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Daniel L. Theobald

Known in the industry as “Wastewater Dan,” Daniel L. Theobald, proprietor of Environmental Services, is a professional wastewater and safety consultant/trainer. He has more than 24 years of hands-on industry experience operating many variants of wastewater treatment processing units and is eager to share with others his knowledge about water conservation (www.Conserve-On-Water.com).

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What are the process controls for treating wastewater in the pulp and paper industry?

Large volumes of wastewater -- with elevated physical solids and organic waste concentrations -- are generated in pulp & paper making. Wastewater treating and discharge, and sludge-waste disposal, all have their challenges.
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What are process controls for treating wastewater in the dairy industry?

Dairy wastewater has a high organic load, requiring biological treatment for permit-compliant discharge. Successful, consistent biological treatment in turn requires stringent controls on primary treated wastewater, preceding dairy-waste biological treatment.
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Microorganisms in activated sludge

Someone recently asked, 'What microorganisms are in activated sludge?'
In the activated sludge process, microorganisms are mixed with waste water. The microorganisms come in contact with the biodegradable materials in the wastewater and consume them as food.
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Activated-sludge troubleshooting guidelines

Someone recently asked, “What are some troubleshooting guidelines or procedures for overall process control of activated sludge?”
Someone recently asked, “What are some troubleshooting guidelines or procedures for overall process control of activated sludge?”
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Procedures for overall process control of activated sludge

To control activated sludge, you need to “have a handle” either on aeration, sludge-wasting or return-sludge flow. Aeration-rate adjustment is probably the simplest way to go, says Wastewater Dan. But he briefly reviews all three methods in today’s blog.
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Productivity Perspectives

Kevin Parker

Kevin Parker, editorial director of Processing magazine, has been writing about process industry, automation and information-technology markets for more than 20 years.

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US natural gas production hits record high, drives growth in equipment markets

Natural gas production in the United States increased in August for the eighth consecutive month, according to just-released figures from Bentek Energy, an analytics and forecasting unit of Platts.
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Mixed opinions on water problems

Money and finance are the problems; information technology is the fix; which side are you on?
It’s said, often, that infrastructure for water provision to U.S. populations and industry is at a near-crisis stage. And there are signs that it’s the case. Yet because so many water sources are free, and for other reasons, the dollars-and-cents incentives that lead to decisive action often aren’t there.
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Smart phones, tablets and the industrial interface

It’s been proven more than once that when it comes to IT-based automation, if commercial off-the-shelf technology can do the job, that’s the way industry will go.
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And a bank shall lead them

Kevin Parker
At a July summit, the BRICS -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- established its own development bank, to the tune of $100 billion.
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Automation suppliers see chemicals, pharma market gains

Bookings at surveyed automation and instrumentation suppliers were up more than eight percent in Q1 2014, says the MCAA’s quarterly Industry Group Report, compared to the same quarter one year ago.
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