VOC Abatement

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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    Manufacturers Need to Remain Vigilant in the Wake of Increased Scrutiny

Manufacturers Need to Remain Vigilant in the Wake of Increased Scrutiny

It may be odd to think that a state can charge a manufacturer for anything ranging from product liability to global warming prevention using a very loose interpretation of a law often used to fine people for unkept lawns or running an illegal gambling ring, but there’s currently a dangerous trend that could set dangerous precedent for everyone in the manufacturing community.
Continued Scrutiny on the Manufacturing Community
In a recent blog, we discussed that there is increased focus on manufacturing emissions, due in part to the consolidation taking place between some of the global players in paint and coatings.

However, the […]

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    The CMM Group Releases VOC Abatement Guide for Paint and Coatings

The CMM Group Releases VOC Abatement Guide for Paint and Coatings

Since the dawn of time, humans have wanted to leave their mark. Whether it’s a cave, the Sistine Chapel, or the walls of your home, humans have found ways to combine pigments and carriers for the past 65,000 years in order to leave a lasting impression on a surface. While paint has been around for millennia, mass manufacturing, understanding of volatile organic compounds, and regulations regarding production are a new concept.
VOC Abatement in the Paint and Coatings Industry
New concept or not, these regulations still control the materials you use, the processes you employ, and the amount you emit, and […]

Rotary Concentrators for the Paint and Coatings Industry

For manufacturers in the paint and coatings industry, volatile organic compounds or VOCs are part of doing business. From solvents to colorants, nearly all coatings in the world contain VOCs, which are released during the manufacturing process all the way through application and outgassing/drying.

In fact, paint and coatings production and use is the second largest source of VOC emissions into the atmosphere after automobiles, responsible for roughly 11 billion pounds every year.

With this in mind, regulators and industry associations have spent decades drafting rules, guidelines, and regulations for coatings manufacturers, designed to minimize the creation or release of VOCs […]

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    Identifying the Most Effective VOC Abatement for Paint Manufacturing Facilities

Identifying the Most Effective VOC Abatement for Paint Manufacturing Facilities

Almost all major industrial processes generate significant amounts of air pollution that need to be treated before they enter the atmosphere. Like many other industries, paint manufacturers have to abide by regulations set by the EPA that limit the amount of untreated pollution these factories can release into the air.

Paint factory managers are always looking for a cost-effective solution that helps them control their factory’s VOC emissions and abide by these regulations.

VOC abatement systems provide a viable alternative to destroy air pollutants in paint manufacturing facilities at a low cost. That being said, there are different abatement technologies available […]

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    Key VOC Abatement System Considerations for Flexographic Printing Operations

Key VOC Abatement System Considerations for Flexographic Printing Operations

Flexographic printing has become one of the most popular forms of printing over the past few decades for a variety of reasons. Immensely versatile, flexographic printers can handle a diverse array of substrates, color runs, solvent configurations to satisfy printing needs.
Top Challenges for Flexographic Printing Operations
From the many different solvent configurations needed to satisfy a unique printing need to the chemicals used in cleaning machines, volatile organic compounds are present in every step in the flexographic printing process.

Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs, are often considered a “necessary evil” of the entire printing industry, as printing doesn’t happen without solvents, […]

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    5 Ways a Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer Improves Your Operation

5 Ways a Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer Improves Your Operation

Running a successful factory doesn’t only depend on the quality of your products but on the overall performance of the facility. Many industrial processes produce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that need to be destroyed before the exhaust air is released into the atmosphere.

This is where a regenerative thermal oxidizer, also known as a RTO, can help.

These dedicated pieces of machinery are designed to destroy VOCs and other air pollutants before they enter our atmosphere. This allows factory managers to reduce their facility’s environmental impact and adhere to mandatory regulations set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Besides destroying air pollutants, there […]

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    Choosing the Best VOC Abatement Technique for Your Flexographic Printing Operation

Choosing the Best VOC Abatement Technique for Your Flexographic Printing Operation

Despite the fact that the process is extremely dynamic, flexographic printing facilities also face an array of challenges. Maintaining high levels of efficiency on all fronts is critical. However, you need to abide by certain regulations to avoid getting penalized and to reduce its negative effects on the environment.

In this article, we’ll discuss the basics of how flexographic printing works, the impact it has on the environment, and the best VOC abatement technologies for these facilities.
What Is Flexographic Printing?
As the name suggests, flexographic printing is a versatile process that is ideal for large-scale operations. In a nutshell, flexography uses […]

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 […]

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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 […]