3AWater – Trace metal detection for improving industrial water management
3AWater was established by nanotechnology and spectroscopy professionals in January 2019 in the land of thousand lakes in Kuopio Finland. The concept and first prototype of 3AWater Multimetal Water Analysis System was developed in the Department of Applied Physics in University of Eastern Finland few years earlier. There was several tens of years of combined research even before that which led to this innovation. Read more about our story on our blog.
After the incorporation, the knowledge, research results and immaterial right were transferred to the company. 3AWater spent several years for research and development to turn the prototype into the product that was released to sales in the beginning of 2022. The development work with our early collaborators and pilot customers was mainly focused on improving the reliability and ease-of-use of the system. We have analysed several thousands of artificial and real water samples and created a comprehensive data set to ensure the reliability and accuracy of our analysis. We are proud to say that the usability was optimized to the very detail and we believe this is one of the most user friendly chemical analysis systems ever build.
The motivation of the founders of 3AWater was to create a concrete and useful product from the years of academic research. We also wanted be part of the change for more environmental-friendly society. The fast, easy and accessible water quality monitoring technology we provide is essential to regulate and treat industrial waters in order to make right actions to prevent pollution of waters, to remediate already polluted waters, and to make sure potable waters are clean and safe for consumption or irrigation.
Sustainability and environmental responsibility – The purpose of 3AWater is to create value to our customers and stakeholders in the domain of sustainability and environmental responsibility. Our focus is to help our customers to be part of the change towards more sustainable industrial operations. In addition, We are keen to make our own operations more sustainable and demand environmental responsibility from our subcontractors and partners.
Reliability – Reliability is the key aspect of any analytical tool. This includes both reliability of the actual analysis results and minimizing other sources of errors including human errors. Our philosophy behind the technical development is that anyone should be able to make the reliable analysis in any conditions without extensive training, frequent calibrations, blank measurements, rinsing and cleaning steps and other maintenance work typically involved with analytical equipment.
Trust – We understand the value and risks of water quality data produced by our products. The confidentiality of any such data is our priority. Our customers can choose whether or not they want to use the IoT connectivity and data transfer to outside cloud service or to store the data only locally.
Collaboration – We are aiming for long term customer relations and want to ensure the best experience for our customers. Industrial waters can vary significantly which can make the on-site as well as standard laboratory analyses quite complex. Therefore, we always want to make sure our systems work well with customer’s waters and fulfils their specific needs. Therefore, we are willing to go the extra mile to offer the best possible performance in each customer case.
Scientific knowledge – We are scientists who believe in education and open communication. Therefore, we are publishing our scientific work related to our technology with our academic collaborators, releasing educational blog posts and collaborate with universities and educational centres. You can find the latest open access publication about early prototype of our product here: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.analchem.2c01490
3AWater provides real-time water quality monitoring technologies for mining and metal industry to make their water related operations safer, more sustainable and effective. The needs and expectations of our customers and other stakeholders are identified and taken into account in our processes. The sustainability aspects are considered in our daily operational activities.
Everyone in 3AWater is committed to comply with laws and regulations and the requirements of ISO 9001: 2015 standard. We are expecting same from our supply chain and subcontractors. The follow-up is performed by internal and external audits.
Our strategic aims and operational objectives are set and communicated to stakeholders in a clear and understandable way. We have procedures, which allows everybody to take part in our continuous improvement of process and daily activities.
Scope of quality system – 3AWater develops, produces, markets, sales and offers after sale services for water quality monitoring technology. All processes and activities fulfil ISO 9001 requirements.
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