Faster, more accurate test results for water analysis
The future is bright for a Guelph company whose innovative water-quality monitoring technology is helping industries and municipalities save millions of dollars while better protecting the environment. MANTECH manufactures water analysis systems that provide faster, more accurate test results while using environmentally-friendly methods.
Incorporated in 2010, MANTECH has worked with Innovation Guelph from the start, as a Fast Lane client and through the Fuel Injection program, and is quickly making inroads in a growing global market that’s changing rapidly due to technological advances and evolving government regulations.
“Innovation Guelph has helped us grow from start-up to SME to our current position where we’re expecting to achieve $5 million in sales by June 2018,” says Robert Menegotto, MANTECH’s president and CEO.
In particular, the company’s new PeCOD system for analyzing chemical oxygen demand (COD) is a potential game-changer. It’s a unique, nanotechnology-based approach to measuring the amount of oxygen required to oxidize soluble and particulate organic matter in water. COD is used to assess the effects that waste water discharged from a factory or water treatment plant will have on the rivers and lakes that receive it. Higher COD levels mean higher amounts of organic matter in the water, which reduces dissolved oxygen levels and can harm aquatic life.
Conventional COD testing uses dichromate and mercury — both toxins — and takes about three hours. MANTECH’s PeCOD system provides accurate results in less than 15 minutes without the use of harmful chemicals. PeCOD was recently approved by Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change as a green and fast method for measuring COD.
Menegotto says the PeCOD system has additional advantages over other tests such as Total Organic Carbon (TOC) and UV254 that measure organic matter but cannot identify the changes that occur during treatment. It’s also available in portable, laboratory, automated and online configurations, providing the flexibility to suit a variety of customer needs. And while MANTECH’s initial focus was on industrial waste water, the technology is opening up new opportunities on the drinking water side of the industry.
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