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VOC Abatement in Package Printing

For an industry like package printing, it’s easy to see yourself as the most important part of the value chain. Whether it’s printing labels, printing of flexible packaging, or printing on the package itself, your industry’s work comes into contact with every single consumer—every single day.

However, the operations of any printing operation—Gravure, flexographic, offset, or digital, among others—produces a great deal of volatile organic compounds. It’s often considered a “necessary evil” of doing business, as printing doesn’t happen without solvents, and the use of solvents creates VOCs.
Five VOC-Laden Processes in Package Printing
In a recently released report, the Task Force […]

  • Flexible Packaging Sustainability
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    Flexible Packaging Leads in Sustainability, but There’s More Work to Do

Flexible Packaging Leads in Sustainability, but There’s More Work to Do

Representing 27% of the total global packaging market, the flexible packaging industry continues to grow rapidly—and with good reason. Innovative, sustainable, and versatile, flexible packaging provides unique benefits to consumers, business users, and the environment. However, even considering these advantages, there is still more work that needs to be done to help solidify flexible packaging’s status as an environmental leader. Today, we’d like to take a deeper look at flexible packaging’s role in the packaging sector and next steps to improve.
Flexible Packaging is Already Leading the Sustainable Packaging Charge
As the market for flexible packaging solutions continues to boom, reaching […]

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    5 Signs a Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer Can Improve Your Facility’s Operations

5 Signs a Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer Can Improve Your Facility’s Operations

As every single factory manager will tell you, all manufacturing plants focus on improving efficiency while reducing costs. While it may seem like a straightforward task, identifying areas of improvement can be anything but simple. Depending on the type of plant you manage, installing a new or updating your current air pollution control system can have a monumental impact on your entire operation.

In this article, we’ll go over the basics of regenerative thermal oxidizers, how they work, and how to identify if your plant can benefit from a new RTO.
Benefits of Implementing an RTO
A regenerative thermal oxidizer, also known […]

  • Regenerative Thermal Oxidizers: Control Gas Emissions and Reduce Operating Costs
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    Regenerative Thermal Oxidizers: Control Gas Emissions and Reduce Operating Costs

Regenerative Thermal Oxidizers: Control Gas Emissions and Reduce Operating Costs

As any plant manager will tell you, keeping operating costs low is one of the most important aspects of any operation. At the same time, depending on the industry you’re in, you may also have to abide by gas emission regulations set by the EPA.

While meeting both of these is extremely important, some managers try to find individual solutions to these issues. However, there are VOC abatement systems that can help meet gas emission standards and reduce your operating costs at the same time. Despite the fact that this will depend partially on the system you already have in […]

  • Controlling HAP and VOC Emissions with Rotary Concentrator Systems
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    Controlling HAP and VOC Emissions with Rotary Concentrator Systems

Controlling HAP and VOC Emissions with Rotary Concentrator Systems

Reducing the impact that manufacturing plants have on the environment has become one of the hottest topics of conversation today (Science Daily). Factory owners and managers have to follow EPA-established standards and regulations in order to prevent excess pollutants from entering our atmosphere (EPA). That being said, finding the best way to destroy these emissions is a constant challenge.

While there are many types of VOC abatement systems out there, rotary concentrators offer a great solution for industries that have high exhaust volumes with low concentration levels. In this article, we’ll go over the basics of rotary concentrators, how they work, […]

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    5 Things to Consider When Comparing Conveyor Ovens and Batch Ovens

5 Things to Consider When Comparing Conveyor Ovens and Batch Ovens

The time has come—it’s time to replace an old oven or purchase a new one. However, what do you need to look for? What will you decide on? Should you batch your efforts or use a conveyor oven to get the job done?

In anticipation for our upcoming guide on the steps you need to take when purchasing and installing an oven, we would today like to discuss with you some of the top considerations on which one works best for you. The CMM Group has been in the process heat business for nearly two decades and has built custom […]

The Many Applications for Industrial Ovens and Dryers

No matter the industry, if you’re a manufacturer, you likely have process heating needs. Ovens, dryers, cheese melters, and more, even if the physical approach is the same (remove moisture or cause a chemical reaction by applying heat), there are many differences in this process.
Common Applications for Industrial Ovens
Just as there are differences between chemical coatings and ciabatta, there are important differences between curing ovens, baking ovens, and the like—all with different temperatures, heating and cooling cycles, and atmospheres. Today, we would like to explore some of the most common applications in which an industrial oven is used, and […]

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    The Benefits of Choosing the Best Airflow Control Damper for Your Facility

The Benefits of Choosing the Best Airflow Control Damper for Your Facility

Many manufacturing facilities are required to have emission control and VOC abatement techniques that help them reduce their impact on the environment. Besides having to identify the best VOC abatement technique for your plant, you also need to make sure you have all the necessary backup systems in place to guarantee it runs smoothly.

Although choosing the best VOC abatement method is critical, you also need to find the best way to transport pollutants into the oxidizer itself. With the help of airflow control dampers, you can manage airborne pollutants and transport them into your oxidizer of choice. But choosing […]

The End of Once-In-Always-In

On January 25, 2018, the EPA issued new guidance on a 1995 memo clarifying the initial stance on major and area sources. Now referred to as the “once in always in” rule, this memo set forth rules for the classification of major sources of hazardous air pollutants under section 112 of the Clean Air Act. The update now allows companies the ability to break away from the legal issues that arise for major sources—if they can prove they have reduced emissions to area source levels.
Background: “Once in, Always in”
Section 112 of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 made […]

  • Food Manufacturing VOC Abatement
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    Why Food Manufacturers Need to Focus on VOC Abatement in 2018

Why Food Manufacturers Need to Focus on VOC Abatement in 2018

In food manufacturing and baking, consistency is key. Retailers and consumers have come to expect a specific product, and any deviation from perfect can result in complaints and lost business. Knowing this, creating a perfect, repeatable product is only one thing on which food manufacturers need to focus. An equal focus needs to be put on reducing emissions and staying within the confines of the regulatory environment and the expectations of the surrounding community.

These focuses need to be considered in relation to one another—the manufacturing process needs to go smoothly without breaking the law, the emission and odor control […]