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EMS Survey of Electroplating Equipment Suppliers

You might want to look at a set of questions that EPA, TVA, and the
University of SC put together to help companies self survey themselves
environmentally against benchmarked companies.  It is not specific to
electroplaters but as Terry stated, they put together equipment the same as
everyone else, one part at a time.

Go to www.tva.gov/orgs/iwr/publish.htm
and look at publication "Environmental Process Self Survey" in Full Text

Steve Hillenbrand
Tennessee Valley Authority
400 West Summit Hill Drive
Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 632-8489
(865) 632-3616 (Fax)
Internet address: sjhillenbrand@tva.gov
HomePage:  www.tva.gov/orgs/iwr

> ----------
> From: 	Terry Foecke[SMTP:tfoecke@matprod.com]
> Reply To: 	Terry Foecke
> Sent: 	Friday, December 03, 1999 5:14 PM
> To: 	p2tech@great-lakes.net
> Subject: 	EMS Survey of Electroplating Equipment Suppliers
> Ms. Guthrie:
> You wrote:
> Good day Listers,
> (Sorry for any cross postings)
> I am looking for assistance in creating a supplier EMS survey, as required
> by our environmental policy of providing customers with environmentally
> responsible  products and services (including suppliers).  I have all the
> generic questions (ie do you have an EMS/ISO 14001 cert., P2 initiatives,
> regulatory compliance...) but need assistance on issues specific to
> suppliers of electroplating equipment.  Any help would be GREATLY
> appreciated.  
> Thanks in advance,
> Lisa Guthrie
> Environmental Researcher
> If I understand your question, you would like a list of specific questions
> that, when answered by a supplier of electroplating equipment, would let
> one
> determine if a given supplier is environmentally responsible.  Setting
> aside
> the question of defining environmental responsibility, I can suggest
> thinking of these equipment suppliers in three categories:
> System assemblers
> Metal fabricators
> Plastics fabricators
> The system assemblers will be no more or less "responsible" than their own
> suppliers, since they in the majority of cases purchase pieces of
> equipment
> (tanks; rectifiers; pumps; heaters; structural steel; pipes; etc.) and
> turn
> them into plating lines or support equipment.  For those that do some
> fabrication...
> Metal fabricators are covered extremely well in the P2 literature as to
> specific recommended practices, whether it be for welding or painting or
> coating or other operations.  Just mooch an EPA checklist for this one.
> Plastics fabricators have perhaps slightly less coverage, but checklists
> are
> out there.  PVC is widely used, but I don't know if you will get anywhere
> asking about non-PVC alternatives.  A good one here is fiberglass hoods
> and
> other air handling equipment.  Separate checklist for that one. 
> Good Luck!  Are you checking the chemistry suppliers, too?
> Terry Foecke, Managing Partner
> Materials Productivity LLC
> 1821 University Avenue, Suite S-219
> St. Paul, MN   55104
> (p) 651-603-8282
> (f) 651-603-8286
> tfoecke@matprod.com