TALIS, one of the world’s leading providers of water flow control solutions, has published a report showing how water companies across the world could increase efficiencies by following the lead of those in the DACH area (Germany, Austria and Switzerland).
In its report ‘The Secret Ingredient of Successful Water Networks’, TALIS reveals how water companies in DACH countries are driving a 28% reduction in lifetime component costs, as well as other benefits, by specifying enamel coatings as standard across their water networks.
Herve Dumont, product strategy director at Talis, says: “The DACH group of countries represent 67% of global enamel coated components. These countries rely heavily on enamelling and other specialist coatings to increase the durability, cost efficiency and quality of their water networks, as well as ensuring the purity of their drinking water.
“As a result, these water companies are gaining a number of significant advantages – not least of which is one tenth of the failure rate within crucial components. However, thanks to research such as that contained in our latest report, awareness is increasing and other countries are now using enamel coatings as a way to drive greater efficiencies.”
Techniques to apply specialist enamel coatings to water network components have developed greatly over the last 40 years, pioneered by EHARD, part of the TALIS Group. The result has been to create something more than just a coating, with enamel, such as ERHARD’s Pro-Enamel, creating an impervious and inert physical and chemical bond with the base material, that cannot crack and is able to withstand the most extreme conditions in the field.
This robust and also incredibly smooth finish (ERHARD Pro-enamel has a roughness of just Ra 0,05mm) not only ensures water purity, preventing contamination from the coating or mineral or biological build-up, but also reduces wear and tear and energy consumption, as well as other environmental and end-of-life efficiencies.
Herve Dumont continues: “The striking impact of such efficiencies is evident in the data showing the lifetime ROI of enamelled components. Our data shows that enamelled valves have one tenth the failure rate of those using less robust coatings. As a result, any additional costs of the enamelling process more than met by increased reliability.
“The break-even point for the extra cost is met within three years and, after 50 years in service, enamelled valves represent more than 28% lower lifetime costs when all factors are considered.”
To access the full report, please visit https://www.talis-group.com/fileadmin/user_upload/TALIS_enamelling-coatings_Dec18_v2.pdf
"Our datashows that enamelled valves have one tenth the failure rate of those using less robust coatings. Any additional costs of the enamelling process more than met by increased reliability."
Herve Dumont, product strategy director at Talis
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