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Danfoss Chatleff LLC

Year Submitted: 2010

Process: Degreaser

Industry: Refrigeration and air conditioning components

Wastes Reduced: Trichloroethylene-Based Degreaser

Location: Buda TX

No. of employees: 122

Contact: Mark Cihlar

Phone: 512-295-2643


We eliminated a hazardous waste stream. We no longer use trichloroethylene (TCE) in our process.

P2 Application:

We were using TCE as a degreaser to remove machine oil from metal parts of varying shapes and sizes. We purchased a new parts washer and evaporator so that we could replace TCE with an aqueous degreaser.

  • Total Cost Savings: $36,000.00
  • Comments: Danfoss will save approximately $10,000 per year in disposal costs and approximately $1,000 in training and reporting costs. The new cleaning process requires less operator time estimated being worth $25,000 per year. The operator will be utilized elsewhere in the facility. By eliminating the use of TCE, Danfoss has also significantly reduced future environmental risk and liability associate with the shipping, storage, and use of a hazardous chemical.

Details of Reductions

  • 9,900.0 - lbs of   Trichloroethylene

Additional Information :

Danfoss is an environmentally conscious company that publishes a black list of chemicals they've determined to be hazardous which are banned from use within the company. This includes our suppliers if an alternative is available. Trichloroethylene is on Danfoss' black list. Danfoss also publishes a gray list of chemicals they've determined should be avoided when possible. It is Danfoss' policy to go further than required by law in restricting the use of substances and processes that might present a potential risk to the environment.

Source: TCEQ

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