Facing risky manual processes.
The bucket strainer clogged frequently causing a halt in the process that allowed operators to manually unplug it. This is nasty, hazardous work, and the odor is persistent and lasting and the waste stains and ruins clothing. It’s truly a foul experience. “I got a sharp stick in the hand from a sewing needle when clearing out the clogged bucket strainer,” said Maynard of their earlier screening bucket. “It’s a huge safety risk because of the environment you’re working in – with all sorts of waste, including heavy restaurant waste and waste from a chicken processing plant entering the stream. Each time we must clear out the bucket, we risk an injury and infection.”
“The HUBER STRAINPRESS® has processed a huge amount of waste without a single hitch. Because there are no clogs to manually clear, we never have to touch the waste and avoid any safety risks from doing so. And the bonus is that we also avoid mess and odor!”
Plugged strainers cost man hours.
Stopping the process to unplug the strainer is time-consuming. “Anytime we must stop everything for a fix, it costs us. Even though the FOG system generates revenue in the end, it makes no sense to burn up the valuable time of our operators on clearing out clogs,” said Maynard of the expense and waste of dealing with clogs. Two to three times a day, operators must manually get the strainer back into working order. This adds up to approximately eight man hours per week. Those are eight man hours that operators could spend on more productive activities.
“We’ve yet to experience a clog with the HUBER STRAINPRESS®! It has powered through more than 150 truckloads of waste and we’ve not spent even a half-hour unplugging it,” said Maynard of his STRAINPRESS®’ reliability.
The perfect choice for FOG system.
The HUBER STRAINPRESS® has helped Napa Sanitation District maximize its investment in the FOG receiving and injection system by improving operations, ensuring the protection of downstream components and enhancing the production of a valuable, revenue generating asset. “When we saw the Strainpress pilot at the nearby Walnut Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, we knew that we wanted to implement it. Instead of Huber taking the pilot component back to its headquarters, we simply had them bring to our site. Since day one, the Huber Strainpress has done a wonderful job,” said Maynard of his feeling about HUBER from the start. The HUBER STRAINPRESS® integrates well into the FOG system to be an integral part of its success.