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Innovation of the month at the Hydria Group

The Hydria Group, to which Hydria Water belongs, is founded on the concepts of development and innovation. Together, we are working towards a better environment, a better and safer indoor climate, and a cleaner world. Hydria Lab – the Group’s own innovation team – exists in order to continue to develop the Group and its companies.

The team, which consists of several employees from each company, meets on a monthly basis and discusses development possibilities and innovation ideas – all with the purpose of improving the Hydria Group. To motivate these discussions, an award is given each month for the best suggestion for an innovation.

For us at Hydria Water, this means that we are inspired to work internally to advance innovation and development both when it comes to the development of our products and services and in connection to our organisation in general. This is something that we see as being of immediate interest in relation to the work of developing our new production facility. One very good example of an innovation that received the award is our ongoing project to recycle the water being used during the testing of our machines.

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Hydria Water’s solutions purify the Kapellskär Archipelago

Kapellskär is a large and important port for the Norrtälje area, and the upgrading of machinery at the wastewater treatment plant there will benefit the entire Baltic Sea and the municipality’s large settlement on the archipelago. Through a close collaboration with Purac, Hydria Water has developed an innovative technological solution that provides an efficient separation within a relatively small physical footprint.

– The process of delivering, installing, and making operational the equipment for the Kapellskär plant was a very interesting and rewarding challenge. Our channel filters provide an enormous flow capacity, a very high degree of separation, a short operating time, minimal wear on both the equipment we installed and that of the following stages of the process, and a very compact footprint, Johan Fritz, Sales Engineer at Hydria Water, says.

The machine will be optimised using a variable frequency drive to control the channel filters. This means that the speed of the drum screen and brush are dependent on what is filtered from the incoming pipe, the flow rate, and the levels reached in the machines’ containers. The installation is a system solution and market-leading design, yielding the largest efficient filtration area of all perforated machines on the market. This innovative design ensures that no polluted water passes through the screen and reaches the Baltic Sea.

Hydria Water has had overall responsibility for the installation, startup, and training relating to the equipment delivered. In all likelihood our solution is the most efficient perforated screening equipment on the market for this application, and will go a long way towards ensuring that the Kapellskär Archipelago is as clean as it can possibly be.

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Hydria Water equips yet another wastewater treatment plant in the Scandinavian mountains

With the arrival of the summer, many of us look to spend our vacation time in new tourist destinations and on novel activities. Northern Sweden, with its magnificent nature and wealth of experiences and activities, attracts an increasing number of visitors. We are happy to be part of yet another project in which we are participating in the design of a wastewater treatment plant that will deal with increasing variation between the seasons in new and innovative ways.

The Ransby wastewater treatment plant in Branäs, like many wastewater treatment plants which are expected to deal with a varying load over the course of the year, faces great challenges in terms of dimensioning, as it needs to be a well-functioning facility throughout the year. Hydria Water has been involved in similar projects before in the mountain villages of Bydalen and Storlien, in the Municipality of Åre.

For the Branäs project, Hydria Water will deliver and install chain scrapers, motor-driven scum pipes, and outlet and collector weirs for all of the clarifying tanks, along with two rotating distributors for the trickling filters, in collaboration with our partner Aquasvea, who will provide machine contracting services.

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Toyota Material Handling Sweden – a helping hand towards a sustainable world-class production

In order to achieve the best possible design for our new production line, Hydria Water is collaborating with Toyota Material Handling Sweden. The new layout features a flow-optimised production process, in which all production and material-handling aspects have been developed with a focus on quality assurance, timely deliveries, sustainability, and a healthy working environment. This is what Toyota Material Handling Sweden has helped us with in a close partnership where focus has been on forming the workflow with knowledge and details from the organization in mind.

By optimising all of our production processes at this early stage, Hydria Water is prepared for a future in which expanding production volumes will create the need for more production space, storage capacity, and material handling.

– With Toyota as our partner and through continued development of flow-adapted production, we are set to ensure that our production amalgamation is and continues to be a cost-effective and sustainable investment in the future, Kristoffer Lindberg, Supply Chain Director at Hydria Water, says.

An important cooperation and to future-proof the facility, we have consistently focused on making the entire operation as sustainable, environmentally friendly, and energy-efficient as possible. Taking the new facility as a starting point, we continue to deliver market-leading, innovative, energy-efficient, and high-quality water-purification products and solutions to clients all over the world.

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Borås boasts some of the cleanest sewage water in the world

The Municipality of Borås has a clear strategy for continuing to develop and expand the city in a sustainable way, and at the heart of this is the development of infrastructure. The wastewater treatment plant is an integral part of the infrastructure strategy, as its capacity and efficiency determine whether the city is able to meet the demands of both the present and future.

We at Hydria Water are proud not only of our part in this trailblazing work, but of the fact that our operations base is located in a city that takes sustainability and clean water seriously.

With a new wastewater treatment plant and a combined heat and power plant powered by biofuel, Borås became equipped for the demands of the future back in the latter part of 2019. The new wastewater treatment plant, named Sobacken, enables a greater quantity of wastewater to be treated at any given time, while simultaneously maintaining emissions of nitrogen, phosphorus, and organic matter at record-low levels. The environmental impact will decrease drastically, and Borås now has some of the cleanest wastewater in the world. What’s more, the combined heat and power plant will produce environmentally friendly heating and renewable electricity for the inhabitants of Borås for many years to come.

– It feels great to have invested in the future in such a secure way, with facilities that can produce heat and electricity to a world-class standard, Anders Ygeman, Swedish Minister for Energy and Digital Development, says. Anders attended the opening of the Sobacken plant together with Jennie Nilsson, Minister for Rural Affairs.

Hydria Water’s products are used in several parts of the plant, and among other things we have delivered grit trap scrapers, scum pipes, outlet weirs, sedimentation scrapers, and machines with Actiflo technology, which is a purification process developed by Veolia Water Technologies.

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Sustainable, world-class production at Hydria Water’s new facility

In Viared, just outside Borås, Sweden, work on the development and implementation of a new, flow-optimised production line is progressing at a good pace at Hydria Water’s 5,000 m2 industrial facility. The entire facility is being developed and redesigned to an even higher standard, with the aim of creating a modern, sustainable, and efficient production process – for cleaner water and a better-protected environment, now and in the future.

For more than 40 years, Hydria Water, VA Teknik Sweden, and Mellegård & Naij have worked together to produce and deliver water purification equipment and solutions to thousands of water-treatment facilities all over the world. The companies are now in the process of taking the next logical step by amalgamating all production to form a single, highly effective, and state-of-the art production line at the Hydria Group’s facility. The objective of the combining of the facilities is optimised and sustainable production processes, with ample room for further expansion.

– In connection with these efforts and those to future-proof the facility, we have consistently focused on making the entire operation as sustainable, environmentally friendly, and energy-efficient as possible, Robert Bjursten, CEO of Hydria Water, says.

– One of the solutions we have developed that exemplifies this approach is redirecting the heat generated by the laser cutting machine so that it can be used to heat the facility. In addition, our facility has one of the largest photovoltaic arrays in Borås; at 1,000 m2, it supplies 50 percent of the energy we use and reduces our annual carbon emissions by 45 tonnes. Hydria Water’s commitment to sustainability is considered to be an ongoing process, and is something that we will continue to work with in the future through a wide variety of initiatives and activities.

The road from workshop-based to flow-optimised production

In order to achieve the best possible design for our new production line, Hydria Water is collaborating with Toyota Material Handling Sweden. The new layout features a flow-optimised production process, in which all production and material-handling aspects have been developed with a focus on quality assurance, timely deliveries, sustainability, and a healthy working environment.

– This was a clear and well-defined project, and the collaboration has worked well throughout the entire process. The long-term impact of production conversion projects is dependent on a close collaboration with the client throughout the process.

– It’s essential that we can gather up all the know-how and detail knowledge concerning internal operations which exists within the organization and design the new production flow together, Niklas Johansson, Logistics Advisor at Toyota Material Handling Sweden, says. He continues:

– We feel that this project has all the necessary conditions required to achieve continued development and success.

Growth-optimised processes ensure continued development

By optimising of all our production processes at this early stage, Hydria is prepared for a future in which expanding production volumes will create the need for more production space, storage capacity, and material handling.

– With Toyota as our partner and through continued development of flow-adapted production, we are set to ensure that our production amalgamation is and continues to be a cost-effective and sustainable investment in the future, Kristoffer Lindberg, Supply Chain Director at Hydria Water, says.

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Sjöstadsverket in Karlstad updated to handle higher loads

Sjöstadsverket treats the wastewater of households and industrial facilities in central Karlstad, Sweden, as well as water from the communities of Skattkärr and Alster. After the water has been purified in the plant, it is released into the Klarälven river, which is a tributary of Lake Vänern.

Sjöstadsverket was built in 1970; more recently, it faced major challenges due to an increased load and antiquated equipment in the mechanical treatment phase. In 2020, Hydria Water delivered an ST30 with accompanying control cabinet to the wastewater treatment plant, which was the largest sand wash the company has ever manufactured and delivered in Sweden. The project also involved demolition, installation, startup, and training relating to the delivered equipment.

Following the successful installation and startup of the sand wash, the Municipality of Karlstad elected to give Hydria Water the opportunity to supply more equipment for Sjöstadsverket. This project involves two mechanical step-type XS 2200-1400-2 screens, which will be delivered and installed during Spring 2021. Hydria Water is assuming overall responsibility for this project, which will include installation, startup, and training, and will thus be able to ensure that the machines are installed and optimised in order to meet Sjöstadsverket’s needs in the best possible way.

– It is very gratifying to have delivered our largest sand wash in Sweden so far, and equally gratifying to having been given the opportunity to supply more machines for Sjöstadsverket’s mechanical treatment phase. Over the past year, we have noticed a sharp increase in interest in our products, Johan Fritz, Sales Engineer at Hydria Water, says.

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School students undertake work experience at Hydria Water

Linn Broberg and Elliott Eckerström elected to continue their high-school studies with a fourth, technical year at Sven Eriksonsgymnasiet (‘Sven Erikson High School’) in Borås, Sweden. Over the course of the spring they spent a number of weeks with us at Hydria Water undertaking work experience in order to strengthen their theoretical knowledge through practical learning.

Their primary task during this period was to update the information material of many of the articles and components that are used in our products. This involved re-drawing existing two-dimensional drawings as three-dimensional ones, which will be used in our new, shared file management system. This task was vital to our internal preparations for merging the Group’s operations, and allowed the students to put the skills that they have learned at school to the test and further develop them.

Both Linn and Elliott have done great work here at Hydria Water, and we are delighted that they will return for a few weeks during the summer.

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Hydria Water safeguards the wellbeing of its staff

At Hydria Water we have a strong belief in the importance of the wellbeing of our staff and we feel that a key part of this is ensuring that people feel able to take an active break and engage in exercise while at work. This is an ethos that the Hydria Group has actively prioritised since 2017, and is a broad, long-term, and active focus across all of the companies of the Group. The project is entitled Hydria Må Bra (Hydria Be Well).

– The purpose of the Hydria Må Bra project is to increase motivation to engage in beneficial everyday exercise through a wide variety of activities such as organised cycling events and lunchtime walks. This is intended to increase enjoyment of the working day, Tor-Björn Danielsson, CEO of the Hydria Group, says.

In addition to improving the health of our staff, the project is also intended to ensure that, in spite of the different industries and cities in which the companies of the Hydria Water Group are active, the Group as a whole is brought closer together. Some activities are planned for individual companies, while others are Group-wide or can be attended by all Group employees in a given city.

During Spring 2021, the activities included walks, lectures, and events such as mountain biking.

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Multi Rake Screen ensures the productivity of Skellefteå Kraft’s pumping station

Skellefteå Kraft is one of Sweden’s five largest electricity producers. The lack of a protective screen for large particles at the inlet of Skellefteå Kraft’s pumping station in Hedensbyn, Sweden, has led to recurring production stoppages over the years. During the project, Hydria Water has worked closely with the projected consulting firm to find the best technical solutions for the facility.

The Multi Rake MR screen that Hydria Water delivered is roughly 10 metres high and 800 mm wide; it has a slot width of 6 mm and so is one of the tallest Multi Rake MRs manufactured in the factory. Because of the narrow space in which the screen was to be installed, it was delivered in three parts. In connection with the project, Hydria Water was responsible for installation inspections, start-up, and the training of staff in the use of the delivered equipment.

– Thanks to our modern machine park and specialised personnel, we have been able to design our Multi Rake MR screens so that they can be installed in sections. It is with great pride that we have built this seemingly simple but in reality very complicated screen for water in which there are no fat particles, Johan Fritz, Sales Engineer at Hydria Water, says.

Thanks to our many years of experience of adapting machines for narrow spaces, this was a project that Hydria Water was well suited to.

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Picture by Skellefteå Kraft