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CD Aero Eliminates Use of nPB, Gains Production Capacity

Changes to using an Aqueous Cleaner

Ken Baron, Senior Manufacturing Engineer at CD Aero, explains in this 3-minute video how the company replaced nPB with a safer alternative that came with a surprising benefit - more floor space for additional manufacturing capacity.

A leading manufacturer of electronic capacitors globally, CD Aero (formally known as Aerovox) has been in business for over 100 years. Located in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the company employs 80 people and manufactures intelligent capacitor solutions for industries such as the medical, military, health and beauty sectors.

CD Aero’s capacitors are supplied to original equipment manufacturers and end up in products such as defibrillators and laser hair removal devices.

After a change in ownership, CD Aero worked with the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) and the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) to find a safer alternative cleaning process to the use of n-propyl bromide (nPB). With a new aqueous cleaning process, the company is now saving $46,000 per year, protecting health and safety and reducing its regulatory obligations.