Research & Development
The R&D Department at Paragon Water has three main responsibilities:
- Development of New Products
- Verification and Quality Control of Existing Products
- Development of New Manufacturing Technologies
New product development often involves instituting new process and analytical procedures, procuring new materials, selection of the best mixtures or components and verification of the
process condition and capacity of the products. Over the last few years, test equipment and procedures for testing the filtration efficiency and dirt loading capacity of filtration cartridges have been designed and built. Procedures and equipment for verifying and comparing Reverse Osmosis membranes have been instituted. An automated test stand for pitcher testing was built, incorporating a Program Logic Relay system to analyze for many different chemical species such as chloramine, nitrate/nitrite, fluoride, silica, phosphate, sulfate and arsenic were implemented. One of the key pieces of equipment is our spectrophotometer which is used to analyze for many of the chemical species.
It is also critical to test both incoming materials such as membranes as well as samples from our production to verify they perform according to their specifications. To do this, several process cycle stands have been set up to run tests with two stations that involve testing with various on/off cycles. Testing may be done to test two of the same kind of product or direct testing of a competitive product. The testing is set up to closely follow the certification testing that would be done by NSF or other certifying organizations. Some of the tests that run frequently are those for filtration efficiency and dirt loading capacity, membrane characteristics such as salt rejection and flow rate, and the reduction of heavy metals such as lead and chlorine.
In addition, since many of our products are injection molded items such as housings and manifolds, product dimensions are frequently checked and structural testing (Hydrostatic, Burst and Cycle) is performed on these products to ensure they continue to meet the performance specifications originally established based on NSF Standards. This is especially important with the introduction of new products where new material and molds are being developed and implemented.
It is anticipated that additional analytical methods, testing stands and test procedures will continue to be developed as new products are developed and introduced and production of newly introduced as well as older products continue to increase.
Paragon has invested much time, effort and money into reliable testing stands and equipment.