Digester operations and maintenance can include some dirty and physically demanding jobs. These jobs can take its toll on O&M employees and can result in high turnover rates. Doesn’t it make sense to design a facility that can mitigate these unpleasantries if possible? At the DCCD, one of the most dreaded places to work was in the centrifuge container. The reason being the machine was housed in an enclosure barely bigger than itself. This resulted in extremely poor ergonomic working conditions.
After very short deliberation on the topic, CFP decided moving the separation system out of a cramped container and into a building to allow for better work conditions and room for experimentation was a must. CFP proceeded to design the building and equipment layout, then worked with a local contractor to erect the structure. Once complete, the CFP team installed process piping and equipment, taking advantage of discounted equipment purchased at auction. The final step was working with an automation contractor to commission the separation system and ensure round-the-clock remote operation.
Ask any one of the maintenance crew their perspective on the most valued improvement made by CFP, and they are likely to bring up this project.