CS 12 – Paint Shop Effluent Issues Resolved by Galaxy

Situation

  • An OEM waste water treatment plant was unable to keep up with treatment of the paint shop effluent

Background

  • Galaxy had the chemical treatment and operations of one line in a two line assembly plant
  • The waste treatment plant manager complained that she was unable to keep up with the treatment of the paint shop effluent

Solution

  • Galaxy began an investigation and determined that the chemical company in the other line was using blow down to control their suspended solids problem
  • Instead of solving the problem they resorted to blowing down the system to control the solids
  • The OEM began a point source sampling program and discovered what Galaxy already knew
  • The other chemical company was given six months to solve their problems

Results

  • The other chemical company was unable to resolve their suspended solids problem
  • Galaxy was awarded the second plant nine months later and got the other system under control
  • Issues at the waste treatment plant were resolved
  • The waste treatment plant should not be used as a crutch when systems are not in control – fix the system

CS 12 – Paint Shop Effluent Issues Resolved by Galaxy