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BMT Aerospace successfully invests in swarf waste processing.

The regulations for the waste processor are stricter now, and required floors to be impervious and have a discharge and carbon hydrogen separation system. Even though this is not (yet) required for production companies, it is recommended to avoid pollution caused by involuntary discharge of emulsions. Such involuntary discharges occur in many companies in places where the swarf is collected, transferred to containers and temporarily stored ... Costs for soil remediation can rise quickly due to all the studies it requires, breaking up floors, taking samples, testing, remediation, installing a new floor and the impact of all this on the operational activities ...   

 

BMT Aerospace, a company from West-Vlaanderen, chips high-alloyed steel into components for the aviation industry. After the chipping process a whole range of surface treatments are required which often use products in accordance with the requirements of the aviation industry and with a high environmental risk. That is why BMT Aerospace has a solid knowledge of the safety and environmental risks associated with the products used.

Adapted infrastructure

The swarf waste produced by milling processes - about 80,000 kg each year - is collected in manually driveable, impermeable plastic containers. They are taken to a compacting installation which consists of a leaking system, swarf breaker and briquetting machine. All this installed on a water-proof floor, provided with anti-skid coating to ensure a safe working place. This allows the company to remove swarf correctly with a minimum impact on the environment.

 

The investment in the installation is not directly earned back with the higher yield of materials, but the major added value is in a safer, cleaner working environment and most of all, it reduces the risk of involuntary soil pollution to almost zero. In addition, leaks during transport to the scrap processor is avoided, thus reducing the risk of consequential damage.