News | September 26, 2013

THK Thickening Centrifuge Wins WEF Innovative Technology Award


The Centrisys team designed a whole new system to eliminate polymer, and the world is taking notice

When Centrisys President Michael Kopper and his team of engineers set out to design the THK Thickening System, they weren’t looking to win any awards. They were just trying to solve a problem for wastewater treatment plants: the high cost of polymer used in thickening.

Nonetheless, the team’s success in eliminating that problem is quickly gaining recognition. The THK, which requires no polymer even while operating at higher flow rates, has earned a 2013 Innovative Technology Award from the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international, not-for-profit water quality organization.

Learn More about the THK at WEFTEC® Booth #2619
The THK Thickening System is a radical departure from conventional centrifuges. The system offers greater process flexibility and produces the most controlled levels of cake solids as needed for each individual installation without requiring expensive polymers. As a result, wastewater treatment facilities can save about $140,000 annually per each dry ton of solids – with a return on investment of 2.5 years due to polymer savings alone.

The WEF Innovative Technology Awards will be presented at the organization’s 86th annual Technical Exhibition and Conference, Oct. 5 to 9 in Chicago. WEFTEC visitors can discover more about the thickening technology as well as other Centrisys innovations, with opportunities in the booth to chat with customers, hear dewatering and thickening presentations and meet the winning Centrisys team.

“This award further validates the results we’ve achieved with the THK in terms of cost savings, efficiency and performance,” said Kopper. “Our team is proud of this design and eager to keep solving industry challenges, innovating and helping customers improve their operations.”

The Innovative Technology Awards recognize advancements in the collection systems, instrumentation, process equipment and solids handling and disposal categories. They are presented annually to WEF associate members that have introduced new, innovative products or services related to the construction, operation or maintenance of treatment facilities.

WEFTEC 2013 is the world’s largest annual water quality conference and exhibition. The event is expected to host thousands of global water quality experts and exhibiting companies at McCormick Place. For more information, visit

About Centrisys Corporation
Centrisys Corporation is a global innovator of decanter centrifuges, dewatering systems and other technologies for dewatering in both municipal and industrial applications. Since its founding in 1987 as an equipment service provider, the company has evolved into a technical leader, producing breakthroughs that continue to improve efficiency, safety, performance and more. Based in Kenosha, Wis., Centrisys is the only U.S. manufacturer of decanter centrifuges for municipal water and wastewater applications. For more information, visit

Source: Centrisys Corporation