Hard water scale has plaqued mankind since technology's dawn. Hard water is found in varying concentrations throughout the world. Calcium, Magnesium and other hard water minerals impair plumbing and water-based heating and cooling equipment and inhibit heat transfer by forming an insulating scale in pipes and on heat transfer equipment surfaces. This hard water scale reduces heat transfer efficiency by as much as 70%, reduces equipment service life, and costs billions of dollars annually in equipment maintenance, and down time. Efficiency loss increases costs by consuming more energy to heat or cool water and to pump water through scaled plumbing and equipment with increased resistance. Traditional treatment requires the use of toxic and hazardous chemicals, which are harmful to humans and the environment, and difficult to maintain in proper concentrations. Cooling towers must ultimately dump the chemical laden water down sewer through bleed off. Hundreds of millions of dollars are wasted each year on costly chemical treatment, and attempting to transfer heat through hard water scale.
Algae, Bacteria, and Legionnaire's Disease - Water borne biological contaminates such as bacteria (including Legionella Pneumophila) and algae occur unavoidably in heating and cooling systems and require elimination. Algae and Bacteria can lead to system fouling and health hazards. Legionella poses a dramatic health and public liability risk (thousands of deaths per year from Legionnaire's disease) if not properly controlled. Historically, Legionella has also been addressed with toxic chemicals. Chemicals are a temporary "band aid", and do not eliminate the biological threat. The QMS system uses non-toxic ions of Copper/Silver, which have been proven far more effective than chemical treatments, to eradicate the Legionella bacteria as well as other bacteria and algae.
Circulating particulates - Keeping tower/chiller and boiler/loop water clean is critical to maintain efficiency and prevent premature failure of HVAC (and process water) components. Filtration is a key component in all of our systems. A properly sized Centrifugal filter is normally adequate for most cooling tower applications while more efficient barrier type filters are needed to remove fine particulates from boiler systems and hot/chilled water loops and process water.
Corrosion and rust in equipment and plumbing components can destroy these components and cost many thousands of dollars in replacement costs. Next to fire, corrosion in piping is recognized as the most costly damage that can occur to any facility. QMS provides continuous corrosion monitoring to detect any problems in time to remedy them. There are many factors can cause corrosion. Traditional treatment methods are not the solution. Water issues as well as mechanical issues must all be addressed to develop a solution.