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Ecolab completes its first major equipment installation enabled by mixed reality at U.S. energy plant

With COVID-19 reducing in-person access to energy plants around the world, Ecolab is using new digital solutions to deliver its water, energy and sanitization solutions.

  • With COVID-19 causing restricted access to facilities, Ecolab used mixed reality to safely install a PURATE™ chlorine dioxide generator at a leading midstream company’s facility.
  • Mixed reality enabled Ecolab engineers to remotely “see” inside the plant and guide a single on-site field representative through installation, testing and implementation.
  • With PURATE, this midstream company safely reduced costs, improved efficiency and simplified logistics for natural gas processing operations while improving sustainability.

2020 10 27 102732Ecolab used mixed reality to guide the installation of PURATE chlorine dioxide generators at multiple facilities for one of the largest independent midstream energy infrastructure companies in the U.S. These installations mark Ecolab’s first use of mixed reality to install, test and deliver a chlorine dioxide generator solution for cooling tower operations at an energy plant.

Mixed reality combines elements of virtual reality and augmented reality to create a blend of the physical and digital world that users experience through mixed reality headsets. Ecolab leveraged the technology to install three PURATE generators, which generate ClO2 and can be more effective than bleach or bromide solutions in controlling the fouling and microbial problems that can reduce the efficiency of heat exchangers in cooling towers (EPA Reg. No. 1706-242).

“Due to the travel, social distancing and plant access restrictions in effect for COVID-19, a typical installation process that involves several on-site engineers was not possible for this company,” said Steve Kramarczyk, a corporate account manager for the Global Heavy division of Ecolab. “Still, the company wanted to realize the cost and logistics savings PURATE offers, so we were able to use mixed reality to safely oversee its installation.”