Controlling Odors at Specialty Plastics Manufacturer
A specialty plastics manufacturer in the eastern U.S. makes a plastic compound that, because of its unique and desirable properties, is widely used in the automotive industry.
During the production process, mercaptans are driven off and produce a non-hazardous but offensive nuisance odor. The manufacturer’s neighbors logged multiple complaints with local authorities. It was clear a solution was needed for the odors … and fast.
Factors complicating the situation included: the large size of the facility, its several production lines, multiple exit points for odors to escape, and need for immediate solutions so they could continue production.
The manufacturer researched options for their odor issues, compiling a database and contacting suppliers, including OMI Industries. We responded to their information request promptly, and our engineers completed a site survey. Our design included the use of Ecosorb products and customized equipment.
A temporary air atomization system pushing Ecosorb 606 at a rate of 40:1 was installed to neutralize odors, so the plant could continue to operate. The system removed odors from multiple exhaust stacks and exit points in the facility from one central location. Odors were eliminated, and production continued.
The system that was installed was put in as a temporary solution until the manufacturer could decide a long-term answer. The facility continued to research their options, and tested multiple other systems and technologies while Ecosorb product quieted neighbors and regulators.
In the end, after multiple tests and trials, they determined that Ecosorb 606 was the best long-term solution to their odor problems. The facility has upgraded and installed permanent Ecosorb distribution equipment, utilizing a 450 CFM Vapor Phase System pushing undiluted Ecosorb 606.
To keep up with the odors, the company has added additional production lines and now has 4 Ecosorb 1200 CFM PLC controlled systems using Ecosorb 606.