PWS technician Martin Lund serves the plant in the basement floor at Biomedicum.
A custom-built CUBO rig produces clean water that is constantly pumped around in the 14 loops.
Biomedicum is one of Europe's newest, largest and most advanced research lab with room for 1,600 researchers and other staff. The business requires plenty of pure water.
Biomedicum is the Karolinska Institute’s largest construction project ever. Architectural firm CF Möller designed the house.

Largest project rewarded

- This spring, Biomedicum was named The Building of the Year in 2019. Since then, interest in our efforts, to design, produce and distribute all pure water, has also increased. We are on the verge of similar projects, says Lars Wiklund, PWS CEO and founder.

Biomedicum was built by Akademiska Hus on behalf of the Karolinska Institutet. The cost of the eleven-storey house was just over SEK 2 billion, well below budget. In addition, the highly advanced research laboratory was completed faster than expected. The Building of the Year is the most prestigious nomination in the community building sector.
- It was well organized and the atmosphere was always good on the building. People finished theirs tasks on time and did what they were supposed to. On our part, the spaces we needed in the basement and on the floor level were ready when our pure water system and the water pipes were to be installed, says technician Martin Lund, who is now responsible for servicing the plant.
In addition to a specially designed water purification plant with several purification steps and a huge capacity of four cubic meters of purified water per day, PWS also designed and drawn 14 different loops for several tapping points in the house. In total, there are about a mile of loops in which the water constantly circulates, to eliminate bacterial growth.
- Overall, this is our most advanced and largest project ever. The demands on the water are extreme and at the same time there are many loops with different pressures depending on floor. We have good knowledge in water chemistry and also great know-how when it comes to pipe drawing and pressure calculation. The rumour about it is spread in the industry through this and similar projects, states Lars Wiklund.
Wiklund refers to the fact that Biomedicum has the country's largest clean water plant in the laboratory world. And that PWS also built the second largest, at the Biocentrum in Uppsala. As well as the fact that plants and pipelines designed by PWS, with head office and production facility in Falun, supplies all clean water to Karolinska Hospital and Karolinska Institute. To name just a few examples from the company's 18-year history.
- No one involved is surprised that Biomedicum became the Building of the Year. It is impressive to be this organized in terms of such an advanced property, both architecturally and functionally. I understand that others with similar projects are following it in the tracks, says Lars Wiklund and concludes:
- Even if you build on a smaller scale, there is much to be learned from the construction process around Biomedicum. We contribute our input to interested parties, but exactly what projects will come out of these discussions is too say.
Client / project manager: Akademiska Hus.
Entrepreneur: Skanska.
Construction time: Five years.
Gross area: 65 000 m2.
Cost: SEK 2,050 million.
Clean water system: CUBO, 4 m3 water / day.
Pure water distribution: 14 loops in eleven floors.
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PWS Senior Application Specialist Jim Wisser, on the right, led the training of technicians in the United States.
The last training opportunity for Getinge's service managers in the US is also the starting point for the sale of CUBO there, which in Getinge's versions is called Getinge WPT.
- The entry into the US market is a real milestone for us, states Lars Wiklund, PWS CEO and founder.

Historical order to the United States

PWS has taken a first order to the USA. Two CUBO Compact 500 with EDI leave the head office and production facility in Falun last week in September.
- It is historic and very, very big for us. You have to be careful about adding such big words, but in this case it is justified, says Lars Wiklund, PWS CEO and founder.
Jenny Jansson, operational manager, is responsible for the installation and delivery of the advanced water treatment plants. One thing is that in the PWS assembly hall there are also machines destined for Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and Sweden at the same time.
- Through our partner Getinge, we already manufacture for export, but the market forecasts for the United States beat everything we have encountered so far. Now we want to make it a reality too. The plans we are now drawing up for the future include expansion and larger premises, but nothing has been decided at present, states Jenny Jansson.
Orders to the US follow five years of market processing. At Getinge's base in the city of Rochester, New York, a CUBO Compact has been run and demonstrated.
- We came to the conclusion that the best way into the US market was to show technicians, operators and end users the benefits of the CUBO. And then the first order came immediately, Lars Wiklund says.
One machine is going to AtlantiCare Center for Orthopedic Surgery in New Jersey, exactly where the other one is installed has not been communicated. But it is clear that both will primarily supply Getinge's dishwashers and autoclaves in place with clean water, to ensure optimal operation and spot-free cleaning of surgical goods and surgical tools. In October, a PWS technician will travel to USA for support during installation and start-up.
- Since we have trained Getinge's staff on site, operations and ongoing service are then performed by them. It is the same procedure that we have elsewhere in the world. Because our facilities log key parameters, have automatic alarm functions and can also be monitored over the network, it is easy for customers to control, analyze and adjust operations, Jenny Jansson concludes.

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PWS compact clean water system was installed in the new sterile center.
PWS compact clean water system was installed in the new sterile center.

Another CUBO to a hospital in the north

The hospital in Örnsköldsvik also installs a CUBO when they rebuild and modernize their sterile center. This happened in August, and in this case too the assignment is a result of PWS's collaboration with Getinge who among other things, manufactures autoclaves and dishwashers to clean and sterilize surgical equipment. PWS also drew a loop of pure water pipes, which of course was done by PWS's own staff.

- Our machine, which bears the name Getinge PWT when adapted to Getinge's product family, complements their range. It is natural for them to secure the operation of their machines and the quality of their cleaning process by using pure water, free of substances that can adversely affect the end result and machine wear. In Örnsköldsvik we installed a CUBO 150.
Says Lars Wiklund, CEO and founder of PWS and who is also the man behind CUBO / WPT. Örnsköldsvik is just one of several hospitals and lasers in northern Sweden that have recently chosen CUBO / Getinge WPT for their modernized and rebuilt sterile centers. Similar solutions are found in Sollefteå, Sundsvall and Härnösand, among others.
- It's always fun when one job leads to another, within a network or group that obviously has contact with each other and tips each other if they are happy with it. It is the trust that commits and which we are happy and proud to manage, concludes Lars Wiklund.

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Niklas, one of PWS's technicians, was responsible for installation and commissioning in Bollnäs.

Aleris invests in CUBO

A CUBO Compact 500 has been installed in Bollnäs hospital. It produces pure water for the sterile center and washroom. The department is run by Aleris on behalf of Region Gävleborg and the patients come from all over Gävleborg. Here are planned surgeries in orthopaedics and urology.

- Our plant has been in operation since the month of May when our technician Niklas installed it. Aleris chose to supplement the CUBO with two sterile filters and one MB filter. In addition to this, drawing of pure water pipes was also included in the assignment, says Lars Wiklund, PWS CEO and founder and continues:

- We have performed assignments for the Gävleborg region before, but this is the first time we are delivering to the private healthcare group Aleris. It's always fun with new customers and given their size and spread in the country this first time should not be the last.
As always, the CUBO was installed in less than a day. All plants are mounted and tested at PWS headquarters and production facility in Falun before being delivered and commissioned by the company's technicians on site. In operation, the CUBO can then be monitored via intranet, internet and a touch screen in the front.

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Compact and reliable Getinge WPT 150, from PWS, in place in the new sterilization center at Sollefteå Hospital.

Modern sterile center in Sollefteå

Sollefteå Hospital chooses CUBO when they modernize their sterilization center; the machinery for washing and sterilizing operating instruments and operating equipment. The order is a collaboration with Getinge. The CUBO is adapted to their and the customer's wishes and carries the model name Getinge WPT 150.

- Previously, ordinary municipal water has been used in the dishwashers and autoclaves in Sollefteå. With our compact pure water system, the machines get, simply expressed, twice as long a lifetime and need half as much service and maintenance. This is because the water is purified from minerals, salts, lime and other things that can interfere with the operation and affect the purity of the goods, says Lars Wiklund, PWS CEO and founder.

The machine was manufactured at PWS headquarters and manufacturing plant in Falun and is now installed and commissioned at Sollefteå Hospital. PWS technicians have also drawn a shorter clean water loop.

- Double sterile filters were also mounted on outgoing water to remove any microorganisms. In total, our efforts took about a week, concludes Lars Wiklund.

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Karolinska Institutet, KI, has a clean water facility similar to the one that is being  installed at the Livsmedelsverket.

Livsmedelsverket chooses CUBO

PWS secures another prestigeous assignment in Uppsala. After winning a procurement, PWS will deliver a CUBO 500 EDI to Livsmedelsverket.

- The highest concentration of CUBO's in Sweden will be in the advanced research environment at Livsmedelsverket, Veterinary and Animal Center, Biomedical Center and Hubben / Uppsala Science Park. It is both honorable and fun, says Lars Wiklund, PWS founder and CEO.

The new house where Livsmedelsverket will be seated is named after Anders Celsius, who named the temperature unit. The construction has started. PWS will start with the piping system during the early summer.

- It was decisive that we could show good references from similar projects and in this case these were found a few hundred meters away. It was appreciated by the developer, the contractor and the end user. Even at VHC, Biocentrum and Hubben the requirements were high, both on the water treatment plants themselves and on the piping and the implementation of the contract, says Lars Wiklund.

Livsmedelsverket’s laboratory requires a large amount of pure water. Therefore, the CUBO is supplemented with a rig where a larger tank, extra pumps and filter housing are placed. A similar solution is already in operation at Karolinska Institutet, KI, for example.

- Our CUBO and the rig are constructed at the head office and production facility in Falun. Then everything is mounted smoothly in place. What takes time in the Celsius property in Uppsala is the extensive piping in several floors, therefore we will start the mounting as soon as possible, concludes Lars Wiklund.
Plant: CUBO 500 EDI.
Extra: External tank of 1 000 liters.
Four pumps. Eight filter housings.
Pure water pipes: 1.5 km in four loops on several floors.
Capacity: 500 liters of pure water / hour.
Project time: Summer 2019 - summer 2020.
Client: Vasakronan.
End user: Livsmedelsverket

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Educating in South Korea

Our Senior Application Specialist Jim Visser has arrived back home from South Korea. During his stay he educated employees at the Samsung Medical Centre, Gagnam/Seoul (SMC) in operation administration and maintenance. SMC opened in 1994 and has 1979 beds and has the last 20 years received multiple awards for their high-quality care. 

With us partnering with Getinge Group we managed to assemble a Cubo Compact 500 RO (WPT 500) to SMC's cancer department. 

Cubo 1200 is on its way

It takes some logistics support to get a facility such as the one we sent to Huddinge New Sterile Central. "Riggen" that weighs about 600 kilos and is 2,8 metres long, will be able to produce 1200 litres pure water per hour. 
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New sector customer

– We have delivered our first CUBO/Getinge WPT that will be used in a laundry. I tested and installed it in the middle of January and everything went as planned. It now produces pure water that is being used in an autoclave where operation gowns are sterilised.

Those are the words of Gustav Andersson, service technician at PWS, after his mission at Uudenmaan Sairaalapesula in Järvenpää, 38 kilometres north of Helsinki. Yearly the laundry washes nine million kilo of textiles and the company's revenue is 20 million euros. 

– Beside the installation, with customer specific programming, I also held a short education for employees. Now that they have basic knowledge as to how the machine works, they can easily do smaller tasks such as change filter, Andersson continues.

It was delivered via our partner Getinge whose CUBO is called Getinge WPT, Water Pre-treatment. The delivery to the laundry also means that PWS now can add a customer to their books. Previous deliveries to finish hospitals in the region made the new order possible. 

– It is great to see that our machines can be used in multiple ways, in many different surroundings. In this case it was installed on a existing line, where an older water-cleaning had previously been. Which made things run very smooth.
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Kullbergska Hospital has a CUBO 300 that is tested on sight after being installed.

CUBO increases life span in Katrineholm

Our latest customer to invest in an advanced pure water facility from Pure Water Scandinavia is Kullbergska Hospital in Katrineholm. The hospital choose a CUBO 400 that was connected to the existing piping. 

The pure water facility, with a capacity of 400 litres pure water per hour, was installed by the new year. It was recently commissioned by a technician from PWS together with employees from the Hospital. 

– Considering that the hospital is not familiar with the kind of water cleaning that we produce we wanted to make sure that the maintenance staff was fully informed about the function and construction of the CUBO. Since it can be monitored and controlled via a touch screen online it is very easy to keep the machine going without any issues, says Lars Wiklund who is the founder and CEO of PWS. 

The pure water from CUBO will go to dish machines and autoclaves in the hospital. Since the water is super clean the units won't wear down as fast and the equipment will be even cleaner.
– With right pure water the life span of these units will increase, which will save the hospital money over time. It is great that we could help yet another customer achieve this, Lars Wiklund says. 

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PWS is breaking new ground. A hospital in Hong Kong gets their pure water from a WPT 500 E.

Historical CUBO/WPT to Hong Kong

A CUBO/WPT 500 E has written a new chapter in Pure Water Scandinavia's history. It is the first clean water facility that has been exported to China, through a delivery to a hospital in Hong Kong. The capacity is 500 litres of purely clean water per hour and E also tells that EDI, electrodeionization, is installed in the compact machine. ​​​​​​​

–The order came through our partner Getinge and the machines that are adjusted to them is called WPT, which stands for Water Pre-Treatment. This machine was assembled here at the main office and production facility in Falun, says Lars Wiklund who is the founder and CEO of PWS. 

In Hong Kong it was installed and put to practice by a Getinge-technician who has been trained by PWS Senior Application Specialist Jim Visser. The training took place in connection with a machine transport to Australia in the spring of 2017. In Brisbane multiple technicians was gathered. 

– It was a drill that had great results for everyone involved. It favoured our and Getinges entrence to the very special chinese market, with the CUBO/WPT. We are also very happy about the fact that there is a intent to deliver two more machines to Hong Kong during 2019, Lars Wiklund says.
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