc in February.
Set to open its doors in summer this year, research teams will be given a greatly expanded brief that will see more extensive collaborations with industry experts, academic institutions and global best practitioners to realise next-generation, sustainable solutions that enhance hygiene and operational security whilst reducing overall water and energy consumption.
“Drainage can deliver benefits way beyond the simple removal of surface water. The food and beverage processing industries in particular offer scope for innovation across the operational envelop,” says AWMS divisional managing director, Steve Durdant-Hollamby (pictured).
“Pushing these boundaries will be at the heart of the new centre. It will address everything from materials specifications to integration with Production and Building Management Systems, drawing on expertise from across the Alumasc Group, our partners, customers and technology specialists.”
The Centre of Excellence launch is seen as being timely, as complexity in food processing facility water management increases. Wade International’s technical manager, Andrew Becker, believes food processing is an extremely challenging environment for factory drainage.
“The specification of each component is critical with both the design and the choice of material being highly dependent upon the traffic profile," he said.
"Even slight changes in traffic contaminants and temperatures can affect the performance of drainage components. The new centre will play a significant role in bringing about economies in installation and running costs, developing optimised products coupled to effective environmental controls.
"We see it acting as a key reference source not only for engineers and specifiers but also for legislators and inspectors. We have the right knowledge, the right designs and the right expertise to make this happen”.
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