The North American municipal MF/UF membrane market is currently being serviced by suppliers with simplistically could be categorized into three types of system designs: proprietary systems, third party OEMs, and universal systems. Proprietary systems have historically dominated the North American MF/UF membrane market. Each system is highly customized and can only accept the modules manufactured by a particular supplier. This approach provides a system and modules that are fully optimized (hydraulics, controls) and provides the owner with a single point of responsibility. Some original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), have expanded their system design to accommodate a select number of modules. While other OEMs have taken the approach of developing so-called one-size-fits all rack designs or Universal Racks which can take a larger of modules from different manufacturers without requiring extensive modifications. This approach can provides owner with more selection and perhaps better module replacement pricing, albeit with the risk that supports and warranties are dependent upon the strength of the relationship between the OEM and module supplier. Each of these approaches have a place in the current market. This presentation will help participants navigate through the advantages and disadvantages of each approach and the players involved in the market. Participant will also understand the difference between a universal rack (“the dream”) and interchangeable racks (the current reality). Lastly, participants will learn about a framework on how to select which approach is best for them.
This presentation is available to AMTA Members only.
- Jesus Garcia-Aleman, PhD, PE
- CH2M HILL Canada Ltd.
- AMTA Technology Transfer Workshop, Toronto, Ontario
- AMTA Technology Transfer Workshop
- Universal Interchangeable Rack, Microfiltration/Ultrafiltration, Proprietary System Designs