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    Catalytic Oxidizer Maintenance for Effective Air Pollution Abatement

Catalytic Oxidizer Maintenance for Effective Air Pollution Abatement

The control of air pollutant emissions – such as VOCs, NOx, and SOx – is a costly process for manufacturers. Selecting and properly maintaining your air pollution abatement system will not only help you stay compliant with strict regulations but also lower your operating costs, reduce downtime, and increase efficiencies.

One of the most effective air pollution abatement solutions for the manufacturing industry is catalytic thermal oxidizers. Along with a proper maintenance plan, the equipment offers a cost-efficient solution to air pollutant emissions control.
How a Catalytic Oxidizer Works
Catalytic oxidizers use heat to break down harmful chemicals generated from manufacturing processes. […]

How to Reduce VOC Emissions From Paints and Coatings

Paints and coatings are used in many manufacturing processes and are responsible for a significant amount of VOC emissions, which are regulated under strict environmental laws (e.g., the Clean Air Act).

One of the most effective ways to lower the costs associated with air pollutant abatement in manufacturing is to minimize VOC emissions caused by the use of paints and coatings. Here’s how:
1. Increase Paint Transfer Efficiency
During the spray painting process, a certain amount of paint goes past the target and is wasted, thereby increasing VOC emissions.

By improving paint transfer efficiency, which refers to the amount of paint deposited on […]

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    Stocking Your Facility with the Right Pollution Control Parts

Stocking Your Facility with the Right Pollution Control Parts

The world of manufacturing presents many ongoing legal, legislative, and regulatory challenges.

From attempts to charge compliant manufacturers with public nuisance fines to the decision to change certain areas from moderate Ozone noncompliance to serious noncompliance (and pursuant changes to State Implementation Plans) it’s tough to stay compliant, competitive, and cost conscious.

Knowing this, unplanned downtime to your air pollution control system is noncompetitive, noncompliant, and most certainly not cost conscious. In the event that your oxidizer unexpectedly shuts down, everything shuts down as your team goes into scramble mode to make repairs, find parts, or get in contact with a […]

Controlling VOC Emission in Your Manufacturing Plant

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are generated during a variety of industrial processes such as petroleum refining, metal production, chemical processing, and the manufacturing of consumer and commercial products.

The level of emission, VOC concentration, and exhaust air volume vary depending on the processes and the abatement technologies used.
The Impact of VOC Emission
There are different types of VOCs, many of which are harmful to humans and the environment. They can lead to negative respiratory, allergic, or immune effects such as eye, nose, and throat irritation, headaches, loss of coordination, and nausea. They can also damage the liver, kidneys, and central nervous […]

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    Abatement Strategies for Controlling Emission and Air Pollution

Abatement Strategies for Controlling Emission and Air Pollution

In industrial manufacturing, the control of emission and air pollutants is a key component in reducing environmental impact while staying compliant with government regulations.

Emission often refers to man-made contaminants, while air pollution can be caused by substances released into the atmosphere as a result of both human activities and natural phenomena.

In addition, air pollution control focuses on gases and particulates that are released into the atmosphere and affect the air quality, while emission control encompasses the abatement of a wider range of pollutants, such as noise and heat, that are released into the environment.
What Is Air Pollution Control?
Air pollution […]

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    NAAQS Update: Seven Areas At Risk to Be Labeled Serious Ozone Areas

NAAQS Update: Seven Areas At Risk to Be Labeled Serious Ozone Areas

Are you a manufacturer or other producer in or around Chicago, Dallas, Houston, San Diego Nevada County (CA), New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut? You may face new requirements in the coming years pertaining to your emissions levels.

Following a November announcement by the EPA, these areas have failed to attain the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards by the required date for “Moderate” nonattainment status. What does this mean and how could it affect your business? We explore this in detail below.
Background: National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)
Under the Clean Air Act of 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency […]

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    Fuel Costs in Air Pollution Control: Challenges and Opportunities

Fuel Costs in Air Pollution Control: Challenges and Opportunities

When you choose (or are required) to upgrade or update your air pollution control system, you are opting to make a major investment in the ongoing compliance, productivity, and environmental initiatives at your company. Knowing this, air pollution control systems are by no means “cheap” in terms of initial capital costs—few pieces of equipment engineered with a decades-long operational life are.

While capital costs may be high, operating costs don’t have to be. Following our recent articles on reducing the costs of pollution control and the resources available from federal and state entities that could save you money or provide […]

Regional Resources: Pollution Control Grant Opportunities

The right pollution control equipment can help you operate more efficiently, remain in compliance with federal and state regulations, and avoid downtime; it can even help you recapture operating costs when paired with energy recovery systems used to provide heat to other applications.
Overcoming Cost Challenges in Pollution Control
While many manufacturers see long term benefits from the move to update their air pollution control equipment, the capital equipment costs are often prohibitive. As we discussed in our last blog, US manufacturers spend over $24 billion per year in pollution abatement and continue to bear a significant burden in environmental regulatory […]

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    Staying EPA Compliant With Proper Abatement Equipment Maintenance

Staying EPA Compliant With Proper Abatement Equipment Maintenance

For many manufacturing plants, following EPA’s requirements on pollution control and staying within the demands of EPA’s operating permits can be both costly and challenging.

Plant managers not only have to ensure compliance but also tackle various human errors and material limitations regarding the operation of the abatement equipment and volatile organic compound (VOC) control systems, such as:

Unintentional adjustment of the equipment that causes sub-optimal functioning.
Lack of knowledge in the pollution control procedure that leads to the shutting down of a production process.
Equipment fatigue and failure that causes a device to shut down or operate under unsafe […]

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    How To Reduce the Cost Of Pollution Abatement In Manufacturing

How To Reduce the Cost Of Pollution Abatement In Manufacturing

US manufacturers spend over $24 billion per year in pollution abatement and continue to bear a significant burden in environmental regulatory costs for waste disposal, wastewater treatment, and air pollution abatement.

In order to reduce cost and stay competitive, manufacturers need to reduce the cost of controlling pollution so they can become more profitable. Here are a few key areas to focus on:
Lowering Cost Of Waste Disposal
One of the most effective ways to lower the cost of waste disposal is to reduce the production and volume of manufacturing wastes and the resources required to process them:

Increase the efficiency of […]