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Understanding the Difference Between VOCs, VVOCs, and SVOCs

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies a Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) as “any compound of carbon that participates in atmospheric photochemical reactions.” This classification excludes carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, carbonic acid, ammonium carbonate, metallic carbides, and carbonates. VOCs are released into the air when harmful chemicals vaporize. The boiling point of a particular compound can be used to gauge how easily it vaporizes, and therefore how volatile it is. The lower the boiling point, the higher the volatility.

The EPA monitors the amount of VOCs released into the air by manufacturing plants and sets restrictions on their annual emissions. By […]

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    How to Create an Effective Preventative Maintenance Plan for Your Pollution Control Equipment

How to Create an Effective Preventative Maintenance Plan for Your Pollution Control Equipment

Pollution control equipment is a vital part of the manufacturing industry. Facilities emitting volatile organic compounds (VOCs) must meet strict air quality guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). VOCs are released into the atmosphere when harmless chemicals vaporize and can cause health issues to humans, as well as damage the environment. Therefore, large manufacturing facilities must use pollution control equipment to capture and destroy toxic compounds to reduce their emissions and stay within federal and state limits.
Why Is It Important to Maintain Pollution Control Equipment?
Pollution control units are specifically designed to destroy harmful compounds emitted during the […]

What’s Next for the Packaging Industry?

Packaging is one of those ubiquitous industries. Few industries can say that every single American uses their products multiple times per day. Packaging protects, markets, stores, and maintains product quality for everything from food to pharmaceuticals, auto parts to alcohol, and cosmetics to cannabis and CBD.

Knowing this, innovation in packaging is constant. Hygienic designs, robotic automation and improved inspection—innovation is here that will make processes faster, more flexible, and more reliable.
Pack Expo Shows Off What’s Coming to Packaging
This innovation was on display at Pack Expo Las Vegas, where over 2,000 exhibitors from nearly 130 countries showed off their wares […]

Building a Sustainable Manufacturing Operation

In today’s litigious and media-driven landscape, in which a disparaging article can cause boycotts and potentially destroy businesses, companies in all industries need to stay ahead of the curve. It’s no longer about global warming, it’s about climate change. Paired with this, it’s no longer enough to do just enough to remain compliant, you need to show that you are a leader in your field.

Over the years, we have looked to highlight the risks of noncompliance, discuss the increased media focus on an ever-consolidating paint industry, explore the questionable-yet-creative ways activists and attorneys are attacking compliant businesses, and offer […]

Types of Ancillary Systems for Pollution Control Equipment

The logistics of installing, running, and maintaining pollution control equipment is unique to each manufacturing facility. Production processes, VOC levels, and the size of a plant can dictate what type of equipment must be used to garner optimum results. These variables must be taken into account when selecting a control unit.

However, depending on the facility, ancillary systems may also be required to ensure the unit works efficiently in that specific environment. Turn-key systems with custom ancillary components make it easy for plant personnel to operate the unit efficiently while getting the most of our their pollution control equipment.
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RTO Bake-Out and Wash-Down Methods Explained

Learn how keeping your RTO clean of unwanted residue can improve efficiency.

Regenerative Thermal Oxidizers (RTO) are used to destroy harmful emissions produced by certain manufacturing plants. RTOs heat volatile organic compounds (VOC) present in exhaust streams to high temperatures, leading to combustion. This process is called thermal oxidation.

While many volatile compounds are safely destroyed using this method, a benign residue can build up in the combustion chamber and media bed during operation. Residue entering the unit alongside exhaust streams can become stuck to the interior walls of the equipment and affect the machine’s efficiency.

In some cases, the formulation of […]

How to Make Pollution Control a Competitive Advantage

When you think of your air pollution control system, it’s likely you see it as a cost of compliance—necessary to avoid fines and lawsuits. Often, companies think of it in the same way they think of quality assurance; failure is more costly than success, and avoiding failure is seen as the only benefit. However, there is a way to turn pollution control into a competitive advantage that can set your company up for long-term success.

Today, we will explore a few reasons you should think of your pollution control solution as more than a necessary cost to avoid EPA fines.
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Rising Consumer Expectations Mandate Better Frozen Foods

Meal kits were expected to change the game for consumers. The concept was great—pre-portion high quality ingredients in a box and deliver the box to a customer’s front door. The execution, however, has turned out to be less than stellar—over 150 companies exist in the US that specialize in meal delivery, few of whom turn a profit.
Frozen Foods Shine in the Downfall of Meal Kits
High levels of competition, elevated cost of acquisition and logistical challenges have made it very hard for these firms to succeed. Pair this with the high levels of churn and the advent of grocers entering […]

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    Why Regular Maintenance of Pollution Control Equipment Can Improve Efficiency

Why Regular Maintenance of Pollution Control Equipment Can Improve Efficiency

Large manufacturers must adhere to strict emission limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Clean Air Act. In order to meet these standards, some plants must reduce the number of harmful chemicals used during the production process. However, facilities emitting high volumes of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) as exhaust must turn to Pollution Control Equipment to minimize emission levels.

The pressure that manufacturers face to meet emission standards, keep overhead costs low, and satisfy production deadlines can mean they pay less attention to maintenance. However, taking more care to monitor and maintain pollution control units can lead […]

What Are the Different Types of VOC Detectors Available?

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are created when harmful chemicals vaporize at room temperature. Large manufacturing plants using solvents or toxic chemicals during production can release dangerous levels of VOCs into the air. These gases create photochemical smog, which can cause severe health issues in humans and damage the environment.

As per strict EPA guidelines, manufacturers must monitor and control the amount of VOCs they release into the atmosphere. Plant personnel must also monitor the amount of VOCs present inside or around the facility itself. Sensors are used to detect VOC levels and keep workers aware of any changes in the […]