The MBR Site report: MICRODYN-NADIR opens manufacturing plant in Austin, Texas

 | News May 18 Microdyn Opens Plant Fig 0

MICRODYN-NADIR hosted the grand opening of its new manufacturing plant for BIO-CEL® MBR membrane modules on 3 May 2018 in Austin, Texas. The event coincided with the 11th Annual Ovivo MBR Operators’ Workshop.

Fig 1: The new manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas seals MICRODYN-NADIR’s partnership with Ovivo in the USA  | News May 18 Microdyn Opens Plant Fig 1
Fig 1: The new manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas seals MICRODYN-NADIR’s partnership with Ovivo in the USA
Fig 2: Walter Lamparter, CEO of MICRODYN-NADIR, and Marc Barbeau, CEO of Ovivo, perform the honours at the opening ceremony. | News May 18 Microdyn Opens Plant Fig 2
Fig 2: Walter Lamparter, CEO of MICRODYN-NADIR, and Marc Barbeau, CEO of Ovivo, perform the honours at the opening ceremony.

This new 27,000-square-foot facility in Austin will house a fully automated, cutting-edge membrane module production line. A separate, dedicated area in the facility will serve as the Ovivo® MBR Knowledge Center and offices for Ovivo designers, engineers and technicians.

From instrumentation, to control valves, blowers, pumps and automation, customers will be able to help design their own systems including customized membrane modules. The new production line will primarily serve North American customers but will have the capacity to support projects around the world.

Walter Lamparter, Managing Director and CEO of MICRODYN-NADIR, explained at the grand opening ceremony that, ‘This plant is capable of producing approximately 2,000 BIO-CEL L per year which is equivalent to 120 MGD of capacity. This plant will help us to promote the technology and help us to innovate further within the US MBR market’.

Fig 3: Attending the grand opening - from left to right: Professor Simon Judd, Dennis Livingston (Ovivo) and Walter Lamparter, Julian Klein and Peter Knappe (MICRODYN-NADIR). | News May 18 Microdyn Opens Plant Fig 3
Fig 3: Attending the grand opening - from left to right: Professor Simon Judd, Dennis Livingston (Ovivo) and Walter Lamparter, Julian Klein and Peter Knappe (MICRODYN-NADIR).

Following the opening ceremony, the production plant began operating for the first time, and delegates attending the Ovivo MBR Operators’ Workshop were treated to a guided tour of the production facilities to see the new plant in action.

Fig 4: Membrane sheets ready for processing. | News May 18 Microdyn Opens Plant Fig 4
Fig 4: Membrane sheets ready for processing.
Fig 5: The finished module is lifted into the shower for quality control testing and finishing. | News May 18 Microdyn Opens Plant Fig 5A
Fig 5: The finished module is lifted into the shower for quality control testing and finishing.

Finally, the finished MBR membrane module is lifted from the production line to be showered for quality control testing and finishing – a process which needs to be handled delicately to avoid damaging the module. 

Following the grand opening, MICRODYN-NADIR co-hosted a party to celebrate the opening of both the new production facility and Ovivo's MBR Knowledge Center with food vendors and performances from local musicians.

Acknowledgements

  • Report by Claire Judd
  • Our thanks to all at MICRODYN-NADIR for inviting us to the grand opening

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