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RE: bioremediating parts washers

Last fall we bought a parts washer from System One Technologies which has
the bioremediation type function.  This parts cleaner has been used in our
fleet management garage (site of ~4,500 people spread over 7,000 acres).  It
has been very well accepted and is doing a very good job.  We have generated
no waste to date from this except some samples taken to characterize the
solution.  Here is the info on System One that I have:

	SystemOne Technologies
	8305 N.W. 27th St.
	Miami, FL  33122

	URL:  http://www.systemonetechnologies.com/

They have a good web site with much information.  They also have a trial
program where they will provide a test unit for evaluation.  We had ours for
2-3 months before we purchased.  

Hope this helps.

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> From: 	Hill, Lin[SMTP:lhill@des.state.nh.us]
> Sent: 	Thursday, May 18, 2000 9:37 AM
> To: 	'P2Tech@great-lakes.net'
> Subject: 	bioremediating parts washers
> Has anyone tried these types of parts washers? (taken from Pollution
> Online).
> Lin Hill, NHPPP, 603-271-2902
> Water-based parts cleaning became practical with the introduction of
> bioremediation: the use of living organisms to turn hazardous materials
> into
> harmless components. 
> Chemists and engineers put microbes to work in an industrial setting by
> creating a parts washer that combines a powerful cleaning fluid with
> bioremediating microbes. The fluid lifts grease and dirt from the part and
> flushes it into a reservoir. Here, the microbes, thriving in a tailored
> environment, digest the grease. The components of the digestion
> process-CO2
> and water-evaporate into the air. 
> Early bioremediating parts washers had their shortcomings. Some lubricants
> were difficult to clean and the bioremediating process sometimes produced
> a
> barnyard odor. The microbes themselves often succumbed to temperature
> swings. 
> Today's state-of-the-art bioremediating parts washer has corrected these
> problems. New designs combine fluid, filter, pump, heater, and the
> safe-but
> voracious-microbes in a closed-loop system that requires little
> maintenance.
> Its cleaning efficiency is comparable to parts washers using premium
> solvents. When used properly, there is nothing to haul or skim. The fluid
> cleans the part, and the microbes clean the fluid. For this reason, the
> fluid remains at peak efficiency and need never be replaced-just topped
> off
> to replace fluid lost to normal evaporation. 
> The latest generation of surfactant fluids can remove even fifth-wheel
> grease and other lubricants that defy ordinary water-based cleaners. New
> strains of robust microbes can thrive in a wide range of temperatures. The
> only maintenance required is the monthly replacement of a filter mat that
> captures particulates and supplies a fresh colony of microbes. Disposal of
> the filter mat usually may be as ordinary solid waste. 
> Thus is the parts washer once again the simple, easy-to-use,
> cost-effective
> machine that does its job with little attention. And at little or no cost
> to
> the environment. 
> Contact: ChemFree Corp., Francis Marks, president, 8 Meca WayNorcross, GA
> 30093. Tel: 770-564-5580; Fax: 770-564-5533. 
> About the author: Francis Marks is president of ChemFree Corp.