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When: Thursday, February 27, 2014
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Rosewood Restaurant
9421 W. Higgins Rd.
Rosemont, Illinois  60018
United States
Contact: Bruce Bryan

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Join the Northern Illinois chapter for a 1 day Environmental Symposium.  Learn about the upcoming changes that will affect your business.


Phosphates in Pretreatment
Speaker:  Kirk Beaster, Chemetall

Phosphates are widely used in surface treatment chemistries, including; cleaners, conversion coatings and acid pickles. The enrichment of nutrients, such as phosphorus, is one of the leading causes of water quality impairment in our watersheds and waterbodys. This has led to the establishment of strict discharge limits by regulatory bodies, especially in the Great Lakes and Mississippi River regions. This presentation will describe how phosphates are used in industrial surface treatment chemistries and what chemical suppliers are doing to eliminate the phosphates from these chemistries. Examples of the different phosphate free chemistries available in the market will also be discussed.

Biographical Information:
Kirk Beaster has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. He has over 11 years of experience in various roles of technical support in the metal finishing/surface treatment industry, having held the positions of Engineering Specialist, Engineering Manager and Laboratory Manager. Kirk currently holds the position of Market Manager, Surface Treatment at Chemetall US, Inc.

Removal of Phosphates in Wastewater Systems
Speaker:  Mike Quandahl, DMP Corp.

If you have an existing wastewater treatment system, learn what modifications to chemistry and equipment are necessary to remove the phosphates to make the system compliant.  If you do not have a wastewater treatment system, learn about the basic layout and rough costs based on basic 3-stage or 5-stage iron phosphate pretreatment systems.

Current Limitations for VOC's
Speaker:  Illinois EPA

Learn about the effects of VOC's on the environment and what the current limitations are for VOC's.  Future changes that may be implemented soon will also be discussed.

Solvent Recovery & Recycling Systems
Speaker:  Mike Robbins, NexGen Enviro Systems, Inc.

This presentation will focus on the aspects of efficiency, reuse and thus money saving aspects of automated in-house recovery covering the following topics:
  • In-house solvent recovery lowers EPA profile by the re-use of waste solvent.
  • Automated solvent recovery is safe, easy and requires no additional staff other than existing personnel.
  • The recovery and reuse of waste solvent reduces the transport of hazardous materials from our roads and actually provides cash flow where expense formerly existed.
  • Modern day systems can be tied directly to process systems to eliminate extra handling and personnel exposure to hazardous waste by automating the full cycle of manufacturing, waste production and solvent recovery.
  • The use of in-house recovery increases the Green aspect of manufacturing while enhancing the "Good Neighbor” profile of the company and is well accepted process by environmental regulators.
  • In-house solvent recovery turns expense into major cash savings by lowering purchasing bills and reducing the volume of waste to solid disposal.
Biographical Information:
Mike Robbins is the President of NexGen Enviro Systems Inc. which has 25 years of experience helping companies safely and efficiently reduce their solvent operational cost and EPA profile. Since mid 1990, NexGen has installed and assisted over 8,000 organizations throughout North America, Central and South America with distillations systems from 2 gallon batch operation through continuous units recovering major quantities of waste solvent per day for reuse. As a side light NexGen also deals with water treatment and large scale vessel washing in either aqueous or solvent based operations. 

Fume Incinerators
Speaker:  John McDowell, Eisenmann Corp.

This presentation will focus on fume incinerators for paint exhaust systems and how they work to remove the VOC's from the exhaust air.

Rosewood Restaurant
9421 W. Higgins Rd.
Rosemont, IL  60018

Check-in for the event is 8:30 AM
Symposium will run from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

CCAI Members - $95
Non-Members - $125
(Lunch is included in the registration fee)


Click here to download the registration form.  Send check payments to Bruce Bryan at Mighty Hook, 1017 N. Cicero Avenue, Chicago, IL  60651.  Credit card registrations MUST be faxed to Bruce at 773-378-2083.  Emailed credit card registrations cannot be accepted.  All registrations need to be received no later than Tuesday, February 25th. 

Space is limited, so please register early.