Thursday, November 30, 2006

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Press Releases
October 17, 2006

Avance Control Announces the Release of Avance 3.0 Software now offers support for real time data aquisition and OPC clients

SEATTLE, WA -- On Nov 01, 2006, Avance Control, the developer of Avance real time statistical process control and data aquisition solutions, announces the release of Avance 3.0, an integrated quality control tool designed specifically to aquire data and calculate statistical control of processes in real time. Avance offers many new enhancements, flexible charting, OPC clients, data analysis tools, a python scripting integrated environment for data analysis. First released in 2005, Avance is a 'no frills' SPC software.

The software was developed specifically for non technical manufacturers and engineers who need quality controls tools. Avance manages, in real time, data from inputs such as manual input, Excel spreadsheets, text files, serial connections (RS-232), and OPC servers.Avance includes numerous features including new options for viewing control charts, such as moving windows, logbook entries, and interactive subgroup selection.

We were struggling for some time to find a company that would design a Real Time SPC package tailored to meet or unique needs. Avance Control has provided Waterside Asset Management with the advantage of real time statistical process control tools designed specifically for our customer applications. Their attention to details is extraordinary and their desire to live the Quality Improvement Process is obvious.” Gordon Guthrie, Waterside Asset Management LLC

Significant new features of Avance 3.0 include:
Serial data aquisition — connect to any instrument such as calipers and gauges to collect data in real time via serial port connections. Real time data aquisition and SPC - data may be collected and evaluated statistically in real time.

OPC client creation - create an OPC client that writes to OPC server registers when the process goes out-of-control. OPC clients allow direct integration of Avance SPC into automated processes.

Visual Logbook - the logbook takes journal entries to help track process changes. Each entry may be displayed chronologically on control charts to help determine special causes of variation. Entries may be used to blank previous data points and take users through cycles of aquiring data, calculating statistical control, and making changes to a process. Capability reports - capability is calculated and common values for cp, cpk, ST, and DNS are reported.Specification limits - specification limits may be added to any variable and shown on capability histograms.

Pricing and Availability
Avance is available now. Pricing for an annual license is $500.00. Special consultant and educational pricing is available upon request.

About Avance
Founded in 2005, privately held Avance ( ) delivers quality control software for manufacturers, engineers, and scientists to meet quality and six sigma objectives.

In 2005, the Seattle, WA based company launched Avance, its first software product for the quality control market. Since then, Avance has been applying the practical fundamentals in statistical process control technologies.

Copyright 2005-2006, Avance Control

Friday, July 14, 2006

Water Treatment and the Environment

With his permission we are including an article he was requested to submit:
Water Treatment and the Environment

Author Arne Vestad: BSME

In my 26 year’s as a Marine Engineer I have used a lot of chemicals for water treatment in boilers and jacket cooling water on board the ships I sailed on.
We knew that the product we were using was dangerous to handle, it could be a fire hazard if not properly stored and it was a hazard to the crew who had to handle it.
As a technical manager for a US company with a number of vessels in operation in Alaskan waters, we were looking for alternatives to the Hazardous Chemicals both for water treatment and cleaning on board.
This was late 80’s and early 90’s and we could not find any usable product on the market.

In the early 90’s an alternative water treatment product was introduced to the Marine Industry by a Norwegian company, IWTM A/S.
The product name is ELYSATOR. This is a non chemical method of corrosion protection.
This was originally a Swiss product for water softening and corrosion protection in potable water and heating systems.
Over the years IWTM A/S gained lots of experience with the ELYSATOR and learned that it worked very well in engine jacket cooling water, chilled water for air conditioning, boiler and steam systems and all types of technical cooling water.
Today there are thousands of units in service worldwide in many of the major shipping companies. The oldest units have been in service for 14 years.
As mentioned already, the ELYSATOR started as a water softener in the 60’s in Switzerland.
The ELYSATOR has the Det Norske Veritas approval as Clean Machinery water Treatment and is a real alternative to the use of Chemicals in the on board water treatment needs.
There is only clean water in a system with ELYSATOR water treatment.

How does the ELYSATOR work?
The ELYSATOR works on the anodic/catodic principle by using high purity Magnesium Anodes in a controlled water flow. The water swirl’s around the Anodes, so it creates a cyclonic motion that makes particles settle too the bottom of the tank where it can be drained out of the system.
The Anodes scavenge the Oxygen from the water and a chemical reaction starts and this will create Magnesium Hydroxide. The Magnesium Hydroxide will coat the entire system with a microscopic film that is the protection against corrosion.
In the same reaction, the water will be more Alkaline and the Ph will increase and balance it self to the correct level for the water treated. The water gets ionized and this prevents scaling in the system, plus it will over time remove old scale and chemical residue from the system.
The ELYSATOR has a softening effect on the water, salts, minerals and heavy metals will be removed from the water.

The main criteria for an ELYSATOR to protect the system and function properly, is correct information about the total volume of water in a system, including any make up water.
When the correct size ELYSATOR is determined, the technical staff which is responsible for the daily operation of the unit, has to set the correct water flow as instructed in the operation manual. The correct water flow at all times is a must.

The ELYSATOR should be installed as close to the circulating pumps as possible, and always even with or lower then the system it is treating. The main reason for this is to remove particles from the system as quickly as possible.

What about maintenance?
The ELYSATOR is not maintenance free, but very low maintenance.
To service/clean a unit will take a technician from ½ hour for the smaller units, up to 2 hours for a large unit. The Anodes have to be removed from the unit and cleaned with a scraper to remove oxidation that may build up on the anodes.
How often the Anodes need cleaning depends on the system and the quality of the make up water. The manufacturer recommends to open and clean after one month in service when first started in a system, because there will always be some contamination in the piping system.
The amount of oxidation/build up on the Anodes will give the operator an indication of how often it needs to be cleaned.
In a clean system with low make up, cleaning two or three times a year may be enough.
In Boiler systems it is recommended to clean anodes once a month.

The Anodes last an average of 4 to 6 years in a boiler system and 5 to 7 years in a closed loop system. The tank itself is today made entirely of stainless steel, so the Anodes are the only consumable part in the treatment system.

More information can be found on the following web sites: and as well as

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Why should I consider self performing my water treatment?
Before we look at a typical water treatment program, let's ask the question: why some folks have their yard's cut by a yard service while others like you and I have to do it yourself. I am assuming that we can all come to the conclusion that;
1) they do not want to do it themselves due to time constraints etc..;
2) they can not do it physically for various reasons;
3) it is financially doable.

For these very same reasons I look at self performing water treatment and ask the same questions. A common misconception in the service side of water treatment is that only the supplier (Chem. Co) can successfully manipulate the waterside and guarantee a successful program. You could do your yard as well if not better than that yard man. Secondly, managers often think that the amount of time to conduct daily checks would be a no vote for self performing. This is also a misconception in that with the new technology out there –there is no need for time to be an issue.

Outsourcing - It is a must in many applications and industries. A large software company for example had determined and rightly so, that they were code writers and programmers, not gardeners, plumbers or custodians. Therefore, they turned to outsourcing their facilities management and the rest is history. This has happened with many industries - budgeting for the inevitable cost associated with this service. No problem with that as it has become the norm.

Self performing - Taking ownership of their own equipment and maximizing their savings. With the cost of operations going up ever faster, facilities have been faced with cost reductions. Unfortunatley, water treatment seems to be their first target primarily due to the cost of the program. Companies like WAM are addressing those concerns by serving as a real time consultants, driving down the cost of the service component in the water treatment program. In most cases these cost can be reduced by more than 50%. Many facilities personnel are already in a sense self performing their programs and with proper training could eliminate the high cost of the service component. Not everyone is set up to do this or feel they do not want to deal with their programs in house. That's okay, it takes understanding that there are options to reduce the Total Cost of Operations.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

We have discovered what we believe to be a revolution in closed loop treatment. We are recommending this approach for those that are wanting to reduce their chemical exposure in their plants. Please
contact us to learn more about this tried and tested process. Below is just a brief rundown on the Elysator.

Most common criteria

Residues: ideally, the water in a system is free of residues. The
corrosion products, magnetite (black) and rust indicate corrosion and can
themselves cause damage (clogging, erosion).

pH: determination of the heating waters pH is an important factor. Water
with a pH of less than 7 is referred to as "acid" while water with a pH of 7 -
14 is referred to as "basic". Water used for heating must be basic and is
regarded as not promoting corrosion if its pH is no less than 8.3 and no more
than 9.5. A pH that is too high will tend to erode aluminum components if the
flow conditions are unfavorable.

Oxygen content: the water used to fill systems generally contains 5 to 10
mg/l. The ideal value is less than or equal to 0.1 mg/l. However, measuring the
oxygen content is an involved process in practice so judgments are generally
based on the other parameters.

Electrical conductivity m S/cm: the value
should be as low as possible. A figure of less than 1/3 of the conductance of
the water used to fill the system is regarded as good. High electrical
conductivity promotes corrosion (electrolyte). In absolute terms, water with a
conductivity greater than 500 m S/cm is regarded as
jeopardizing the system (SWKI Guideline 97-1). Chemical inhibitors increase
conductivity. However, the current consensus is that a conductance greater than
1,000 m S/cm jeopardizes the system, even when
inhibitors are used.

Iron content: the iron content detected should be negligible. Dissolved
iron is a direct indicator of actual corrosion phenomena in the heating system.

Hardness: as with conductivity, the hardness of the water in the system
should be about 1/3 or less of the feed water. High hardness in heating systems
indicates that fresh water is being fed in or that the equilibrium has been
disturbed by inhibitors. Systems containing a large amount of water should be
filled with fully dematerialized water if possible.

Analysis of the heating water is a central part of an expert assessment
and should prevent bad investments. Generally speaking, it helps in the
following ways:

- Clarifying the need for corrosion protection measures

- Clarifying the need to clean a system

- Checking the results of system cleaning

- Checking the effect of corrosion prevention measures

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

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Gordon Guthrie
Waterside Asset Mgmt

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

 goes global - we are proud to have excepted consulting services from as far away as Amman Jordan.
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Friday, April 14, 2006

Boiler efficiency - well what is it?

Operational? … Fireside? ... Waterside? ... Mechanical? ... Other?

Well maybe it's all - what do you think? Which one carries the most weight? Working with waterside (hence "Waterside Asset Management") for so many years, we constantly preached the gospel according to chemical side and program control issues. I do believe that chemicals and their control on the waterside contribute significantly to boiler efficiency; however, the way some boilers are made to run operationally – makes the waterside a small and distant issue.

Read the manufacturers recommendations and you will find running the boiler to 80% of its designed load is where one will witness maximum steam/fuel efficiency. Now some plants have to run two at lower lbs/hr rather than one at full load for spikes – or for emergency back-up.

Does your burner and fuel/air mixture measure up to the standards you expect. Are EPA standards for emissions holding you back? Incomplete combustion puts deposits on fireside that could lead to lower heat transfer rates and tube failure.

Are your molecules behaving? Are you keeping them in line with the recommendation set forth by the vendor/supplier/consultant? Are the flow properties of the water in the tubes “risers” and “downcomers” doing what the designers intended? Are you allowing iron scale to build slowly on the tubes? Did you that iron present in the deposits are far worse than CaCO3 type deposits alone?

This is what I deem a “combination problem” such as pre-boiler mechanical equipment addressing the water chemistry. When was the last time you did an elution study [ ]. How are you feeding your product (i.e. where & how?) to get the most effect out of the treatment process? How well are your CRU’s working? Oxygen is not your friend here.

When does one decide that an electricaly “driven” feedwater pump is better than the steam turbine? Are your economizer’s clean, operational, maybe just turned off? How well are your controls working (I guess we could have put electrical in the mix) that control steam to fuel decisions etc..? Have you verified that your DA is at optimal performance?

Yes, I did not get into too many details – I am for hire of course, however, I wanted to share that when you are trying to optimize your boiler plant’s efficiency, you might want to kick in a debate with your peers as to which of these issues bring the most pay back.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

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Thursday, March 30, 2006

I agree but let me also add...

I agree with everything you have said. I would like to add that it has been my contention that here in this area the Dolphin is slightly handicapped if there are low suspended solids along with low dissolved solids. Remember, you can have low dissolved solids with high suspended and vice verse. It really depends on how well the incoming water is filtered and also on the immediate environment – like towers close to roads, dusty regions, foliage etc… The principle behind the claimed charge neutralization phenomena depends on suspended colloidal particles and not just dissolved solids. Other than that you have hit it on the nail. I was impressed with the bio-control functionality of the unit. Showing clearer water certainly is a function of that control. Once again, it is all about making the right choice, and further more having that choice is what I seek for customers and for our own edification.

By the way, think your input was worth more the $0.02 – just thought you would like to know.

Gordon Guthrie
Waterside Asset Management
Cell: 425-293-5763

But I might add that...

Here is a response from a reader of the blog - modified to not reveal location or businesses:

I was interested to see the writeup on the pulse power stuff on your site. I figured that I would give my $0.02 as I have taken some time to look into this type of product in the past. I will agree that it does work as advertised IF you have adequate solids (especially CaC03) in your makeup water to begin with. It appears to work especially well with well water due to the large quantity of dissolved salts in the well water. Because our makeup water is especially low in solids due to it being surface water, we determined that it was not a good fit for this business. If you look at the installations that are successful in the area (such as abcdefghijk), they do have ground sourced makeup water. Some of the consistent comments that I did encounter is that the Bio fouling control was especially good. “The water is always exceptionally clear.” And so on. There were a number of installations that I contacted that had pending issues against the manufacturer and the local installer due to EXTENSIVE equipment damage. In some cases requiring equipment replacement due to the level of damage encountered. Upon further questioning, these installations also had low solids makeup water.

The big thing is that since it precipitates out calcium carbonate, you have to have enough in the water to get the reaction going and then enough in the makeup to keep “feeding” the reaction. If your makeup source is too low, you have to add some or you will scale your heat transfer surfaces and your PH will get way out of wack.

Call with any questions.

Monday, March 27, 2006

The truth About the Dolphin System

Reference document: 089 03/15/2006
The truth About the Dolphin System
Waterside Asset Management, Gordon Guthrie - Consultant

Starting with potatoes skins & tannin, water treatment has taken on many forms. Since then technology has allowed us to experiment with both chemical and mechanical means. Chemical approaches to water problems have certainly been the main thrust; however, there have been a good symbiotic relationship with mechanical devices such as the DA mechanically stripping the oxygen and sulfite acting as a chemical scavenger. One without the other in this case is not in the best interest of the user. Other mechanical devises have served alongside with chemicals, filtration, DAF’s, belt press, softeners, DI, RO, etc… I have recently had the opportunity to study the Dolphin system in a way that I was not able before (being chemically biased) and have come to the conclusion that the pulsed electrical field has worked and does have merit in the water conditioning and treatment of various parameters such as bio-control, scaling and corrosion control. There are private endorsements of the Dolphin system by some very well qualified renowned water treatment consultants that lend credence toward the Dolphin. To be sure not to be biased the other way; chemical programs work very well in providing these same conditions and have for close to a hundred years now. It is important also, on the part of this consultant, to distinguish between the Dolphin and traditional “Magnet” programs which in theory and practice are completely different in their technology and especially the results. There are limitations to the use of the Dolphin system; closed systems, condensate treatment, some boiler applications and some rare extreme water chemistries.
In order to give a clear picture on the Dolphin system and its value to customers, one needs to address each water treatment concern such as, corrosion control, bio-control, scale and fouling. Clearwater has done a good job with these on their website ( to explain the functionality of the unit, so I’m not gong to reaffirm the information other than to say that I have finally seen the evidence and want to address its value.

What determines value in your facility with a water treatment program? Is the cost of implementation, utility costs, maintenance, equipment depreciation, capital expenditures, and or safety? Of course one could make and argument for each of these. Which one is yours?
I believe that to achieve all of these, one needs to have good control over the program that you choose to run in your facility. I believe this is where the Dolphin has the edge on traditional chemical programs. The Dolphin has the luxury of only having to meet one parameter – high solids, where as there are additional parameters that must be met with chemical programs such as maintaining the correct solids, reaching the right alkalinity and hardness – not too high with hard water applications and not too low with soft water applications. Parameters in the chemical approach such as dissolved solids must be maintained not to exceed certain limits which can affect the products’ organic inhibitors based on its limiting HTI (holding time index). Chemical biocide programs can be hit or miss, however, recent technology in bio-control does begin to address this. Additionally, chemical biocides have been issues of safety (dispensing, handling), discharge, and overall public perceptions.
In the past chemical programs did not require any substantial capital investment and the good news in that the Clearwater Systems Co. can provide leasing programs to address any short term budget concerns. In addition, the Dolphin system, with little to no maintenance requirement – gives the user a clear budget picture for the future of his/her facility.

It is important to consider the return on investment. I recall that the chemical industry would address the ROI on these applications and would point out that in direct comparison to chemical programs, the Dolphin system would lose on % payback. Well, if you consider only one venue for comparison this might be true. We must not forget that there are intangibles in every value calculation. 1) What does it cost for injuries from leaking chemical feed tubing & pumps, 2) from running out of product due to an overflow in the tower basin, 3) from using excess water, 4) from finding that your high suspended solids is not been addressed by the chemical program and is creating fouling in the tubes, 5) paying more for lower corrosion rates when you can do just fine with slightly higher rates with no impact on your systems or their performance. Note: (corrosion rates are not an issue with the Dolphin due to the mechanics of charge neutralization creating cathodic protection on both copper and mild steel surfaces). Yes you can get corrosion rates lower with well controlled chemical programs, but are you willing to pay and for what price. So before you truly evaluate the ROI on the Dolphin system, bring in the intangibles into the equation.

Other Non Chemical Devices (NCD) vs. Dolphin System
Some might have heard of the VTRX, basically working off of the cavitation/sonication mechanics. Some might have heard of plan ordinary “magnets” which practice the Lorentz theory that brings up the effects from a magnetic field etc… There are also systems that are put together in a package that uses magnets and silver and copper to theoretically prevent bio-growth – these systems often have a pot feeder attached to augment the silver and copper anodes with biocides (chlorine/bromine) etc…
The truth is that of all of these, the only legitimate peer program appears to be the VTRX. Suffice it to say, its technology is a mystery to most and the cavitation issues loom large in the technical arena. The Dolphin working principle (pulsed magnetic energy) has been used in pasteurization for many years and the discovery of that same existing technology being applied to cycled up water holds more merit than any other NCD’s technology.
After researching the practices of the industry for many years, far too many specialty chemical companies have had turf protection wars relative to their bread and butter product – “chemicals”. The Dolphin innovators do not begin to deny the effectiveness of chemicals; they simply offer a working alternative solution to the industry and its concerns. Assuming you have heard of the theory; “if the major chemical specialty companies thought this process worked that they would buy into the technology to avoid losing their market share”. Well, why do you suppose fixed technology specialty chemical companies don’t? That appears to be a valid question, we should ask for a valid response, and see what the answer would be. One has to assume that the answer could be; 1) there is too much invested in the overhead of these large specialty chemical corporations, 2) a switch to a non/low service oriented system like the Dolphin, would be next to impossible to absorb the financial burden this would bring and/or 3) It just does not work. I now believe that the third potential answer has no validity. I do, however, believe they see value in this technology but it is not currently in their core competency and/or in their marketing or operating plans.

Chemical programs do work and have their place in the facility, however, so does the Dolphin. Both of which must have good control over their various requirements and without that, neither program will do what you are looking for. If you are looking for a chemical free environment, then the Dolphin system has the means to accomplish that. Before you make the leap into either, consider all ramifications rather than that of the prospective seller.

This is not an endorsement of, or for Clearwater Systems Corporation. Rather the opinion of a 21 year water treatment veteran of the specialty chemical industry.

Gordon Guthrie
Waterside Asset Management
Cell: 425-293-5763

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Choices - how to make them: If one had just purchased a NCD (non-chemical-device) you would assume they would support that it works, on the other hand if one were to have just signed a large contract for a water treatment company for services and product - they would support that also. Which one is in the right camp? It is very interesting to hear the stories now that I am no longer under the influence of bias thought. Being open to all technologies has given me a greater sense of what this business is all about. More to come I'm sure.

Gordon Guthrie
Waterside Asset Management
Cell: 425-293-5763