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Re: acetone distillation gun-washer unit



Jean, I recently put together a story for our Notifer newsletter about a
sign painting business in Ohio that uses a gun-washer/distillation combo
unit for their paint thinner.   They increased productivity by 30% with
the unit and decreased waste management costs by 50%.  They are very
happy with it.  Their waste management company offered a trial use of
the unit for free for a month. They used it a week and decided to lease
2 units they were so happy with it. The quality of their products also
improved. They went from an SQG haz waste generator to a CESQG.  

Here's a link to the Summer issue of the Notifier with the story:
http://www.epa.state.oh.us/dhwm/pdf/Summer2006Notifier.pdf 

If you have specific questions you might call the plant superintendent,
he was very nice and willing to talk with us about the equipment and
their experience. 

Helen 


Helen Miller 
Environmental Specialist
Division of Hazardous Waste Management
Ohio EPA PO Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049
(614)644-2811
helen.miller@epa.state.oh.us


>>> Jean S Waters <jwaters@mail.unomaha.edu> 7/25/2006 11:57 PM >>>

Does anyone have any specific experience with a gun-washer, acetone
distillation combo unit?

The question comes from a company doing light RTM fiberglass
manufacturing.
They have to provide some gel-coat touch up to parts as part of the
finishing process, they use paint guns to do it, and they currently
just
rinse them out with acetone, spraying it into a bucket and ultimately
disposing of it as hazardous waste.  Their sister plant (that makes
the
boats) has a big acetone distillation unit, and they have been very
careful
with it to assure they get a good product out of it, so the workers
don't
revolt against the "bad acetone."  Given that experience, the light
RTM
plant wants to "do things right."

Any help will be appreciated!


Jean S. Waters
Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center (P2RIC)
Nebraska Business Development Center
6001 Dodge St. RH 308
Omaha, NE  68182
402-554-6259 (voice)
402-554-6260 (FAX)

jwaters@mail.unomaha.edu 
www.p2ric.org 

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