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    Manufacturers Need to Remain Vigilant in the Wake of Increased Scrutiny

Manufacturers Need to Remain Vigilant in the Wake of Increased Scrutiny

It may be odd to think that a state can charge a manufacturer for anything ranging from product liability to global warming prevention using a very loose interpretation of a law often used to fine people for unkept lawns or running an illegal gambling ring, but there’s currently a dangerous trend that could set dangerous precedent for everyone in the manufacturing community.
Continued Scrutiny on the Manufacturing Community
In a recent blog, we discussed that there is increased focus on manufacturing emissions, due in part to the consolidation taking place between some of the global players in paint and coatings.

However, the […]

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    The CMM Group Releases VOC Abatement Guide for Paint and Coatings

The CMM Group Releases VOC Abatement Guide for Paint and Coatings

Since the dawn of time, humans have wanted to leave their mark. Whether it’s a cave, the Sistine Chapel, or the walls of your home, humans have found ways to combine pigments and carriers for the past 65,000 years in order to leave a lasting impression on a surface. While paint has been around for millennia, mass manufacturing, understanding of volatile organic compounds, and regulations regarding production are a new concept.
VOC Abatement in the Paint and Coatings Industry
New concept or not, these regulations still control the materials you use, the processes you employ, and the amount you emit, and […]

3 Pollution Control Challenges for Baking Operations

Even though the United States has been leading the way in pollution control and emissions have continued to drop since the passage of the Clean Air Act, various industries such as the manufacturing of food products still results in the release of volatile organic compounds, odors, and other pollutants.

In many industries, and even in certain food manufacturing processes, facilities have numerous options to reduce their emissions that could include anything from a change in materials to a change in product.

On the other hand, pollution control at a baking operation is different than many other manufacturing processes:

Nearly Impossible to […]

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    The Current and Future Challenges Surrounding Air Pollution Abatement

The Current and Future Challenges Surrounding Air Pollution Abatement

It’s no secret that air pollution is extremely dangerous for both the general public and the environment. This is one of the reasons why the Clean Air Act of 1970 was established in the first place – to help improve public health while reducing the impact humans have on the natural world.

Although the air pollution levels have dramatically decreased over the last 45 years, airborne contamination is still a major issue. Industrial facilities need to abide by regulation set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) when it comes to pollution emissions and their abatement mechanisms.

In this article, we’ll discuss […]

Rotary Concentrators for the Paint and Coatings Industry

For manufacturers in the paint and coatings industry, volatile organic compounds or VOCs are part of doing business. From solvents to colorants, nearly all coatings in the world contain VOCs, which are released during the manufacturing process all the way through application and outgassing/drying.

In fact, paint and coatings production and use is the second largest source of VOC emissions into the atmosphere after automobiles, responsible for roughly 11 billion pounds every year.

With this in mind, regulators and industry associations have spent decades drafting rules, guidelines, and regulations for coatings manufacturers, designed to minimize the creation or release of VOCs […]

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    Identifying the Most Effective VOC Abatement for Paint Manufacturing Facilities

Identifying the Most Effective VOC Abatement for Paint Manufacturing Facilities

Almost all major industrial processes generate significant amounts of air pollution that need to be treated before they enter the atmosphere. Like many other industries, paint manufacturers have to abide by regulations set by the EPA that limit the amount of untreated pollution these factories can release into the air.

Paint factory managers are always looking for a cost-effective solution that helps them control their factory’s VOC emissions and abide by these regulations.

VOC abatement systems provide a viable alternative to destroy air pollutants in paint manufacturing facilities at a low cost. That being said, there are different abatement technologies available […]

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    Key VOC Abatement System Considerations for Flexographic Printing Operations

Key VOC Abatement System Considerations for Flexographic Printing Operations

Flexographic printing has become one of the most popular forms of printing over the past few decades for a variety of reasons. Immensely versatile, flexographic printers can handle a diverse array of substrates, color runs, solvent configurations to satisfy printing needs.
Top Challenges for Flexographic Printing Operations
From the many different solvent configurations needed to satisfy a unique printing need to the chemicals used in cleaning machines, volatile organic compounds are present in every step in the flexographic printing process.

Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs, are often considered a “necessary evil” of the entire printing industry, as printing doesn’t happen without solvents, […]

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    How Circuit Board Manufacturers Can Prepare for Increased Demand

How Circuit Board Manufacturers Can Prepare for Increased Demand

Since their invention in the early 20th Century, the circuit board has become a necessity for any electronics manufacturer or end user. Used in many industrial applications, manufacturers of rigid and flexible circuit boards serve companies in a wide variety of industries including aerospace and defense, medical and instrumentation, communications, computers, industrial and consumer electronics, and more.

With improving technology, decreasing use-life, and increasing demand for electronic components in nearly every application, the market for circuit board manufacturers looks bright—rigid printed circuit boards will continue to grow at a fast pace and the flexible printed circuit board market is expanding […]

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    The Global Cost of Pollution and the Health Benefits of Clean Air

The Global Cost of Pollution and the Health Benefits of Clean Air

Today, private companies and entire countries are obsessed with progress and technology. Industrialization and the expansion of urban areas are often regarded as logical advancements, but they also generate a myriad of secondary effects that may potentially outweigh their benefits.

Global pollution has been in the limelight for decades at this point, and it has recently hit critical stages. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 12.5 million people die from environmental hazards every year, which include:
Water Pollution
As the name indicates, this type of pollution affects available water sources. Contaminants may come from industrial facilities, sewage systems, or […]

Types of Catalysts in Catalytic Oxidation

Catalytic Oxidation is one of the many options you have when looking at air pollution control systems at your facility. Catalysts are used to reduce the oxidation temperature, resulting in lower operating costs through the reduction of fuel needed to heat an air pollution control system.

As we discussed in our recent blog comparing thermal and catalytic oxidizers, these pollution control abatement systems are designed for specific industries in which a catalyst is employed to reduce the amount of energy needed to oxidize a pollutant. By using a catalytic oxidizer, companies can reduce operating costs and minimize maintenance costs during […]