Equipment Piping or Layout Changes

Equipment changes can reduce waste generation by reducing equipment-related inefficiencies. The capital required for more efficient equipment is justified by higher productivity, reduced raw material costs, and reduced waste materials costs. Modifications to certain types of equipment can require a detailed evaluation of process characteristics. In this case, equipment vendors should be consulted for information on the applicability of equip ment for a process. Many equipment changes can be very simple and inexpensive.

Examples include installing better seals to eliminate leakage or simply putting drip pans under equipment to collect leaking material for reuse. Another minor modification is to increase agitation and alter temperatures to prevent formation of deposits resulting from crystallization, sedimentation, corrosion, or chemical reactions during formulating and blending procedures.

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