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Creation of a Centre of excellence for process drainage

20 April 2018

A new Centre of Excellence for process drainage is being created by Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS). 

The new Essex based facility will bring together the R&D resources of both Harmer, AWMS’s building drainage business, and Wade International, a manufacturer of floor drainage systems, which was acquired by Alumasc in February.

Set to open its doors in the summer, research teams will be given a brief that will see more collaborations with industry experts, academic institutions and global best practitioners to realise next-generation sustainable solutions to enhance hygiene and operational security while reducing overall water and energy consumption.

“Drainage can deliver benefits way beyond the simple removal of surface water. The food and beverage processing industries in particular offers scope for innovation,” said Steve Durdant-Hollamby, AWMS divisional managing director.

As complexity in food processing facility water management increases, Andrew Becker, technical manager at Wade International says that food processing is a challenging environment for factory drainage. “The specification of each component is critical with both the design and the choice of material being highly dependent upon the traffic profile. Even slight changes in traffic contaminants and temperatures can affect the performance of drainage components. The new centre will play a significant role in bringing about economies in installation and running costs, developing optimised products coupled to effective environmental controls. We see it acting as a key reference source not only for engineers and specifiers but also for legislators and inspectors”.

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