Trustwater: Salt and water solution cleaning up for Irish firm
Innovation Profile Clonmel company has an ingenious solution for the time and money lost on product changeovers
O’Reilly has been working on the development of the technology for almost ten years with major commercial breakthroughs coming in the last year or so following its testing and validation in a major US beverage plant. Those tests resulted in the system being granted USFDA approval for use in the food and beverage industry.
“The plant in the US where the system is in use has been able to increase production by 25% since installing it,” says Keane. “We have some of the earliest patents on ECA technology and we have been working on CIP applications for more than four years ago. We moved into the pungent flavour changeover area back in 2012.”
The company has gone on to develop what it claims is the most advanced ECA-type technology in existence today. The technology now allows near-perfect efficiency in terms of energy usage and salt conversion, making ECA now possible in applications where energy consumption, materials compatibility, salt conversion and residues were formerly a concern. The company quotes scientific studies showing the Trustwater system to be fully compatible with food and beverage processing equipment and to perform within equipment warranties making it the only ECA-type technology to achieve these standards.
With its cost, time, environmental, and health and safety advantages it is little wonder that the technology has achieved rapid international recognition and market acceptance. Trustwater won the Best Bottling Innovation award for its continuous filler disinfection application at the InterBev 2012 awards in Las Vegas. This followed a sustainability award from the International Dairy Federation in 2011 and the Manufacturing Exporter of the Year Award won at the 2010 Irish Exporters Awards.
The company’s most recent accolade was the Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Award for 2013. “This award was very important to us as it gave our process very good exposure and this was a real boost to us,” says O’Reilly.
The technology has now been installed in food and beverage plants in more than 30 countries around the world as well as in several here in Ireland. “The system is in use in the Queally Group’s soup plant and it is also in use by Fyffes, ” he adds. “It is also in use internationally by Coca Cola. ”
The company now has offices in the US and Germany with full-time sales and applications support staff located globally and has established partnerships with many of the world’s leading suppliers and integrators. “We are committed to continuing to develop the technology and to growing our business to meet our customers’ needs internationally,” O’Reilly concludes.