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Set Up, Tear Down and Operating Requirements
After all components or modules have been positioned at the site
of use, assuming only Mode 1 of operations, just the LS3 component
of the WPS UNIT, the system can be put into operation by one personnel.
If only the LS3 subsystem mode is being used, the setup time would
be less than 1 hour (usually under 30 minutes). If using a sea water
source or if NBC contamination is present and the RO subsystem mode
is being used, the setup time would be within one hour and require
two personnel. Set up time includes performing all pre-operation
checks and services, establishing initial settings, making all mechanical
or electrical connections, installing expendable items or supplies,
making adjustments, and adding fluids or chemicals. Preparing the
WPS UNIT for shipment or movement to another site takes one to two
personnel no longer than 1 hour from the time of notification. Operations
are geared for one person to operate.
Fuel and Power Interfaces
Diesel generators are preferred and can be placed on the operating
Procedures and Tools
Tools are standard SAE (all English) and the number of tools required
to repair or maintain the systems are kept to a minimum. Operator
level maintenance consists of preventive maintenance checks and
services and modular replacement of defective assemblies. All tools
required for normal operations and routine operator maintenance
should be stored with each Global unit for protection, accessibility
Operation Time Meters
The RO component has a meter that indicates to the operator the
number of hours that the unit has been operated. The meter shall
use the operational hours of the high pressure pump as the basis
for the RO component system operational hours. The LS3 component
has its own rate and flow metering.
System Durability and Ruggedness
The WPS UNIT is rugged and durable to prevent, other than normal
wear and tear, damage during repetitive transport, handling, lifting
and loading/unloading, set-up, tear down, and operating cycles by
personnel in a field environment. Global's current equipment has
been field tested through the roughest of terrain, dropped from
helicopters, and dropped from the back of trucks with minimal problems.
They hold up just fine, and after years of use, they keep on working.
To promote and assist the achievement of maintainability objectives,
Global Water will ensure the ability to maintain the equipment in
the field. The capability of the potential operators to affect necessary
repairs on-site is also an integral part of our design philosophy.
Integral to these is the capability of the operator to quickly identify
and correct any malfunction in the most adverse conditions to which
the system is exposed.
In achieving the above objectives Global's operations, maintenance,
and parts manuals are written in concise language. Technical terms
are used only when absolutely necessary and are followed by definition.
The use of drawings and pictures to compliment written text and
promote understanding are maximized. The objective of the manuals
is to provide the tools which an individual, who has no prior knowledge
of the unit, can use to learn to operate and maintain the unit in
a minimum amount of time.
Global will define:
- Periodic maintenance requirements are those tasks which must
be performed on calendar and/or hourly intervals.
- Conditional task are performed when a given condition is met.
- Unscheduled component replacement occurs when a component fails
and must be replaced.
The design of ruggedly built reliable water purification units
has been a major part of the design and manufacturing philosophy
since the inception of Global Water Technologies. In many instances
our current production models are deployed and utilized in areas
that are remote and isolated where the availability of spare parts
is non-existent. Many of our units are used in disaster relief efforts
and are frequently the sole source of clean drinking water in the
immediate area. As a result, users of equipment expect to not only
produce safe drinking water but to do so day after day. Global Water
Technologies takes pride in its ability to produce highly dependable
water processing units. We also recognize that, with age and use,
equipment will malfunction regardless of the amount of depth of
a preventive maintenance program. We have therefore focused our
efforts on developing and maintaining simplicity in unit design
and construction, simplicity in operator-machine interface, and
simplicity and ease of maintainability. These concepts have enable
user personnel to rapidly gain the knowledge, skills, and experience
required to operate and maintain the LS3 units in the field. The
capability of field personnel to quickly complete on-site repairs
and return the units to full operating status has significantly
contributed to the reputation of the equipment and the company.
Based on unit design, all primary, secondary, and support systems
are identified. A preliminary Bill of Material (BOM) is then prepared
for each of the systems. The BOM identifies every component and
item, including common hardware, which is required for each individual
The identification of all primary and secondary systems every components
within the systems are also identified.
Required operating parameters are established for each component
based on function and critical importance to system and unit performance.
Material and components are researched and purchased based on the
ability to meet or exceed the criteria established above. Every
model now produced by Global Water Technologies exceeds original
Critical manufacturing tasks are identified. These are tasks, which
if not performed correctly, could/would cause premature failure
of a component or unit.
Quality assurance inspection requirements are established with
special attention placed on critical manufacturing tasks.
Every unit currently produced by Global Water Technologies must
meet stringent test criteria established for systems and components
in each unit to ensure that that not only the components but also
the system meets the criteria for water purification equipment as
required by local, state, and federal regulations. The test criteria
apply to all system modes of operations and functions. Currently
all production units manufactured by Global Water undergo a minimum
of 25 hours of test and operation prior to shipment to ensure that
the unit is ready for use when received by the customer.
Use of Corrosion Resistant Materials and Suitability for Field
Global military equipment is designed to be simple to use, easy
to maintain, rugged and reliable. All Military models constructed
by Global Water Technologies takes into consideration the tough
operational environment of military training and operation. The
WPS system follows the same tough standards, making it resistant
to moisture, corrosion, oxidation and growth of fungus and bacteria.
All the electrical connections are protected. All material that
could be corroded is made of corrosion resistant material. They
have been field proven in combat and have been used by the US military
in Somalia, Rwanda, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia.
Nuclear Biological Chemical (NBC) Survivability (optional features)
These systems can be equipped with an optical spectrometer, a nephelometer,
conductimeter and thermometer to determine, turbidity, TDS and temperature
of source water. Data will automatically select the components to
be used for the particular water type being processed. The output
water from the RO and the LS3 components are then monitored for
TDS, turbidity, temperature, and flow rate. The data is digitally
displayed, digitally recorded and graphed. If the output water is
below established minimums, the component will disconnect the system.
The system is configured to withstand NBC contamination and decontamination.
LS3-DESAL Series are designed to reduce corners and lips that can
retain contaminants. Materials and assembly will tolerate water
pressure, detergents and alkaline solutions. After the decontamination,
the system will resume normal operation producing potable water
of US Tri-Service quality Standards as originally designed. Following
an NBC attack, there is a procedure set to replace all filters,
filter housings, multi-media pods and hoses. All processed water
will now be potable. Initial start-up clean output is used to wash
down the equipment (with cleansing solvents) to decontaminate the
system. Control panels have been modified for NBC survivability
specifications whereby the operator, can easily activate and service
the system wearing heavy, bulky gloves, and protective gear.
Note: See Military Catalogue for details on all products
All of Global's systems (unless stated as DESAL [Desalination],
High TDS, or Brackish) assume fresh water or low TDS source water.
Sources of water might be municipal systems, rivers, lakes, ponds
or wells. Water Filtration System: Unit filters out harmful bacteria
and parasites using replaceable filter media. This prepares water
for consumption by persons without access to safe water supplies.
Systems are mobile and self-contained. They can be ordered as fixed
base systems. All systems have a one year limited warranty. There
are options for ALL WEATHER HOUSINGS, trailers, NBC capability and
Extended (3-Year) Warranties.
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