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ADEY® MC3+™ and MC1+™ System Treatment Formulas: Innovative Solutions that Combat Iron Oxide Sludge

ADEY® Introduces MagnaClean Professional2™ – the Solution to a Major Problem Lurking in Hydronic Heating Systems

 

ADEY® Introduces MagnaClean Professional2 – the Solution to a Major Problem Lurking in Hydronic Heating Systems

The Devastating Effects of Iron Oxide Sludge Can Now Be Virtually Eliminated

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– As the popularity of high-performance circulators and boilers increases, the very characteristics that are responsible for that increased level of performance are bringing a new problem to the forefront: iron oxide sludge, also called magnetite. This black sludge, an unavoidable result of oxidation inside untreated hydronic systems, is wreaking havoc in the form of expensive breakdowns and repairs. Consumers as well as contractors are looking for answers.

“Contractors know there’s a problem,” says Tom Tonkins, Director of U.S. Business Development for ADEY Professional Heating Solutions. “Since the introduction into the North American market of high-efficiency boilers and ECM pumps, both of which have narrow waterways, there has been a significant increase in pump and boiler failures. When contractors service a system, it is evident, in most cases, that iron oxide is present.”

And it is not just collecting in the system – it is causing damage. In fact, according to Neil Watson, ADEY Global Technical Director, “nearly 70 percent of circulator pumps returned to pump manufacturers fail due to iron oxide and other water quality issues. Data also show that over 95 percent of debris in hydronic heating systems is made up of iron oxide.”*

What is it about new generation high-performance equipment that makes it more susceptible to sludge? “The new ECM pumps, which have variable speed motors for higher efficiency, have magnets in them… and magnets love magnetite,” explains Tonkins. As the magnets pull iron oxide into the circulator, even very small quantities can foul the pump. Compounding the problem are the narrower waterways that are now the standard in boilers – smaller-diameter pipes increase efficiency, but clog easily as sludge accumulates. Over time, system efficiency is dramatically reduced, operating costs increase, and expensive damage can result.

Beginning this fall, ADEY, a U.K.-based company launched in 2003, is bringing its proven solution to North America. ADEY’s MagnaClean Professional2™ features a unique, patented magnetic and non-magnetic filtration system that, within minutes of installation, begins to capture and remove virtually all of the suspended iron oxide that collects in hydronic heating systems.

Designed for ¾-inch copper and 1-inch NPT iron pipework, the MagnaClean Professional2 is ideal for residential applications. The MagnaClean Professional2 is a compact unit that is easily fitted on the return pipe to the boiler/circulator, via rapid-fit connectors. It can be installed in minutes, and can be serviced even faster, due to the unit’s quick-release trigger, low-profile drain valve, and built-in air vent.

“It’s a beautifully simple device,” says Tonkins. “There are no moving parts. The inlet and outlet are shaped to force a cyclonic-like flow around the magnet, which captures the sludge.”

By removing magnetic and non-magnetic debris, MagnaClean Professional2 not only extends the operational life of the system, but also offers benefits that save money and time for installers and homeowners…

Installer benefits

  • Compact profile for tight spaces

  • Rapid in-line installation

  • Integral flow-diverters ensure 360° distribution for uniform flow around magnets

  • Powerful permanent magnet with high, first-pass capture

  • Bi-directional inlet and outlet – connect either way

  • Captures non-magnetic debris, such as limescale

  • Rotating filter connections allow customizable installation options

  • Easy dosing of ADEY treatment products via canister

  • Full-flow valves for minimal pressure drop

Homeowner benefits

  • Reduced heating bills

  • Reduced maintenance costs

  • Greater efficiency means a warmer house

  • Design allows for full flow at all times – no loss of pressure or heat

  • Extends system life

  • Zero operating cost

  • No moving parts to replace

  • Reduced carbon emissions

MagnaClean Professional2 is changing the way contractors work, because customers routinely blame boiler or circulator failure for the problems that are actually the result of the accumulation of system sludge and debris. As a result, contractors are forced to perform countless warranty repairs. “Contractors are saying, Enough is enough. We’re going to offer magnetic filtration technology as a solution. It’s not a big investment, so it’s an easy decision,” says Tonkins.

ADEY will begin its U.S. rollout of products in October with the MagnaClean Professional2, along with three additional filters sized for other residential and light-commercial applications. ADEY filters are a trusted solution in Europe, and have been installed in over 3 million homes there. They are part of ADEY’s Best Practice™ System Process, a multi-step routine designed to clean and protect hydronic-heating systems for maximum efficiency.

For more information on the ADEY MagnaClean Professional2, please visit: adeyusa.com.

For a video on the ADEY MagnaClean Professional2, please visit: adey.com/video and click on MagnaClean Professional2.

For more information on the full line of ADEY filters and other Best Practice System Process solutions, visit adeyusa.com. You can also telephone us at (844) 378-0442 or e-mail us at info@adeyusa.com.

For editorial assistance, contact John O’Reilly at O’Reilly DePalma, 28 Kansas Street, Suite 2C, Frankfort, IL 60423; tel.: 815.469.9100; e-mail: john.oreilly@oreilly-depalma.com.

 

*Pump failure data based on studies of returns to European pump manufacturers. Percentage of iron oxide/magnetite in hydronic heating system debris also based on studies of European systems.

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ADEY PROFESSIONAL HEATING SOLUTIONS is headquartered in Cheltenham, England, and has sales offices throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. U.S. operations are based in Pittsburgh, PA.

ADEY® is the industry-leading name in magnetic filtration, delivering Best Practice™ maintenance and protection for domestic and commercial hydronic heating systems. Best Practice heating system protection is a five-step process using products engineered to ensure maximum efficiency in hydronic heating systems. ADEY’s MagnaClean® filters are the best-selling brand in the U.K. with more than three million installed throughout Europe. Tens of thousands are fitted monthly, making it the leading filter for installers and homeowners. ADEY filters also help protect the environment by reducing carbon emissions. ADEY also manufactures a growing range of premium quality chemicals developed in the U.K. at ADEY’s own accredited laboratory.

For more information on ADEY and the entire line of ADEY’s magnetic filters and Best Practice solutions, please call (844) 378-0442 or visit our website at www.adeyusa.com.

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The ADEY® and MagnaClean® logos and word marks and the MagnaCleanse® word mark are Registered Trade Marks of ADEY Holdings (2008) Limited used under sub license by ADEY Innovation LLC.

The MagnaClean Micro2™/Professional2™/Professional2XP™/DualXP™, MC1+™/MC3+™ and MagnaCleanse RapidFlush Filter™ logos and word marks and the MagnaCleanse™ logo are trademarks of ADEY Holdings (2008) Limited used under sub license by ADEY Innovation LLC.


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IMAGE GALLERY 1: MagnaClean Professional2

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Shown at left, the interior magnet and sheath assembly of the MagnaClean Professional2™ filter, saturated with iron oxide sludge. The light gray areas above and below the magnet also capture non-magnetic debris. The magnet and sheath are rinsed to remove sludge and debris, and then returned to the inside of the canister shown at right.

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The MagnaClean Professional2™ filter is designed for in-line installation. Canister portion measures only about 7.3” high x 2.3” wide, making installation in almost any space quick and easy. Low profile drain valve and built-in air vent assembly make for easy maintenance.

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The design of the MagnaClean Professional2™ filter includes a quick-release trigger and rapid-fit connectors for easier installation and servicing. Bi-directional inlet and outlet valves allow flexible installation options.

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This cutaway of the MagnaClean Professional2™ filter shows how iron oxide sludge collects on the powerful permanent magnet inside the filter canister. To remove sludge, canister lid easily unscrews, magnet is lifted out of its sheath, sludge drops off and is drained via the drain valve. Alternatively, magnet and sheath can be lifted out together and sludge can be rinsed away.

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The interior magnet and sheath assembly from the inside of the MagnaClean Professional2™ filter, shown saturated with iron oxide sludge. The light gray areas above and below the magnet also capture non-magnetic debris. This assembly is easily removed for rinse-down cleaning by simply unscrewing the canister lid.

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Hydronic heating service contractors can easily service the MagnaClean Professional2™ filter by simply unscrewing the MagnaClean canister lid and removing the interior magnet and sheath assembly. This assembly is cleaned with a simple rinse-down and returned to the MagnaClean unit to continue capturing sludge.

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IMAGE GALLERY 2: Installation Options

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MagnaClean Professional2™ offers completely customizable installation options. Uniquely designed, rotating, bi-directional inlet and outlet valves allow multiple configurations for easy fitting in tight or unusually-shaped spaces.
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MagnaClean Professional2™ offers completely customizable installation options. Uniquely designed, rotating, bi-directional inlet and outlet valves allow multiple configurations for easy fitting in tight or unusually-shaped spaces.
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MagnaClean Professional2™ offers completely customizable installation options. Uniquely designed, rotating, bi-directional inlet and outlet valves allow multiple configurations for easy fitting in tight or unusually-shaped spaces.
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MagnaClean Professional2™ offers completely customizable installation options. Uniquely designed, rotating, bi-directional inlet and outlet valves allow multiple configurations for easy fitting in tight or unusually-shaped spaces.
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MagnaClean Professional2™ offers completely customizable installation options. Uniquely designed, rotating, bi-directional inlet and outlet valves allow multiple configurations for easy fitting in tight or unusually-shaped spaces.
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MagnaClean Professional2™ offers completely customizable installation options. Uniquely designed, rotating, bi-directional inlet and outlet valves allow multiple configurations for easy fitting in tight or unusually-shaped spaces.
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IMAGE GALLERY 3: How It Works in Minutes

The ADEY MagnaClean clear demo jar allows an inside view of how, in five steps, MagnaClean filters remove iron oxide sludge from the water inside hydronic heating systems.

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ADEY’s clear demo jar quickly and easily demonstrates how MagnaClean filters remove iron oxide sludge from hydronic heating sysems. This image shows how iron oxide sludge collects in a canister before filtering.

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Step 2 of the clear demo jar process shows the magnetic filter being placed into the canister.

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In step 3, the canister is manually swirled to rotate the sludge-filled water around the magnet. Within seconds, sludge begins to collect around the magnet as it is drawn out of the water.

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Step 4 shows how in just minutes, MagnaClean has trapped almost all the sludge and debris, leaving the water in the canister clear.

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Finally, the magnet is removed from the demo jar. In an actual MagnaClean unit, easy, rinse-down cleaning would remove the iron oxide sludge.

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