Bio-Response System Design
What defines good engineering? Anyone can design a system to accomplish a specific task in theory, but good engineering is designing a system that will exceed expectations even when faced with the unknown variables that will arise in your facility, and doing so within the target budget. Bio-Response works hand-in-hand with the end user and architectural engineers on the front end of a project to make sure that the proper technology is chosen for the application. Our 30+ years of real world experience in biowaste management combined with our commitment to explore and develop new cutting edge technologies puts Bio-Response at the front of the pack in Effluent Decontamination and Alkaline Hydrolysis technology. All of our systems are designed to exceed facility requirements in a reliable and cost effective manner, and to protect not only those people working in the laboratory, but also those who must service the equipment for many years to come. Bio-Response has made technological advancements in EDS and Tissue Digester design that have and will continue to change the way the bio-safety community views these technologies in their research facilities.
STEP 1: Choosing an EDS design that is right for you:
Choosing and EDS that will provide sufficient temperature over time to kill the pathogens in your lab may sound like a simple task, but far too often very important factors are overlooked by EDS providers that could endanger those working around the lab and also render the EDS useless in only a few years. It is important that you educate yourselves on proper EDS design and make an educated decision with your engineering consultants.
- Ask questions of the companies that build EDS systems.
- Which company is sharing openly with you?
- Get answers from your consulting engineers.
- Decide what you need from a well-informed position.
The EDS designer needs to understand what is going on in the lab upstairs, as well as understand the type of cycle required to kill your most dangerous pathogen. There is no such thing as a one size fits all EDS. In addition to recognizing the type of pathogens coming into the EDS, the amount and type of solids, chemicals that may be flushed into the EDS, and potential liquid volume are all important factors in your EDS design. These systems must be safe for everyone working around the EDS as well as those servicing the equipment.
- What is the daily waste water production at various times throughout the day? How could this waste water production grow?
- What other equipment in the lab feeds the EDS? Do the Autoclaves use water eductors? Is the cooling water being drained to the sanitary sewer or to the EDS?
- What types of solids may be flushed down the drain? Animal hair, mop string, plant materials, tissue, rocks, etc.
- What chemicals are being used to clean the laboratory floor? This can have a massive impact on the life of your EDS.
- Does the specified system fit within your budget? What does it cost you to run one cycle through your system?
STEP 2: EDS Design Assistance and Visualization:
After you have chosen the proper technology, Bio-Response is able to assist you and your engineering consultants by providing layouts and 3-D drawings of our equipment in your available space, even before you place your order. This is helpful in not only choosing an EDS that will work within your space requirements, but also in laying out the rest of your utilities and equipment around our system. We want you to be comfortable with your decision, and we are willing to go the extra mile to make things easier on you and your engineering staff.
STEP 3: Submittals and Approvals:
Once you and your engineering consultants have chosen the best system for your application, Bio-Response builds a detailed submittals package with component specifications, spare parts, programming information, and official drawings and illustrations. After customer approval, Bio-Response orders all of the parts for production.
STEP 4: Production and Manufacturing:
Once the manufacturing of the vessels is completed, all other parts of the system are manufactured. This includes all pipe welding, valve building, control panel construction, and wiring of all components. By the time production has started, Bio-Response has already paid for every component on the machine. We are our vendor's favorite customer because we pay for everything immediately. This puts us in a great position for superior service and benefits our customers in the long run.
STEP 5: Programming and Testing:
Long before production has been completed, our head program engineer has laid down the foundation and ladder logic for how the system will operate. He spent his military career programming F15 fighter jets, so our processing systems are a walk in the park for him. Now that all mechanical manufacturing is complete, we will run the machine in our facility to make sure that all things are working properly.
STEP 6: Factory Acceptance:
Before we ship our systems, they go through an official Factory Acceptance Testing. Some of our customers choose to come see the machine operate, and others are satisfied with the updates and testing data that we have supplied throughout the manufacturing and testing process. Either way, a full documented FAT takes place to ensure proper system operation.
STEP 7: Delivery and Installation:
Now that testing is complete, the system is disassembled and loaded onto a truck for shipment. Much like the rest of our team, our hauler has been delivering EDS and Tissue Digesters for us for more than 10 years, and takes extra care to ensure that out equipment arrives in perfect condition. Bio-Response engineers will be present when the system arrives to supervise the rigging and installation. The system is installed the same day and ready for utilities connections.
STEP 8: Startup and Training:
Once the utilities are connected and operational, Bio-Response program engineers will return for the initial system startup and SAT. Once the system has been run several times, users will attend the Bio-Response training course to become aquainted with the machine and its operation and maintenance. During this visit, the machine is left in full operational mode.
STEP 9: Service and Support:
We take great pride in all of our installations and we enjoy providing service after the sale. We want our customers to know that we go above and beyond our contractural obligations to make sure that they are happy with their Bio-Response equipment.