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Table of Contents
Background and Overview
Glossary of Terms
Operations
Reasons for Change
P2 Opportunities
Where To Go for P2 Help
Acknowledgments
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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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ABC's of FRP
Abstract: This section is a Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composites primer as it applies to FRP grating.
Source: American Composites Manufacturers Association
URL: http://www.acmanet.org/fgmc/abc_frp.htm

Calculating Air Emissions from Fiberglass Operations
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/index.php/topics/small-business-e
nvironmental-assistance-program/sbeap-resources-calculat
ors-due-dates-and-checklists.html

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

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.acmanet.org/cct/

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.compositesworld.com/suppliers/comattec/DIR

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?TP03PUB166&2&SME

Controlled Spraying Handbook - Composites Open Molding Spray Applications
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://compositesweekly.com/controlled-spraying-techniques-f
or-reducing-styrene-emissions-and-material-waste/

EPA Sector Notebook: Profile of the Plastic Resins and Man-Made Fibers Industry [PDF]
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/assista
nce/sectors/notebooks/resfibsn.pdf

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/5130.htm

Hazards of Fiberglass Layup and Sprayup [PDF]
Abstract: Booklet provides recommended work practices and case studies to minimize employee exposure to airborne contaminants, noise, and dermal affects.
Source: Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
URL: http://www.dli.mn.gov/OSHA/PDF/fiberglass.pdf

Lean and Environment Case Study: Lasco Bathware [PDF]
Abstract: A team worked to identify numerous productivity and environmental improvements at this bathware manufacturing facility, via integration of lean and P2. Annual savings are over $140k.
Source: Washington Dept of Ecology
URL: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/pubs/0704009.pdf

Pollution Prevention Assistance Tools for the Fiber Reinforced Plastics and Boat Manufacturing Industries
Abstract: Demonstration projects showed success of methods and technologies for FRP shops with an emphasis on open molders, via assistance with implementation or adoption to 3 shops.
Source: Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/26/25282.htm

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

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: https://Engineering.Purdue.edu/CMTI/FRP/

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://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/01/00904.pdf

Source Reduction and Recycling Opportunities for a Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics Shop
Abstract: Project demonstrated that FRP scrap waste could be ground and reused to make panels that generally meet or exceed the required performance properties of a particleboard product.
Source: Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
URL: http://www.mntap.umn.edu/intern/projects/ast-it12.htm

Unified Emissions Factors from Open Molding of Composites [PDF]
Abstract: Table of Unified Emission Factors (UEF) for pounds of styrene emitted per ton of gelcoat or resin processed.
Source: Composites One
URL: http://www.compositesone.com/documents/industryregs/UEFTable
-Jul01.pdf

Waste Reduction Assistance for the Fiberglass Fabrication Industry [PDF]
Abstract: Useful resource describing fiberglass molding, processes, material usage, and P2 opportunities.
Source: Pinellas County Department of Environmental Management
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/32/31811.pdf

 


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