Indiana Clean Manufacturing Technology and Safe Materials Institute, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
CARL was created in 1996 as an interdisciplinary effort of the Schools of Engineering, the departments of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Forestry and Natural Resources, the Institute for Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies, and the Purdue-based Indiana Clean Manufacturing Technology and Safe Materials Institute. Eighteen companies, five Indiana utilities, and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) joined Purdue in establishing CARL, which primarily serves small- and medium-sized manufacturers.
HOW CARL CAN HELP MANUFACTURERS
CARL allows Midwest manufacturers to test state-of-the-art clean manufacturing
technologies under the guidance of personnel expert in their application.
Supervised use of this facility will give you a "level playing field"
opportunity to determine which of the available products or processes meets
your manufacturing and market requirements.
CARL's purpose is to enable midwest firms to select and implement technologies to help them meet environmental regulations at least cost in their plants, while maintaining desired surface quality. Coatings such as paint, stain, and varnish--used extensively by the furniture, metal and plastics coating industries--contain VOCs, which evaporate into the air as the coatings dry. The amount of VOCs released can be reduced by controlling how the coatings are applied and then dried, but not all companies have the knowledge or equipment to do so. CARL contains equipment that mimics an industrial production line, including booths for applying coatings and numerous types of drying mechanisms as well as a variety of application systems.
Testing has been completed on over 40 projects to date. Projects have included work on wood, metal and plastic substrates. The users of the facility report raw material cost savings, VOC reductions, and improvement in the quality and appearance of the finished product.
ITEMS OF INTEREST
CARL Strategic Partners
Clean Air Act Amendments and How Carl Can Help Indiana Counties
Fiber Reinforced Plastics Spray Training Emission Study
Does spray training reduce use and pollutant emissions? Manufacturing-based emissions test provides positive answers.
New Polymeric Sphere Resin Additive Technology Emissions Testing Report on "Zero" VOCEmitting Gel Coat Material
Report on New Non-atomizing Gel Coat Applications - Reduces Emissions by 30% Report on Investigation of Standard Powder Coating Material on Standard Medium Density Fiberboard and Specially Selected Hardwood Material Minnesota Small Business Assistance Program for the Fiberglass Industry - multi-media self-evaluation checklists, issues of a newsletter (The Crosslink) and an air emission calculation spreadsheet
UV Cocooning: CMTI Emissions Testing ResultsThis paper describes the UV Cocooning process for surface curing, via ultraviolet light, an unsaturated polyester styrene system to greatly reduce and inhibit surface evaporation of the volatile styrene component.
Emission Factors for Non-Atomized Application of Gel Coats Used in the Open Molding of CompositesLight Resin Transfer Mold Project*NEW*
No VOC - No HAP Resin Technology Provides Compliance Alternatives*NEW*
Light-RTM Project - Improved Quality and Reduced Emissions*NEW* (added 10/11/04)
Recent Explorations of Emission Reduction Technologies*NEW*
Emissions Comparison - BPO versus MEKP initiated resin systems*NEW* (added 3/4/04)
Project reports on testing CARL has done for manufacturers are available on the Technology Transfer website.
For more information please contact:
Coating Applications Research Laboratory
Indiana Clean Manufacturing Technology and Safe Materials Institute
2655 Yeager Rd., Suite 103
West Lafayette, IN 47906
CARL works with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management's Compliance and Technical Assistance Office (CTAP) to provide the best available technical information for the surface coating industry. Visit their website at http://www.in.gov/idem/ctap/surfacecoating.html