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Rinsing Manual

Your Guide to Cleaner Parts with Less Water and Waste

The purpose of this manual is to help metal finishing facilities improve their rinsing processes. Better rinsing is crucial for high quality production. At the same time, a well-chosen rinse system can actually save water and minimize sludge generation, leading to reduced pollution and lower operating costs.

In this manual, you will find:

  • a decription of the three key elements of effective and efficient rinsing
  • step-by-step procedures to help you evaluate your existing rinse configuration
  • tools and information to help you evaluate potential improvements, and estimate potential savings

More information can be found in the "Bluebook", Pollution Prevention and Control Technologies for Plating Operations.

Rinsing Manual

Appendix A: Dragout Reduction Options

Appendix B: Rinse Efficiency Options

Appendix C: Water Control Options

Appendix D: Estimating Potential Dragout Reduction from Extended Drip Time

Drip calculator tool (see Appendix D)

Figures and Tables

This manual was produced by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) through EPA Grant #XXXX. Under this grant, NCMS conducted a survey ... [NASF participation].



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