These design improvements are advantageous, as the FEDI system is designed to replace mixed-bed technology. The system has higher tolerance for water hardness and scaling, resulting in a diminished need for cleaning and maintenance, while enhancing the overall reliability."Both systems are designed to improve operational efficiency and lower the need for ancillary chemicals, maintenance cycles, or increased energy outputs," noted Meliton. "These benefits boost the company's market potential as they ensure quick return on investment (ROI)." The QUA Group's Q-SEP system has more than 30 global installations that can also be used to showcase the ROI potential of the ultrafiltration membrane. The three installation bases in the U.S. can demonstrate Q-SEP's applications, including wastewater reuse, reverse osmosis pretreatment, as well as cooling water treatment and recycling. The FEDI system has more than 20 global installations; seven are in the U.S. The existing installed base for the FEDI system includes applications in the power generation and pharmaceutical manufacturing markets; however, the FEDI system is applicable in any industrial vertical segment with a need for high-purity deionized water. "Both products are designed to address existing challenges related to operational costs, treatment quality, and overall operational efficiency by leveraging unprecedented innovations," remarked Meliton. "As the QUA Group continues to focus on designing new membrane products to address key industry demands, it will grow in the industrial water and wastewater treatment technology market." Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed an innovative element in a product by leveraging leading-edge technologies. The award recognizes the value-added features/benefits of the product and the increased ROI it offers customers, which increases customer acquisition and overall market penetration potential. Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.