VOC Abatement

Understanding the Difference Between VOCs, VVOCs, and SVOCs

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies a Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) as “any compound of carbon that participates in atmospheric photochemical reactions.” This classification excludes carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, carbonic acid, ammonium carbonate, metallic carbides, and carbonates. VOCs are released into the air when harmful chemicals vaporize. The boiling point of a particular compound can be used to gauge how easily it vaporizes, and therefore how volatile it is. The lower the boiling point, the higher the volatility.

The EPA monitors the amount of VOCs released into the air by manufacturing plants and sets restrictions on their annual emissions. By […]

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    How to Create an Effective Preventative Maintenance Plan for Your Pollution Control Equipment

How to Create an Effective Preventative Maintenance Plan for Your Pollution Control Equipment

Pollution control equipment is a vital part of the manufacturing industry. Facilities emitting volatile organic compounds (VOCs) must meet strict air quality guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). VOCs are released into the atmosphere when harmless chemicals vaporize and can cause health issues to humans, as well as damage the environment. Therefore, large manufacturing facilities must use pollution control equipment to capture and destroy toxic compounds to reduce their emissions and stay within federal and state limits.
Why Is It Important to Maintain Pollution Control Equipment?
Pollution control units are specifically designed to destroy harmful compounds emitted during the […]

What’s Next for the Packaging Industry?

Packaging is one of those ubiquitous industries. Few industries can say that every single American uses their products multiple times per day. Packaging protects, markets, stores, and maintains product quality for everything from food to pharmaceuticals, auto parts to alcohol, and cosmetics to cannabis and CBD.

Knowing this, innovation in packaging is constant. Hygienic designs, robotic automation and improved inspection—innovation is here that will make processes faster, more flexible, and more reliable.
Pack Expo Shows Off What’s Coming to Packaging
This innovation was on display at Pack Expo Las Vegas, where over 2,000 exhibitors from nearly 130 countries showed off their wares […]

Building a Sustainable Manufacturing Operation

In today’s litigious and media-driven landscape, in which a disparaging article can cause boycotts and potentially destroy businesses, companies in all industries need to stay ahead of the curve. It’s no longer about global warming, it’s about climate change. Paired with this, it’s no longer enough to do just enough to remain compliant, you need to show that you are a leader in your field.

Over the years, we have looked to highlight the risks of noncompliance, discuss the increased media focus on an ever-consolidating paint industry, explore the questionable-yet-creative ways activists and attorneys are attacking compliant businesses, and offer […]

What Are the Different Types of VOC Detectors Available?

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are created when harmful chemicals vaporize at room temperature. Large manufacturing plants using solvents or toxic chemicals during production can release dangerous levels of VOCs into the air. These gases create photochemical smog, which can cause severe health issues in humans and damage the environment.

As per strict EPA guidelines, manufacturers must monitor and control the amount of VOCs they release into the atmosphere. Plant personnel must also monitor the amount of VOCs present inside or around the facility itself. Sensors are used to detect VOC levels and keep workers aware of any changes in the […]

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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 […]