How Do VOCs Impact the Environment?

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are created when toxic chemicals vaporize and form harmful gases. Natural events like wildfires release large quantities of VOCs every year. However, industrial operations and other man-made processes contribute a significant percentage to the planet’s overall VOC emissions.

Atmospheric photochemical reactions occur when VOCs are exposed to sunlight. Depending on the amount and type of VOCs emitted, these reactions can disrupt ecosystems and have crippling effects on both humans and the environment.
What is a VOC?
VOCs are volatile carbon compounds, such as butane, toluene, pentane, propane, xylene, or ethanol. Although considered harmful, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, carbonic […]

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    Why Geotechnical Services Are Essential for Emission Control Compliance

Why Geotechnical Services Are Essential for Emission Control Compliance

Pollution control equipment can significantly reduce the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released through manufacturing processes. Facilities using toxic solvents or generating high levels of VOCs must install abatement technology to meet standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These units destroy harmful compounds, reducing a facility’s overall emissions and allowing manufacturers to reach production goals.

However, in order for this system to work productively, the equipment must be carefully installed and maintained. Geotechnical reports are an important part of any facility’s long-term emission control strategy. Soil quality under and around pollution control equipment can impact the design, […]

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    The Future of the Food and Beverage Industry: A New Decade is Dawning

The Future of the Food and Beverage Industry: A New Decade is Dawning

Can you believe Y2K and the fears surrounding it happened two full decades ago? The world has changed, the consumer has changed, and the sales process has changed—could you imagine today’s landscape back then? The market moves faster. The consumer has more options and more say. As we enter the third decade of this century, you are expected to be more flexible and in tune with customer expectations.
Brace for Growth: $2.2 Trillion More in Grocery Sales by 2024
One of the best things about the food and beverage industry? It’s built to grow. An expanding population, a growing middle class, […]

Does Your Coffee Manufacturing Plant Meet EPA Standards?

Coffee manufacturers are often subject to public scrutiny as consumers look for organic products and agricultural techniques that do not negatively impact local habitats. However, roasting facilities are also subject to scrutiny within their industry. Manufacturers must adhere to strict emission regulations set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These emission limits are in response to the harmful particulate matter (PM) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) that get released during the roasting process.

Understanding what pollutants are released and how to reduce harmful emissions can help manufacturers satisfy EPA regulations and focus on farming and production.
Types of Coffee Roasting Emissions
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Evolving Tastes Fueling a Premium Push in Baking Operations

The premium push is hitting grocery stores—and it’s changing the way bakery operations work. Organic foods continue to see demand, artisan products are evolving and finding their way into shopping carts, and ingredients are changing. With this push comes a challenge. How can you justify price points, deliver consistency, innovate, and increase shelf life while making changes to adapt?
Artisan and ‘Artisan-Like’ Breads Finding Their Way into Consumer Shopping Carts
One of the biggest trends entering the baking space? Artisan bread. Discussed at the International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) and in a recent Baking Business article, customers are pushing demand for […]

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    Rebound or Recession: Why Manufacturers Can’t Ignore Pollution Control

Rebound or Recession: Why Manufacturers Can’t Ignore Pollution Control

The news travels so fast nowadays, and it’s often tough to keep ahead of the trends. The same day you see mentions of a potential recession, you see reports that manufacturing productivity is on the rise. Add to this the political turmoil going on, and many people are rightfully asking where the economy is headed. Knowing this, no matter where the US is heading, it’s important to remember that an investment today in air pollution control equipment is a smart decision.
Air Pollution Control for the Good Times
According to an October report from the Federal Reserve, U.S. factory output increased […]

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 […]