Metal finishing is a common yet complex process that occurs either as a sole function of a facility or as part of the overall operation of a manufacturing facility. Metal finishing often uses highly toxic chemicals such as heavy metals, acids, solvents and reactants, that makes this a particularly important sector from a toxics use reduction (TUR) perspective.
With the designation of cadmium, hexavalent chromium, lead and trichloroethylene as high hazard substances, this industry sector has increased need for innovative TUR opportunities.
New -- check out the case study from Independent Plating, a metal finishing company that recently converted a nickel plating line to accommodate a new technology that substitutes trivalent chromium for hexavalent chromium. The case study documents the company's decision-making process and the business case for making the change.