Beaver Creek, MN, United States
Beaver Creek, MN, United States

Ecolab, Inc., headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, is an American global provider of water, hygiene and energy technologies and services to the food, energy, healthcare, industrial and hospitality markets. It was originally founded as Economics Laboratory in 1923 by Merritt J. Osborn, and renamed to Ecolab in 1986. Wikipedia.

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Compositions and methods used in the modification of crystallization of aluminum hydroxide from liquor in an aluminum hydroxide production process, such as the Bayer process. More particularly, crystal growth modifier compositions comprising a component of crude corn oil derived from a bioethanol production process and/or a component of biodiesel and methods of using such compositions to modify particle size and distribution of precipitated alumina trihydrate in a precipitation liquor crystallization process.


Methods and systems for an integrated acid regeneration of ion exchange resins are disclosed for use in cleaning applications. Acid resins designed for use in a variety of cleaning application using a treated, softened, acidic water source are disclosed. Various methods of using the softened acidic water generated by acid regenerate-able ion exchange resins within a cleaning application, e.g. ware wash machine, are disclosed to beneficially reduce spotting, filming and scale buildup on treated surfaces, reduce and/or eliminate the need for polymers, threshold reagents and/or rinse aids, and using protons generated in the acidic water effluent for triggering events useful in various cleaning applications.


Industrial 2-in-1 cleaning compositions providing both detergency and rinseability in a single cleaning composition are disclosed. Alkali metal carbonate-based cleaning compositions and methods of both making and using the same provide user-friendly, solid, detergent compositions without the need for using a separate rinse aid composition. The compositions and methods are particularly well suited for use in industrial cleaning using alkali metal carbonate compositions that beneficially provide cleaning and rinseability in the rinse cycle.


Patent
Ecolab | Date: 2017-01-04

A trapping device and method for capturing and monitoring the existence and behavior of crawling insects, such as bed bugs, is provided. The trapping device has a textured two-dimensional surface with one or more triangular entrance areas, where one of the triangular sections functions as a base, one or more wing sections, connected to either one the base or to another wing section by a neck; and a collecting area connected to one or more wing sections by a bridge. The trapping device can further include a support structure, and can be enclosed in a case with one or more entrances. The trapping device can also comprise a catching area that can optionally include an adhesive for immobilizing the insects.


Disclosed herein are methods for improving safety and delivery of commercial application of cleaning compositions that include enzymes and other protein irritants. The methods reduce the mist and aerosolization of proteins so that inhalation and exposure to the same are reduced. According to the invention, when commercial pressurized sprayers are used to apply protein containing use cleaning compositions of up to 5 ppm protein, aerosolization is decreased to below 60 ng active protein per meter cubed. Applicants have also identified a specific metering tipozzle, dispense rate, and low pressure application of not more than 100 psi are critical to achieving the benefits of the invention.


Patent
Ecolab | Date: 2017-03-01

A support member for an improved three-chambered electrolytic cell is disclosed. A porous synthetic support system for exchange membranes in electrolytic cells is used for exchange membrane protection in electrolytic cells for the in situ generation of electrolysis solutions, such as bleach or hypochlorous acid.


Patent
Ecolab | Date: 2017-03-08

Neutral pH cleaning compositions comprising a synergistic combination of water insoluble surfactants and a water-soluble anionic hydrotrope are capable of forming a stable, low-foaming use solution for treating floors. A first surfactant is a branched alcohol alkoxylate and a second surfactant is an ethylene oxide/propylene oxide copolymer. The concentration of the cleaning composition after dilution is from about 0.1 oz./gallon to about 10 oz./gallon.


Caustic-free detergent compositions are provided. Detergent compositions including an aminocarboxylate, water conditioning agent, non-caustic source of alkalinity and water beneficially do not require the use of additional surfactants and/or polymers to provide suitable detergency and prevent scale build-up on treated surfaces. The detergent compositions are used with a sanitizer to employ the caustic-free detergent compositions are particularly suitable for use as low temperature ware wash detergents that beneficially reduce scale build-up. Methods of employing the caustic-free detergent compositions are also provided.


The present invention relates to compositions including a water soluble magnesium salt, water soluble calcium salt, and gluconate, which have a beneficial effect on corrosion during cleaning. The present compositions can reduce corrosion of glass, aluminum, or steel. The present invention also relates to methods employing these compositions.


Patent
Ecolab | Date: 2017-09-13

A sensor including first and second electrodes can be used to determine the concentration of at least one chemical constituent in a fluid sample under test. The electrodes can be disposed in the fluid sample and a predetermined voltage can be applied to a first electrode. The voltage can cause a current to flow between the first and second electrodes through the sample, the current dependent on the concentration of the chemical constituent in the fluid sample. A sense resistor is coupled to the first electrode such that the current flowing between the electrodes flows through the sense resistor. A processor electrically isolated from the electrodes can receive data signals indicative of the voltage drop across the sense resistor and the voltage applied at the first electrode. The received signals can be used to determine the concentration of the constituent in the fluid sample.

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