Harn R/O Systems Blog

How Do I Know I’m Getting the Best Value on My Membrane System?

Posted by Julie Nemeth-Harn on May 1, 2019 3:11:29 PM

Water treatment membrane systems are complex. Even after the technical design is finalized, it can be difficult to assess cost versus value. We all know from purchasing anything from shoes to washing machines that the cheapest product probably won’t provide us the best value.

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Topics: membrane treatment system, membrane treatment, water treatment, water quality

8 Simple Steps for Performing a Successful Membrane Installation

Posted by Julie Nemeth-Harn on Feb 28, 2019 12:48:10 PM

Membrane Installation Components

Membranes are loaded from the feed end of the pressure vessel. To better understand the installation procedure, the following definitions are helpful:

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Topics: membrane treatment system, membrane treatment, water treatment, water quality

What is Membrane Water Treatment Technology and Why Do We Specialize In It?

Posted by Julie Nemeth-Harn on Sep 6, 2018 10:44:00 AM

Membrane water treatment is a process that removes unwanted constituents from water. A membrane is a barrier that allows certain substances to pass through while blocking others. Water treatment facilities use various types of membranes and processes to clean surface water, groundwater, and wastewater to produce water for industry and for drinking. It is a multi-billion dollar industry that is growing as a result of increasing concerns about contaminants in water and decline in safe, clean, easily accessible existing water sources.

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Topics: membrane filtration, membrane treatment system, reverse osmosis, desalination, clean drinking water

Why Daily Data Collection is Important and What Parameters to Use to Monitor Your Membrane System

Posted by Julie Nemeth-Harn on Apr 24, 2018 11:25:00 AM

An important part of operating membrane systems is accurate data collection on a daily basis.  The data will help predict normal maintenance schedules and will help determine the cause of any system upsets.  Comprehensive data is very useful in determining when the membranes need to be chemically cleaned, or eventually replaced. It also alerts the operator to changes taking place such as fouling, leaking “O” rings etc.

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Topics: membrane treatment system, membrane treatment, water treatment, water quality, silt density index

Everything You Need to Know About Membrane Cleaning

Posted by Julie Nemeth-Harn on Apr 18, 2018 11:10:00 AM

During normal operation of an R/O water treatment system, the membrane elements will often suffer a reduction in performance due to the accumulation of small particles, colloids, microorganisms, or precipitated salts collecting on the membrane surface. 

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Topics: membrane filtration, membrane treatment system, membrane treatment, water treatment, save water, save money

Pretreatment: The Last Line of Defense for Your R/O Membranes

Posted by Julie Nemeth-Harn on Apr 10, 2018 11:53:00 AM

Pretreatment Equipment - Theory of Operation

Some raw feed waters contain suspended particulate material. This material is commonly sand, iron oxides, clay or elemental sulfur.

Introduction of such materials into the membrane system can cause the development of excessive system differential pressure (dP), or even complete blockage of the brine channels with the resultant reduction of permeate flow. It can also cause physical damage to the membranes themselves. This usually results in a decrease of permeate quality and reduction of membrane life. Cartridge filtration is normally a simple and cost-effective way to reduce the amount of particulate matter reaching the membrane surface.

Interested in a Membrane Filtration Pilot Package?

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Topics: membrane filtration, membrane treatment system, membrane treatment, water treatment, membrane plants, water quality, ro calculations