2016 Green Manufacturing Award
The Green Manufacturing Award was established to recognize the best innovation or novel solutions by a manufacturer in our industry to positively impact our environment. This could be defined in many areas including material utilization, design advancement, process or equipment imprvements, reduction in emissions, recyclable, etc.
The 2016 Green Manufacturing Award was being presented to CAM Superline. Throughout the last few years CAM Superline, Inc. has adopted more green technologies and practices to help with costs and to reduce the impact of manufacturing on the environment.
Implementing changes within the manufacturing facility and on the property have not only improved the bottom line, but also produced positive results for the local environment. They have upgraded to energy efficient lighting within the manufacturing facility from 400 Watt Mercury Vapor filled to T5 High Bay Fluorescent Lighting to include Hi-Efficiency LED for outside, to include daylight sensors and property lights. The changes in lighting have saved 50% in energy costs.
Previously, prep wash prior to paint was a Phosphate based wash containing Molybdenum. This has been eliminated from production due to the effects from wastewater that Phosphate and Molybdenum have on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The Chesapeake Bay’s tidal waters are considered impaired by chemical contaminants. These chemicals can enter the Bay, harming humans and can affect the survival, growth and reproduction of fish and wildlife. Not only has CAM Superline eliminated phosphorus based products from wastewater, but the usage of Zirconium based wash has also decreased by 28% over the last two years.
VOC emissions by CAM Superline painting production have decreased by 1,808.80 total lbs. between 2013 and 2015, despite the 15% increase in units produced.
Recycling programs have been implemented throughout the company with all cardboard, paper, used toner cartridges, skids, wood and steel being sent out for recycling purposes. Reusable skid material is used throughout production storage areas and for all shipping purposes.
Non-production use land is used during farming season to plant and harvest Sorghum. Sorghum is a high-energy, drought-tolerant crop farmed for livestock feed and requires one third less water for production compared with other feedstocks.
CAM Superline has selected St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as the charity recipient for the Green Award. This year Optronics International, Dexter Axle, The Carlstar Group, Champion Hoist and the NATM staff have joined PPG as sponsors of this award bringing the total to $7,000.