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Intertek Testing Services- Caleb Brett USA, Inc.

Year Submitted: 2003

Process: Parts Cleaning

Industry: Laboratory

Wastes Reduced: Solvent

Equipment: part washer

Location: Nederland TX

No. of employees: 28

Contact: Donald Tatmon

Phone: 409-727-3664


Intertek has installed two part washers from a company called System One that uses a distillation/evaporation process which recycles the cleaning solvent that will reduce the amount of hazardous waste. They are also using a citrus based cleaner for cleaning lab counters.

P2 Application:

Intertek uses the System OneĀ® parts washer. The System OneĀ® recycling parts washer cleans parts and dissolves the dirty oil and grease always with a clean solvent. It renews the used solvent every day and separates it from the dirty oil and grease. It eliminates all hazardous solvent-waste and leaves only the dirty oil and grease that was cleaned from the parts. The system has three parts: the reservoir, the cleaning section and the recycling section. The reservoir, located at the bottom, holds 30 gallons of clean solvent and pumps solvent to the cleaning tank. The cleaning tank holds 5 gallons of solvent which is used to clean parts in the sink. Finally, the recycling section contains a distillation chamber and condenser coil. The dirty solvent flows to the recycling section and is replaced with clean solvent within four minutes. Then, the used solvent is heat distilled, leaving the oil, dirt and grease, while the vaporized solvent is passed over a cooled condenser coil and returned to the clean liquid solvent.

Environmental Benefits:

The citrus based solvent used for general lab cleaning is environmentally safer and reduces emissions inside the lab.

Details of Reductions

Additional Information :

The parts washers that were implemented will save Intertek $4,800 a year.

Source: TCEQ

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