The Origins of Vortex Separation Technology

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The Origins of Vortex Separation Technology

At the core of most of Hydro International’s wastewater, stormwater and flow control technologies is vortex separation. There are two very big reasons for that. Hydro International’s founding father, Bernard Smisson, designed the very first vortex overflow device in in the 1960s in England. After this development, Smisson was invited to the U.S. as an advisor to the American Public Works Association and the EPA to further refine his discovery. His discoveries and the subsequent products invented from it led to the formation of Hydro International in the 1980s. 

Meanwhile, in the U.S., George Wilson, Ph.D., had been hired by the National Canners Association to develop a technology to remove silt and sand from vegetable wash water. Wilson had taken notice of Smisson’s work with the EPA and adapted, modified and refined the technology to meet the needs of these industrial applications and invented the TeaCup vortex grit washing and classification technology. He subsequently found it to also be incredibly effective in municipal grit removal applications. This led to the founding of Eutek Systems in the early 1970s.

In 2008, Hydro International acquired Eutek to form a single company based on tremendous synergies. With two companies so immersed in vortex separation coming together, vortex separation is truly in Hydro International’s DNA.

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