Applying Gaseous Ozone to Oils

Posted by Brialle Veldman on May 22, 2017 under Medical | Be the First to Comment

To get started, when choosing to decide what ozone machinery to pick from, it is best to decide what your budget is for ozone equipment and associated supplies. We have gathered reports from customers who have informed us that 40 grams an hour of ozone seems to be the most that you can effectively work with; this relates to the absorption rate into an oil. Therefore, purchasing a higher output ozone generator will speed up the turnaround time of creating ozonated products. Our TS-Series contains an integrated oxygen concentrator and air compressor which comes ready to use upon arrival.  It is possible to divide the output into 2 or 3 separate ozone streams. With this option, it alleviates the problem of having many smaller machines.

There are safety precautions to take with this application. Higher temperatures of the oil will help the absorption rate of the ozone gas. The type of oil that you are using will determine which temperatures is best, but you will need to conduct your own testing using your equipment since it can also make a difference. Please understand that oils when treated with gaseous ozone will make the temperature of the oil rise. For most oils, do not allow the oil to rise above 160 F. Otherwise, explosions could happen which leads the refined oxygen to add fuel to fire. Hence, when the oil heats up, it needs to be cooled off. If it is not cooled off, it could cause a fire. Keep in mind that you should have some sort of ventilation or destruct unit for the off-gas of ozone to comply with OSHA regulations.

There are a selection of oils that can be processed. Some of the different oils with an expected treatment time using a 40 g/hr ozone generator with an oxygen feed-gas along with a special beaker

  1. Olive oil; 2 gallons (256 oz.) in 8-12 days.
  2. Jojoba oil; 2 gallons in 6-8 days.

There are many variables that affect the duration of treatment time;

  1. The type of oil
  2. The temperature of the oil
  3. The consistency you want the oil to become
  4. What feed-gas you choose- oxygen, dry air, or ambient air.
    1. Oxygen provides quicker turn around as the concentration of ozone gas can be much higher.
  5. The concentration of the ozone gas coming out of the ozone generator
  6. The vessel in which you process the oil

With all the variables listed above working effectively, you can process 5 gallons in 4-8 days. Again, I state that from what I’ve heard from customers.

Here are the products we offer you:

Ozone generators

http://www.ozonesolutions.com/products/Other-Industrial-Ozone-Generators

Complete ozone system

http://www.ozonesolutions.com/industrial-ozone-generators/ts

Oxygen concentrators

http://www.ozonesolutions.com/products/Oxygen-Concentrators

Diffusers

http://www.ozonesolutions.com/products/Ozone-Injection-Devices

Tubing

http://www.ozonesolutions.com/products/Ozone-Injection-Devices

Fittings

http://www.ozonesolutions.com/products/Ozone-Compatible-Fittings

Destruct units

http://www.ozonesolutions.com/products/Ozone-Destruct-Units

 

Improved OZV-8 ozone generator

Posted by Brialle Veldman on May 11, 2017 under Conferences/News | Be the First to Comment

Important Changes to OZV-8 ozone generator

One of our most popular wall mounted ozone generators is our OZV-8.This unit will produce 10 g/hr from 4 lpm of oxygen at 0.8% by weight. When it produces produces ozone from dry air, the unit will produce 4 g/hr from 7 LPM of air flow at 0.65% by weight. The adaptable ozone generator will produce ozone from either dry air source or oxygen feed gas.  Also, it operates under a -5PSI vacuum to 5 PSI of pressure.

Here are treatment applications and uses:

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  • Small drinking water applications
  • Olive oil
  • Washing vegetables & fruits
  • Self-contained remediation systems
  • Air systems for small commercial buildings
  • Laundry
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Surface sanitation

Since the origination of the OZV-8 ozone generator, for the most part, has not altered its design. However, in 2014, the transformer was reassessed to an improved transformer and inverter board. To add, an upgraded 10-position switch and flow switch. To continue, in 2017, more improved changes occurred with this product.

  • Updated driver board made it versatile between 120 or 220 VAC power without alteration. Additionally, there is no increased cost with that change.
  • The 10-position switch has changed to a button style that is easy to replace
  • The on/off switch is now a simple one-touch button
  • The lights on user interface are now LED technology
  • Cooling fans have changed from AC fans to DC operated fans, they are smaller and offer more airflow and more coverage of the corona cell for improved cooling.

In conclusion, the OZV-4 is a better resourceful ozone generator that customers will continue to enjoy.

Ozone Chamber – Coming soon!

Posted by Brialle Veldman on May 4, 2017 under Conferences/News | Read the First Comment

We are pleased to announce that we are adding an ozone chamber to our product line. This glass container has a top that is sealed to destruct the off-gassed ozone utilizing a destruct unit. This neat product can be used for many applications from residential home use to small scale lab applications. This ozone chamber pairs very nicely with our HP-Series ozone generator.

Below I will list specifications to the unit:

  • Material-glass
  • Volume-1.7 L
  • Weight- 600 g
  • Contains: Tank, filter, air stone, PVC hose

Common Applications

  • Treating fruits and vegetables
  • Small lab testing
  • Drinking aqueous ozone

 

 

BBB Accreditation for Ozone Solutions, Inc

Posted by Brialle Veldman on April 18, 2017 under Conferences/News | Be the First to Comment

Recently, Ozone Solutions has become BBB accredited. Becoming accredited, we take pride in this achievement for many reasons:

 

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  • BBB Accredited Business Pages-Consumers contact BBB to find trustworthy businesses. BBB provides these consumers with industry-specific lists of BB Accredited Businesses. With more than 95% of BBB services being available via the Internet, this benefit steers consumers to BBB Accredited Businesses.

  • BBB Accreditation Seal-BBB Accredited Businesses are part of an elite group. Businesses displaying BBB Accreditation Seals show their customers they are committed to fairness and honesty. Dynamic seals for website link to your BBB Business Review.

  • BBB Business Reviews- Prospective customers contact BBB 24 hours a day online or by phone to research a company’s reliability, whether they are accredited, how long they have been in business, as well as basic business and customer relations information. BBB Business Reviews also include a letter grade rating.
  • Advertising Guidelines and Advertising Review-BBB Code of Advertising provides guidelines to businesses to promote ethics in advertising. BBB encourages accuracy and truth in advertising, which builds consumer confidence. BBB reviews local advertisements for truth and accuracy.

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  • Alternative Dispute Resolution-BBB provides mediation and arbitration services with unbiased, dedicated professionals. This program saves Accredited Businesses court costs, time and money in settling consumer disputes they are unable to resolve themselves.

  • Request A Quote-BBB provides this service at no additional charge to BBB Accredited Businesses and their potential customers. Consumers may request bids, estimates or additional information from BBB Accredited Businesses via email

How is ozone Biocidal?

Posted by Brialle Veldman on April 3, 2017 under Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

Often, we get asked how ozone oxidizes the air. With that being said, we believe it is imperative to discuss the specific scientific terms to understand the concept and present detailed steps to the process. Ozone is considered biocidal, which is defined as the action of killing harmful bacterial and biological contaminants. Because of its biocidal nature, viruses are not able to withstand the power of ozone. It occurs as a result of the double bonds of fatty acids in cell walls, membranes, and protein capsids. In viruses, the hindrance of the protein capsid prevents the spread of the virus from being consumed by vulnerable cells. Ozone punctures cell walls until it can no longer hold its original shape. In other words, the unstable electrons of ozone permeate through the membranes. The life of a microorganism becomes destroyed by ozone due to the fact that it needs to maintain its shape to remain alive. It destroys the cell walls of yeast and abnormal tissue cells by inactivating its enzymes. The strength of ozone is so strong that it can demonstrate hygienic action in seconds. Variables such as pH, concentration levels, temperature, humidity, specific organism, and time play a vital role in the kill rate of pathogens. Once applied to air, the ozone will attach to the pollutants in the airspace and consume them. From there, it will quickly bond back to oxygen. This particular factor separates ozone from any other oxidizer because it does not leave any harmful by-products or residues. Ozone is unique because it benefits by oxidizing natural organic compounds as well as inorganics. For example, ozone slows the ripening of fruits and vegetables by consuming ethylene gas and undesirable odors. Filters, ionizers, and sprays do not eliminate the root of the odor, whereas ozone accomplishes this task. Filters will catch the air that happens to pass through them. Ionizers put a negative charge on air particles in the air, which causes them to drop on room surfaces. Ozone, on the other hand, attacks the pollutant at its source and reverts back to its safe state.

References: United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air and Radiation, EPA Report 402-k-00-002, March 2000

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2017 International Production & Processing Expo

Posted by Brialle Veldman on January 25, 2017 under Conferences/News | Be the First to Comment

Have you heard of the IPPE (International Production & Processing Expo)? The IPPE is hailed as the largest annual trade show for the Poultry, Meat, and Feed Industries. In 2013, the International Poultry Expo, International Feed Expo, and International Meat Expo came together and integrated their tradeshows in 2013, under the IPPE. This particular event focuses on the innovation by bringing together buyers and sellers of the latest technology of products and services to make your business more successful!  We are looking forward to attending the three day IPPE (International Production & Processing Expo) from Jan. 31 – Feb 2. This year’s conference http://ippexpo.com/  is at the Georgia World Congress Center. The location is 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. N.W. in Atlanta, Georgia. There will be more than 1,200 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors during this time.  A number of us attend this conference every year from our organization. This year, Ozone Solutions will be represented by Sannel Patel, Abdul Daoud, and myself (Brialle Veldman). If you are interested in attending this conference, please contact us. We would love to be able to organize an arrangement to meet with you.

Here is a link http://ippe17.mapyourshow.com/7_0/login/login.cfm

IPPE exhibit pic

 

Michigan Grape and Wine Conference

Posted by Brialle Veldman on January 9, 2017 under Conferences/News | Be the First to Comment

The Michigan Grape & Wine Conference is a highly anticipated annual event that brings together many different members of the industry. Vineyard managers, tasting room staff, winery owners, wine educators and wine marketers alike will find sessions appealing to their specialty. This year’s conference is expected to draw about 300 attendees. This year’s conference will take place February 21-24 in Acme, Michigan at the Grand Traverse Resort. It will feature many excellent sponsors and exhibitors, including Ozone Solutions – which provides technology for a wide variety of industry applications including CIP (Clean in Place) systems, odor control, bottle washing, and sanitation of surfaces and barrels. New this year is a Winery Development pre-conference, a day- long session taking place on Wednesday, February 22 for those interested in getting involved with the industry. Participants will learn about licensing requirements, handling wastewater issues, zoning requirements, winery marketing, business planning and much more. Also new this year is the Michigan Certified Alcohol Service Training, valuable for members of the service industry, taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. This session includes Techniques in Alcohol Management training, Customer Service Training and a Wine Fluency course. In addition to the pre-conference sessions, Thursday’s agenda is filled with courses geared toward vineyard health, business development and the marketing of your winery businesses. Additional activities include a welcome reception on Wednesday evening, which includes sampling and networking with winemakers around the state, and a “Travelling Dinner” in which award winning Michigan wines will be paired with food from around the world. This conference is designed to benefit both novice and experienced industry members, and encourages participation from neighboring states and regions. For more information and to register for the conference, please visit michiganwines.com/conference. Jenelle Jagmin Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council

Council members-Michigan

Shedding Light on Antibacterial Soap

Posted by Brialle Veldman on January 3, 2017 under Conferences/News | Be the First to Comment

From a social and environmental standpoint, there has been some recent hype on the use of antibacterial soap for washing hands to prevent illnesses in the past couple of years. Whether you are feeling chipper or under the weather, it is always a good practice to wash your hands. There are many of us who purchase products with labels such as “99.99% effective in reducing airborne bacteria” or anything with “antibacterial” listed on there with the idea that we are preventing illness. As a marketing strategy to fool society, they are manipulating the public’s perception that we are “clean” when in fact, this is not the case. “I suspect there are a lot of consumers who assume that by using an antibacterial soap product, they are protecting themselves from illness, protecting their families,” Sandra Kweder, deputy director of the FDA’s drug center, told the AP. “But we don’t have any evidence that that is really the case over conventional soap and water.” In fact, about 75% of liquid antibacterial soaps and 30% of bars use a chemical called triclosan as an active ingredient. When you spray your countertop or surface with your general household cleaner it will leave a residual of active compounds that target bacteria- but it will not oxidize them. The main ingredient in many solutions that have an antibacterial agent is called triclosan. Triclosan, is an antibacterial and antifungal agent found in many consumer products such as detergents, toothpaste, and toys. With the widespread use, the soap industry expanded to nearly $1 billion dollars in the 1990s. In 1972, triclosan was introduced to the market and used strictly in health care facilities. Presently, several products such as wipes, mattress pads, cosmetics, and cutting boards have triclosan in it. This particular chemical has been the focus of a reform managed by an alliance of health and environmental groups. Studies display that triclosan has been increasingly linked to a wide range of health issues. There are five main reasons you should not use antibacterial soap with triclosan as an active ingredient. First, antibiotic-resistant bacteria is produced from antibacterial soap. Secondly, it does not produce any more benefits than conventional soap. Third, Triclosan can act as an endocrine disruptor, especially thyroid hormone. Fourth, some allergies such as hay fever and peanut allergies have been linked to prolong use from antibacterial soap. Last but not least, antibacterial soap harms the environment. Triclosan can disrupt algae’s ability to perform photosynthesis. In 2009, dolphins in the east coast were found to have high levels in their blood. As an act to regulate, Minnesota has become the first state to ban common germ-killer triclosan in soap. “Triclosan has been banned from consumer personal care cleaning products in the state of Minnesota by an act of the state legislature.” This will take an effect on January 1, 2017. Alternatives like a non-antibiotic hand sanitizer can be exercised in this fashion, yet the best idea for this is benefiting from the rewards of ozone. With ozone, it will attract to the single bacterium, virus, mold or cyst by changing its molecular shape and eventually revert back to oxygen, leaving no harmful by-products.
Stromberg, Joseph. “Five Reasons Why You Should Probably Stop Using Antibacterial Soap.” Smithsonian.com. Smithsonian Institution, 3 Jan. 2014. Web. 03 Jan. 2017.

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Setting Ozone Fallacies Straight

Posted by Brialle Veldman on December 19, 2016 under Ozone for Beginners | Be the First to Comment

Here at Ozone Solutions, we often get confronted with questions from customers and prospects regarding some misleading information regarding ozone. Often, we here similar questions pertaining to the half-life of ozone in water and air, material degradation, and residual. Proper implementation is key to achieving outstanding results in your process. An interesting fact about ozone is that it successfully eliminated an organism in Milwaukee, WI in 1993. In the summer of that year, a cryptosporidium outbreak resulted in the largest waterborne disease outbreak in documented United States history. An estimated 400,000 were ill with over 100 deaths attributed to this outbreak. At that time, chlorine was the primary disinfection technology and was useless against this cyst. A 55 million dollar ozone system was installed and effectively killed the organism.  With that being said, we would like to clear the air regarding a few fallacies that we have heard:

  1. “Ozone will oxidize my metal pipes.” – This claim conjures an image of aqueous ozone running through pipes and when you come in the next morning, they are rusted through. This is not the case. The pH level has more effect on corrosion rates of metals than most industry accepted dissolved ozone levels. While a powerful oxidizer, ozone has minimal effect on corrosion rates. Iron pipes that carry ozone gas, while not recommended, will last for months, even years, before any noticeable corrosion is present. For aqueous ozone, iron pipes will oxidize faster than water with just oxygen, but the pipes can last for years before needing replacement. Are you concerned with the material compatibility? Please give us a call and we will assist you with this information.
  2. “Ozone does not have residual.” – This statement is also false, but does need some clarity. Ozone has an extremely short half-life. This short half-life makes it very reactive and excellent at killing pathogens. In very clean water, ozone can last for several hours. In most food processing applications, ozone half-life is anywhere from 10-20 minutes using aqueous ozone applications.
  3. “Ozone is Explosive.” – This proclamation is also not true. For ozone concentrations produced by commercial and industrial grade ozone generator, ozone is NOT explosive. We have been working with ozone for almost 20 years and have not heard one instance where ozone caused an explosion. Believe us that if there ever was an explosion, it would make world news. In order for an explosion to occur, there needs to be additional oxygen added to an area, whereas our systems are converting the ambient air into ozone.
  4. “The sky is blue because of ozone.” –Although this statement does not pertain to our business, we thought it would be best to discuss this. While ozone is a light blue gas, the sky is blue for another reason. The blue color of the sky is due to Rayleigh scattering. Blue light has a shorter wavelength than the other “rainbow colors.” This blue light is absorbed by the gas molecules. The absorbed blue light is then radiated in different directions. It gets scattered all around the sky. Whichever direction you look, some of this scattered blue light reaches you. Since you see the blue light from everywhere overhead, the sky looks blue. Hence, the next time someone asks, “Why is the sky blue?” you will have the answer!

 

  1. (2003). Costs of Illness in the 1993 Waterborne Cryptosporidium Outbreak, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.Emerging Infectious Diseases,9(4), 426-431. https://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid0904.020417.

 

 

Ozone Applications in Wineries

Posted by Brialle Veldman on December 9, 2016 under Wine & Beers | Be the First to Comment

       Ozone has now integrated itself into the second century of being utilized into water treatments, spas, swimming pools, and cooling towers. In 2001, the FDA approved that ozone can be safely used as an antimicrobial agent in the categories of storage and processing of foods, including meat and poultry in both gas and aqueous phases. Since 2001, the general acceptance of ozone has been embraced to many industries such as wineries. Ozone has proven to effectively disinfect and clean barrels, tanks, and general surface sanitation.
Upon the decision of many food processing facilities to have the ozone system in a stationary position, this route makes it easier to manage safety from the off-gassing and efficacy to be simple. Although, in the wine industry, ozone systems tend to be mobile with many different locations that need the flexibility to move the system from one area to another with the intent to have more locations and operators to produce mass production. It is imperative to have an entire system be dependable and straightforward. Ozone has remained the most powerful oxidant for disinfecting water or sanitizing surfaces with a 2.07 oxidizing potential. Once the aqueous ozone is sprayed, the ozone will revert back to oxygen through a 20 minute half-life time under normal environment conditions. With that being said, it is generated on-site and cannot be stored preventing more costly demands in the future
      Ozone sanitizes by perforating metabolic enzymes of the bacteria and denaturing microbial membranes to disrupt its molecular shape. A particular concern with using ozone is knowing what material is compatible with ozone. Many materials used in the food/beverage industries are stainless steel (e.g., 316L) which is able to withstand ozone longer than chlorine. Plastics, such as PTFE (Teflon), PVC, PVDF, and silicon tubing and gaskets are ozone compatible. When it comes to the actual surface of barrels, it does not have a discrete surface, it is more like a 4-5mm sponge, often with blisters. The porosity of the barrels provide far too many nooks and crannies for ozone in any concentration and duration to completely eradicate all microbes. The ozone treatment of barrels is designed not to eliminate microbes, but instead to control them. This concept of microbial control is especially important when ozone is used to treat barrels with high populations of microbes, which can produce off-flavors or cause wine spoilage. Standard procedure for barrel washing varies from winery to winery, but it typically includes a high pressure, hot water rinse, followed by a dissolved ozone water treatment. The concentration of ozone applied, as well as the contact reaction time in the barrels, depends on the quantity and nature of the contaminant. As a result, larger quantities of microbes in contaminated barrels require longer treatments, but smaller doses may be required to handle sensitive materials. Typically, a 2.5 ppm ozone concentration for two minutes on healthy barrels, after a hot water flush, is sufficient. If the barrel is severely contaminated, a five-minute treatment may be required. Ozone kills microbes much faster than weaker oxidizers like chlorine or permanganate, but it decomposes naturally into oxygen unlike harsher agents with harmful disinfection by-products.

 

Wine barrel picture from Ozone Solutions