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Complete List of Links for the Fiberglass Fabrication Topic Hub -
Total Number of Links: 31

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Article/report: 4
Case study/success story: 6
Fact sheet/checklist: 3
Manual/handbook/curriculum: 5
Other resources: 2
Proceedings: 1
Software/electronic tool: 1
Web site: 9

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Composite Trimming and Drilling Process Improvement
Abstract: Evaluates recent advances in composite trimming and drilling for reduced cycle time and cost. (Free to SME members, $15 to non-members).
Source: Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
URL: http://www.sme.org/cgi-bin/get-item.pl?MF03-264&2&SME&

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://www.p2pays.org/ref/01/00372.pdf

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://www.p2pays.org/ref/01/00904.pdf

Total Cost Assessment - Seminar Notes [PDF]
Abstract: Provides information on how to evaluate and compare the costs of traditional equipment use and pollution prevention alternatives.
Source: Washington State Department of Ecology
URL: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/pubs/0004008.pdf

Case study/success story

Case Study - Cobalt Boats [PDF]
Abstract: How a company used changes in materials and technology to reduce waste and material consumption while saving over $100,000 annually.
Source: Kansas State University Pollution Prevention Institute
URL: http://www.sbeap.org/ppi/publications/Best_of_Cobalt.pdf

Case Study - Grady White Boats [PDF]
Abstract: Case study on how a company replaced conventional air guns with air-assisted airless spray guns to apply gel coating.
Source: North Carolina Pollution Prevention Program
URL: http://www.p2pays.org/ref/01/0034352.pdf

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

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://www.p2pays.org/ref/01/0034351.pdf

Hatteras Yachts, Inc. [PDF]
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: http://www.p2pays.org/ref/01/0056551.pdf

Small Business Waste Reduction Guide - Fiber-Reinforced Plastics [PDF]
Abstract: Case study for using low styrene emission resins
Source: Enviro$ense
URL: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/ag/sus/sbdc/pdftocdt/S4_6_1.pdf

Fact sheet/checklist

Fiber Reinforced Plastics - Pollution Prevention [PDF]
Abstract: Discusses issues when considering for material substitutions for VOC-laden solvents, gel coats, and resins used in FRP manufacturing.
Source: Arizona Department of Enviromental Quality
URL: http://www.azdeq.gov/environ/waste/p2/download/fibrweb.pdf

Pollution Prevention Opportunities for Painting and Coatings Operations [PDF]
Abstract: Fact sheet provides alternative applications methods and products to reduce waste and pollution for painting and coatings.
Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
URL: http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/pollprev/pdf/paintops.

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


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.compositescertification.org/certification/

Controlled Spraying Handbook - Composites Open Molding Spray Applications [PDF]
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://www.acmanet.org/ga/Controlled_Spray_Handbook.pdf

EPA Sector Notebook: Profile of the Plastic Resins and Man-Made Fibers Industry
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/assistanc

Guides to Pollution Prevention - The Fiberglass-Reinforced and Composite Plastics Industry [PDF]
Abstract: This manual provides information on the pollution prevention practices and technologies available to the fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) industry.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.p2pays.org/ref/02/01058.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://www.p2pays.org/ref/01/00368.pdf

Other resources

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.winona.edu/engineering/COMTEC/Overview.htm

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: http://www.ecn.purdue.edu/CMTI/FRP/


Reduction of Pollution and Hazardous Wastes: an Overview of Fiberglass Molding [PDF]
Abstract: This presentation provides background information on molding and spraying techniques.
Source: P2 Pays
URL: http://www.p2pays.org/ref/14/13080.pdf

Software/electronic tool

Emissions from Composites Open Molding Operations [PDF]
Abstract: Contains many resources regarding emissions from open molding fiberglass operations, including the "Unified Emission Factors", a calculator, and other reports and info.
Source: Composites Fabricators Association
URL: http://www.cfa-hq.org/ga/cfamodelreport.pdf

Web site

American Composites Manufacturers Association
Abstract: This trade association has good information about processes, and a special focus on air emissions in the composites industry. Check out their "Technical Solutions" and other resources.
Source: Composites Fabricators Association
URL: http://www.acmanet.org/index.cfm

Calculating Air Emissions from Fiberglass Operations [PDF]
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/industry/sbeg/fiberglass.pdf

Coatings Application Research Laboratory
Abstract: CARL's purpose is to enable firms to select and implement technologies to help them meet environmental regulations at least cost in their plants, while maintaining desired surface quality.
Source: Indiana Clean Manufacturing Technology and Safe Materials Institute
URL: http://cobweb.ecn.purdue.edu/CMTI/CARL/#LRTM

Fiberglass - Pollution Prevention and General Information
Abstract: Offers information and resources on managing fiberglass fabrication wastes, regulatory issues, less-polluting alternative materials and processes, and links to additional resources.
Source: Minnesota Technical Assistance Project
URL: http://mntap.umn.edu/fiber/index.htm

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/compliance/ctap/sectors/fiber/

Paint and Coatings Resource Center (PCRC)
Abstract: This web site provides industry, environmental and technology information for paints and coatings, and their application. Includes a live "Ask the Expert" feature.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.paintcenter.org/

Pollution Solutions - Fiberglass Operations
Abstract: Provides specific recommendations for preventing pollution in fiberglass operations, covering housekeeping, equipment & processes, materials, and inventory.
Source: University of Missouri Lincoln University
URL: http://outreach.missouri.edu/polsol/fbrgls.htm

Recycler's World - Fiberglass Recycling
Abstract: Provides a marketing venue for finding or making available fiberglass reinforced scrap and other related materials, either spent, unused inventory, scrap or waste.
Source: Recycler's World
URL: http://www.recycle.net/recycle/Glass/fiber/index.html

SAGE - Solvent Alternatives Guide
Abstract: SAGE is a comprehensive resource designed to provide pollution prevention information on solvent and process alternatives for parts cleaning and degreasing
Source: Research Triangle Institute
URL: http://clean.rti.org

Topic Hub™ Last Updated: 12/20/2006
This Topic Hub is a product of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2RX)™
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