Decades of Innovation!
With over 65 years of history unlike any other, the origins of SCIENCO® & FAST® can be traced back to the 1940’s in St. Louis, MO for water and salt management systems. In 1985, Scienco/FAST was combined to produce internationally recognizable top-quality water, wastewater, and maintenance products with top-notch field services. Innovation has always been the core of Scienco/FAST:
Scienco® and FAST® HISTORY
Scienco® Systems, in the 1940s, first started as Scientific Tablet Co., a division for G.S. Suppiger Company. In the late 1940s, the Scienco® brand expanded to tablet depositing machines and salt handling products that quickly became the standard for the food industry. See an early 1947 Product Catalog!
Smith & Loveless Inc. (S&L) was founded as a sales engineering firm representing several manufacturers in the water and wastewater treatment industry. For Smith & Loveless, sales increased rapidly in the 1950s throughout the United States and into Canada. Later, RLR, Inc. purchased Smith & Loveless.
Scienco® Systems was purchased by Morton Salt Company for the salt-handling industries. During this period, new innovations, such as the Scienco® FloCRON® (see an early drawing), Brinemakers (now known as Scienco® SciBRINE® (see an early brochure)), Sodium Hypochlorite Generators (now known as Scienco® Biocidal, now known as the Scienco® SciCHLOR® (see an early model)), and Scienco® Reverse Osmosis (RO) systems were developed to accommodate an increase in water management systems.
- Scienco® SciCHLOR® Sodium Hypochlorite Generators
- Scienco® SciBRINE® BrineMakers
- Scienco® FloCRON® Liquid Injection Systems
St. Louis Ship Company approached S&L to develop a marine wastewater treatment device that would allow onboard wastewater to be reused for toilet flushing. Through a collaboration with the University of Kansas (KU), this sparked the inception of an aerobic, wastewater treatment system that utilizes a completely submerged, fixed film process along with a passive recycle system without pumped recirculation or drying of the bacterial growth on the media – the FAST® System was born. The first Fixed Activate Sludge Treatment (FAST®) system as a prototype for installation aboard the river towboat M/V Missouri in 1969. This prototype installation was an immediate success. Additional prototypes were produced and immediately installed aboard M/V Herman Pott and M/V Tom Talbert.
After the passing of the Clean Water Act of 1972, marine vessels were no longer allowed to dump wastewater directly into rivers and oceans. St. Louis Ship Company introduced the newly developed and tested FAST® systems after many years of successful operation from the prototype systems aboard three Saint Louis M/V riverboats. in 1976, the FAST® production and sales began. Even though there were no Federal rules, towboats operating on the Great Rivers had to meet regulations of the individual States.
The US Coast Guard issued sewage treatment regulations 33 CFR Part 159. Official testing was done aboard the towboat M/V United States while underway, the FAST® unit passed all tests and FAST obtained USCG certification.
Canada issued their Pollution Prevention Regulations for the Canadian waters of the Great Lakes. A production FAST Model 40D passed all tests with results that were so outstanding that the testing laboratory personnel were amazed. Additional tests were run for US Coast Guard and the results were similarly outstanding
RLR, Inc. purchased Scienco® Systems and merged it with FAST® Systems into what is now known as Scienco/FAST Systems while serving its diverse markets. Also, the proprietary double-domed style tablet was developed to get the tumbling action needed for the depositing machines. industrial tablets, known as Mighty Mike® CPT, were developed for the U.S. Navy to keep ships drains and pipes clear of calcium.
Bio-Microbics, Inc. was founded by RLR, Inc. to develop, manufacture, and market the residential FAST® wastewater treatment systems for the decentralized marketplace.
Bio-Microbics, Inc. has since become a world leader in manufacturing onsite residential, community, and commercial wastewater and stormwater treatment systems and the two companies were formally joined in 2009.
A production MarineFAST® Model L-3X passed all tests for MARPOL 2010 / MEPC.159(55) with results every bit as outstanding as those achieved in 1978. *Test reports are available upon request
The Best Marine & Offshore systems available! Installed aboard towboats, tugs, offshore supply vessels, diving support vessels, semi-submersibles, offshore platforms, drill ships, crane barges, fireboats, pilot boats, shop and office barges, container ships, tankers, bulk carriers, research vessels, icebreakers, survey ships, school ships, river towboats, harbor tugs, cruise ships, float homes, etc.
Bio-Microbics, Inc. and Scienco/FAST focus on products that continue to set the standard of excellence in the marine, residential, commercial, and industrial markets. Serving single family homes, commercial properties, sub divisions, small villages, small cities, and stormwater applications, our Fixed Integrated Treatment Technologies (FITT®) are the result of over 40 years of experience, research & development, and real world operating history.
With over 50,000 installations in more than 60 countries, these technologies are operating right now. Unnoticed. And that’s just the way we like it.