In-House Pilot Testing

Let our PhDs solve your liquid separation challenges

At our headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan, we have a complete pilot testing facility and wet chemistry laboratory to help solve your toughest liquid separation challenges. We can work with samples as small as 5 gallons to as large as a 1,000 gallons to determine how our screening, microfiltration, ultrafiltration, forward osmosis, and reverse osmosis solutions can be used to achieve your goals. Our pilot facility is directed by Dr. Sam Bagchi, with support from technicians and scientists who are passionate about developing customized solutions for your applications. We pride ourselves on thinking outside the box to meet your goals with a cost effective, space efficient, and highly reliable solution.

Testing Equipment Available

  • Vibratory screen (various screens 80-1000 micron available)
  • Spiral Brush Filter (15, 25, 50, and 100 micron screens)
  • Stainless Steel Microfiltration (0.1 micron average pore size)
  • Stainless Steel Ultrafiltration (0.02 micron average pore size)
  • Forward Osmosis
  • Reverse Osmosis

Wet Chemistry Testing 

  • Total solids
  • Total suspended solids
  • Total dissolved solids
  • pH
  • Electrical conductivity
  • Total nitrogen
  • Ammonia nitrogen
  • Total phosphorus
  • Chemical Oxygen Demand

Additional testing is commonly performed on samples by third party laboratories. We commonly test raw samples, permeate, and concentrate for: Total Solids, Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen (TKN), Ammonia-Nitrogen (NH4-N), Organic Nitrogen (Org-N), Phosphorus, Potassium, Sulfur, Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Iron, Manganese, Zinc, Copper, pH and Conductivity

Typical Pilot Testing Experience 

We make in-house pilot testing simple and easy! Here’s how it works:

  1. A customer ships in 20 to 40 gallons of material, usually in carboys, Cubitainers, or 5-gallon buckets. Please contact us for recommendations on shipping procedures.
  2. We run the sample immediately upon receipt. We collect a sample of the raw material and the filtration products for analysis in our lab and external labs.
  3. We collect operational data from the pilot equipment, such as flow rates, temperatures, pressures, membrane flux rates, and more to determine a preliminary design for commercial scale equipment.
  4. We perform any necessary cleaning of our screening or membrane equipment to identify if your liquid presents any unique challenges for standard Clean-in-Place protocols.
  5. We summarize all our findings in a pilot report, which typically accompanies a budgetary proposal.

With a quick in-house pilot test, we can identify the best solution for your application, produce representative samples of filtrate and concentrate for analysis, and collect data to complete a preliminary design for a commercial installation.

Our dedicated staff is available to schedule your pilot test, typically within a few business days. This means we can run your samples right when they show up for the best results.

Pilot testing is an affordable way to quickly determine how effective our filtration solutions can be for your application. Take the guess work out of your commercial design by starting with a pilot test today.

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