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EPG UL Certifications

EPG holds 4 UL certifications pertaining to Industrial Control Panels. Every control panel engineered and manufactured by EPG is UL Listed and clearly labeled with SCCR information ensuring strict adherence to design and safety standards.

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Watershed Project Presents Challenges

by Jim Meusey

Engineering Minnesota
VOL. 51 NO. 10 2016

Dennis McAlpine, P. E., project engineer at Houston Engineering, Inc. (HEI) acknowledges he enjoys a professional challenge. He has one. And so do several other folks connected with a $3 million water management project to clean up lakes in the Rice Creek Watershed District (RCWD), as well as other projects. The district is in the north/northeast sector of the metropolitan area and includes parts of Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka and Washington counties. Communities in the district include Arden Hills, Blaine, Columbia Heights, Forest Lake, Fridley, Roseville, Shoreview and White Bear Lake. The project area is in New Brighton just south of I-694, east of Silver Lake Road and west of Old Highway 8.

A major portion of the effort involves minimizing phosphorus in Long Lake and Pike Lake. The project is also designed to improve water quality and stop flooding. “We are going to be trying some new approaches and I expect there will be a good number of people watching us to see how everything turns out,” McAlpine observed. “Much of what we do in engineering is familiar but every once in a while you have the opportunity to confront a professional challenge. This project fits that description.”

McAlpine said the effort is a “fun and challenging” project adding there is some degree of stress in figuring out how it will all work together, and notes, “it is hard to wrap my arms around everything.” He adds the proviso, “I think this will wind up to be a very rewarding challenge. We have a good idea of how to solve the problems confronting us.”

Kyle Axtell, a project manager with RCWD, agrees the project deserves the attention it will likely receive. “The district is looking forward to being able to improve water quality in our lakes,” he said. Initially, the watershed district applied for a grant to solve its water quality problem with the Minnesota Board of Water Resources in 2014. The phosphorous problem is designed to be solved by pumping pond water through a newly constructed Iron- Enhanced Sand Filter to reduce the presence of algae in two area lakes, Long Lake and Pike Lake. “We are looking at other locations in the watershed where we have similar problems,” Axtell advised. “If our solutions for problems on this project work as planned, we are in good shape for solving the other concerns as well.”

The project represents a substantial team effort. In addition to Houston Engineering and the Rice Creek Watershed District, Maple Grove-based EPG Companies is also connected to the effort by providing equipment such as pumps, sensors and controls. Company president John Hasslen has considerable experience in finding solutions to unique problems. He heads up EPG’s design group and holds a number of patents that include the EPG SurePump Wheeled Sump Drainer used for landfill leachate removal. Hasslen points out a unique attraction of EPG’s involvement is that its equipment is not proprietary. That is significant, he adds, because if equipment installers were to go out of business, governmental agencies would be left without a recourse.

Dan Fedor is an Application Specialist with EPG and is also very involved with the project. “This is a challenge for all of us,” he pointed out. “We are trying some new approaches for solving some old problems.” He notes, for example, use of more highly sophisticated sensors are a key aspect of the solution because they are designed to improve and enhance reliability. “The sensors cut the need for technicians to continually monitor conditions and make it easier for Kyle (Axtell) and others to do the monitoring,” he said. The first step in the project is underway with the excavation of contaminated soil. Some of the contaminated soil will end up in a landfill. Work will also involve re-configuring a dam to create more volume. Depth of the area will be dropped by three feet to cut flooding.

 

 

MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT

The project facing the Rice Creek Watershed District (RCWD) has an intriguing and comprehensive background. The RCWD was provided a $3 million grant as a result of the 2008 decision of Minnesota voters to pass the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment designed to protect drinking water sources as well as enhance and restore wetlands, among other things. One part involves the Hansen Park Comprehensive Water Management project that includes a series of water quality and flood control improvements to an existing dam and pond. A ditch flows through Hansen Park carrying storm water runoff from a large area to Pike Lake and Long Lake in New Brighton. A dam built in 1969 created a six-acre pond to control fl ooding and improve water quality. Over the years, the pond has filled with sediment leaving a negative impact on wildlife. Additionally, a trail around the pond is susceptible to flooding.

The projected solution is designed to reduce downstream phosphorous in nearby lakes by around 200 pounds annually and add about 35 acre-feet of new fl ood storage within the park. Specific projects include dredging and reconstruction of the Hansen Park Pond, construction of an Iron-Enhanced Sand Filter, replanting and rebuilding soil to improve wildlife habitat and reconstruction of park trails.

The project is underway and expectations are to complete the effort by the end of 2018.

Innovative Approach Helps EPG Expand To New Markets

by Jim Meusey

Engineering Minnesota
VOL. 50 NO. 9 2015

Tucked away in a tree‐clustered office compound off County Road 81 in Maple Grove Minnesota, a community northwest of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, are the corporate offices of EPG Companies. The somewhat isolated location is deceiving in that the 30‐year manufacturer of environmental, remediation and industrial equipment is experiencing a growing presence in the national and international marketplace. The growth developed in part as a result of working relationships the company has established through the years with engineering firms that are now operating on a national and international basis. Foreign work ranges from Canada and Mexico to the Middle East, India and the Far East. “I guess you can say our world is becoming smaller . . . or larger,” joked Chris Riddle, an EPG applications engineer. “But it has certainly changed.”

He noted, for example, engineering firms EPG did work for in Minnesota and elsewhere throughout the United States have expanded operations, often through mergers, to other countries. Engineers at those firms are recommending their new clients employ the same equipment and techniques used in the United States. A major advantage for the Maple Grove‐based company is that it has four patents on their four pumps used in the landfill business. That distinction, Riddle said, exemplifies the firm’s innovation approach in solving customers problems and enables it to have an attractive marketplace niche. Clientele using EPG products range from paper companies to copper and gold mines.

EPG Companies got its start primarily in the landfill business by manufacturing products used in the landfill and remediation markets. The company has over 12,000 installations in more than 1,500 landfills throughout the world. Those products include submersible pumps, flow controllers, sensors, electrical panels, telemetry systems and tanks gauging systems among others. “Our ability to provide engineers with the variety of products used for a job has been a major asset,” said Jim Bailey, also an applications engineer with the company. “Relationships are important in engineering and we have found engineers like working with one company they know can deliver systems that work, in a timely and reliable way. They like working with people they can depend on. They appreciate the fact we can supply them with pumps, flow meters, controls and whatever else they may need.”

Riddle observed EPG has stayed very busy even during the challenging economic slowdown of a few years back. “Our workload is driven by the need to comply with environmental regulations,” he said. “Those requirements don’t change or ease just because the economy slows.” He observed, however, that EPG’s unique marketplace position does present challenges. “Our pumps are custom built,” he pointed out. “As a result, it can take from three to eight weeks before they are ready for use. This time frame can be frustrating for an unaware engineer.”

EPG has its own testing facility for equipment it manufactures. “That is a very valuable asset,” Bailey said. “It provides an advantage in that we know the equipment we send out will work properly.” If there is an equipment malfunction, he noted, it then can be quickly traced to the way a product was installed. As an example, he pointed out a problem can easily develop if an electrician wired a control panel
incorrectly. To avoid such problems, EPG offers classes to help users understand how its equipment operates. Focus is on methods that can reduce costs, properly maintain equipment and maximize performance. Training courses are aimed at workers involved with the design, maintenance or installation of liquid or gas handling systems, remediation systems and Data Acquisition Systems. They also meet Continuing Education requirements for Professional Engineers. Training sessions are kept small but have attracted around 500 attendees over the past 15 years.

The company is quick to promote it patented SurePump, which operates in a horizontal or vertical manner, that helps facilitate the elimination of contaminated water liquid in many applications such as landfills and mines from landfills. The sealed and stainless steel pump can be operated in very harsh conditions. It also draws liquid over its motor to promote cooling, which helps extend the life of the pump.

Viridian America

EPG Named Distributor of Viridian Systems Ltd(UK) Pneumatic Pumps
December 13, 2013

EPG is pleased to announce the addition of the Viridian America Pneumatic Pump line to our family of products.
These pumps were designed in the United Kingdom, are manufactured in the United States, and now distributed by EPG Companies Inc. along with our continent-wide network of local sales representatives.

Viridian America’s line of pneumatic submersible pumps are the choice of many landfill managers and operators for low flow, vertical pumping applications. It’s rugged, corrosion resistant design is ideal for pumping highly corrosive leachate at elevated temperatures. The Viridian America pneumatic pump is the most durable pneumatic pump available on the market today.

Visit the website at www.viridianamerica.com

Solar-Spark™

EPG Appointed Exclusive Distributor of Solar-Spark™ Vent Flares
June 28, 2013

EPG Companies Inc. became the North American distributor of Solar-Spark® Vent Flares throughout the U.S, Canada and Puerto Rico.

For nearly 20 years, The Solar-Spark® Vent Flare has been known as a dependable and economical solution for odor control and gas migration at open and closed landfills as well as other industry sites including oil & gas, bio waste, bio digesters, feed lots, and food processors. The small size, low cost, and ease of installation also contribute to their excellent reputation.

Solar Spark® Vent Flares are patented and registered trademark of LSC Environmental Products, LLC.

Learn more here Solar Spark® Passive Vent Flares

LTL Biogas

EPG Becomes Manufacturer & Distributor for LTL Biogas
March 26, 2013

EPG is pleased to announce their appointment as manufacturer and distributor of LTL BioGas flares. This family of small, easy to setup flares was developed by David Hansen, creator of the very popular Solar-Spark® vent flares.

The LTL flares offer easy set-up and state of the art solar/electronic ignition making them ideal for short term, portable applications. This compliments and expands on EPG’s 20 years of experience in manufacturing thermal oxidizers. Currently the flares are available in four sizes with flow rates ranging from 5 to 750 SCFM and includes skid mounted packages and trailer mounted models.

Learn More here-> LTL Biogas Flares or visit the LTL biogas website at www.ltlbiogas.com

EPG U.S. Patents

EPG holds 4 patents relating to the SurePump™ Sump Drainer product line.
March 10, 2009

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SUMP DRAINING APPARATUS
Patent Number:  4,966,534
Date of Patent: Oct. 30, 1990

SUMP DRAINING APPARATUS
Patent Number:  4,992,030
Date of Patent: Feb. 12, 1991

SENSOR MOUNT FOR SUMP DRAINING APPARATUS
Patent Number:  6,729,848 B1
Date of Patent: May 4, 2004

SUMP DRAINING APPARATUS HAVING EASILY REPLACEABLE SENSOR AND MOUNT THEREFOR
Patent Number:  7,500,835 B2
Date of Patent: Mar. 10, 2009

NBT Inc.

EPG Aquires NBT
March 18, 2003

In December 2002, EPG Companies Inc. completed a significant expansion of its control systems integration and SCADA telemetry operations through the purchase of NBT, Nota Bene Technologies of St. Louis Park, MN. This expansion augments EPG’s systems engineering and design manufacturing capacity to continually meet the needs of the landfill, remediation, water & wastewater, mining and industrial markets.

NBT has been involved in the design and manufacturing of a variety of control and communication related products for over 29 years. NBT will operate as a division of EPG serving primarily the US, Canada and Mexico markets providing controllers, remote telemetry units (RTU’s), modems, switches and other communication products.

NBT’s web site is located at www.nbtinc.com