VTI adheres a high pressure plastic laminate to a wood substrate using a solvent based glue. The advantages are a fast dry down and it holds odd shapes. The disadvantages are the stack release of N-hexane and toluene, the fugitive release of N-hexane and toluene and the creation of a flammable waste stream (liquid and solid). The solution to this was to substitute a water based glue for the solvent base they currently use.
Wilsonart, the glue supplier, worked to develop a water based glue that is relatively fast drying like the solvent based glue, does not rely on VHAPs and can be sprayed using current equipment.
The environmental benefits of the water based glue are:
Details of Reductions
Additional Information :
We save $17,600.00 per year in hazardous waste disposal.