What is it about FRC Systems DAF design that makes wastewater operators jobs so much better? Here are 5 simple reasons we hear most often from the guys keeping plants in compliance.
1. They’re Simple to Operate
Have you ever bought something that you thought would be really good to have, only to figure out later that the thing is way more headache than help? A crazy-cheap used car, perhaps? Say your daughter is turning 16 years old and is begging for a car, so you pay $1200 cash for a lipstick red Volkswagon Jetta. Ten weeks later the thing is in the shop needing a new transmission. Know the feeling? A little bit of anger, mixed with frustration and regret?
We know the feeling too. That’s why when we designed our DAF systems, we made every effort to avoid all possibility of those frustrations. Processes that can be automated are automated and components that can fail are installed with redundancy. Turning the system on is as simple as the push of a button and keeping it running smoothly only requires simple check-ups.
Imagine how simple and reliable a DAF system should be. That’s what you get with an FRC.
2. They’re Resilient to Process Changes
If there’s one thing we know about wastewater, it’s that anything is fair game. Kind of like a 2-year old; leave them alone and there’s any number of things they could get in to – new haircuts, crayon hieroglyphs on the walls, or impromptu bath-time with the dog’s water bowl. The key is to roll with the punches.
The same goes with wastewater process design. Systems have got to be able to handle sudden increases in flow or odd events that happen every so often. FRC brings applications experience into every process to design systems that can take a beating and still perform as required.
3. They Generate Extra-Dry Sludge
Sludge dewatering can be a tricky process. And unless you’ve procured the top-of-the-line dewatering equipment (and even then), you’re likely to experience maintenance down-time, which can literally shut down the rest of your wastewater operation and the entire industrial complex. So, there’s all the more reason to first, get a reliable sludge dewatering process in place and second, minimize wet-sludge volume to whatever extent possible.
The methods FRC’s DAF systems employ to generate extra-dry sludge are explained in the Ultimate DAF System Buyer’s Guide, but to boil it down to its essence, dryer sludge means less of a mess in the dewatering process. It also means smaller dewatering equipment, shorter run-times, and less sludge backing up in the event of down-time for dewatering system maintenance.
4. They Use Standard Parts that are Easy to Access
A less tangible, though equally well thought-out, component of FRC DAF systems is the detailed information we provide regarding every nut and bolt used to build the equipment. When you’re performing regular maintenance and see that some hose could use replacing, you know exactly what it is and where to find the materials. If you like to keep spares on-hand, a list of recommended parts with pricing comes with the package.
Great thought has been given to the placement of mechanical components on FRC’s wastewater process equipment. Valves are at waist-level, gauges and instrumentation are at eye-level. Gauges on the ground don’t make anybody’s job any easier. It’s the simple things that make a difference.
5. Troubleshooting is No Trouble at All
The thing that makes DAF system operators so good at what they do is their ability to identify and rectify a problem before it becomes a disaster. It’s an innate ability that they craft and sharpen with each day on the job.
To help operators excel in their responsibilities, FRC provides a troubleshooting guide that covers the gamut of mechanical and process issues that may arise during system operation. That way if sludge begins to look watery, they know to check the chemical dosing rates, adjust the DAF water level, and adjust skimmer speed and flight clearance with the sludge ramp. Where to start, what to look for, and how to make adjustments are all covered. Should the same issue arise again, they’ve already armed themselves with the right weapons to neutralize the threat before it becomes a bigger problem.
So there you have it. Operators can’t say enough about how happy they are they can rely on an FRC DAF system to do its job, day in and day out. Some have even said they love ’em.
Wouldn’t a system that works so beautifully make you swoon too?