How Does a Solvent Recycling Machine Work?

When it comes to eco-friendly solvent recycling solutions, not all solvent recycling machines are created equal. What really matters is how much solvent can actually be recycled, and what savings can be achieved by the solvent process.

Why is solvent recycling so critical? For starters, using a solvent recycling machine like that offered by Solvent Recycling Systems can help recycle nearly any solvent type used.

But how does a solvent recycling machine work, and what do you need to keep in mind when it comes to picking and choosing a distillation unit for your facility?

State-of-the-art solvent distillation units

Solvent Recycling Systems uses a state-of-the-art distillation process with automated monitoring to reclaim solvents that have become contaminated in cleaning operations. The principles of distillation are fundamentally the same in the case of solvent recycling. The recyclers heat a spent solvent to its boiling point in a tank, causing the solvent to vaporize and separate from its contaminants. This type of distillation is referred to as "fractional distillation"– which used to separate mixtures of two liquids with different boiling points, such as a mixture of alcohol and water. The vapor is then passed through a water condenser and returned to a liquid in a 98% virgin and clean state, ready to be reused.

Let's look an example: A mixture of solvents and waste byproduct left over from a dynamic manufacturing process. A solvent distillation unit would heat the mixture to boil off the dirty solvent, leaving the waste behind in the boiling tank for hazardous waste disposal. SRS’ solvent recovery equipment is adaptable, durable and can handle basic to complex manufacturing wastes.

Low-cost Solvent Recycling Machines with Solvent Recycling Systems

Cost savings are immediate and substantial with Solvent Recycling Systems' IoT-enabled solvent recyclers. For starters, smaller facilities no longer have to devote time and resources managing the still –all parties are alerted when the solvent distillation unit reaches a predetermined solvent threshold in the tank. Purchases of new solvents automatically decrease due to the re-use of solvent previously disposed of as solvent wastes. This reduction in waste generation can make a critical difference in an operation's compliance status, often keeping levels low enough to reduce or prevent the need for additional paperwork, EPA record keeping, and reporting.

Benefits of Solvent Recycling:

  • Operations personnel enjoy clean, eco-friendly solvent all the time and more efficient cleaning operations.
  • Purchasing managers see drastic cost reductions
  • Environmental, Health and Safety managers eliminate waste streams and EPA paperwork
  • Sustainable solution for reducing hazardous waste disposal and resource consumption

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