LaMontagne is a consulting engineer
who focuses his practice on decanter centrifuges and related systems. He
trains operators, supervisors and maintenance persons to trouble shoot both
process and mechanical problems. He is an expert on wastewater treatment, and
the effect that plant operations has on the centrifuge operation. His
experience in the chemical industry, combined with his education give him a
solid understanding of chemical and food related separations. He also offers
the following services.
- Centrifuge brokerage
- Evaluation of the capabilities of new
and used centrifuge
- Expert witness
- Consulting Support
Mr. LaMontagne is a Professional Engineer in the state of Pennsylvania
(PE023712E). He holds active membership in the Water and Environment
Federation. He continues to contribute numerous articles to the Water
Environment & Technology journal, as well as presenting papers at national meetings. Mr.
LaMontagne holds a BSChE from the University of Massachusetts.
• Each year, several sessions of the one day program Cost
Effective Centrifugation are held for plants throughout North America. Time permitting, there are occasionally regional
programs, open to all.
• Classroom training, 6.5 hours.
Also an optional section, Hands On Optimization takes the operators
through the actual optimization, providing immediate benefits to the
centrifuge owners. There are similar programs available which focus on
chemical applications, thickening slurries, and theoretical considerations.
• Process evaluation and equipment selection for various industrial
• Process optimization for water and wastewater plants.
• Independent evaluation of existing and proposed equipment.
• Evaluation of contract disputes
Municipal wastewater, Potable water,
Industrial wastewater, Food waste, recycling, Nuclear fuels, and Chemical
When considering new centrifuge, the
manufacturers throw up an enormous cloud of conflicting claims and warnings. I can cut through this BS, and tell you
what the underlying issuies are, and provide assurance that you are getting
what you paid for.
commissioning of nes centrifuges, disputes may arise between the
various parties. It becomes very difficult to sort out the self serving
claims of manufacturers and others, to get to the heart of the problems. For
twenty five years, I have started up multimillion dollar dewatering and
thickening installations, often coming in to straighten problem jobs. I can
support your commissioning by analyzing the root cause of the problems and
determine how to fix them.
and Equipment Evaluation
Everybody is selling you something. I am
only selling my time. I don't represent equipment dealers, repair shops, centrifuge
manufacturers, or polymer vendors. I analyze your process and problem, and
give you a straight evaluation. I also provide the names of industry
specialists, giving you an alternative to the centrifuge manufacturer, should
The Centrifuge School
This is a 6.5 hour intensive course for
persons who have some experience with centrifuges. Ideally operators and
supervisors should take the course because optimizing requires both parties
to work together. The course covers all of the things the centrifuge
manufacturer never told you about obtaining the best performance from you
centrifuge, and lays out the way to achieve the lowest net operating cost.
The course qualifies for water and wastewater certification credit in all
states where I or my customers have applied (about 12 states)
I have a superb
technical knowledge and credentials in the field of separation in general,
and centrifuges in particular. This technical knowledge has enabled me to
become an Expert Witness. My experience teaching technical matters to others
makes me an excellent Expert Witness.
It distresses me to see centrifuges sold
for $5,000 to a wholesale dealer, who subsequently resells them for $50,000.
Would you sell your house to a wholesaler? Of course not, you hire a real
estate broker. I broker centrifuges. As with a real estate broker, I do all
of the work, but get no money up front. You pay me a percentage of the
selling price when the buyer's check clears the bank.
are your plant was designed years ago, and no one really understands the
centrifuge. Odds are, you have been suffering from problems related to
changes in operation and need your centrifuge set up to be changed as well.
Since I know the ABC's of centrifuge systems, I can help make those changes
and eliminate or mitigate the problems.