Ceramics Process Systems Recognized as Toxics Use Reduction Champion
Company Fined by Department of Environmental Protection One Year Ago Finds Silver Lining
Lowell, Massachusetts, April 4, 2006 - University of Massachusetts Lowell's Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) selected Ceramics Process Systems (CPS) in Chartley, Massachusetts as a Champion of Toxics Use Reduction.
This special honor recognizes companies and community organizations who have found innovative ways to use less toxic chemicals to protect workers and the public. TURI will present CPS with the award at a State House ceremony on Thursday, June 15th, 2006.
"We sincerely appreciate this award because it validates our commitment to never stop finding new ways to make our manufacturing site safer for our employees and our neighborhood," said Richard Adams, Vice President of Operations and Engineering for the Ceramics Process Systems Corporation.
TURI is recognizing CPS for replacing a triple acid bath that was used to clean parts with a safer solution. The Company turned a negative situation one year ago into a positive one today.
In March 2005, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) fined CPS for neutralizing one of the acid baths. The Company's intent was to make it safer for operators to transfer the neutralized waste, rather than the acid, into drums for disposal by their waste handling supplier. In Massachusetts, this is considered treatment of a hazardous waste and therefore made CPS noncompliant with Massachusetts Hazardous Waste Regulations.
MassDEP referred CPS to the Toxics Use Reduction Institute, a state organization that helps companies replace hazardous chemical use with safer alternatives.
The Toxics Use Reduction Institute's Laboratory tested the performance of safer cleaning solutions and ultimately found one that led to the elimination of the triple acid bath.
"CPS is a perfect example of how a company can react in a positive way, using the State's resources to not just adhere to regulations but to improve their business," said Jason Marshall,Manager of Laboratory Testing at the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Today, CPS operators are cleaning two to three times more parts in the same amount of time with less rejects. Since the Company is no longer using the readily depleted, corrosive triple acid, there is much less hazardous waste, less wear on equipment, workers are better protected and the company is saving money.
"For us, it's a win-win solution all the way around. If ever there was a silver lining, this is definitely it, said Adams.
About Ceramics Process Systems
Located in Chartley since 1994, CPS employs 105 people and manufactures metal matrix composite components for the microelectronics industry. The Company's products are found in mobile phone base stations, computers, high speed digital electronic and optical telecom switching systems, train motors and wind turbines. Customers using this composite material for increased product performance and reliability include Motorola, IBM, Amkor, HP, and Agilent. Approximately 70 percent of its products are exported. For more information, visit www.alsic.com.