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Year Submitted: 2003

Process: Painting/Coating

Industry: Electronics Manufacturing

Wastes Reduced: VOC Emissions

Substance: Toluene, MIBK

Equipment: Water Based Paint

Location: El Paso TX

No. of employees: 200

Contact: Frank Wood

Phone: (915) 599-9557


Allen-Bradley switched from a solvent-based paint to a water-based paint to eliminate VOC emissions associated with their painting process. The painting process is a necessary step in the production of resistors. Painting the resistors is required for proper identification.

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A primary concern of Allen-Bradley was the color quality of the water-based paint compared to the solvent-based paint. Allen-Bradley contacted Rexcel Coatings and was successful in finding a water-based paint capable of meeting their color and quality standards. Using source reduction, a large waste stream associated with one process has been eliminated by product substitution.

Environmental Benefits:

Choosing a water-based paint over a solvent-based paint Allen-Bradley eliminated VOC emissions associated with the solvent-based paints. The chemicals eliminated were xylene, toluene, and MIBK. Using water-based paints, Allen-Bradley eliminated 14,657 lbs. of toxic chemical releases. The decrease in VOC emissions also reduced employee exposure to toxic chemicals.

Details of Reductions

Additional Information :

Allen-Bradley has estimated a 10 percent increase in the price of water-based paints over solvent-based paints. The increase in paint price does not result in higher operating costs because the water-based paints achieve 30 to 40 percent greater coverages than the solvent-based paints. The use of water-based paints also saves Allen-Bradley an estimated $20,000 annually in waste disposal fees.

Source: TCEQ

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