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Enhancing cooling water treatment chemicals with tagged polymers

When it comes to cooling water treatment chemicals, tagged polymers have proven to be a real game-changer

Marino Mastria

In today’s fast-paced and interconnected world, digital transformation has become a crucial element for the success of industrial sectors across the board. Companies all over the globe are recognizing the immense value that digital and innovative technologies bring to their operations.

In this global scenario, the industrial water treatment sector is no exception. Maintaining optimal performances and quickly identify and solve potential issues in cooling systems is a vital feature for each industry across the world.

Within this context, a groundbreaking solution has emerged: cooling water systems tagged polymers, which allows chemical treatment automation and ensure maximum efficiency for your system.

What are tagged polymers? How they work?

Different chemistries are typically used to treat the water in the cooling systems, namely LMW polymers, phosphonates, corrosion inhibitors and biocides.

Tagged polymers are LMW polymers that internally contains an active fluorescent group in their polymer’s backbone, easily detectable with the most common field fluorometer instruments.

The real time monitor of the tagged polymers concentration allows the customers to determine the real concentration of the polymers present in water, ensuring the perfect coverage of the cooling plants.

These tagged LMW polymers could be based on different chemistries and works on the distortion and dispersion of the crystals in water, which are easily removed by the flow.

How tagged polymers benefit industrial water treatment market

When it comes to cooling water treatment chemicals, tagged polymers have proven to be a real game-changer. Scaling, caused by the accumulation of mineral deposits, is a common issue in cooling systems. Traditional methods of cooling water treatment chemicals can successfully control scale but often forces on-site operators to manually check product concentration levels and adjust the dosage in the system as needed.

This approach, however, often does not consider the many variables that may intervene within the process. It does not allow for an immediate accurate response to the real needs of the system. Not only does this lead to breakdowns and malfunctions. It also costs a lot of time, manpower and money. Process automation is therefore an effective way of responding to these problems.

Tagged polymers can serve as scale inhibitors by controlling the formation and precipitation of scale-forming minerals, while at the same time giving industrial water treatment operators unparalleled benefits. Thanks to the tagged technology, companies can also benefit from a precise monitoring of the chemical product present in the solution and calibrate the concentration based on the real-time needs of the systems.

Tagged polymers and sustainability: reducing the environmental footprint of the industrial process

In today’s world, sustainability is of utmost importance. Innovative specialty chemicals can also play a crucial role in helping business to reach their sustainability targets and reducing the environmental footprint of the overall industrial process.

Speaking of cooling systems, utilizing tagged polymers not only enhances the process efficiency but can also lead to water savings and smaller energy consumption. This efficient and eco-friendly approach translates into significant reductions in the environmental impact.

In line with its sustainable and forward-looking approach, Italmatch Chemicals has developed Lumiclene®, a new smart tagged polymers technology for cooling water systems applications.

With superior scale prevention and dispersion performances you can maintain your system always at maximum productivity. Forget the unexpected and focus on what’s most important in your business: let the tagged technology do the job for you and accurately control the chemical performance 24/7.

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Meet our expert Marino Mastria
Meet our expert
Marino Mastria
Marino Mastria lives in Milan, Italy. He is a Technical Development Specialist at Italmatch Chemicals with research and development focuses on Industrial Water Treatment. He has been working at Italmatch chemicals for the past 7 years. Prior to joining Italmatch, Marino worked in the R&D departments of Chematek SpA and HaloSource. He has over 15 years experience working with Industrial Chemical Solutions. Contact our Lumiclene® expert →