About Heron Innovators

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Heron Innovators, Inc. was formed in 1998. The first commercial Suspended Air® Flotation (SAF®) system was manufactured and installed in 2003. Heron Innovator’s has installed over 100 systems in a variety of industrial and municipal applications across the U.S. and internationally. Today, SAF® continues to be a proven, reliable solution for liquid/solid separation and solids thickening.


Processes Consultation

Consultation on best physical/chemical separation processes to suit the customer’s needs

SAF® Consultation

Consultation on how to incorporate the SAF® system into plant operations to optimize treatment efficiency

Bench-Scale Testing

Bench-scale testing to optimize polymer/flocculants addition and provide performance estimates

Pilot Testing

Pilot testing with fully equipped trailers that can treat between 25 to 300 gpm to demonstrate process effectiveness


Heron certified field technicians train facility staff on start-up and on-going operations

Quarterly Check-Ups

Quarterly to annual site visits to review SAF® system operations


Post-sales support and business reviews

Heron Innovators fabricates the proprietary micro-bubble (SAF®) generators, flotation tanks, and the mechanical and electrical process equipment used in each installation. Through experience gained installing systems for solids separation and thickening for wide range of applications, Heron Innovators can offer suggestions to improve effluent water quality by modifying process operations, gaining greater separation efficiencies and/or by reducing the demand for flocculants or coagulants.

How Did It All Begin?

Suspended Air® Flotation (SAF®)’s first installations were in the food processing industry since the company was located in California’s agricultural Central Valley. Installations have expanded to other industries across the U.S. and internationally. The SAF® process, without dissolving air, is applied anywhere physical/chemical separation via flotation is a viable solution to water quality.

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