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“Manufacturing is more than just putting parts together. It’s coming up with ideas, testing principles and perfecting the engineering, as well as final assembly.” – James Dyson

EFFICIENCY // Aluminum Recovery System

Driven by new regulations as well as consumer performance requirements, there has been aglobal increase in demand for a broad range of cast, extruded and machined aluminum parts. Aluminum parts producers are looking to metals recovery systems to control costs of primary and secondary aluminum purchases and to mitigate their operating cost by capturing value from byproducts.

A perfect example of the cost savings benefits of secondary heat recovery in aluminum scrap recycling can be found in an installation at a merchant metals recycling operation in Arkansas. The existing system was an early design pre-treatment system with rudimentary drying technology. Epcon’s custom engineered system upgrade included an innovative design of a thermal oxidizer for this application equipped with a quad down-flow inlet plenum, axial mounted down-fired burner as well as primary and secondary heat exchangers. This configuration maximized turbulence in the combustion chamber, resulting in excellent destruction efficiency and protected the burner from potential particulate carryover.

Recognizing that a 1% deviation in contaminant levels can translate to more than a 2% move in metals recovery, highlights the value in investing in the latest recovery technologies. Whether for a new system or retro-fit of an existing plant, focusing on emissions performance rate limiting factors will insure overall project success.

To read more about this particular project, be on the lookout for our feature article in the next issue of Process Heating Magazine.

PERFORMANCE // Cost Effective Ethylene Oxide Emissions Controls

Catalytic oxidizer

As part of a major plant expansion, a global specialty chemical producer approached Epcon to provide a cost-effective solution to treat Ethylene and Ethylene Oxide emissions from their new processes. Working together with the plant engineers, Epcon’s experts proposed a compact and energy efficient Catalytic Thermal Oxidizer (CTO). Leveraging Epcon’s decades of experience with Thermal Oxidation, the team designed a compact L-Shaped CTO with propriety process stream, dilution and combustion air inlets, which will deliver the guaranteed destruction removal efficiency (DRE) of 99% to comply with Federal Regulations, Title 40 of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Equally as important to meeting the performance requirements, was the ability to meet the tight turn-around timeline for this facility located in the Mid-Atlantic region. Completing preliminary start-up and Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) at Epcon’s Facility insured that the system could be installed and operational in the shortest possible time window. Factory Acceptance Testing was successfully completed, under the supervision of the very happy customer, and the system arrived at site in sync with the customer’s aggressive turn-around plan. The Epcon team is proud to have played a key part in this successful plant expansion!

INDUSTRY NEWS

The election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States may spur the most significant changes to U.S. environmental laws since the 1970s.

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#EPA NEWS // Robust Technical Analysis Supports Leaving Carbon Pollution Standards for Cars and Light Trucks in Place Through 2025, EPA Administrator Finds.

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OPEC nations agreed to cut production by 1.2 million barrels per day, a reduction of about 4.5 percent. Saudi Arabia, the top exporter, will make the biggest cuts, slashing its output by 486,000 barrels per day.

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Local authorities should consider lower speed limits, clean air zones and even redesign speed bumps in a bid to reduce air pollution, health experts say.

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A new comprehensive study from IHS Economics and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) reveals how natural gas has strengthened the economy, encouraged U.S. manufacturing growth and employment, and highlights the positive impact to communities around the US.

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ENERGY-SAVING TIPS // SAVE MONEY AND ENERGY THIS WINTER

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Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows .
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Seal the air leaks around utility cut-throughs for pipes (“plumbing penetrations”) gaps, around chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets.
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Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. Keeping the damper open is like keeping a window wide open during the winter; it allows warm air to go right up the chimney.
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Add caulking around the fireplace hearth.
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Use light-emitting diode — or “LED” — holiday light strings to reduce the cost of decorating your home for the winter holidays.

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EPCON INSIGHTS // EPCON TO COLLABORATE WITH SYFT TECHNOLOGIES

SYFT VISITS EPCON // We are collaborating with SYFT Technologies Ltd, inventor and manufacturer of the SIFT-MS continuous process measurement system, to better serve our customers. Their technology facilitates precise, true and easy to operate real-time analysis of complex gas streams.

Working together, we are exploring applications for both regulatory-driven compliance measurement and monitoring, as well as real-time process control for exact and accurate closed loop control of sensitive production processes. For example, in the area of process control, we are exploring the ability to monitor upstream reactor off-gas characteristics to optimize vent stream flow and associated downstream emissions control systems. It is early in our collaboration and we are already seeing numerous, beneficial opportunities for SYFT, Epcon and our respective customers.

EPCON COMPANY NEWS

EPCON HOLIDAY LUNCH // Celebrating the success of 2016

Company party at Epcon an industrial furnace company

Each year we host our annual holiday lunch for all employees as a time to reflect on the previous year’s successes as well as come together to look forward to the future. During this year’s celebratory lunch, President & CEO, Aziz Jamaluddin, acknowledged each employees’ hard work and dedication to the company, and delivered an inspiring message as to what lies ahead in the next year.

“Hard work is the glue that keeps us together” was one of the many encouragements employees received before sitting down to enjoy fellowship over a delicious meal.

On behalf of all of us at Epcon, we wish you and yours a joyous and prosperous holiday season! May you each take the time to reflect on the good memories with loved ones from this year and look ahead to a bright future.

NEW WEBSITE COMING SOON // We are excited about our upcoming website launch in the new year!

New industrial furnace company website coming soon

Our new and improved website will allow you to easily navigate our product and service offerings as well as browse case studies, view product portfolios, and conveniently submit a request for a quote.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more details on our website launch.

EPCON JOINS NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS // Proud Member

Epcon is pleased to announce our membership of NAM, National Association of Manufacturers. We are confident that our newfound membership will allow our organization to grow and learn from respected industry leaders and innovators. We look forward to attending events and getting involved with such an influential association.

For more information on NAM, click here.

FUNDAMENTALS OF VENT STREAM CONTROL // Workshop & Webinar Event

eSparc/Epcon furnace equipment manufacturer logo

Epcon is proud to partner with CAMSeSPARC to host a workshop for a major O&G industry midstream company to discuss key topics such as current and proposed gaseous emissions regulations, evaluation of typical Midstream vent characteristics, and compliance trends and opportunities for midstream markets. The panel will include Vipul Patel and Adam Halsband from Epcon, and Kat Galloway from CAMSeSPARC. This is the first of many similar workshop/webinar events that Epcon will be leading in the months to come.

For more information and/or to discuss developing a workshop customized to your specific company’s needs, please contact us at Epcon@Epconlp.com or 936-273-3300.

CONTEST // #KNOWLEDGECHECK

Heat treating furnace example

Time to test your knowledge! If you know what type of equipment is pictured on the left, let us know by tweeting your answer to @Epconlp with the #KnowledgeCheck. Correct answers should include the full product name (e.g. Heat Treat Furnace).
Winners will be selected and contacted in the next couple of weeks.

WINTER HUMOR