Food for thought for the upcoming Science Fair!
When choosing a cleaning method for industrial applications, there are a number of things to consider:
- Time efficiency
- Cost vs Value
- Waste produced
- Environmentally conscious
While most cleaning methods accomplish the same results in the end, the wise operations manager is well aware of how those results are accomplished and what each process really costs in the long run.
Solvent based cleaning methods, for instance, are very time-consuming and labor intensive. Solvents are harmful to the environment, pose a potential safety risk to the employees and require secure storage and disposal. Solvents also create a great deal of secondary waste (i.e. used solvent, rags, hazardous waste disposal issues etc… ).
Media blasting (sand, shells, beads etc… ) also creates secondary waste, is very abrasive, may harm some surfaces, may embed impurities into the item being cleaned and then the media needs to be disposed of or recycled.
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