How to Know Which Oxidizer Is Best For Your Business

Oxidizers are used to eliminate harmful pollutants emitted during the manufacturing process. There are various control systems available, each with slightly different operating procedures and requirements. Facility owners must consider which system not only works best with their production budgets but helps them meet all compliance regulations set by the EPA.

Furthermore, characteristics within each exhaust stream dictate what type of oxidizer is best suited for the job. Manufacturers must consider pollutant type, pollutant concentration, airflow volume, and airflow temperature when selecting a control unit.
Types of Oxidizers
There are two types of oxidizing control systems: catalytic and thermal.

Thermal oxidizers work by […]

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    States to Play a Bigger Role in EPA Compliance and Enforcement

States to Play a Bigger Role in EPA Compliance and Enforcement

What happens when the Federal Government works to cut red tape and regulations? Efficiency. In the past few years, regulatory bodies across the United States have found that despite capped spending growth and fewer regulations, they have begun to work faster and more efficiently, with some leveraging more technology or delegating to the states. One such example of this exists in a recent memorandum released by the Federal EPA which will increase the efficiency by which the EPA and states plan inspections, enforcement, and more.

The memorandum, Enhancing Effective Partnerships Between the EPA and the States in Civil Enforcement and […]

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    The Importance of VOC Regulations and How They Can Affect Your Manufacturing Process

The Importance of VOC Regulations and How They Can Affect Your Manufacturing Process

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP) are generated when chemicals vaporize and form a gas. These gases create ground-level pollution, also known as smog. While these compounds are harmful to humans, they are also highly toxic to the environment. Therefore, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates the amount of VOCs and HAPs released by manufacturers nationwide.

Furthermore, specific guidelines exist for each type of product used by manufacturers, such as automobile, architectural, and aerosol coatings. As a result, facility owners may be subject to varying limits, both within the production process and for the emissions generated by […]

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    Combining Regulatory Compliance and Cost Efficiency in Paint Manufacturing

Combining Regulatory Compliance and Cost Efficiency in Paint Manufacturing

For millennia, humans have left their mark on the world using three key ingredients—pigment, binder, and solvent. From the dawn of man to today, the methods and materials have evolved, additives have become prevalent, and manufacturing processes have improved, but the world of paint still relies on these three components.
The Paint Industry Evolves to Meet Evolving Regulations
However, just as materials and processes have evolved, so has the regulatory landscape. Concerns about the environment, worker safety, and consumer health have put immense pressure on the industry, and throughout the mid-20th century, regulators and lawmakers took aim at the paint industry—the […]

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    Is Your Current Emissions Control Operation Optimized for Best Results?

Is Your Current Emissions Control Operation Optimized for Best Results?

How to know when it’s time for a change.
Manufacturers must adhere to strict emission limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), industry leaders, and governing bodies. The Clean Air Act (1970) enforces these limits and updates them as new technologies emerge. While removing the use of harmful substances during the production process is recommended, it is not always feasible for manufacturers reliant on specific chemicals.

An emissions control system regulates and reduces the output of harmful pollutants by collecting and destroying volatile organic compounds (VOC) during production. Choosing the best system for your business is essential for meeting EPA […]

What Drives the Demand for Flexible Packaging?

From coffee to cosmetics, medication to meals, detergent to dry goods, flexible packaging is on the rise globally. With over 61% growth from 2000 through 2017 in the US alone, consumers are asking for it and manufacturers are using pouches, blister packs, foil, and more to store, ship, and sell products, according to Packaging World.
Where is the Demand for Flexible Packaging on the Rise?
In their most recent Flexible Packaging Assessment report, Packaging World and PMMI Business Intelligence found a variety of reasons this market continues to grow:

USA (Est. Market Size by 2023: $44 Billion, CAGR: 3.9%): An early […]

What to Look for in a Right VOC Abatement Solution

Tips for finding the best emission reduction technology for your manufacturing plant.

Installing a VOC abatement solution for your manufacturing plant is a sizable investment, and choosing the right solution is key to maximizing your ROI.

To get the most out of your VOC emission control system, you need to choose the right technology and work with a reputable vendor so you can optimize the system’s operating efficiency.

Here’s how to select the right VOC abatement solution for your manufacturing facility:
Design and Installation
Besides the cost of the equipment, you should make sure that the system is designed to meet the needs of […]

The Continued Rise of Flexo: Driving Factors and Challenges

Despite humble beginnings, flexographic printing has become a huge part of the printing and packaging world, providing a versatile, repeatable, and extremely efficient way to transfer ink to a wide range of surfaces.

Today, with a market size of over $10 billion for flexographic ink, analysts expect this process to see continued growth in coming years—a 4.5% compound annual growth rate between now and 2024. However, with stringent requirements from a wide variety of regulators, those using the flexo printing process will need to strive for compliance.
A Brief History of Flexographic Printing
Initially patented by a firm called Bibby, Baron and […]

Four Ways The CMM Group Helps Food Manufacturers

Food manufacturing is an art and a science. Everyone needs to eat, and you ensure it happens. However, food manufacturers are as unique as the products they provide, and with these unique needs come challenges specific to each facility. At The CMM Group, we work with firms like yours every day to design, manufacture, and install a wide range of machinery for firms like yours, including but not limited to the following:
Pollution and Odor Control
For food manufacturers, pollution control is a challenging concept. While many people may think that the smell of freshly baked bread is one of the […]

How to Optimize the Performance of Your Rotary Concentrator

Manufacturing plants that generate a low to moderate amount of pollutants can reduce operating costs by using a rotary concentrator for VOC and air pollutant abatement.
How a Rotary Concentrator Works
A rotary concentrator efficiently removes and destroys volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and air pollutants with a two-step process.

A ductwork collection system in a rotary concentrator captures exhaust air, which is then passed through a high-efficiency filter to remove particulates.

Next, the airstream is directed through the rotating concentrator wheel, where pollutants are adsorbed by the hydrophobic Zeolite media, which is permanently bonded to a corrugated mineral fiber substrate inside the rotor.

The […]