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The Science of Pollution Control: Destruction Efficiency

As we continue our Science of Pollution Control series, we would today like to look at another important consideration in pollution control: destruction efficiency.
What is Destruction Efficiency?
Destruction efficiency is, in simple terms, the effectiveness to which an oxidizer (VOC Abatement System) works.

Sometimes referred to as destruction and removal efficiency (DRE), this is a percentage that represents the number of molecules of a compound removed or destroyed in an oxidizer relative to the number of molecules that entered the system. (For example, a DRE of 99.99 percent means that 9,999 molecules are destroyed for every 10,000 that enter.
Calculating Destruction Efficiency
As […]

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    Need to Purchase an Industrial Oven? Here’s What You Should Look For

Need to Purchase an Industrial Oven? Here’s What You Should Look For

Industrial ovens, also called dryers, are used for an array of different purposes. Besides being used for baking food, these pieces of complex machinery can also be utilized to dry out paint or prepare specific coatings. Regardless of the manufacturing process you will be sending through your oven, there is a set of characteristics that can help improve the overall performance and allow you to be more productive.

In this article, we will discuss the different ways you can use industrial ovens and highlight six characteristics you should always aim for when purchasing a new unit. Note that most industrial […]

The Science of Pollution Control: Energy Recovery

As we continue to go through some of the basics of VOC Abatement, discussing some of the basic math and science surrounding the process, today, we would like to turn our focus on something that your accountant might enjoy—energy recovery.

We understand that the decision to update your VOC abatement solution is often an expensive one. Even as a company that designs and provides some of the more cost-effective options in the market, we understand that making a change can still leave a dent on the balance sheet (albeit smaller than a CAA violation or the cost of a lawsuit). […]

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    Choosing the Best VOC Abatement System for Food Manufacturers

Choosing the Best VOC Abatement System for Food Manufacturers

Since the 1970s, food manufacturing facilities are responsible for controlling their dangerous gas emissions. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are some of the most common pollutants food factories and bakeries generate, and can severely hinder the environment if released into the atmosphere untreated.

There are now various VOC abatement systems and technologies available that are suitable for different factories, including food manufacturing and packing facilities. In this article, we will provide you with a few tips on how to find the ideal VOC abatement system for your factory.
Do All Food Manufacturers Need VOC Abatement?
As a rule of thumb, only factories that […]

Science of Pollution Control: Understanding Flammability

No matter the industry, manufacturing is a combination of sciences (and scientists) working together to convert raw materials to products. Everything is measured and controlled, and if something deviates from the norm, the inputs are modified to achieve maximum efficiency, minimal variability, and optimal cost.

Pollution control is also a science. However, if you ignore the science of pollution control, you’re likely to need the help of lawyers and public relations professionals to protect your company from the onslaught of fines, lawsuits, and bad press that could hit your company if you violate regulations or break the law.

Following our recent […]

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    A Beginner’s Guide to Airflow Management for Industrial Dryers and Ovens

A Beginner’s Guide to Airflow Management for Industrial Dryers and Ovens

Although they have different purposes, industrial dryers and ovens operate under the same concept, which is to remove moisture through high temperatures.

Needless to say, because they require high temperature to function properly, the performance of your ovens and/or dryers will have a huge impact on your facility’s overall energy efficiency. This is where airflow management comes in.

Manufacturing facility managers are always looking for ways to improve overall efficiency. Despite the fact that they are not the only one, dryers and ovens always stand out as a huge source of inefficiencies. But, with the implementation of effective airflow management systems, […]

The CMM Group Releases VOC Abatement Guide

What does new car smell have in common with freshly baked bread? The same thing it has in common with diesel emissions, dry cleaning solution, a can of paint, and a vast majority of manufacturing emissions. All of these are the result of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon-based compounds that exist as a gas in normal temperature and pressure. Many of these compounds are responsible for adverse health, economic, and environmental effects.
Volatile Organic Compounds Pose Threats to Health, Economy, and Environment
While the definition of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) is simple—carbon-based compounds that exist in a gaseous form at normal […]

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    7 Tips on Getting a Custom-Built Industrial Dryer That Fits Your Needs

7 Tips on Getting a Custom-Built Industrial Dryer That Fits Your Needs

Industrial dryers are expensive and energy-intensive pieces of machinery, so you have to make the right choice in order to mitigate their long-term impact on your plant. Although you may think all industrial dryers are the same, getting a custom dryer solution built for your factory can help increase productivity and decrease costs at the same time.

Custom-built industrial dryers feature a set of characteristics designed to fit your specific facilities, so you have to carefully look at your needs and requirements to design the best solution for you. From your facilities, right down to usability and overall costs, there […]

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    Reducing Costs and Increasing Efficiency Through Energy Recovery Systems

Reducing Costs and Increasing Efficiency Through Energy Recovery Systems

Manufacturing facilities and plants are always looking for ways to increase efficiency and reduce production costs. Additionally, in recent decades, we have also seen a huge movement toward promoting sustainability and reducing the amount of energy needed to operate these facilities. This has led to the development of energy recovery systems that help plants and factories of all types become more efficient and reduce operating costs.

Energy recovery, also known as energy or heat exchange, is an effective way to reduce operating costs because it uses energy from a source you already have available. In a nutshell, these recovery devices […]

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    The Three T’s of Combustion (and Why They Matter in Pollution Control)

The Three T’s of Combustion (and Why They Matter in Pollution Control)

Today, we’re about to go back to class, exploring the basics of combustion, what it takes to achieve complete combustion, and why all of this is important to VOC abatement at manufacturing organizations.
What is Combustion?
In chemistry, combustion is a basic equation meaning “the reaction of oxygen with anything.” When applied to propulsion (internal combustion engines), heat generation, or pollution control, combustion is understood to be the reaction of oxygen with a compound containing carbon and hydrogen.
Basic Chemistry of Combustion
Also known as “burning,” the combustion process occurs when the initial bonds of a carbon-based chemical are destroyed and bond with […]