Formed in 2018, M|MBR Systems is dedicated to one technology: MBR is all we do. We are a service-oriented company with the capabilities to provide new, fully integrated systems and the infrastructure to support existing plants. In fact, we specialize in the upgrade of older membrane products and maintain inventory of modules for quick delivery. M|MBR is the primary integrator for Microdyn-Nadir BIO-CEL® in the U.S. and pursues select projects with Toray® Membrane as an authorized representative. M|MBR is also the exclusive technical support team for BluBoxTM Modular MBR Systems.
We offer industry leading MBR experience and technology. Low overheads, no double-markups, and factory-direct warranty coverage all help to keep costs down. We’re not product driven; we are solution oriented. For every situation we evaluate what makes the most sense overall, based on site conditions and customer needs. Our delivery methods generally result in a streamlined scope and a price that cannot be matched by any other provider in the market.
During his 18-year tenure with Enviroquip® (now Ovivo®), one of our founders, Mr. Dennis Livingston, helped bring Kubota® flat plate MBR technology to the U.S. and developed microBLOXTM modular MBR systems. Twelve years later, his team integrated the first Microdyn-Nadir BIO-CEL® (flat sheet) MBR system in the country. In February 2019, part of Dennis’s core technical group spun off from Ovivo® to focus on supporting polymeric (BIO-CEL®) membranes in MBR applications. In 2020, M|MBR collaborated with Toray® to develop the M|600 and teamed with a group of experts to build the first BluBox™ Modular MBR System for Integrated Water Services.
How far has MBR technology come since you started in 2001?
“I’ve seen flat-plate technology evolve over the years into flat-sheet. The third MBR system we worked on [with Enviroquip® and Kubota®] took 1,200 SCFM of membrane air scouring. Now it takes 75% less air scour for the same filtration area. More importantly, packing density has gone up nearly 5 times since Enviroquip® provided the very first flat-plate system in Bandon Dunes, OR. Building on trends like these, it seems like MBR is included in every conversation about new projects, new flowsheets, the future of wastewater treatment, and overall sustainability. I’m happy to have been a part of bringing flat-plate, and flat-sheet, MBR technologies to the U.S. We’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the potential of MBR technology and the role it can play in preserving one or our greatest assets.”
“There are a lot of good (MBR) membrane technologies out there, each with pros and cons. But, in my opinion, flat sheet (FS) technology marries the best features of hollow fiber (HF) and flat plate (FP) without the negatives. Polymeric FS requires less cleaning that HF, is more energy efficient than FP, and is easier to remediate in the event of clogging.
We only use flat sheet technology but we’re able to customize membrane type, module dimensions, and pore size to match the needs of each project.”
If I had to boil it down, I’d say the top three lessons learned have been that; operators are the key to success, good fine screening is essential to make any MBR work well, and that not all data is created equal. On the point about data, I would add that how it is analyzed and presented makes all the difference. Making good data, easily accessible, and digestible, to the right people, in real time, is easier said than done.
Over the years my teams have delivered hundreds of systems using nearly 800,000 old-style Kubota plates. It is good technology. For those systems that we helped to deliver, and for others like them, we designed the M|600 using Toray® flat sheet membrane cassettes as an easy way to increase capacity. The M|600 can literally be dropped into place and, in some cases, nearly double membrane area due to increased packing density. Toray® is a world class membrane manufacturer and we’re honored to be a partner.
We’re having a lot of fun doing what we love to do. We look at ourselves as a conduit for bringing MBR technologies to market and driving innovation. BluBoxTM, STREAMETRICTM, the M|600TM with Toray®, the BIO-CEL® L-2 with Microdyn Nadir, and now MYTEX® with WTA, are recent examples, but we have a legacy of innovation that goes way back; a legacy that we intend to carry on. Our goal is to keep pushing toward higher energy efficiency, lower cost, and easier operation. We’ll keep innovating to find better ways to help all stakeholders get more out of their MBR systems.
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M|MBR maintains numerous partnerships with industry leaders to provide better service, pricing, and delivery to our customers.
We have the flexibility of a small company, the commitment that comes with being employee owned, and the support of multi-billion-dollar industry leaders. It’s a good match that benefits our customers.
We have a multi-disciplinary staff of senior designers, technicians, project managers, and MBR specialists with engineering backgrounds. Our team has 14 years of experience, on average, working directly with or on MBR systems. In all, we helped to bring 8 membrane technologies to the U.S. market since 2001. We have also supported the delivery of 300 MBR systems ranging in size from 5,000 gallons per day to 42,000,000 gpd. Our controls and integration team at Hyperion International Technologies has successfully delivered over 150 MBR systems.