British research and innovation
Lime-scale inhibitors have not changed much in recent years, other than finding ways to reduce the production cost in order for manufacturers to stay competitive in this now international market. However, a recent study by Fluid Dynamics discovered that what consulting engineers were really looking for.The most common issues consulting engineers highlighted were materials, compression fittings and products that dissolve in water.
Paul Spencer, managing director, Fluid Dynamics said: “We decided that if we’re to manufacture a product that really solved all the issues being faced in the market, then we had to ask the industry what they needed. We listened to what our customers said about lime-scale conditioners and we have put their feedback into the design of our product – Limetron.”
The company used its research to develop a product aimed at the needs of consulting engineers. Starting with materials and compression fittings, it concluded that a stainless steel solution with a BSP thread would be a more suitable finish than plastic. In addition, the product is based on Fluid Dynamics unique catalytic technology. Therefore it doesn’t need magnets, does not dissolve in water and has a life expectancy of at least 10 years. Furthermore, it doesn’t need electricity, making it an energy efficient solution. The product is simple to install and requires no bonding or by pass valving.
Spencer explained that Limetron works in a unique way: “Limetron uses a unique alloy insert that reacts with water, in particularly causing the precipitation of dissolved calcium. After treatment calcium takes the form of an insoluble crystal that cannot deposit and form hard scale. The result? Water still contains its mineral goodness but can no longer form hard scale.
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