Air Pollution

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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 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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]