Workshop in Surface Cleaning Offered to Remanufacturers
Rochester, N.Y. The National Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery at the Rochester Institute of Technology will present a workshop on surface cleaning in remanufacturing operations. The Better, Faster, Cheaper and Greener Approaches to Surface Cleaning for Remanufacturers workshop will be held March 10 in the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Systems (CIMS) Building at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Pre-registration is required and the fee is $50 to attend.
At this full-day workshop for remanufacturer in a variety of industry, experts will present detailed information on new developments in surface cleaning technologies. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss their cleaning problems and exchange ideas. Technologies will be demonstrated and participants can bring parts for testing. Technologies to be demonstrated include baking soda blasting, carbon dioxide blasting and plastic media blasting.
Surface cleaning is an integral part of almost all manufacturing processes and is a critical operation in remanufacturing. Historically, manufacturers could choose from a menu of aggressive and effective cleaning agents such as 1,1,1 trichloroethane. As information on the health and environmental hazards of these chemicals emerged, many have been banned, forcing manufacturers to find alternative technologies. Other chemicals, not banned, are hazardous materials requiring costly waste management and regulatory compliance requirements. Technology developers are creating safer, more effective cleaning technologies. This workshop will profile and demonstrate a number of them.
The National Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery (NCRRR) is a not-for-profit
organization within the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). The center works with the remanufacturing industry to improve productivity, reliability, and processes through technology development and deployment, training, and education. A goal of the center is to help the industry design and manufacture products with no negative impact on the environment.
For more information on the workshop or the center, please contact Monica Becker at 716-475-5690 or Newton Green at 716-475-7563.
This article originally appeared in the March 1999 issue of Recharger.