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John WhalenSep 18, 2023 9:38:51 AM2 min read

5 Ways to Improve Operational Efficiency in Manufacturing Facilities

Solvent recycling through an industrial solvent distillation unit, commonly known as a still, can yield significant benefits in terms of cost savings, waste reduction and environmental sustainability. If you are a manager or owner of a manufacturing facility, you may be wondering how you can maximize the advantages of solvent recycling and enhance your operational efficiency. Here are five practical ways to achieve that goal: 

1. Optimize Your Solvent Mixtures 

Carefully selecting and blending solvents that are compatible with each other and with your process requirements, helps you reduce the amount of waste generated and increase the quality of your finished products. For example, some solvents can be reused multiple times if they are properly separated from impurities and water. 

2. Monitor and Control Your Solvent Usage 

Tracking and measuring the amount of solvent needed for each operation or batch allows you to identify opportunities to reduce or eliminate unnecessary solvent consumption. For example, you may find that some steps in your process can be done without solvent or with a lower amount than currently used. 

3. Maintain and Calibrate Your Solvent Distillation Unit 

Keeping your still in good condition ensures that it operates at its optimum capacity, you can minimize downtime, enhance safety, and reduce energy consumption. Regular maintenance and calibration can also prevent contamination and improve the purity and quality of your recycled solvents. 

4. Train Your Staff on Solvent Recycling Best Practices 

Educating your employees on the benefits and methods of solvent recycling helps you to promote a culture of environmental responsibility, reduce the risk of accidents, and improve the productivity and morale of your workforce. It makes good business sense to provide training on how to properly store, handle, and dispose of solvents, as well as how to monitor and report any issues with the still. 

5. Evaluate and Optimize Your Solvent Recycling System 

Periodically reviewing and analyzing the performance and outcomes of your solvent recycling process helps you easily identify areas for improvement and innovation. For example, you may explore new technologies or methods for solvent recovery and reuse, such as membrane filtration, adsorption, or supercritical fluid extraction. 

The Ultimate Win-Win Solution 

Solvent recycling can be a valuable tool for enhancing your operational efficiency and sustainability in a manufacturing environment. By optimizing your solvent mixtures, monitoring your solvent usage, maintaining your still, training your staff, and evaluating your system, you can achieve significant cost savings, waste reduction and environmental benefits. With the right approach and mindset, solvent recycling can be a win-win solution for your business and the planet. 

What's Next?

If you think solvent recycling might be a solution for your manufacturing facility, contact CBG Biotech to learn more about the benefits and how to get started. 

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John Whalen

John Whalen is Business Development Representative for the SolvTrue™ Industrial Solvent Recyclers product line at CBG Biotech. John has an unwavering commitment to customer service and extensive industry background.