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Case Study: Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen

Case Study: Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen

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Overview

Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen, or often referred to as Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits, is a large quick-service chicken chain with more than 2,000 locations in the United States and in over 22 countries.

Challenges

The Popeye’s in Oklahoma all have steam tables where a float regulates the water levels. When the water level drops, more water will go into the steam table because of the float. But due to extremely hard water in the state, the float would scale up badly and would not allow the tables to refill. This would be a constant issue that required a lot of labor, cleaning and replacement.

Solution

A commercial model SB-250 was installed in each of the Popeye’s branches in more than 40 locations around the Oklahoma state area.

Installed

2011-present

Outcome

The ScaleBlaster unit has kept the floats completely scale-free, saving the branches from the continuous maintenance they were experiencing.

Case Study: Lowell Correctional Institution

Case Study: Lowell Correctional Institution

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Overview

The Lowell Correctional Institution is located near Ocala, Florida and was the first prison for women in the state

Challenges

The building, which houses more than 1,400 inmates, was experiencing limescale buildup in the hot water lines, the water heaters and the dishwasher’s heating elements.

Solution

Two SB-250s were installed on the hot water lines, and two SB-175s on the dishwashers

Installed

October 18, 2011

Outcome

The scaling issues are no longer a problem. The prison now has a maintenance-free, chemical-free solution to the limescale issues on the dishwashers and water heaters.

Case Study: Supermax Adx Penitentiary

Case Study: Supermax Adx Penitentiary

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Overview

The “Supermax” or United States Penitentiary, Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX) is a federal supermax prison located in Florence, Colorado. It houses the most dangerous inmates in the USA who are in need of the tightest control possible. Many of their inmates are very notorious high-profile criminals that present very high security risks. Inmates include Ted Kaczynski, Terry Nichols, Eric Rudolph, Zacarias Moussaoui, Ramzi Yousef and Tim McVeigh who was housed there till he was moved to federal death row and executed.

Challenges

The plumbing system in the entire penitentiary was experiencing limescale issues with their showerheads, toilets, sinks, and in the piping’s elbows and joints. Every quarter, maintenance had to shut down everything to remove the limescale buildup. The job was costly and time-consuming.

Solution

Three models were installed – the SB-350, SB-450 and the SB-MAX – on the boiler feed line, the cold water line, and the hot water recirculating loop.

Installed

August 10, 2013

Outcome

Since installation, the ScaleBlaster system has kept the entire penitentiary free from any limescale issues without any maintenance, salt or chemicals.

Case Study: Mexican Geothermal Steam Wells

Case Study: Mexican Geothermal Steam Wells

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Overview

In Mexico, there are many “hot spots” or thermal pockets inside the earth where they drill deep into the ground. Heat from a fuel source (in geothermal’s case, the earth’s core) is used to heat water or another working fluid. The working fluid is then used to turn a turbine of a generator, thereby producing electricity.

Challenges

As steam comes out a 6” or larger pipes, the orifices were getting restricted in the pipes by calcifying with calcium and struvite. The expense of breaking down the system to clean the rock-hard substances is astronomical. The downtime was more troublesome as the geothermal steam wells are constantly moving to new locations. This cleaning usually had to be done often and replacement of capital equipment was frequent also. Scale included three types of silica and would grow one inch every 15 days.

Solution

Various SB-600s, SB-650s, SB-1400s and SB-2000s have been installed.

Installed

2001 to current.

Outcome

The scaling issues have been solved, saving the operator’s millions of dollars.

Case Study: Chinese Power Plants

Case Study: Chinese Power Plants

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Overview

ScaleBlaster is a “household” name when it comes to power plants in China. China is the world’s most populous country with more than 1.35 billion people. Hundreds of large industrial units have been installed. Some of the plants include the Fuxin Power Plant in Shenyang City and the Liaoning Power Plant in Jilin Province. Other installs include Jilin Power Plant, Quinghemen Power Plant, Yuanbaoshan Power Plant and Bang Rong Power.

Challenges

The various power plants suffered from severe limescale deposits in the pipe lines that are used to heat houses. The downtime, labor and chemicals used to treat the scale problems were astronomical. In addition to the pipe lines scaling up, the capital equipment that came in contact with water in the power plants were scaling up also.

Solution

Depending on the size of the pipe, hundreds of units SB-1200s, SB-1800s, SB-2000s, SB-2800s, SB-3600s and SB-4000s have been installed.

Installed

Since December 16, 2004 up to today, hundreds of units have been installed at various locations.

Outcome

ScaleBlaster is solving scaling issues in China power plants to the point that the product is a necessity in the industry – with the millions of dollars it saves them.

Case Study: Shizuishan Power Plant

Case Study: Shizuishan Power Plant

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Overview

The Shizuishan Power Plant in China is a massive coal burning power plant that has a capacity to produce 1,980 megawatts of power. A megawatt alone is 1 million watts.

Challenges

Steam is generated when water is heated by coal and it makes nasty smoke & pollution. They would spray water down long chimneys to clean smoke and remove matter. The water would collect up and form like mud. A pipeline, several miles long would scale up with this mud like substance – requiring the breaking into the huge 32” steel pipe and manually chiseling away at the scale so the flow rate would not get hindered.

Solution

A total of 15 – SB-4000 units were installed inside two buildings specially constructed to hold the ScaleBlaster units near the pipeline.

Installed

The units were installed on September 22, 2005, January 5, 2006 and April 25, 2009.

Outcome

Without the doubt, this is the biggest success story of all time for ScaleBlaster – as far as performance and savings go – given the nature of the operation. The savings in labor, downtime and materials on the pipeline which grows in length yearly is astronomical. The scale formation has stopped forming dramatically since the units were installed.

Case Study: Las Vegas Cogeneration Plant

Case Study: Las Vegas Cogeneration Plant

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Overview

This Las Vegas Cogeneration Plant was a 238-megawatt power plant that uses the warm water it produced to heat a massive 12-acre greenhouse that produced 40,000 lbs. of tomatoes a day.

Challenges

Due to the nature of heating water in an extremely hard water area, major scaling in the heating pipes were taking place. The expense of using chemicals to remove the limescale, not to mention downtime and labor were a costly adventure. Producing alterative green energy is costly as it is, and this only added to the monumental expenses
to produce heat.

Solution

The very first ScaleBlaster industrial model – a SB-4000 was installed on the pipeline. The pipe was a twenty (20) inch steel pipe – the first time a ScaleBlaster was used on magnetic pipe of that size.

Installed

May, 2003

Outcome

ScaleBlaster was a total success. This was one of ScaleBlaster’s greatest success stories ever. The scaling issues dramatically stopped forming and were no longer a serious and costly issue. Unfortunately, politics caused the state to shut down this cogeneration plant a few years ago. ScaleBlaster’s savings were not enough to justify the costly adventure of using this type of green technology in power generation.

Case Study: Mercury Insurance Group

Case Study: Mercury Insurance Group

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Overview

The Mercury Insurance Group is a large auto and property insurance company with more than $3 billion in revenue and 5,100 employees. One of their main offices is a large 8-story building located in Clearwater, Florida.

Challenges

The building had significant scaling issues that were reducing the entire buildings plumbing related assets. They also were looking at a way to extend the life of their water pressure tanks to maintain constant flow throughout the building’s floors. Calcium stains were also a nuisance on the stainless steel water fountain tops, valves and sink fixtures. They did not want to use a water softener.

Solution

One SB-300 was installed on the hot water supply line and one SB-600 on the main waterline.

Installed

June, 2006

Outcome

The visible limescale formation went away almost immediately, while the buildings expensive water pressure pumps and plumbing system have experienced no issues at all for nearly a decade now. The employees also reported better tasting water in their fountains, which lead to the removal of them buying bottled water.

Case Study: Washington DC Metro Transit Authority

Case Study: Washington DC Metro Transit Authority

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Overview

The Washington (DC) Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is a jurisdictional government agency that operates transit service in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. Today, Metrorail serves the nation’s capital with 91 stations and has 117 miles of track.

Challenges

The Metro’s 17 large cooling towers were scaling up and required a lot of chemicals and maintenance to clean them.

Solution

Large commercial ScaleBlaster units were installed on all 17 cooling towers over a short period of time

Installed

1997

Outcome

The ScaleBlaster units solved the scaling issues as advertised, eliminating the need for expensive chemicals and reducing maintenance dramatically.

Case Study: Mercury Insurance Group

Case Study: Phoenix Postal Distribution Center

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Overview

The Phoenix Postal Distribution Center is a massive multimillion square foot facility that handles the mail for the entire state of Arizona. The mail is then distributed to hundreds of post offices throughout the state of Arizona – the 6th largest state in the USA and 15th most populated.

Challenges

There are 50 evaporative coolers (or swamp coolers) located on the roof to cool the loading dock areas of this huge facility. Extreme summer heat in the desert (especially for workers on the loading docks) can be as brutal as you might expect. The cooler pads would scale up rapidly, requiring costly and time-consuming cleaning & replacement of the pads.

Solution

An SB-MAX was installed on three of the 50 evaporative coolers.

Installed

June 5, 2014

Outcome

Within weeks, management “was impressed with the way the deposits noticeably washed away.” Months later, the project was a total success. There was no more limescale buildup on the cooler pads- resulting in savings in cleaning them and replacing them all the time. As budgeting allows, the other 47 swamp coolers will have ScaleBlaster installed as well as their massive cooling towers for the rest of the building.

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