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Old February 9th, 2017, 11:17 AM
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Like usual I get close to the sugaring season and convince myself to take a big bite of the "upgrade" apple. I have been scrambling to round up parts I have lying around and searching the web for inspiration. I wanted to throw these pictures up to get some info from some fellow members who may have some experience with a similar build. Right now it is kind of half built to get me through the season. I plan to continue building the frame work to make a complete rectangular shape so I can build a proper panel this summer. Does anybody see something that could be a problem with my current temporary setup. I have a few fittings that I am waiting for in the mail to finish connecting the feed pump to the filter. Here is what I have for hardware:

Procon 330 Gpm pump (lead free model) 1 hp
Old milk pump from barn 1 hp
Schedule 80 fittings
Stainless RO housing
MES membrane
Stainless 6000 psi needle valve
Liquid filled gauges
Culligan hd-950a filter 5 micron

I hope to expand to 2 membranes, possibly 3. Any observations are welcome. I'm not sure why some of the pictures rotated, or how to fix that.
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Old February 9th, 2017, 11:53 AM
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It looks like your needle valve is attached to the permeate line. I think you will want that on the concentrate line so you can actually restrict outflow and increase the pressure in the membrane enough to concentrate sap.
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I actually just got done swapping the plumbing on both ends of the housing. I was reading another thread and I did not realize the center was the premeate. Makes sense now that I think about it. Thanks.
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Do you think that the milk transfer pump can run continually? Just read the motor plate to find out. I used a shallow well jet pump to pressurize the pre-filter and had to switch it to 220v after it overheated at 30 minutes but other than that your build looks good.
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Old February 20th, 2017, 01:35 PM
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The unit actually works better then I anticipated. I had no issues with the milk pump other than I need to order another seal that had a slight drip. I was pulling a gallon a minute of permeate off at 175 psi. I have a digital refractor meter and showed 0.0 on the permeate side.
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