Food & Beverage Services

We do business with 4 of the top 10 Global Food and Beverage companies

MAC Water Technologies, Inc. earned our first beverage company because a competitor’s salesman sold a pump with non food grade grease in it.  The FDA auditor found the oversight and shut the plant down.  We were called in to get the plant back on-line and now call both fortune 100 beverage company’s clients and support multiple manufacturing facilities throughout the United States.

Food ingredient manufacturing companies need someone who understands more than product bulletins.  At MAC Water Technologies we understand processes and the associated challenges.  Coupled with not having sales quotas and competitive suppliers enables us to provide superior customer focused support.

  MAC Water Food Ingredient

Water Softening with Brine Reclaim and Salt Saving Strategies

What makes us different when it comes to Water Softening is our ability to use multiple valve types, control strategies, resins, and we incorporate Return on Investment (ROI) options.  A softener isn’t just a softener anymore when you are a competitive OEM integrator like MAC Water Technologies!

CONTROL HEAD STYLES

Traditional distributors sell one option; not us.  Hankscraft, Fleck, and Clack are the top three control heads we sell.  Each valve series and size have different advantages from one another.  We match these advantages to your application.

VALVE TREE STRATEGIES

Whether it is a softener skid, De-Ionization (DI), Granular Activated Carbon (GAC), or Multi Media Filtration (MMF) there are several different ways to implement valve trees.  Much of which depends on the tank style selection which greatly impacts the system’s footprint and associated freight and start-up costs.

SALT SAVING RESIN

Salt is the primary operating expense for water softeners at over $100 per cubic foot per year.

  • Faster Rinse Saves >50% of water requirements
  • LEED credits are available
  • Salt Pounds per Cubic Foot Dose Comparison:
    • 10 pounds dose, reduces salt usage by ∼50%
    • 12 pounds dose, reduces salt usage by ∼60%
    • 15 pound dose (which is typical for the Midwest), reduces usage by ∼75%
  • The salt savings depends on water quality and can be calculated
  • Systems over 5 cubic feet should look into salt saving resin!

BRINE RECLAIM

Brine reclaim systems can be added to all types of softening systems, even ones that have been in service for years.  Benefits of a brine reclaim system are:

  • 25% – 40% Brine Reclaim – Salt, Labor, & Waste Reduction
  • 12% Water Usage Reduction
  • Reduces 20% – 25% of Chloride Emissions
  • LEED Credits are Available
  • Systems using over 2,000 pounds of salt per year should look into a brine reclaim system!

Chemical Reduction

Chemical Reduction is a keystone of how we provide a Return on Investment (ROI) to our clients.  Chemical supply companies want to sell chemicals and equipment supply companies want to sell equipment.  We have the competitive advantage because we supply both, again going back to the theme of being unbiased.  Knowing where the different costs cross each other on a payment over time graph will educate decision makers on how to spend money wisely.  Most of the time a blend of chemicals and equipment become the clear solution.

The top 3 questions to ask your chemical treatment provider that will save money are:

  • What dose rates are they operating at and explain to me why those dose rates are correct?
  • (When cleaning RO membrane systems) What is causing the fouling and what chemicals are being used to clean them?
    • Keep in mind the high pH cleaner is used only for organics removal and low pH cleaner is used only for scale removal.
    • Make sure you understand why both (or more) chemicals are being used if both above conditions do not exist.
  • What chemical adjustments are being made that take into the account seasonal water quality changes?
    • Silica, hardness, TDS, and water temperature are just a few things that change several times throughout the year and your chemical dosage rates should change accordingly.  No liquid chemical system should be constantly dosed the same rate 24/7/365!
    • Ask them to show you their adjustment history and make sure they correlate with their invoices.

Carbon, Resin, & Media Beds

There are several dozen different types of Granular Activated Carbon (GAC), resin, and filtration media.  Why does every supplier only offer the same few?  The answer is because they do not know any better.  MAC Water Technologies understands the differences, when to use one over the other, and can determine what blend is optimal for your application.  Knowing how Chlorine, Chloramine, organic loads, seasonal water quality changes, and the associated cost of water and wastewater affect media choices that saves time and money!

MEDIA EXCHANGE SERVICE

Most contractors rent the needed pumps, hoses, and equipment to pump exhausted media out of vessels.  We have invested in the necessary equipment to offer these services in-house.

Wastewater Re-Use, De-Watering, TSS, & BOD Reduction

WASTEWATER REUSE

Wastewater can be a major cost center.  Most companies treat their water as best they can for discharge.  However, many times the discharge water is higher quality that the water they are purchasing or bringing in from wells and rivers.  What makes us unique is that we have the skills to find ways to adjust processing strategies that make wastewater re-use cost effective; turning the cost center into a profit center.

Additionally, most wastewater equipment providers just sell equipment and it is up to you to figure the rest out for yourself.  The specifications on wastewater equipment’s data sheets are calculated using clean water leaving you to determine how the equipment will work in your unique waste.  MAC Water Technologies has the technical knowledge coupled with field experience that can determine how equipment will actually react to your specific wastewater stream.  Again educating you to be able to make good decisions with your capital.

DE-WATERING STRATEGIES

Filter presses, belt presses, ring presses, and other methods all have their place in the market.  Since we have no preference which type you purchase from us, we can help you to be able to make a well educated decision.

We also offer repair and system adjustment services to keep your older system in service.

TSS, BOD, & COD REDUCTION

Total Suspended Solids (TSS), Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD), and Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) and the three main causes of wastewater discharge surcharges.  A majority of the wastewater projects we do are associated with this issue.  The value we bring to the table is again associated around the fact that we have OEM agreements with multiple competing manufacturers.  In conjunction with our extensive engineering and field background we assemble system packages that work extremely well for each specific application.

Our typical unique approach to these problems is knowing what third party homework is needed.  This removes the guesswork that equipment providers do not understand or take the time to do.  For example, a particle distribution test will tell you what technologies to use/not use and the associated loading for rough ownership cost estimates.

After the right homework, we will provide you with multiple solution options.  Each option will have different upfront and operating costs, footprint, maintenance costs, life expectancy, etc.  This unbiased approach to these projects is centered around educating you to be able to make decisions that impact your capital restraints verse the associated return on investment (ROI).

We have the ability to participate as the full turn-key design-build team with one point of contact throughout the project’s phases for one-stop-shop accountability of the outcome.

Reverse Osmosis & High Efficiency Filtration

There is so much more to Reverse Osmosis (RO) than just the skid.  Why do water treaters just focus on the symptom rather than the problem?  We don’t know either.

Proper pretreatment and chemical strategy are the keys to a dependable and economical RO system.  Most water treaters service the symptom and not the problem.

Most of our new client’s problems are associated with chemistry or CIP strategies.  A one-program-fits-all mindset is not appropriate and we will adjust accordingly.

Membrane replacement is a major expense and if you are changing your membrane sooner than 5 years you need to give us a call.  Additionally, our membrane exchange program may be beneficial in reducing capital expenditure and maintaining dependable quality while reducing down time.

We will always look at expanding or reducing your current membrane skid before recommending a full replacement.  Almost all of our new RO systems are built on an oversized skid for quick and low cost future expansion.  Most water treatment companies do not know how to do this and they would always rather sell you a new system.

Bottled Water Capabilities and Experience

MAC Water Technologies, Inc. provides global bottled drinking water plant design-build services for fresh and desalination feed waters.

To date, MAC Water Technologies, Inc. has designed bottled water processes in 4 continents. The project’s scope of work included taking the raw source feed water to the bottle. We have experience with different feed water sources from rivers and lakes to desalination on coastal countries and islands.

DIFFERENTIATING FACTORS INCLUDE:

    • Understanding global supply chains: This is important for sustainability and ease of maintenance.  Will work with you to provide the products and brands you are comfortable with.
    • Designing systems that can grow with increased production.  This enables a smaller initial investment to keep start-up costs to a minimum.  If designed correctly, bottle machines can be designed to add automation and controls instead of always buying new.  Saving money.
    • Analyzing when there is a ROI associated with making your own bottles and caps verse buying or importing them.
    • Direct buy agreements: Traditional approach is to design the facility then sub-contract companies who buy the equipment which adds margin to resell to the end user.  MAC Water Technologies does the design and buys the equipment direct, saving money!
    • Consulting, design, construction, equipment purchasing, preventative maintenance support, and operational support services all from ONE company for single point of responsibility of your project’s outcome.
    • Global experience

Typical Clients Manufacture

  • Food Emulsifiers
  • Flavorings
  • Pasta and Noodle
  • Distilling
  • Animal Feed / Pet Food
  • Processed Meats
  • Food Grade Products
  • Slaughter Houses
  • Poultry  Raising & Processing
  • Greenhouses
  • Wineries
  • Polymer Additives
  • Salad Dressings
  • Cereal and Snacks
  • Beverages
  • Bakeries
  • Poultry and Seafood
  • Breweries
  • Oil & Fats
  • Candies & Sweets
  • ph, TDS, temperature, DO, COD, titrators, and other monitoring equipment
  • Calibration Solutions
  • Chemical Reagents
  • Bench Photometers
  • RO and DI Equipment support
  • Point-Of-Use (POU) Equipment & Maintenance
  • Filter Replacement Support
  • De-Ionization exchange tank services
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