Merry Christmas from Ozone Solutions!

Posted by Joel Leusink on December 24, 2013 under Ozone News | Be the First to Comment

Merry Christmas from Ozone Solutions!

OZONE SOLUTIONS WISHES YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

We hope that you experience safe travels and are able to spend the holiday with those who are dear to you.

God’s blessings to you as we head into the new year!

Sincerely,
The Ozone Solutions Team

Happy Thanksgiving from Ozone Solutions!

Posted by Becky on November 28, 2013 under Ozone News | Be the First to Comment

Happy Thanksgiving

We would like to wish all of our customers a Happy Thanksgiving!!  It’s during  this time of year we remember all that we have to be thankful for, and at the top of our list is YOU!  Thank you for your business and the opportunity to serve and work alongside you on your ozone projects!

Please note that Ozone Solutions will be closed both today and tomorrow (28th and 29th) in observance of the US holiday.  We will be open again for operation on Monday, December 2nd.

Monthly Newsletter that contains information about the Ozone Industry

Posted by Becky on November 27, 2013 under Ozone News | Be the First to Comment

Did you know that Ozone Solutions has a monthly newsletter that is e-mailed out?  We do!

Example of Ozone Solutions  newsletter that's e-mailed out monthly

Example of Ozone Solutions newsletter that’s e-mailed out monthly

It’s full of news on the ozone industry, and also contains information about new products, current projects, and services that Ozone Solutions offers.  We want to keep you informed with things that are happening in the ozone industry and also the products and services that we offer.

Sign up for our monthly newsletter today!

Protecting Your Privacy – Forward Secrecy

Posted by Daniel on November 22, 2013 under Ozone News | Read the First Comment

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Over the last couple months, Ozone Solutions Inc. has been working on several changes to protect your privacy.  First we replaced the facebook like buttons and G+ buttons with static versions that don’t allow those companies to track your browsing.  Today we are taking the next step and enabling forward secrecy and TLS 1.2.

What Is Forward Secrecy?

When you purchase something online at OzoneSolutions.com your information is protected by TLS encryption (HTTPS).  However, if someone were to steal our secret key (or obtain it via warrant), your information would no longer be safe — until now.  With forward secrecy, past communications will always be secure, even if our secret key is compromised sometime in the future.  A stolen key no longer affects past communications, only future ones.  This adds an extra layer of protection to keep your information safe, even into the future!  If you want to read all the technical goodness, check out this Wikipedia article!

New Ciphers!

Not only have we enabled forward secrecy on our website, we have also upgraded the encryption ciphers used.  We are now using the latest TLS 1.2.  These new ciphers fix many of the problems with the older SSL and TLS 1.0.  Now anyone browsing secure.ozonesolutions.com with a updated browser will enjoy the benefits of improved encryption.

What’s Next?

Although we have done a lot to improve the security and privacy of our website, there is still more that we can do.  Currently we are investigating Piwik Analytics (as a replacement for Google Analytics), and trying it out on one of our sites.  If everything goes well, we may roll it out to all of our websites.  We are also hoping to move our entire site to HTTPS to further protect the privacy of our users.   Hopefully in the next few months we will be able to announce these changes as well!  If you have any ideas on how we can better protect your privacy, feel free to email me at webmaster@ozonesolutions.com

The Faces of Ozone Solutions

Posted by Becky on November 11, 2013 under Ozone News | Read the First Comment

It’s always nice to put a face with a name.  Since many of our customer talk to us over the phone, we thought it would be nice to show you the faces behind the voice on the other end of the line!

We recently took pictures of our new building addition, and at the same time, took an employee picture.  Pictured below are the people that you talk to when you call us at Ozone Solutions.

Employee at Ozone Solutions November 2013

Employee at Ozone Solutions November 2013

Back Row (left to right): Dave, Kevin, Joel L, Joel B, Mike, Brad, Nic, Chad

Front Row (left to right): Tim, Matt, Pam, Jamie, Jessica, Becky, Nick, Daniel

 If you have a question about ozone, or any of the products we offer, please give us a call today (712-439-6880)  or visit our website.  We love talking about ozone and would be happy to answer your questions!  Let us put our 16+ years of ozone application experience to work to help you!

Ozone Sanitization for the Food Industry

Posted by Joel Leusink on October 30, 2013 under Ozone News | Be the First to Comment

Novel Ozone-based Solution Serves up New Approach to Sanitization for the Food Industry

Exerpt from Food Safety Magazine.  Read full article here

By Tony Reed

Novel Ozone-based Solution Serves up New Approach to Sanitization for the Food Industry

In the food processing and manufacturing industry, there’s no such thing as being too safe. When it comes to keeping your products and your facility free of bacterial contamination, the risks are simply too great to be anything other than meticulous with sanitization.

The threats of sick customers, product recalls, lost profits, business interruptions, and damage to brand equity make it absolutely necessary to carry out a rigorous food safety plan. Regulatory penalties also may await any food processing facility without such a plan in place: Under the landmark Food Safety Modernization Act passed in early 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has the authority to require comprehensive, prevention-based controls across the food supply chain.

Fighting Back Against Listeria
When you examine the data on contaminations and recalls, you see that many different pathogens are at play. Salmonella leads the pack in terms of hospitalizations. Yet, it’s the robust and resilient Listeria monocytogenes that results in the most serious health reactions, according to the CDC. At greatest risk of becoming very ill from listeriosis are pregnant women, the elderly, newborns and others with weakened immune systems.

Why Ozone, Why Now?
Ozone, a molecule composed of three atoms of oxygen, is among the most powerful oxidizing reagents available in the food industry—more powerful than substances such as hydrogen peroxide, permanganate, chlorine dioxide, hypochlorous acid and chlorine gas.

Because of its antimicrobial powers, ozone has been used for more than 100 years as a sanitizing agent in applications such as drinking water and wastewater treatment. Historically, the biggest downside of using ozone is difficulty in distributing it evenly and reliably to the areas that need to be treated. When applied uniformly, it’s proven to be extremely effective. But that’s been problematic using the technologies of the past.

Exerpt from Food Safety Magazine.  Read full article here

Learn more about the use of ozone sanitation for the food industry HERE

Small town of Hull, IA in the news

Posted by Joel Leusink on October 16, 2013 under Ozone News | Be the First to Comment

Yesterday the small town of Hull, IA made the news on NPR.  See link below to story and read part of the story below.  Ozone Solutions is located in Hull.  It is unusual to have a business doing business globally and located in a small rural community of only 2200 residents.  However, we really enjoy our challenges and advantages.

Some of the employees of Hull live here in town, and grew up right here in town.  Others live in other small rural communities nearby.  Employees at Ozone Solutions serve on the Volunteer Fire Department, Volunteer EMS rescue squad, City Council, Chamber of  Commerce, and local church activities.  We are blessed with the opportunity to serve and be a part of the success of Hull.

Link to full story

Corn prices lead to boom times for Iowa town

The town of Hull, Iowa (which is in the heart of Iowa’s most expensive land, in the Northwest corner of the state) had so many people hanging around, it didn’t have enough space for all of them. The town bought $1.5 million worth of land a couple of years ago — that’s a lot of cash for a town of around 2,200.

“There were a few eyebrows raised,” laughs Aaron Kooiker, city administrator for Hull. “A lot of the folks that are a part of our economic development in town were really having a heart attack when it came to paying that much. Well, it turned out it was a pretty good deal.” Hull used part of the land to create 90 housing lots. It’s sold most of them and those that haven’t sold are still making money for the city, being rented out to farmers for crops.

He drives me to the housing developments on the edge of town. New ranch-style houses stand on small plots of land. Between many of the homes, crops are growing. “As you can see, we’ve got residential lots like anywhere else, but in some of our residential lots, we’re growing beans,” says Kooiker. When land is $22,000 an acre, you don’t waste it.

Link to full story

Learn more about Ozone Solutions HERE

Improved Checkout Experience

Posted by Daniel on October 11, 2013 under Ozone News | Read the First Comment

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Today we are releasing changes to our website that make it much easier for our existing customer to order online.  Here are some of the highlights:

  1. Customers with accounts can now have individual logins for each employee at their company.  Rather than having to share one username and password, now every employee can have their own credentials while still enjoying the benefits of shared information (like purchasing options and account history).
  2. Confirmation emails can now be directed to any contact listed on your account.
  3. Easy Shipping – now the cheapest shipping option is automatically selected.  You can always change it if you want something faster though.  It’s one less step between you and your order.
  4. Net30 Terms!  If your account has been approved for Net 30 terms, you can order online with Net 30.  No more need to use a credit card or wait to call in.
  5. Automated Testing – with automatic testing, it’s easier to ensure our website keeps working correctly.
  6. Account History – This one has been around for a while, but it’s still pretty cool.  You can check out your companies purchase history here.

In Action

You can now select which contact this order is for: (Notice the Modify and Add buttons)

You can now select which contact this order is for!

If approved, you can pay with Net 30 Terms or credit card.

Pick your preference: Net 30 or Credit Card

 

When placing your order, you can clearly see that Net 30 Terms are selected.

Place Your Order!  Summary clearly shows Net 30 Terms selected.

 

 

Ozone to sanitize pharmaceutical water

Posted by Joel Leusink on September 21, 2013 under Ozone News | Be the First to Comment

Ozone: A New Water Management Paradigm

Producing and sanitizing pharmaceutical water isn’t easy — but there are options for doing both less expensively

By Erika Hanley-Onken, MKS Instruments Inc.

Read full article HERE

Access to clean water is one of the most important factors considered in selection and development of a new manufacturing facility. Without readily available appropriately clean water, processing would be nearly impossible, changeover and cleaning of reusable equipment would cease, and overall production would grind to a stop.

For example, in the United States, incoming water into any manufacturing facility must meet a minimum standard of EPA drinking water. This municipally treated water is only a first step to the processing required by the pharmaceutical industry to bring this water up to pharmacopoeia standards for Purified Water (PW) per USP <1231>. Commonly used technologies to manufacture PW and other compendial waters include softening, reverse osmosis (RO), deionization (DI), dechlorination, (ultra)filtration and even distillation.

A comprehensive water management plan must address all the water in the facility, including its treatment, storage, delivery and handling. Part of this control plan requires understanding the needs for both periodic and continuous sanitization to mitigate and prevent the buildup of contaminants such as biofilm within the water system.

What is ozone and what does it do?
Among the alternatives available for water sanitization, ozone is recognized as an excellent option for disinfecting biopharmaceutical water systems. Ozone (O3) is a highly reactive molecule made up of three atoms of oxygen, which decays back to oxygen. Care must be taken because ozone is also a toxic gas characterized by a strong, pungent smell.

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Read full article HERE

Ozone Solutions Building Addition

Posted by Becky on September 20, 2013 under Ozone News | Read the First Comment

Ozone Solutions is excited to announce the near completion of our building addition!

New 80x100 foot addition at Ozone Solutions

New 80×100 foot addition at Ozone Solutions

A new 80×100 foot building has been under construction since May, and is just waiting on a few finishing touches before its final completion date of September 30, 2013.  The new building space at Ozone Solutions will be primarily production/shop area which was needed due to increased Ozone System orders over the recent years.  The new shop area features a welding area, large production area, and lab testing space.   This should allow for quicker and easier assembly of our custom Ozone Systems, and provide a faster turnaround time to our customers.

 

The new building space has already been utilized for the production of two custom built shed systems.  “The extra space is AWESOME!” says Ozone Technician, Mike Rozeboom.  “We are excited to have the new shop area, so that we can be more efficient in meeting our customer’s deadlines.”

Two Ozone System Sheds were built using the new shop space!

Two Ozone System Sheds were built using the new shop space!

Along with the building expansion, changes will also take place in other portions of the existing building. Ozone Solutions large inventory will be moved into the old shop space which is a bigger space than is currently available.  The larger space will allow Ozone Solutions to stock more inventory and parts, to be able to better service our customers.  Additionally, the old shop space will be used for our smaller assembly work.  This will allow that assembly space to be turned into offices as additional employees are hired with the growth of Ozone Solutions. These exciting changes will be a little while until completed, but will be wonderful once we are able to use this additional space!

Ozone Solutions existing building and the new addition

Ozone Solutions existing building and the new addition

If you would like additional information on the Ozone Systems, other ozone products, and services that Ozone Solutions provides, please visit our website:  www.ozonesolutions.com or give us a call at 712-439-6880.