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    How to Maintain a Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) Effectively

How to Maintain a Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) Effectively

Today’s manufacturers are under increasing pressure to meet strict environmental regulations, and an effective emission control system is vital to the ongoing operation of a plant.

The Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) is one of the most popular and cost-effective ways for emissions control. Here’s how to properly maintain this piece of critical equipment:
The Importance of RTO Maintenance
Due to the high operating temperature and exposure to corrosive chemicals, minor issues in an RTO can fester into major problems that could bring the entire manufacturing plant to a halt if they aren’t discovered and dealt with in a timely manner.

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Controlling Nitrogen Oxides in the Manufacturing Industry

Nitrogen oxides (NOx) are common air pollutants emitted during many industrial manufacturing processes. Their emission is controlled by the EPA, and manufacturers are required to control the amount of NOx their processes release into the atmosphere.
What Are Nitrogen Oxides?
NOx occurs mostly in the form of nitric oxides (NOx) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2), both of which are corrosive and hazardous to health.

Nitrogen, in its natural form (N2), is an inert gas that makes up 80% of the air. However, as a single atom, it is quite reactive and can combine with oxygen in the air to form a few different […]

3 Ways to Improve the Cost-Efficiency of VOC Abatement

As more awareness is developed around the damaging health and environmental effects of volatile organic compounds (VOC), the government is enforcing stricter regulations to control VOC in the manufacturing industry.

The Clean Air Act is one of the key pieces of legislation for improving the nation’s air quality and protecting the stratospheric ozone layer. Many industrial manufacturers have to install costly equipment and redesign their plants to comply with the law. Failure to do so can lead to citations and hefty fines.

Currently, manufacturers must bear the expenses related to VOC abatement, which impacts the operating cost and the bottom line […]

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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?
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    State Implementation Plans: SIP Execution and Enforcement (Part 2)

State Implementation Plans: SIP Execution and Enforcement (Part 2)

Following the announcement in the Federal Register that certain areas are no longer in Moderate nonattainment and will soon be moved to Severe nonattainment specifically for Ozone, many manufacturers in this area may face new expectations, regulations, and standards in the coming year regarding their emissions. In the coming months, states in charge of these areas will submit new State Implementation Plans (SIPs) for reducing ground-level Ozone to comply with 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

While this may only pertain to certain areas, the 2015 standards are rapidly approaching their enforcement dates, lowering the levels of permissible 8-hour […]

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    Reducing Emissions: The Most Effective HAP Abatement Systems

Reducing Emissions: The Most Effective HAP Abatement Systems

The reduction of air pollution has become one of the biggest global talking points for several decades. World leaders have held a great deal of meetings with the sole purpose of addressing environmental pollution. These have led to established entities like the EPA, which is now in charge of monitoring and regulating air pollution emissions in the US.

Although current emissions are much lower than the last 5 decades, a significant amount of pollution enters our atmosphere on a daily basis. These include dangerous compounds like hazardous air pollutants, which have harmful effects on the general public health and the […]

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    How to Reduce Air Pollution from Factories and Industrial Operations

How to Reduce Air Pollution from Factories and Industrial Operations

There are thousands of industrial facilities around the world, all of which contribute to producing billions of consumer products. While these products may be extremely helpful, their production also puts a huge amount of stress on the environment and our health.

For this reason, the reduction of air pollution has become one of the hottest debate topics in the last 60 years. This article will talk about the different ways that factories and other industrial operations can reduce air pollution and destroy these compounds before they enter our atmosphere.
Common airborne pollutants generated by industrial operations
There are hundreds of different air […]

Understanding Harmful Chemicals: Air Pollution Abatement

Even the smallest industrial operations can release different types of dangerous air pollutants. While all factories should implement ways to treat these emissions before they enter the atmosphere, it’s also important to choose the right machinery.

The best way to choose the best air pollution abatement systems is to understand the emissions your factory generates. In this article, we’ll go over the common types of air pollutants that most factories generate and discuss the impact they may cause.
The impact of pollution
Factories can generate solid waste, liquid residues, and airborne pollutants. All of these are very dangerous and must be handled […]

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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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    Taking Proactive Steps to Pollution Control During Consolidation in the Paint Industry

Taking Proactive Steps to Pollution Control During Consolidation in the Paint Industry

The paint industry has continued to become more and more centralized. With no more than a few hundred players globally, the power is becoming centralized at the top—and according to the Wall Street Journal, more consolidation may be on the horizon. With industry consolidation comes intense focus by regulators, investors, and members of the press, creating an environment where one slip-up could become a PR or investor nightmare. Today, we would like to explore the current state of consolidation in coatings, and discuss why it pays to be proactive in your pollution control activities.
A History of Consolidation in the […]