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Table of Contents
Background and Overview
Glossary of Terms
Operations
Reasons for Change
P2 Opportunities
(NEW!) Styrene Issues in Fiberglass Fabication
Where To Go for P2 Help
Acknowledgments
Complete List of Links

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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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Calculating Air Emissions from Fiberglass Operations
Abstract: Spreadsheet calculator for determining air emissions from fiberglass production, incorporates variables f low styrene, vapor-suppressed resins, molding or laminating process and other factors.
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
URL: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/topics/small-business-e
nvironmental-assistance-program/sbeap-resources-calculat
ors-due-dates-and-checklists.html

Case Study: Fiber Reinforced Plastics Shop Implements Light RTM to Produce Parts [PDF]
Abstract: Case study of a shop that converted 60% of open molding to closed molding (15% of operations use light RTM molding). Styrene emissions reduced by 80%.
Source: Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
URL: http://www.mntap.umn.edu/fiber/41-Phoenix.PDF

Certified Composites Technology (CCT) Training
Abstract: Online curriculum and exam provides uniform training in technology fundamentals used in open molding for composites & marine products. Focus on gel coat application, spraying, laminating, quality, and safety.
Source: American Composites Manufacturers Association
URL: http://www.acmanet.org/cct/

Composite Materials Technology Center
Abstract: Fosters interaction of engineering students with industry to enhance engineering education and assist industry in developing and implementing improved production processes.
Source: Winona State University
URL: http://www.compositesworld.com/suppliers/comattec/DIR

Controlled Spraying Handbook - Composites Open Molding Spray Applications
Abstract: (For purchase) Provides training guidelines for spray operators in the open molding companies industry, where styrene based resin and gel coat materials are used.
Source: Composites Fiber Association
URL: http://compositesweekly.com/controlled-spraying-techniques-f
or-reducing-styrene-emissions-and-material-waste/

EPA Sector Notebook: Profile of the Plastic Resins and Man-Made Fibers Industry [PDF]
Abstract: Provides information about process inputs and outputs, and environmental and regulatory implications of these materials and fiberglass processes.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/publications/assista
nce/sectors/notebooks/resfibsn.pdf

Establishing Waste Reduction Benchmarks and Good Manufacturing Practice for Open Mold Laminating [PDF]
Abstract: This paper illustrates how to use planned experientation to establish benchmarks for good operating practices and cost reductions in a fiberglass laminating facility.
Source: North Carolina Office of Waste Prevention
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/01/00372.pdf

Fiberglass Recycling Category
Abstract: The Recycler's Exchange is a member based world wide information exchange designed for companies and individuals who buy/sell/trade goods and commodities.
Source: Recycler's World
URL: http://www.recycle.net/Glass/fiber/index.html

Fiberglass Recycling Exchange
Abstract: Trading website for information to promote trade in the fiberglass, composites and resins Industries.
Source: Fiberglass World
URL: http://www.fiberglass.com/a/fg9055.html

Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics (FRP) Manufacturing
Abstract: Provides information on air emission issues (including styrene and other HAPs), compliance issues, pollution prevention resources and other FRP related issues.
Source: Indiana Department of Environmental Management
URL: http://www.in.gov/idem/5130.htm

Fountain Powerboats Incorporated - Process Modification: Equipment Change [PDF]
Abstract: Case study of a fiberglass fabricator that switched from spray guns to vacuum bags to deliver resin to the mold.
Source: Waste Reduction Resource Center
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/01/0034351.pdf

Glass Manufacturing Industry Council (GMIC)
Abstract: The website has the latest news, insightful trends and other information about glass the glass industry.
Source: Glass Manufacturing Industry Council
URL: http://www.gmic.org/

Hatteras Yachts, Inc.
Abstract: Case study of a boat builder that reduced paint and clean-up solvent waste by installing a plural component paint spraying system.
Source: North Carolina Office of Waste Reduction
URL:

Hazards of Fiberglass Layup and Sprayup [PDF]
Abstract: Booklet provides recommended work practices and case studies to minimize employee exposure to airborne contaminants, noise, and dermal affects.
Source: Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
URL: http://www.dli.mn.gov/OSHA/PDF/fiberglass.pdf

Lean and Environment Case Study: Lasco Bathware [PDF]
Abstract: A team worked to identify numerous productivity and environmental improvements at this bathware manufacturing facility, via integration of lean and P2. Annual savings are over $140k.
Source: Washington Dept of Ecology
URL: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/pubs/0704009.pdf

Pollution Prevention Assistance Tools for the Fiber Reinforced Plastics and Boat Manufacturing Industries
Abstract: Demonstration projects showed success of methods and technologies for FRP shops with an emphasis on open molders, via assistance with implementation or adoption to 3 shops.
Source: Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/26/25282.htm

Reducing Volatile Emissions in the Fiber Reinforced Plastics (FRP) Industry [PDF]
Abstract: Describes options available to reduce acetone and styrene emissions
Source: Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
URL: http://www.mntap.umn.edu/fiber/75-FRPemissions.PDF

Reports on FRP and Light-RTM Manufacturing Technologies Tested at the Coatings Applications Research Laboratory (CARL)
Abstract: Series of reports on various fiberglass technologies that may reduce emissions and waste related to fiberglass processes.
Source: Coatings Applications Research Laboratory (CARL)
URL: https://Engineering.Purdue.edu/CMTI/FRP/

Solvent Substitution to Reduce Air Emissions for the FRP Industry [PDF]
Abstract: Provides information and guidance on evaluating alternatives to solvents used in tool and equipment cleaning for FRP production, to help prevent toxic air emissions.
Source: North Carolina Pollution Prevention Program
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/01/00904.pdf

Unified Emissions Factors from Open Molding of Composites [PDF]
Abstract: Table of Unified Emission Factors (UEF) for pounds of styrene emitted per ton of gelcoat or resin processed.
Source: Composites One
URL: http://www.compositesone.com/documents/industryregs/UEFTable
-Jul01.pdf

Waste Reduction Assistance for the Fiberglass Fabrication Industry [PDF]
Abstract: Useful resource describing fiberglass molding, processes, material usage, and P2 opportunities.
Source: Pinellas County Department of Environmental Management
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/32/31811.pdf

Waste Reduction Strategies for Fiberglass Fabricators [PDF]
Abstract: Document provides great P2 opportunities for fiberglass fabricators
Source: North Carolina Office of Waste Reduction
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/01/00368.pdf

 


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