Corrosion: The Other Battle. Military Units Turn to Riveer to Help Combat Growing Corrosion Problem

New Riveer Tactical Rinse System Gives Rotary Aircraft a Clean Rinse of Health


South Haven, Michigan. . . .The never-ending battle against corrosion has climbed high on the aviation maintenance roster, especially rotary aircraft operating near or over saltwater. The U.S. Department of Defense has been among the first to take action against the billion-dollar corrosion problem, with regulations specifying weekly or daily aircraft rinses. Civil aviation, from helicopter shuttles to oil derricks, is following suit by making frequent rinses part of a best-practice maintenance program.

To help mitigate corrosion near the source, Riveer, a global leader in aviation rinse and wash systems, has offered the Tactical Rinse System (TRS). The TRS is a self-contained, above grade clear water rinse system that rinses aircraft thoroughly during taxi-through. The pilot taxis onto the rinse deck, stops and uses the aircraft radio microphone to activate an airframe-specific rinse pattern. TRS features oscillating water cannons on each of the four corners for a top rinse and patented APAFN nozzles in the deck that rinse the underside of the fuselage according to airframe programming. Adjustable pattern and flow along with a F.O.D. proof design allow for custom tuning of the under carriage water delivery.

TRS-programmed rinse profiles also assure proper water pressure and cycle time based on aircraft, while rinse patterns are automatically adjusted for wind direction and velocity. As a result, the TRS delivers a thorough rinse even in less than perfect weather.

TRS includes an RTS high-flow water filtration and recycling unit. Featuring a thorough rinse of dust, salt and other corrosive deposits, the TRS reclaims the wash water, filters it and reuses it. The rinse water is monitored for Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Total Suspended Solids (TSS), Salinity, and pH. When water quality exceeds prescribed limits, it’s discharged into a sanitary sewer connection or waste tank. Recycling water with TRS saves anywhere from 50% to 80% of the water used in rinse operations.

As a modular system, the TRS can be quickly deployed to virtually anywhere in the world and be up and running within a few days. What’s more, the TRS eliminates the need for site engineering and construction associated with in-ground wash systems. The system also can include a wash and turbine flush module allowing for manual wash and turbine maintenance efforts to be done in an environmentally responsible manner as well.

Corrosion repair requires approximately 350 to 400 man-hours of labor and 9 to 10 weeks of downtime per aircraft, per year, according to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). It is estimated that 80 percent of maintenance costs during an aircraft’s lifespan are due to corrosion. Corrosion can be an expensive type of damage, and often the cost to replace corrosion-affected parts of the aircraft exceeds the plane’s value.

Riveer Demonstrates BirdBath™ Aircraft Corrosion Mitigation System at Fort Campbell Symposium


Fort Campbell, Kentucky. . . .Riveer, manufacturer of wash water recovery systems for military, industrial and commercial applications, brought its equipment and expertise to Fort Campbell, Kentucky recently to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)’s compound.

The two-day United States Army Special Operations Aviation Command (USASOAC) symposium highlighted the damaging effects corrosion has on Army and military aircraft. It also gave attendees the opportunity to meet military and civilian officials charged with solving a problem that plagues every unit in the Army, as well as all branches of the military.

According to the USASOAC, the focus of this first Army Aviation symposium was to bring the right people together to map out a means of addressing the growing issue of corrosion.

“We take corrosion prevention seriously for a variety of reasons,” said Maintenance Support Office Director, Lt. Col. Matt Isaacson. “First and foremost is safety. It is also important to remember that we have small teams of aircraft continuously deployed worldwide. It is incumbent upon us to ensure that when one of the few spare parts we have on hand is pulled out of a can, it’s serviceable.”

Riveer designs and builds an extensive line of aircraft wash and rinse equipment, ranging from flight line wash carts to fully automated, taxi-through Clear Water Rinse Systems (CRWS). CWRS provides cost savings by eliminating the manpower required for manual rinses, while at the same time recycling up to 95% of the water used for rinsing aircraft. Locating a CRWS on a taxiway or flight line ramp allows for ‘inline’ rinses immediately upon aircraft recovery. Rinse cycle times can be adjusted to accommodate water spray lasting from 30 seconds to 2 minutes, allowing for customization to local environmental and various mission conditions.

Riveer recently installed a CWRS at Andersen AFB, Guam, to address recent military regulation that state any aircraft stationed near salt water must be clear water rinsed at least once every 15 days even if grounded during that period or rinsed after the last flight of the day. At a high-traffic base like Andersen, this necessary procedure can take up a lot of already scarce resources and space.

Riveer Wash Bay Recycles Precious Water in Remote Northern Alaska

Utilizing Abundant Resources (Snow) to Supplement Scarce Resources (Water)


Deadhorse, Alaska. . . .Last week, two employees from Riveer Environmental flew 4,000 miles from Michigan all the way up to Deadhorse to install a wash system for Brice Equipment Rentals. Brice was looking for a more efficient solution for keeping its equipment clean and in good working condition which could offset the high cost of transporting water to their remote facility. Riveer’s system does that and more. The drive-through wash bay collects dirty wash water and recycles it through various stages of filtration for continual use within the system. The 5-stall maintenance building which houses the wash bay sits atop an underground trough system designed to channel snow melting off vehicles into the filtration system in order to supplement the water supply.

With two pressure washer guns, a water cannon and an undercarriage spray, Riveer’s system demands a lot of water – 60 gallons per minute to be exact – but it is well worth the amount of time and man-power saved, plus it all gets reused! As an additional means for offsetting the cost of importing and/or recycling water, Riveer included a special feature which allows Brice to earn revenue by charging other companies a fee to use the system. When someone wants to use it, all they have to do is drive in, punch in a pre-assigned code, then drive past a set of sensors which turn the system on, start the undercarriage rinse and feed water to the wash guns.

Another cool element built into this system is its patented solids conveyor. When mud and debris fall off of a vehicle, it gets funneled down into a trough which conveys the solids up and out of the bay, eliminating any need for laborious shoveling to empty the trench when it gets full. Oftentimes, a concrete system would direct mud and debris into a sump pit; however, due to excavation limitations in Deadhorse from permafrost, Riveer’s system had to provide a way to remove solids without digging into the ground – the conveyor was the perfect solution.

It took two Riveer installers about a week to get the system up and running after a 2-day weather delay in Anchorage which they were quite happy about since it gave them opportunity to explore the wilderness a bit. “The system works great,” said Justin Wilkins, the engineer who designed the system and one of its installers, “The customer seemed really happy with it and was impressed when we hit the 30ft ceiling with our undercarriage spray.” Both guys were glad to see daylight when they got home (Deadhorse only gets about 3 hours a day this time of year), but they had a great trip and enjoyed meeting the tough and spirited people of Alaska.

Automatic Taxi-Through Clear Water Rinse for U.S. Air Force

Fights Corrosion Efficiently Using Different Patterns According to Aircraft Size & Weather


Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. . . .Riveer Environmental of South Haven, MI is getting ready to install one of its largest and most sophisticated systems yet in early December of this year. Commissioned by Andersen Air Force Base in Guam to support aircraft maintenance, Riveer’s Birdbath Clear Water Rinse System was designed to prevent corrosion which can be caused by residue build-up on aircraft which fly over or near salt water.

Any aircraft stationed near salt water must be clear water rinsed at least once every 15 days, according to Air Force regulations; additionally, if one of these aircraft flies then it must be rinsed after the last flight of the day. At a high-traffic base like Andersen, this necessary procedure can take up a lot of already scarce resources and space. “When this rinse is not conducted regularly, the costs and time to replace parts and grind down corrosion is astronomical," said Maj. Shane Wehunt, 36th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Commander. "Once the rust starts happening, it has to be ground out or else it will keep growing, even if the aircraft goes to a less humid location."

This taxi-through carwash-like system sprays a massive amount of water through eight oscillating water cannons positioned in the four corners of a giant concrete pad. It also has a spray bar which spans the entire platform for cleaning undercarriage and underwing. Comprised of Riveer Engineered nozzles called APAFN or Adjustable Pattern Adjustable Flow Nozzles, the spray bar is designed in a way that makes it impossible for any parts to become detached once they’ve been installed, or in other words, “FOD-proof” (Foreign Object Damage - proof).

Operated by a touch screen panel from the air traffic control tower, Birdbath adjusts its spray pattern to accommodate different sizes of aircraft and also compensates for wind speed and direction automatically. All of the pumps, drives and tanks that feed the system are housed underground in order to comply with airfield obstruction regulations.

Not only does Birdbath wash aircraft more efficiently than traditional methods, it also recovers and recycles the water it uses so that it may be reused to wash the next aircraft. Riveer is known for its treatment systems which send dirty wash water through various stages of filtration including oil/water separation and ozone injection in order to make the water clear enough to use again safely in future rinses.

Wehunt says, "[Birdbath] will pay for itself pretty quickly through the amount saved in the cost of corrosion control."

Camp Grayling Makes a Green Step With New Riveer Wash Water Facility

Dual Wash Bays Capture, Treat and Recycle Wash Water from Military Vehicles


Grayling MI. . . .Michigan National Guard officials cut the ribbon on a new Riveer™ wash water recovery facility during the recent celebration of the Guard’s 100th Anniversary held at Camp Grayling, Michigan.

The new 3,000 sq. ft. Riveer facility features two fully enclosed concrete wash bays with trench drains that channel mud, oils and wash water to a central River Treatment System, RTS 3000. RTS 3000 separates solids, oil and water, filters, and adds ozone to eliminate bacteria and then holds the clean water for recycled use by the systems 4 pressure washers. The 400,000 BTU pressure washers deliver five gallons per minute at 3,000 PSI, and is fully automatic.

 The facility features rain water harvest technology that, together with the closed loop design, reduces fresh water consumption by an estimated 80% while effectively preventing hazardous effluent from entering the storm water system. In addition, River wash water systems help mitigate noxious weed transfer as well as corrosion, a growing cause of military equipment failure. 

The wash bays also feature GripStart™ on/off technology that starts the system with the squeeze of the trigger and shuts it down once released.

Ripke Construction, St. Helen, Michigan, served as general contractor for the project. The new Camp Graying facility is one of many Riveer systems used by the military throughout the world.

Founded in 1913 on a land grant from Grayling lumber baron Rasmus Hanson to the State of Michigan for the purpose of military training, Camp Grayling now spans 147,000 acres in Crawford, Kalkaska and Otsego counties. It has become one of the nation’s leading combined arms, full spectrum, four season training facilities.

Riveer Introduces WashMaster 500

Provides Closed-Loop Degreasing and Washing in Industrial Applications


Riveer, manufacturer of wash water recovery systems for military, industrial and commercial applications, has introduced the WashMaster 500 closed-loop degreasing and wash water reclamation system.

WashMaster is a zero-discharge system complete with a pressure washer, wash rack for wash water containment and a filtration system for solids separation, oil coalescing, water treatment and recycling. The system is engineered for industrial applications where the cleaning and degreasing of large parts, assemblies and equipment are required. WashMaster provides a movable, enclosed area for washing. The system contains effluent by using a diaphragm pump to ensure sustainable, compliant operations.

The low profile rack sits only five inches off the ground and features a full width ramp for easy and safe access, even for low clearance forklifts, man lifts, dollies and maintenance equipment. WashMaster’s large wash pad accommodates parts and components that are too large for parts washers or wash cabinets, such as heavy dies, fabricated structures, weldments and fixtures. The system includes a three-chamber stainless steel settling tank with coalescing and absolute filtration and a 500-gallon holding tank. 24/7 ozone injection is used to mitigate bacterial build-up.

WashMaster provides compliance with EPA and municipal regulations regarding proper wash water containment and discharge. WashMaster 500 addresses both the labor and environmental washing issues in industrial and heavy metal manufacturing, forging, machining, stamping and casting.

 The WashMaster is a “plug and play” system that can be rapidly assembled and is forklift movable. Operation of the WashMaster 500 requires minimal training thanks to Riveer’s GripStart trigger on/off system. The user simply squeezes the trigger and the entire system comes to life. When the user releases the trigger, the system automatically begins a shutdown procedure. These triggers are located on dual wash wands designed for both high and low pressure washing.

Riveer APECS™ Automatically Cleans Paving Equipment Captures and Recycles Cleaning Solvents

APECS™ Zero Discharge Technology Reduces Chemical Consumption


Riveer™, a leader in wash water recovery systems, has introduced the Automatic Paving Equipment Cleaning System (APECS™), an efficient automatic containment system that reduces chemical consumption up to 80% while helping companies keep their yards clean and compliant.

Riveer designed APECS for DOT’s and paving contractors looking for a more effective system for cleaning asphalt and bituminous road oil from paving equipment, oil distributors, compactors and tools.

“The spray system you designed for us is a success,” said Dirk Mohon, Operations Manager of the Edgar County, IL Highway Department, referring to the county’s first year with Riveer APECS. “With just a few cycles it cleaned our distributer better than it's been cleaned since we bought it."

APECS’ unique spray pattern power washes with cleaning solutions or solvents, then recirculates the solution for reuse. The system reclaims terpenes, soys, or solvents, saving thousands of dollars in lost chemistry.

APECS is a closed-loop system that includes a heavy-duty above-grade wash rack with two drains, pressure pumps, and a settling tank. A bank of adjustable, tri-wall spray bars deliver extensive coverage, and additional spray wands available for cleaning hard to reach equipment, augers, and tools. The zero discharge technology includes a diaphragm pump that recovers and reuses discharged solvent.

APECS’ footprint can be customized to meet the user’s specifications. Racks are built from heavy-duty stainless steel and feature low-profile ramps that are ideal for loading and unloading any type of equipment. APECS is a convenient plug and play system, requiring no excavating, infrastructure, or permitting.

High Performance RipTide™ Pressure Washer Meets the Demand for Faster Field Cleaning

Hot Water from One, Two or Three Pumps


Washing field equipment and vehicles can be a difficult, time consuming task, particularly when dealing with hard-to-reach girders, trucks covered in caked-on mud, or oily frac tanks. To meet the demand for a faster cleaning, Riveer has introduced the RipTide™ Pressure Washer. Designed to manage tough cleaning jobs faster and more efficiently, RipTide features full-bore water delivery technology, providing diesel-powered washing performance up to 3,000 PSI.

RipTide is available with a range of options based on customer requirements. Depending on configuration, RipTide can pump 16 to 90 GPM from one, two or three independent pumps, each with operator controlled water pressure, temperature, and solvent mix. Each pump is connected directly to 100 ft. hose reel. Twin fuel tanks, one for the motor and one for the burners, are offered up to 35 gallons each.  One-button GripStart™ on/off throttles the system down to idle when the trigger is released, and throttles up when the trigger is squeezed. Available add-ons include foaming guns, water cannons, and adjustable spray wands that allow users to switch between stream and fog output.

RipTide is designed for jobsite vehicle and equipment cleaning at heavy construction projects, oil sites, mining, and excavation worksites, where cleaning time is at a premium. RipTides’s urethane painted steel frame is suitable for transportation by crane or forklift, and provides open access for easy oil changes and routine maintenance. RipTide is powered by a Kubota® diesel engine equipped with speed control to reduce wear on components and save fuel. RipTide is self-contained and requires no external power, making it ideal for field operations when no utilities are available.

Riveer Racks™ Meet Growing Need For Wash Water Containment

Portable, Modular, Customizable, Safe and Efficient


Riveer, manufacturer of equipment wash systems for military, industrial and commercial applications, has expanded its line of wash racks to meet the increasing demand for wash water containment.

Riveer Racks are designed to contain wash water that is produced when cleaning commercial vehicles typically after daily use or before leaving job sites. Once allowed to drain freely into sump areas or sewer systems, wash water is now recognized as an environmental hazard by a growing number of federal, state and local governing bodies.

As a result, Riveer Racks are becoming the go to solution for organizations complying with the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Programs being set in place by governments to prevent wash water from finding its way into sewer systems, streams, ponds and lakes.

“It’s an environmental issue whose time has come,” said Matt Petter, President of Riveer. “Many of our customers began containing wash water years ago. Others are now recognizing the need.”

Riveer’s customers include municipalities rinsing street sweepers, dump trucks, salt trucks, and snowplows on a daily basis, construction sites focused on preventing harmful track out, and industrial facilities working to contain wash water. The U.S. military also uses Riveer Racks to decontaminate equipment and vehicles before they can reenter the U.S.

“Complying with all environmental regulations can be challenging, and different worksites require different solutions to meet this challenge,” said Petter. “Riveer has years of experience dealing with industrial compliance issues and we always work to make sure our customers meet all requirements. We put extra effort into making sure that you receive a wash rack that will meet your unique needs.”

Constructed of heavy-duty steel, Riveer Racks can be customized to meet the needs of a wide range of applications. The portable design eliminates the need for site engineering, and the deployable nature of the racks allows them to be moved from site to site, a feature very attractive to the oil and gas industries. Riveer currently has more than 1,000 wash racks in operation globally.

Low-profile Riveer Racks are available with a wide range of custom features, including vacuum water collection, drag conveyors for solids, water cannon, roofs and air handing systems. Riveer Racks boast capacities to 160,000 lbs., with higher capacities available.