Ozone Applications in Dentistry

Posted by Kaleb Jensen on November 24, 2014 under Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

Ozone not only has several applications in the industry sector, but it has interesting applications in the world of dentistry as well. Ozone dental therapy is an alternative therapy to conventional drilling and filling for non cavitated deciduous carious lesion. The infusion of Ozone into non-carious dentin prevented biofilm formation in vitro from S.mutans and Lactobacillus acidophilus over a 4 week period. Some studies have demonstrated that 40 second application of Ozone is sufficient to kill different concentrations of S.mutans and application of 60 second has almost completely eliminated S.mutans, L.casei and A.naeslundii. Ozone is also found to be effective against the microflora associated with primary root caries lesions [1].

Ozone can be used to help treat periodontal disease by using ozonated water flushed below the gum line and/or ozone gas infiltrated into the gum tissue and supporting tissues. Ozone can be employed in all forms during root canal treatment to kill bacteria, sterilize the canal system, and to stimulate faster healing. As a gas, ozone can get to places traditional liquids can’t because the gas can permeate the tiny tubules that cannot otherwise be accessed.

Ozone can be used to kill decay-causing bacteria. Since ozone is a gas, it can permeate into areas below the gum line, into the grooves of teeth and over the smooth surfaces of the teeth, and will kill bacteria on contact. Because ozone can harden compromised tooth structure, flooding a sensitive area or tooth with ozone gas can effectively eliminate sensitivity.

Reference

http://omicsonline.org/scientific-reports/2161-1122-SR-473.pdf, accessed Nov. 2014.

Ozone for Fish Farms

Posted by Kaleb Jensen on November 17, 2014 under Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

Fresh water fisheryIn a fish farm and aquarium, conventional solids removal, such as sponge floss filters and sand filters, are removing coarse and filterable solids, but they are not capable of removing fine colloidal solids.  In another point of view, nitrifying bacteria in bio-filters remove dissolved ammonia and nitrite, but not all dissolved organic wastes. As an aquarium matures, the accumulation of dissolved organic colloidal solids increases. This organic buildup decreases the performance of the nitrifying bacteria which causes harmful nitrite buildup. The biochemical oxygen demand also rises, so the oxygen levels decrease over time. These shifts in water parameters stress the aquarium inhabitants and may cause fish mortality. To reduce the necessity of large water changes, there is a very efficient alternative method of breaking down these organic wastes using a strong oxidizing agent. This method is “Ozonation.” Ozonation has several benefits in fish tanks including:

  • Removal of dissolved solids (TDS and TSS) by clumping them together to bigger dimension particles that can be removed by the protein skimmer or activated carbon.
  • Ozone oxidizes Organic compounds in water (TOC) and breaks them to simple organics that are now available for degradation by heterotrophic bacteria.
  • Reduction of harmful ammonia (NH3-) and nitrite (NO2-) levels by oxidizing them to nitrate (NO3-).
  • Precipitation of metals, such as Iron and Manganese.
  • Algae and biofilm removal
  • Removing smell by destroying sulfides.
  • Degradation of pesticides, detergents, and possible trace of acetone, MTBE which will keep water healthy for inhabitants.
  • Ozone kills 99% of bacteria and viruses and dramatically reduces BOD and COD levels.
  • Increased water clarity (even if it had been very clear before ozone)

Ozone, at the end, reverts back to oxygen and increase dissolve oxygen level in water. The right ozone level is very important to keep fish healthy and the overdosing of ozone will be harmful for inhabitants.

AC-500 series ozone generator

Posted by Kaleb Jensen on November 12, 2014 under Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

The AC-500 is a versatile machine as it can operate with either a vacuum or a positive PSI (motive force) of up to 5 PSI. That versatility makes the AC-500 series a good choice for small research & lab applications. If you do not have a force to move the feed-gas through the machine, there is a model which comes with a built in air pump which could solve that issue. Please see the chart below!

The machinery requires minimal setup and provides you a simple but effective solution to many small ozone required projects. This ozone generator will provide years of reliable ozone generation at a low cost, but if needed, the machine uses field replaceable components, and is completely serviceable.

If you need a suitable air drier, we offer you the MAG-600; http://www.ozonesolutions.com/products/Air-Dryers/MAG-600_Air_Dryer

Manum-600 Air Dryer

MAG-600 Air Dryer

AC-500 Front SlantAC-500 Bottom

The AC-500 ozone generator series is available in a few different configurations. Not all of these models are listed on our website at www.ozonesolutions.com, so give us a call @ 1-888-892-0303. If calling from outside of the USA, call 712.439.6880.

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Ozone for Cancer Therapy

Posted by Kaleb Jensen on October 31, 2014 under Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

As the number of individuals who are diagnosed with cancer increases, other forms of treating cancer have become more popular in the past decades. In today’s world there are many medical advances that have become available. For instance, those unfortunate enough to be diagnosed with cancer now have alternative options for treatment available then just chemotherapy. Since the early 70’s, ozone therapy has become another means to fighting certain cancers. Ozone is a chemically active form of oxygen.  In terms of the medical ozone- it is a mixture of pure ozone and pure oxygen. “There is no exact ratio of these two reactants; it varies according to the medical ailment and patient’s condition.” [1].

Methods

The ozone is used in a couple of different ways.  Of which includes “taking a pint of blood that is drawn from the patient. This is then gently mixed in an infusion bottle with the ozone until it turns bright red”. This method is called ozone major auto-hemotherapy, according to the Ozone-Association. This is when small quantities of ozone are “combined reacting completely then returned using a normal drip unit.” [2]. Once entered into the system, a patient’s antioxidant system is boosted which aid in ridding the body of free radicals, it even goes as far as increasing the power of the immune system, allowing the body to produce more white blood cells. The ozone rich blood also “helps the body fight multiple infections and inhibit tumor growth.” [2]. The molecular ozone is an effective disinfectant and an oxidizing agent which can aid in breaking down nearby cells like cancer cells.  Another treatment for cancer is ozone intravenous.  This process delivers a fluid straight into the bloodstream that contains ozone which is also used to increase the amount of oxygen in the blood [3].

There are some concerns of using ozone as a medical treatment since the Food and Drug Administration has labeled ozone as a toxic gas. When ozone is breathed in, it is considered hazardous on the tissue lining in the lungs and incites a slew of pathological effects. If a patient is given too much ozone it stresses and damages the cells, which is can enable the progression of certain degenerative diseases [4].

One major bonus for ozone is that is it incredibly safe in today’s practice. In the early days, ozone could cause strokes and heart attacks because of gas embolisms when the ozone was administered incorrectly.  The death rates due to ozone are .000007% which has the lowest risk of any treatments on the market today [3].

Ozone therapy has proven that oxidizing cancer cells, which are anaerobic, greatly diminishes their mobility, as well as destroying the cells it comes into contact with, making it a safe and non-toxic way to treat cancer. This treatment has been proven to provide beneficial chemical and cellular effects that have been the contributing factor to using hyperbaric oxygen as a primary therapy. Ozone is very cheap compared to the other cancer therapy methods and new techniques and researches should be carried out to develop ozone cancer therapy.

References

[1] “Oxygen Therapy.” AmericanCancerSociety.org. accessed Sep. 2014.

[2] “Aim and State of the Art.” OzoneAssociation.com. accessed Sep. 2014.

[3[ Kehr, Webster. “Ozone Cancer Treatments.” CancerTutor.com, accessed Sep. 2014.

[4] Galas, Matthew. “The Real Story Behind Oxygen Therapy.” Vanderbilt.edu. accessed Sep. 2014.

Teat Washing Using Ozone

Posted by Kaleb Jensen on October 22, 2014 under Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

wdexpo2015The World Dairy Expo had a tremendous amount of vendors, equipment, and valuable information.  Some of the equipment I want to focus on are the teat wash products. Many of the large dairies have an anti-microbial sprayer, which is running a variety of anti-microbial sprays. The person milking usually sprays just the teat, and gives them a good wipe down before applying the milker. If the spray is applied too high on the udder, the milker will possibly suck some of the spray and “crud” as gravity flows down.

The new product is a brush that has an anti-microbial hose connected to it. The brush totally surrounds the teat, cleaning it like an automatic car wash. The brush is electrically safe, because it uses a 24-volt current. If a dairy is ozonating its incoming water to remove iron/manganese, it could use a small part of this water without any additional cost. We have an OSW-10 injection skid that could be easily matched up with an OZ-4AD ozone generator if you are not currently using ozone for any process. Ozone is a very good anti-microbial wash, so coupling with a brush like this could eliminate chemicals and save a lot of money.

If interested and need more information, please contact Ozone Solutions for more details.

Pharmaceutical, Personal Care Products, and Endocrine Disrupting Compound removal by ozone

Posted by Kaleb Jensen on October 17, 2014 under Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

The drinking water industry faces a number of questions as the regulatory and public communities become aware of the presence of compounds in water that were not previously detectable. With analytical advances over the past decade, several new classes of organic compounds have been identified.

Conventional treatment (coagulation plus chlorination) would have low removal of many Endocrine Disrupting Compounds (EDCs) or Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs). EDCs and PPCPs are emerging environmental contaminants that in very small concentrations may cause disruption of endocrine systems and affect the hormonal control of development in aquatic organisms and wildlife. PPCPs are continuously introduced into the environment and are prevalent at small concentrations [1], which can affect water quality and potentially impact drinking water supplies, ecosystems and human health.

The reuse of wastewater on agricultural lands may transfer these compounds to the soil environment. Due to the high polarity of these compounds, there could be leaches into the groundwater.

Existing strategies that predict relative removals of herbicides, pesticides, and other organic pollutants by activated carbon or oxidation can be directly applied for the removal of many EDC/PPCPs. But, these strategies need to be modified to account for charged (protonated bases or deprotonated acids) and aliphatic species. Some compounds (e.g., DEET, ibuprofen, gemfibrozil) had low removals unless ozonation was used. The addition of ozone substantially improves EDC and PPCP removals.

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Schematic of EDC and PPCP leakage into drinking water (www.eusem.com)

 

Reference

[1] J. Lintelmann, A. Katayama, N. Kurihara, L. Shore, A. Wenzel, Endocrine disruptors in the environment (IUPAC technical report), Pure Appl. Chem. 75 (2003) 631–681.

Cooling Towers at Your Biofuels Plant

Posted by Kaleb Jensen on October 16, 2014 under Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

Ozone is both widely known and proven effective at limiting and eliminating biological growth, such as algae. The most logical and relevant way to use ozone within the bio-fuels industry would be in the cooling towers. Ozone can be incorporated into an existing system with minimal system modifications. Often, cooling tower water is treated with disinfectants such as chlorine and bromine, which are consumable and can be costly. Ozone can effectively reduce, if not eliminate, the need for these consumable chemicals within the cooling water loop. Ozone can be injected directly into the cooling tower or it can be injected into the influent stream. If any biological growth is present upon installation of an ozone system, the initial ozone demand will be higher than actually needed during continuous use.  Since ozone is not biased, it will oxidize metals, rubber, and plastics if able to. This is a major concern and also explains the need for why the levels of ozone in a system should be monitored at all time. Ozone generation is an emerging technology that can be very useful and also cost-effective if it is utilized correctly and respected for being a powerful oxidizer.Cooling Tower Flow Chart

UV-H

Posted by Kaleb Jensen on October 8, 2014 under Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

For this week’s Wednesday weekly product to watch, we will be taking a look at the Aeroqual UV Ozone Photometer called the UV-H.

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The Aeroqual UV-H is a single beam photometer that is designed for measurement of ozone in the range of 0-200 PPM. It is a bench top analyzer that could be used for a variety of ozone measurement applications. The analyzer provides a user-friendly interface through its four line LCD digital display on the front of the instrument.

This analyzer is a high performance yet cost effective analyzer with full data logging capabilities. The UV-H uses a removable secure digital (SD) card to log your data directly to a PC using the supplied software. This instrument also has an optional 0-5 VDC analog output and relay output options that have user defined set points.

The one aspect that makes this analyzer unique is that it is very accurate at low concentrations.

Features

  • Wide measurement range of ozone (0-200 ppm)
  • Single-beam UV photometer
  • Pump sampling via PTFE tubing (e.g. monitoring outside of a room or duct)
  • RS232 output as standard
  • Optional 0-5V DC analog output and relay with user defined set points
  • Full data logging functionality including a removable Secure Digital (SD) card
  • 4-line x 20-character digital display

Specifications

  • Calibrated range 0-200 ppm or 0-400 mg/m3
  •  Ozone
  • Precision <±5% of reading above 0.2 ppm
  • ±0.01 ppm below 0.2 ppm
  • Resolution 0.01 ppm
  • T90 < 60s
  • Sampling method Brushless DC diaphragm pump
  • Sample flow rate 0.4 ±0.05 LPM
  • Inlet filter 5 µm pore size, 37 mm PTFE filter
  • Pneumatic connections Kynar ¼” compression fittings
  • Wetted materials Kynar, Teflon PFA, quartz, aluminum, Viton
  • Environmental operating conditions
  •  Temperature
  •  RH
  • 0-40°C
  • 0-95% RH (non-condensation)
  • Display 4-line x 20 character VFD
  • Digital interface RS232
  • ID 1 (default) user configurable from 1 to 255
  • Data logging 2 GB SD card
  • Enclosure Metal instrument case
  • 378 x 236 x 132 mm
  • Power supply Switch mode power supply 24 VDC
  • Input 90-260V AC; 47-63Hz
  • Software PC data logging software (supplied)
  • Options Analog output board with 0-5V 12 bit (0-200ppm) and set point
  • controlled 30V DC 2A relay
  • Accessories (optional) RS232 to USB convertor (R52)
  • Spare inlet filters (R65)
  • 10 m x 6.25 mm OD PFA tubing (R66)

 

For more information on this analyzer, take a look at our website.

 

http://www.ozonesolutions.com/products/Ozone-Monitors/UV-Analyzers/UV-H_UV_Ozone_Photometer

Dissolved Ozone Flotation (DOF) an efficient method for wastewater treatment costs reduction

Posted by Kaleb Jensen on October 6, 2014 under Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

Conventional flotation relies on floating of suspended solids on the top of liquid by air bubbles. A better separation effect is obtained when air bubbles are very small (micro-bubbles and nano- bubbles). In traditional dissolved air flotation (DAF) systems suspended solids and oily compounds are removed by coagulation, flocculation and removing the formed sludge by flotation by applying small air bubbles to increase buoyancy. Dissolved COD remains unaffected in DAF systems. By employing DOF, high concentration of ozone is available, which means a high potential of ozone oxidation and a high volume of micro-bubbles.DOF

Schematic of a DOF system [1].

Dissolved COD remains unaffected and leaves a DAF with the effluent. When ozone is added to the air bubbles, it partially decomposes to highly reactive OH radicals, which in their turn oxidize the remaining dissolved COD. DOF removes non-biodegradable COD in a high level. As it is obvious in DOF systems, water quality parameters are removed by the two mechanisms of flotation and ozone oxidation. For this the reason, DOF systems have better efficiencies compared to DAF systems. It is estimated that DAF systems will be replaced by DOF systems especially in very polluted water systems to provide a one-step reduction of water quality parameters.

References

[1] http://www.ecotrade.org/homepage/michigan3533/catalog.asp?DirectoryID=29&CatalogID=52, accessed on Oct. 2014.

Ozone for Cleaning Aircraft

Posted by Kaleb Jensen on September 26, 2014 under Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

A new study conducted by researchers at Auburn University found that two harmful and potentially deadly bacteria – MRSA and E. coli – can live for several days on various surfaces in the confines of an airplane cabin. Researchers used actual arm rests, toilet flush handles, tray tables, window shades, seats and seat pockets to test the bacteria, in airplane-like conditions, and found that the bacteria can linger for several days, depending on the surface. [1]

airplane air system

Schematic of airplane cabin air system

Aircraft drinking water systems and aircraft watering points require periodic sanitizing and flushing. Traditional approaches are time consuming and their results are uncertain. Current disinfection systems use harmful chemicals like Purogene and Chlorine to disinfect the aircraft water system. The process requires the water tanks to be soaked with the chemicals, followed by a rinse cycle to remove chemical traces from the potable water system. The process is time consuming and costly with uncertain effectiveness, it also causes wastage of potable water.

 

Advantage of using ozone in aircraft disinfection

  • No need to buy disinfectants and it saves money
  • Kills viruses and microbes effectively
  • It will be converted to oxygen and keeps a relief sense in the passengers
  • Kills some insects and repels most of them
  • Helps clean the cabin and cleans the surfaces
  • Removes all odors (volatile organic compounds) and smells in the cabin

Ozone solution provides Mobile ozone carts which can help disinfecting the airplanes and treating airplane cabin water. For more information contact: info@ozonesolutions.com.

References

[1] http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/05/19/mrsa-lives-for-a-week-on-seat-back-pockets-in-airplanes-research-shows/, accessed August 2014