Electro-Spec Replaces Hazardous Chemicals with BHC’s SolVantage Vapor Solv
A solid relationship with a solvent manufacturer has aided Electro-Spec Inc. with the implementation of a trichloroethylene replacement material in its vacuum degreasing unit to clean a customer’s micromachined parts more efficiently.
When an environmentally conscious company sees it has been using a material for years that showed up on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s list of top 10 hazardous wastes to eliminate, the staff reacts quickly to find a way to stop using that product.
Electro-Spec Inc. (Franklin, Indiana) had been using a trichloroethylene (TCE) solvent, one of these hazardous materials, in its Tiyoda vacuum vapor degreasing unit for years. When the solvent came up on the EPA list, environmental health and safety director Ben McKnight led a research project to find an alternative to this hazardous chemical. As members of an environmental stewardship program and members of a program sponsored by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management—Partners for Pollution Prevention—Electro-Spec needed to live up to its drive for environmental excellence, and therefore minimize or eliminate hazardous waste.