Talis, providers of water flow control solutions, is acting to help prevent endemic waste in the water sector, stemming from what it believes is a failure to make the best buying decisions for non-standard applications.
In its report ‘Going Beyond the Catalogue’, Talis highlights a 5-point plan to create more intelligent design, specification and procurement processes. It details the ways in which poor decisions are causing costs to rise, using the example of mechanical joints to help illustrate its case.
In particular, it cites a need for water companies, suppliers and manufacturers to work more closely to share expertise and capabilities. And for suppliers to show a willingness to be flexible, providing bespoke and innovative solutions which will offer tangible benefits.
Hervé Dumont, product strategy director at Talis, says: “Conversations that end at price and delivery dates are never going to be enough to meet the complex needs that can arise when dealing with water networks. There needs to always be the option to put the catalogue aside and talk about better, bespoke solutions where these can reduce costs or increase efficiencies. When the partnership between customer and supplier is working perfectly, standard needs should be business as usual, leaving time and focus for non-standard needs to be the areas where customers and suppliers can work closely to explore the ‘art of the possible’, working to co-design solutions that will save time, money and resources. This is something we encourage all our customers to do, working with the experts across our group to look at specially engineered solutions where required.”
New laying method in water
New laying method in water
For the rehabilitation of a drinking water pipeline in the district of Aalen, 200 km north-east of Munich, Germany, the Denso Group Germany protects weld seams from corrosion very quickly and efficiently using a new laying method that floats in water.
For this method, the pipeline was first laid in the water: Just ten minutes after applying the Densolen-AS50 tape system to the weld seam, the pipe was pushed into a tunnel flooded with water. The pipeline was then drained four months later. This is impressive as pipelines are normally not immediately and permanently exposed to corrosive media. The test results provided by the “Verband der Fernwasserversorgung” (Remote Water Supply Association) prove: The standard requirements of DIN EN 12068 for a high-quality protection of the weld seams are satisfied.
Direct flooding and extended operation in water are major challenges for field joint applications. This unprecedented method shows: The three-ply Densolen tapes fuse together very rapidly. A diffusion-resistant protective hose is quickly generated, with reliable performance even when permanently exposed to fluids. The single-tape system was applied in at least a three-layer wrapping using the engine-driven Densomat-11 application device.
The drinking water pipeline is one of the region’s main arteries. One of the two steel pipelines, with a nominal diameter of DN 1200, was restored for long-term use. Water flows through two parallel tunnels over almost two kilometres at 1,800 litres per second. The construction measure is expected to be completed in the spring of 2019.
Lonza announced the completion of the divestment of its former Water Care business and operations to Platinum Equity for USD 630 million. The strategic agreement between both parties was already announced on 1 November 2018.
The company plans to re-invest parts of the proceeds of the Water Care disposal into the Healthcare Continuum and will continue to focus on deleveraging as has already been communicated. Earlier Lonza also announced the internal alignment of its business structure and a new Executive Committee member to further strengthen the company’s position along the Healthcare Continuum.