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Posted: Monday 6th February 2012

Next generation ACO bypass oil separators deliver key on-site benefits.

The latest range of ACO Q-Ceptor bypass oil separators includes a number of new features that focus on cutting installation time and costs. Versatile inlet and outlet manifolds will now allow contractors to make quick connections without the need for any additional expensive coupling units and a new ductile iron cover and frame will provide a certified D400 Load Class rating.

“Bypass separators have a wide range of applications across both new build and refurbishment projects. Installers will therefore benefit from them being as adaptable as possible to different pipe work, sizes and materials on site,” says Rob King, Product Manager at ACO Water Management. “The enhancements we’ve introduced mean that for the vast majority of situations, installation can be completed without the need to use any additional components – a significant time and cost saving.”

Both new inlet and outlet connection manifolds are identical, accepting 160mm PVC-U and 225mm, 300mm and 375mm twin wall or clay pipe work. They are now fitted as standard across all four sizes in the ACO Q-Ceptor bypass separator range. The new ductile iron cover and frame is designed to meet specific Load Class D 400 environments and is supplied as an optional extra.

First introduced in 2010, the ACO Q-Ceptor range is available in bypass or full retention configurations. Each unit has a unique, vertically configured single treatment chamber that is designed to extend filtration performance, ease access and reduce the separators’ overall footprint – a feature that also significantly lowers installation and maintenance costs.

The four Q-Ceptor sizes provide the capacity range to cover the vast majority of rainfall events in the UK; and both bypass and full retention options can be set to deliver either Class 1 (≤5mg/litre of oil) or Class 2 (≤100mg/litre of oil) discharge performance. Each unit is independently certified to BS EN 858-1 and BS EN 858-2 and, as an Environment Agency verified manufacturer, all ACO separators meet the requirements of the Agency’s Pollution Prevention Guidelines (PPG3).

In line with the requirements of BS EN 858 and the Environment Agency, all ACO Q-Ceptors are available with a full range of visual and audible alarm systems. These continuously monitor the critical operating conditions within the separator and give sufficient warning to prevent any pollutant discharge into the environment. An optional sampling pump can also be fitted within the separator which avoids the additional expense of installing a remote secondary chamber to monitor discharge quality.

To ensure reliable performance all oil separators require regular maintenance and servicing. Through its service partners, who work closely with the UK Environment Agencies, ACO is able to offer nationwide maintenance and servicing programmes, waste disposal, inspection, testing and full installation and commissioning of oil separators and alarms.

A new brochure that explains the full benefits, breadth of applications and maintenance support services offered across the ACO Q-Ceptor range is now available either directly from ACO Water Management or via the ACO website, ACO’s Water Management Design Services team can also provide full technical support for any surface water management project – from realising initial design concepts through to direct liaison with site teams during installation.

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