Peter LaMontagne is a consulting
engineer who focuses his practice on decanter centrifuges and related
systems. He trains operators, supervisors and maintenance persons to trouble
shoot both process and mechanical problems. He is an expert on wastewater
treatment, and the effect that plant operations has on the centrifuge
operation. His experience in the chemical industry combined with his
education give him a solid understanding of chemical and food related
separations. He also offers the following services.
Evaluation of the capabilities of new
and used centrifuge
Mr. LaMontagne is a Professional Engineer in the state of Pennsylvania
(PE023712E). He holds active membership in the Water and Environment
Federation. He continues to contribute numerous articles to the Water
Environment & Technology journal, as well as presenting papers at
national meetings. Mr. LaMontagne holds a BSChE
from the University of Massachusetts.
• Each year, several sessions of
the one day program Cost Effective Centrifugation is held for plants
throughout North America. Time
permitting; there are occasionally regional programs, open to all.
• Classroom training, 6.5 hours.
Also an optional section, Hands On Optimization takes the operators
through the actual optimization, providing immediate benefits to the
centrifuge owners. There are similar programs available which focus on
chemical applications, thickening slurries, and theoretical considerations.
• Process evaluation and equipment selection for various industrial
• Process optimization for water and wastewater plants.
• Independent evaluation of existing and proposed equipment.
• Evaluation of contract disputes
Municipal wastewater, Potable
water, Industrial wastewater, Food waste, recycling, Nuclear fuels, and
When considering new centrifuge, the
manufacturers throw up an enormous cloud of conflicting claims and
warnings. I can cut through this BS,
and tell you what the underlying issues are, and provide assurance that you
are getting what you paid for.
During the commissioning of new
centrifuges, disputes may arise between the various parties. It becomes very
difficult to sort out the self-serving claims of manufacturers and others, to
get to the heart of the problems. For twenty five years, I have started up
multimillion dollar dewatering and thickening installations, often coming in
to straighten problem jobs. I can support your commissioning by analyzing the
root cause of the problems and determine how to fix them.
Process and Equipment
Everybody is selling you something.
I am only selling my time. I don't represent equipment dealers, repair shops,
centrifuge manufacturers, or polymer vendors. I analyze your process and
problem, and give you a straight evaluation. I also provide the names of
industry specialists, giving you an alternative to the centrifuge
manufacturer, should you choose.
The Centrifuge School
This is a 6.5 hour intensive course
for persons who have some experience with centrifuges. Ideally operators and
supervisors should take the course because optimizing requires both parties
to work together. The course covers all of the things the centrifuge
manufacturer never told you about obtaining the best performance from you
centrifuge, and lays out the way to achieve the lowest net operating cost.
The course qualifies for water and wastewater certification credit in all
states where I or my customers have applied (about 12 states)
I have a superb
technical knowledge and credentials in the field of separation in general,
and centrifuges in particular. This technical knowledge has enabled me to
become an Expert Witness. My experience teaching technical matters to others
makes me an excellent Expert Witness.
Used Equipment Brokerage
It distresses me to see centrifuges
sold for $5,000 to a wholesale dealer, who subsequently resells them for
$50,000. Would you sell your house to a wholesaler? Of course not, you hire a
real estate broker. I broker centrifuges. As with a real estate broker, I do
all of the work, but get no money up front. You pay me a percentage of the
selling price when the buyer's check clears the bank.
Chances are your plant was designed
years ago, and no one really understands the centrifuge. Odds are, you have
been suffering from problems related to changes in operation and need your
centrifuge set up to be changed as well. Since I know the ABC's of centrifuge
systems, I can help make those changes and eliminate or mitigate the