Saving Money with On Site Solvent Recycling Systems

Industries involved in repair and refurbishing of equipment such as auto body, collision repair and other manufactures in metalworking, furniture and cabinet making often produce large amounts of hazardous waste that must then be disposed of. An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule on recycling and storage of hazardous waste that goes into effect in July could affect all of those industries. The rule will add new rules and requirements for companies that have been storing spent solvents on-site.

Solvent and/or paint thinner is considered the largest hazardous waste stream in auto body and collision repair and furniture manufacturing industries, however up to 97% or more of this waste can be recovered and re-used through an on-site solvent recycling system.

Solvent and paint thinner waste is usually created during the cleaning of paint/coating spray guns using either a manual or enclosed spray gun cleaning system. An on-site solvent recycling system can save a business significant savings through reduction in waste disposal and transportation costs.

Solvent Recycler SR -30 Series, for recycling paint thinner, paint solvents

Solvent Recycler SR -30 Series

Solvent recycling systems work by distilling waste solvent/paint thinner to separate the re-usable solvent from the waste paint or coatings. An on-site recycling system such as the International Surface Technologies (IST) SR-Series product line of solvent recyclers can reduce a batch of solvent waste by up to 95%, separating the mixture into a clean, re-usable solvent and leaving a “puck” of sludge/solid waste that can be much more easily and cheaply disposed of. By removing the liquid and leaving a solid waste product, businesses can reduce regulatory requirements and future liability while saving money. The IST SR Series recycles most popular solvents, including mineral spirit, flexo & litho solvents. The SR-Series are Available in sizes 8, 16, 32 and 48 gallon with vacuum. Sizing the right recycler for your business is based on the amount of solvent produced per day/week.

IST and their local representatives offer a cost savings analysis of your existing process to help you determine whether a solvent recycling system is right for you. By looking at the number of weeks per year of operation, amount of solvent purchases and cost of disposal per gallon of waste, they will provide a Return on Investment Analysis. A business that invests in an SR-Series Recycler could potentially recoup their investment in as little as 4 to 12 months while enabling them to recycle all cleaning solvents, reduce solvent purchases by 90% and waste disposal cost by 95%.

Industries Served: General manufacturing – Aerospace and aviation (MRO) – Marine – Automotive – Petroleum Flexography – Lithography – Wood finishing – Power & energy – Pharmaceutical

Contact Gulftech Enterprises, Authorized IST Dealer for information and Pricing: 727-469-8773 :

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Why Be Concerned about Hexavalent Chromium?

OSHA Compliance Requirements for Hexavalent Chromium (Hexavalent chrome, Chromium 6, Chromium VI) Effective May 31, 2010
Why be concerned about Chromium VI? Hexavalent chromium (Cr VI) is an IARC-1 human carcinogen. According to the EPA, “The best estimate of the excess risk of lung cancer from exposure to hexavalent chromium…is 8 cases of cancer in every 100 workers exposed.” -Environmental Protection Agency, Chromium VI (CASRN 18540-29-9). Other adverse health effects associated with Hexavalent chromium overexposure include irritation of the nose, throat, and lungs. Repeated or prolonged overexposure can damage the mucous membranes of the nasal passages and cause ulcers to form. In some cases the damage is so severe that the septum (the wall separating the nasal passages) develops a hole. Skin exposure to hexavalent chromium over prolonged periods can cause ulcers to form. Some workers develop an allergic sensitization to chromium. In sensitized workers, contact with even very tiny amounts can cause a serious skin rash. Exposure to Chrome 6 can also cause permanent eye damage in some cases.

Employees performing welding or thermal cutting tasks on chromium – containing metals are likely to be over-exposed to Hexavalent Chrome unless engineering controls and / or respiratory protection are used.

Only proven engineering controls (such as source capture air filtration from Gulftech Enterprises, Inc) can eliminate the need for the regulated areas. Filtration (rather than simple exhaust to the outside) allows recirculation of expensive conditioned air and reduces the size of the regulated area and reduces the number of affected employees.

There are generally three ways to maintain air quality:

– Dilution Ventilation (increased airflow in the welding area)

– Ambient air collection using dilution air and a dust or fume extraction device (ambient air cleaners can be mounted above the weld area to capture the weld fume).

– Source capture using a dust or fume extraction device (weld fume arms connected to either a portable fume extraction system or ducted to a dust collector).

New OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.1026

AerProAir by Gulftech Enterprises Announces Partnership with Austin Air Air Purifiers

AerProAir is proud to announce its new partnership with Austin Air as a dealer of Austin Air Home and Commercial Air Purification Systems.

Austin Air is the original maker of high-end filtration systems and has the largest air cleaner manufacturing facility in the world, at 480,000 square feet. The company is proud to manufacture everything in-house, from filter to metal forming and final product paint.

Austin Air’s superior Healthmate is now the air cleaner of choice by physicians and specialists both nationwide and abroad. In fact, this very minute, Austin Air purifiers are hard at work cleaning homes, offices and industrial complexes around the globe.

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