Metal Fabricator Saves Staff Time and Money by Reducing Waste
Accra-Fab, Inc., of Liberty Lake, WA provides high quality precision custom metal fabrication and assembly for companies throughout the world. They also provide design services that can improve product design while saving money for customers.
In 2009, Accra-Fab management determined they were spending too much staff time and money handling wastewater from the metal treatment lines in their 155,000 square foot facility. They identified wastewater reduction as a priority.
"The Swamp" was an uncovered waste collection pan downstream of the original "combined" system. Water was supplied by gravity feed from the storage tank above.
Accra-Fab is now a much safer and greener company. The new ion exchange system eliminated the “Swamp” and the raised storage tank, and reduced the use of floor space. They are sold on the benefits of combining Lean and environmental tools to bring measurable improvement to a business.
For more information on this project, contact Tony Cooper, P.E. at 360-407-6338 or Tony.Cooper@ecy.wa.gov.
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The Department of Ecology thanks US EPA for funding support, and Accra-Fab, Lean Environment Inc., and Impact Washington, for participating in this project, and Pollution Prevention Resource Center and Ross & Associates for compiling the information.
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