Category: Metal fabricating

‘A trash heap for our children’: How Norilsk, in the Russian Arctic, became one of the most polluted places on Earth

Read the full story at Inside Climate News.

A smelting company has poisoned rivers, killed off boreal forest and belched out more sulfur dioxide than active volcanoes. Now it wants to produce more metal for the “green economy.”

New chemical safety assessment tools developed to help the electronics sector clean up its supply chains

Read the full story at Environment + Energy Leader.

Last week, green chemical solutions advocate Clean Production Action unveiled GreenScreen Certified for Cleaners & Degreasers in Manufacturing, a tool to assess chemical safety in the industrial sector.

Why aren’t more big bike firms tracking their environmental impact?

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Trek’s sustainability report appears to be the first of its kind in a sector that has had a free ride on the issue.

PowerTech Water, manufacturer of ElectraMet™ brand water treatment technologies, closes $6 million in venture capital to expand operations in Lexington, KY.

Read the news release.

PowerTech Water announced the closing of its oversubscribed Series B financing round led by HG Ventures.  The funds will be used to meet the rising demand for sustainable industrial water treatment, accelerate corporate partnerships, and expand operations in Lexington, Kentucky.

Webinar: Safer alternatives for solvent applications

May 26, 2021, 11:30 am-1:00 pm CDT
Register here.

A range of many different types of solvents are used in diverse ways by thousands of companies in the nation. Find out how you can help those companies adopt pollution prevention (P2) measures by guiding them to safer alternatives. Get ideas on where and how to focus P2 efforts.

The US EPA P2 grant program describes several National Emphasis Areas (NEAs) and solvents are used extensively by companies in these NEA sectors. This webinar, sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC), will identify nine major solvent applications used in two or more of the NEAs. They will describe:

  • How the solvents are used in the application
  • The types of solvents used
  • The safer alternatives that can be used in their place

Webinar attendees, including P2 program grantees, will have the opportunity to provide input on which solvent application areas they would like to learn more about. Additional webinars may be scheduled in the future that will cover the applications of interest and their alternatives in greater detail.

During the webinar, Dr. Wolf will answer questions on the solvents, safer alternatives, and implementation strategies.

Who should attend this webinar?

  • P2 program grantees
  • State and local government agency P2 technical assistance providers
  • EPA regional P2 staff
  • Industry representatives

Speakers

  • Jean Waters, Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC)
  • Katy Wolf, Ph.D., Consultant

Webinar: Improve your bottom line: Reduce metal manufacturers processing energy and waste

May 20, 2021, 10-11 am
Register here.

Energy use is relatively high in a variety of machining and metal fabrication facilities. For metal casting foundries energy costs typically accounts for 5-10% of the overall operating costs. 

In this webinar, PennTAP will identify cost-effective practices and technologies to increase energy efficiency and pollution prevention ideas and suggestions that can help metal manufacturers facilities reduce energy use, waste, and operate more efficiently while saving money.  

Stamper Says “So Long” to Lubricant Waste

Read the full story in Metal Forming Magazine.

A dozen new Unist programmable roll-coater lubrication systems installed on most of the presses at Tier Two automotive stamper Clover Tool Manufacturing Ltd., Concord, Ontario, Canada, have put a dramatic halt to the significant amount of wasted lubricant that once plagued its pressroom. Gone, too, are related downstream costs resulting from applying excess lubricant—items such as waste disposal and added die-change time spent setting up sprayers.

German steel giant Thyssenkrupp plans 500MW green hydrogen plant

Read the full story at Renew Economy.

German industrial engineering and steel production giant Thyssenkrupp will work with German energy company Steag on planning a 500MW hydrogen electrolysis plant intended to power steel production.

Steel Producers Take Center Stage in Energy Evolution

Read the full story at IndustryWeek.

Steel makers are no strangers to technology and innovation, a reality that will prove instrumental as they work to meet the evolving needs within the energy market.

Proposed model shows potential for circular practices in construction steel

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

Contrary to popular belief, a profitable business model for reused construction steel is not nearly as impossible as one may believe.

Steelmakers have almost perfected the “recycle” element of the four hierarchical elements of the circular economy — reduce, reuse, remanufacture and recycle — with steel recycling rates of almost 90 percent.

Despite the recycling success, however, the steel industry is increasingly facing pressure to decarbonize. Recycling steel is still both energy- and cost-intensive, and both steelmakers and their customers must go further to reduce environmental impacts. One way to do this is to shift to a reuse model.

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