New case study: Replacing Solvent with Aqueous Detergent at a Small Metal Fabricator

ISTC’s technical assistance engineers worked with a small metal fabricating company to change from a solvent based parts cleaning process to a water-based alternative.


The change resulted in the elimination of 29 drums of solvent (1,600 gallons); reduced VOC and greenhouse gas emissions; and annual cost savings of $5,000 with a one year payback. It also reduces employee exposure to hazardous materials and cleans the parts more effectively.


Read the entire case study here.

About Laura B.

Laura L. Barnes is ISTC's Sustainability Information Curator and Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLPPR). She also created and authors Environmental News Bits (
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