BIOREMEDIATING parts washing systems
Bioremediation: A Natural Solution
Technically defined as the accelerated break down of organic compounds through the use of enzymes, bacteria, or fungi, bioremediation is nature's way of cleaning up. Bioremediation is a safe, environmentally friendly way to process many kinds of hazardous waste and is supported by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) as a viable solution for cleanup of oil spills and other contaminants.
How Bioremediation Works in the SmartWasher
The SmartWasher® uses the patented OzzyMat™ to introduce microbes (Ozzy™, our microbe mascot) into the cleaning process. Under a proprietary procedure these microbes have been combined to form a colony that multiply and thrive once activated in the SmartWasher. The colony of our microbes (Ozzys) remain dormant until the OzzyMat is placed into the SmartWasher and the OzzyJuice®, our non-hazardous degreasing solution, is added -- then Ozzy® the microbes go to work. As the OzzyJuice begins circulating within the SmartWasher, the microbes (Ozzys) move throughout the solution breaking down or “eating” the grease, oil and other organic products. These contaminants are then turned into harmless carbon dioxide and water. This remarkable bioremediation process leaves the OzzyJuice clean and strong for every use.
Our Microbes and Their Safety
Our microbes (Ozzys) are nonpathogenic and are completely safe for you to use. They are a highly specialized blend of cultures specifically selected and adapted to degrade a wide range of organic wastes. They aggressively attach and break down oil and grease but will not attack foreign substances such as industrial grade metal or natural rubber.
While the thought of a product being based on live microbes might seem a little strange, it is actually an environmentally sound concept. Microbes are a common occurrence in nature. Microbes of all types are constantly around us; they are on your body right now, even though they cannot be seen with the naked eye.
The microbes used in the SmartWasher® parts washing system are completely safe to humans and the environment. They are all classified as American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) Class I. Organisms in this classification have no recognized hazard potential under ordinary conditions of handling. They are subject to unrestricted distribution by the ATCC, U.S. Department of Health, Public Health Service and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TOSCA). Organisms receive this classification only after extensive study and review by ATCC and government committees.
Each strain of microbe used in our OzzyMat is developed with regular integrity checks under ISO 9002 conditions. During the manufacturing process, supplier personnel and outside laboratories perform antibiotic screenings and check for contamination. Production or fermentation is done under exacting clean conditions to insure that only desirable organisms are produced.
What A Microbe Can Do
Microbes have been successfully used in petrochemical plants, chemical plants, refineries, food processing plants, marine barges, machine shop parts washers, truck washes, wood treating plants and ground water remediation applications.
Our microbes, in particular, remediate:
- CRUDE OIL
Bioremediation and Microbes
The microbes in the SmartWasher® have been proven effective in waste waters containing BOD or COD in excess of 50,000 mg/l. They have been used to achieve consistent effluents with ranging influent organic levels, improve settle-ability of biological solids, correct low or inconsistent MLVSS numbers, and control foam production from partially degraded organics.
How the Microbes Work
The basic procedure has two parts:
- Hydrocarbon-eating microbes are blended with special nutrients and catalysts and then introduced into petroleum-contaminated water. The microbes bond to the petroleum molecules and begin discharging enzymes that break down the hydrocarbon structures into more water soluble, digestible materials that are subsequently absorbed through the cell wall and digested further.
- The catalysts mixed with the microbes speed up the organisms' rate of reproduction and digestion. When provided a supportive environment, the bioremediation materials continue to manufacture themselves throughout the contaminated water, increasing the overall biomass of microbes in an exponential manner until all of the available hydrocarbons are consumed. The end result is that the water that was previously polluted with petroleum becomes "clean," with all the hydrocarbons converted to water and carbon dioxide.