The Path to Enlightenment

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How CleanPlanet Reinvented Solvent Recycling, Part I of III Lesson: Understanding the value of solvent recycling is not linked to equipment ownership. CleanPlanet’s original approach to the market was through the direct selling and distribution of recycling equipment. However, we quickly determined that this approach did not deliver the maximum value to our customers. Equipment costs and lengthy approval processes, combined with maintenance requirements and the need for operational expertise, did not yield acceptable financial returns. Restrictive Costs   Customers have embraced solvent recycling as a way to reduce costs and protect Mother Earth’s natural resources. Unfortunately, when looking at the “true costs” (factoring downtime, actual yield, maintenance costs, spare parts and consumable costs, etc..), the ROI derived from the equipment purchase was often less than expected. Additionally, the extended time frame for realizing a return further de-valued the model. This tied-up significant capital which could have been allocated to

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Understanding the Value of Your Waste

2 years ago 0 0 4335

For years companies have treated their spent solvents and chemicals as waste. Solvents used in cleaning and production processes become contaminated, rendering them ineffective for further cleaning or processing. Once contaminated, the generator has to dispose of the used solvent as a hazardous waste stream. In addition to the added costs of processing hazardous waste, the generator automatically assumes responsibility for the waste from collection through final disposal, which was typically some form of  incineration. So in addition to higher costs, greater liabilities, and increased risks, the generator is also contributing to the release of greenhouse gases. And, because the oil-based waste solvent is being incinerated, the generator plays a part in the consumption of one of Earth’s most precious natural resources. Waste is a subjective term CleanPlanet Chemical understands “contaminated” does not automatically mean “waste.” Leaves falling into a swimming pool may contaminate the water. However, leaves in the pool

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Customer Testimonial: How This Global Leader Reduced NMP Costs by 45% – 48%

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Company: Global leader in insulation products and services Industry: Manufacturing, Electrotechnical Chemicals/Solvents: N-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone Onsite Equipment: A16 vacuum assist with high temperature oil package Annual Savings: 45% – 48% Waste Reduction: 85% – 90% Application Profile Urethane is one of the main components in the insulated wire manufacturing process. The urethane cures and leaves a residue on everything from the equipment parts, to the dies and tooling. When changing the shapes or diameters of the wires being manufactured, all of the equipment must be cleaned prior to processing a new batch. One of the most effective chemicals out there for this cleaning process is N-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone or NMP. The equipment parts, dies and tools are immersed in an NMP bath until the cured foam falls off the metal. NMP has been shown to be more effective than other chemicals such as methylene chloride to strip the urethane foam from equipment, but is

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Top Indicators It’s Time to Make a Change

3 years ago 0 0 1765

We have transitioned numerous customers from offsite recycling to recycling onsite using our system. Through our conversations with these customers we’ve been able to pinpoint 6 telltale signs that it’s time to make a switch. Signs that it’s time to make the switch: Your current recycling solution is becoming increasingly expensive and not keeping up with company-wide initiatives to save money. You contend with the possibility of running out of the clean solvent and are left in fire-fighting mode when your supply chain is threatened. You have new waste reduction and/or sustainability goals and need to find ways to meet them. Does this sound familiar? Well, read on for the next three indicators that a change is in order as well as for tips on how to get your team on board. It’s never easy to make the switch, but by focusing the “switch” discussion around the goals and concerns

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The Top Six Reasons to Recycle NMP

3 years ago 0 0 3086

With NMP costs now hovering around $1,000 or more per drum, it’s one of the most expensive solvents our customers use in their cleaning and manufacturing processes. It’s also one of the most stable, versatile and efficient. In fact, according to various manufacturers, NMP can be between 25-40% more efficient than other similar solvents. So that begs the question:  Why not turn your NMP waste into an asset through solvent recycling? The benefits of recycling go far beyond the economic gains associated with reusing a solvent over and over. The impact of recycling one of our most precious resources and reducing the release of harmful greenhouse gases is immeasurable. Why you should start a recycling program for NMP: NMP is expensive to purchase NMP can be easily recycled with the right technology NMP maintains its quality through the recycling process NMP is versatile; it has many valuable uses so there

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The Top Reasons to Recycle NMP — A Different Way

3 years ago 0 1 5211

With NMP costs now hovering around $1,000 or more per drum, it’s one of the most expensive solvents our customers use in their cleaning and manufacturing processes. It’s also one of the most stable, versatile and efficient. In fact, according to various manufacturers, NMP can be between 25-40% more efficient than other similar solvents. So that begs the question: If you’re already recycling, why not constantly evaluate ways to improve your current recycling process and ensure that you get the most out of your NMP recycling efforts? Why you should refresh your NMP recycling program: NMP is expensive to purchase and you need to make sure your yield is as high as possible To improve recycled NMP quality over your current recycling process To reduce and stabilize your recycling costs To avoid the liability and management associated with shipping hazardous waste (if you are currently recycling offsite) To enhance your

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