Clean Manufacturing Technology Institute - Purdue University
Background and Services of the Clean Manufacturing
Technology Institute (CMTI)
At Purdue University
The Clean Manufacturing Technology Institute (CMTI) was formerly the Indiana Clean Manufacturing Technology and Safe Materials Institute which was created by the Indiana General Assembly in 1990 with funds appropriated by the General Assembly for its operation in 1993. It formally began operations at Purdue University on January 1, 1994. General Assembly funding ended with the FY 2001-2003 biennium.
The institute is currently staffed by three process engineers, an administrator and two administrative support personnel. CMTI provides technical assistance, outreach, education, planning services and research to facilitate the adoption of pollution prevention/clean manufacturing strategies by Indiana manufacturing facilities. CMTI has provided technical assistance to over 3000 Indiana manufacturers in all manufacturing sectors, offering special expertise in plastics (including fiber reinforced plastic), wood products, metal finishing, metal and plastic coatings, foundries and motor vehicle parts manufacturing. To date, CMTI had helped manufacturers reduce the generation of environmental waste by over 7400 tons while reducing costs for these same companies by an estimated $14 million.
CMTI co-founded (in 1996), and continues to manage, the Coating Applications Research Laboratory (CARL) on the Purdue campus. The lab allows manufacturers to test state-of-the-art coating and curing technologies under the guidance of CMTI engineers expert in their application. Air emissions testing provides coating applicators and formulators with EPA Method 25A emission analysis to test emissions from new coatings. CARL is the contracted styrene emissions test laboratory for the American Composite Manufacturers Association and in partnership with ACMA, CMTI has developed and improved resin/gelcoat application and infusion technologies for the benefit of composite manufacturers.
CMTI has offered ISO14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) services to businesses and government entities since 2001. Four of its professional staff are Registrar Accreditation Board (RABQSA)-certified ISO14001 EMS Auditors; three are certified as EMS Lead Auditors. EMS services offered by CMTI include:
- Gap analysis, pre-audit and Surveillance Audits for ISO14001 EMS certification;
- Assistance with the preparation and implementation of an EMS;
- Conduct of ISO14001 Lead Auditor and Internal Auditor training;
- EMS services to government entities as one of eleven U.S. EPA-designated Local Resource Centers in the Public Entity EMS Resource (PEER) network.
CMTI has conducted 71 training programs (mostly Internal Auditor and Lead Auditor training) involving almost 1100 participants; 143 ISO EMS audits of various types have been conducted.
CMTI performs energy efficiency assessments for small and medium-sized manufacturers in selected sectors. Often coupled with CMTI's Pollution Prevention audit services, the energy efficiency assessments help companies by reducing waste and improving process efficiency, thereby lowering energy costs.
Other Purdue University sites of interest:
Center for the Environment
Coating Applications Research Laboratory, Purdue University
Technical Assistance Program, Purdue University
State of Indiana sites of interest:
Indiana Department of Environmental Management
IDEM's Office of Pollution Prevention and Technical Assistance
Other clean manufacturing/pollution prevention sites of interest:
Federal Register Environmental Documents
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Minnesota Small Business Assistance Program for the Fiberglass Industry
National Pollution Prevention Roundtable
EPA Region 5
Waste Management and Research Center (WMRC) Home Page
EPA Technology Transfer Network
Great Lakes Information Network