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RE: Alternative parts cleaning

You might try this approach: You state that the parts are acceptable with
what ever amount of oil clings to them. If you modify the present metal
shipping containers so that the bottom is like a solid leak proof pan, you
can line the bottom with a cardboard or similar material that will absorb
and hold all of the oil that can drip off. When the empty containers are
returned the cardboard can be replaced. In this manner there can be no

Rudy Moehrbach
Staff Engineer
Waste Reduction Resource Center
Phone 800-476-8686
Web http://wrrc.p2pays.org

-----Original Message-----
From: Judith Wlodarczyk [mailto:jwlodarc@connstep.org]
Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2001 2:18 PM
To: envgroup-list@mep.nist.gov; p2tech@great-lakes.net
Subject: Alternative parts cleaning

I have a client that manufacturers small carbon steel parts for the
industry.  They stamp and form the parts from rod-drawn wire on large
using Renocut 464, a petroleum cutting oil, at the rate of 35 parts/minute
coming off the presses.  The oil helps lubricate the cutting as well as the
movement.  We are looking to eliminate one of the cleaning steps, which has
become a bottleneck, as all parts produced in the factory are cleaned at one
wash station, causing parts to sit and not flow at the rate we have

The cleaning step we would like to eliminate occurs after the parts come off
press and before they are shipped out for off-site services.  They have
other lubricants with little success.

The outside vendors have required the cleaning because they do not want to
responsible for oil draining off the parts during transportation, causing a
spill that they will be responsible for cleaning up.  The parts are shipped
metal containers, holding 18,000-21,000 parts (2000 lbs.) and have to have a
trap door to enable the vendor the easily remove the parts from the


1.  Is there another way that would remove the oil without having a separate
wash operation?  For examples, could we use a centrifuge at the press or are
there in-line washers that you have had experience with that would work with
this quantity of parts?

2.  Are there other cutting oils available that could provide the
necessary for this operation, facilitating the cutting and the die movement,
yet enable us to eliminate the wash?

Judy Wlodarczyk
Environmental Management Specialist

1090 Elm St.
Suite 202
Rocky Hill, CT  06067

Phone:  860-644-9718
Fax:       860-529-5001
Email:    jwlodarc@connstep.org