The National Shipbuilding Research Program. Application of Industrial Engineering Techniques to Reduce Workers' Compensation and Environmental Costs - Deliverable D
NATIONAL STEEL AND SHIPBUILDING CO SAN DIEGO CA
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The research with environmentally compliant spray equipment is to reduce airborne emissions VOCs from the coating application process spray painting. The process is designed to identify, test and streamline spray equipment to reduce paint usage, reduce smog causing voc emissions, improve transfer efficiency, and reduce paint wastes in U.S. shipyards. Most U.S. shipyards and foreign shipyards currently use traditional air-atomized spray painting guns for their coating applications. Some facilities utilize the Powder coating or Flame spray process to apply specialized coatings, but on the average the preferred process is the air-atomized gun. Over the years, this process has become expensive and time consuming as companies strive for compliance to mandated EPA, OSHA and local district air quality regulations. Under pressure from environmental authorities and upper management to reduce voc emissions, coating manufactures are producing coatings that are low in voc emissions, which by the way are increasing in cost as new formulations are developed due to the complexities of certain marine coatings for tanks, underwater hulls, bilges, fresh water tanks and Cht tanks waste tanks. Because of rising costs, it is wise for U.S. shipyards to take a proactive approach to minimizing coating, man-hour and equipment expenditures.
- Coatings, Colorants and Finishes
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
- Marine Engineering
- Air Pollution and Control