Industrial facilities that are incorporating water provisioning or water treatment into their processes may require pilot plant implementation before scaling up to full capacity. This ensures that the design of the water system is compatible with the rest of the facility, and that the output water performs its intended role in the process.
Ampac USA builds both bench-scale and skid-scale plants to serve as pilots prior to full-scale implementation. The small-scale plants contain the same treatment stages and technologies as the full-scale plants, to accurately replicate the process and outcomes. In some situations, the scale of a component cannot be made smaller when the lower limit or "floor" its of performance is reached, therefore the entire plant would need to adopt the scale of that component.
Pilot systems can be purchased and installed at the operator's location, or can be operated at the Ampac USA facilities; the latter can be advantageous if there is a high level of uncertainty with the source water because locating the trial at Ampac USA allows our technical team to make quick adjustments to the design. This is particularly helpful if chemicals or powered components need to be replaced.