JNE Environmental was contracted by a soap manufacturer in the Toronto area to design and build a foam detection sensor package to enhance foam suppression measures within their plant. This opportunity came about after a successful project completion with the same client in 2020, in which JNE designed and installed a temporary water-spray based foam suppression system.
As noted in this previous case study, foam generated from wastewater and clean-in-place (CIP) procedures can get out of control and overwhelm manhole systems, production room trenches, and treatment tanks. It can be both unsightly and a hazard for workers. This new sensor package, capable of measuring foam height, would trigger the plant’s programmable logic controller (PLC) to automatically deploy water spray and anti-foam suppression measures when a specific height of foam accumulation was detected.
To accurately design this sensor package, JNE Environmental first needed to be able to consistently generate foam similar to what the customer sees in their effluent tanks. To do this, JNE’s technicians created a small-scale mockup with height measurements, a wastewater analogue, and a compressed air bubbler system to produce representable foam.