Thursday, August 28, 2008

Biobased Facility Maintenance

Information now available on our website about facility maintenance using biobased materials for floor finish stripping and hard surface cleaning. Read more on this topic...

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Lab update of activities for August 2008

Status of lab projects we have been working on:
Alternative Cleaning Testing
We have conducted 27 trials for 7 companies. The general types of companies we have worked with this month include: Machine Construction Company; Machining Company; Tool Manufacturer; 3 Chemical Companies; Nano manufacturing

We are
wrapping up work for 5 companies.

DIY Household cleaners
Completed EHS profile of components
Will conduct more lab testing for performance
Heidi will coordinate testing at home by TURI staff.
Posted information to website: Do it yourself home made household cleaner recipes

Contract Testing
Vendor contract testing for Green Seal GS 37 standard for 2 companies.

ISSA Conference/mailing
Heidi attending second week of September (9/8-9/12)

Cleaning Requirements for Heat Treatment: Developments & Applications
ASM Heat Treating Society
October 29-30, 2008
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Both of us are speaking at conference
Member of the technical committee

Mobile Lab magnetic decal for site visit

Database - CleanerSolutions
Working on new updates and trouble shooting existing problems
New training videos on how to use database

Monday, August 18, 2008

TURI Lab has New Mobile Lab (Sort Of)

While the TURI lab works on funding for an actual mobile lab, the lab has been using lab technician and field implementation specialist Heidi Wilcox's Saturn Vue for the last two years as the unofficial mobile lab.

Heidi will be trading in the Saturn Vue, which has high miles on it, for a new, used 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser. It has much fewer miles and is a nice grey green color. The rear seats are removable so there will be no problem carrying equipment to companies. The Cruiser also gets better gas mileage than the Vue so we are going a little greener.

Eventually, our goal is to move up to an RV size moblie lab (see below) to facilitate easier on-site assistance to companies. Why? One of the biggest stumbling blocks associated with surface cleaning alternatives assessment is the time spent gathering and sending samples off to the laboratory to be tested and then waiting for the parts to be returned for in-house assessment. If the alternative did not work, the entire process of gather and sending samples usually has to be repeated. Over time, the flow of testing and information can become less of a priority as other non-cleaning projects arise during the down time of testing.

Through initial site visits to companies, the delivery of collected materials is facilitated by the lab personnel. The materials are taken back to the lab at the end of the site visit. This process has been found to improve the initial round of testing and keeps the project going on faster pace allowing increased potential for implementation of testing results. However, there still exists the time lag when sending products back to the client for in-house inspections and retesting if necessary. This allows the same back-shelf mentality to develop. Having testing capabilities available on-site of the client will allow for alternative assessment to proceed rapidly without losing any of the quality provided by a fixed laboratory.

The mobile laboratory would expand TURI’s capabilities on testing, demonstration, and training expertise to out-of-state audiences. Outfitted with state-of-the-art cleaning equipment, the Mobile Lab would use company parts/soils to assess cleaning and provide real-time evaluations of “greener” products. Target audiences would include businesses and other organizations that lack the time, resources, and expertise to conduct evaluations of “green” alternatives. Finally, the Mobile Lab would operate as a roving training/demonstration site for regional trade organizations, government facilities, regulatory staff, and community groups.

The TURI Lab continues to seek out funding opportunities to finance this end endeavor. Please contact us if you have any interest in this project.

Possible Layout for Mobile Lab

Thursday, August 14, 2008

GreenWise Market

The lab's cleaning program is quoted in Publix GreenWise Market August 2008 issue.
Take a peek...GreenWise What on Earth?

Monday, August 4, 2008

Do-it-Yourself Household Cleaning Recipes

The TURI Lab is working on putting together a list of Do-it-Yourself (DIY) recipes that you can use for household cleaning. Ingredients will be based on typical ingredients you find in your home. In addition, the lab will be testing how well these products work. Basic health and safety information will be linked to each of the components of the recipe. Let us know if you have a DIY recipe you want us to evaluate. Recipes and health information are now available Do-it-Yourself Household Cleaners

Friday, August 1, 2008

Plans for the upcoming year

As always, July brings on our new fiscal year where we set out our goals for the year and start new projects.

Projects for this year will include:

Industrial Cleaning Assitance - continue with on site assistance with companies

Janitorial Cleaning Evaluations - test products for performance based on Green Seal GS 37 standard

Updating CleanerSolutions database with new features, improving existing features

Work on funding source for possible Mobile Cleaning Lab to better facilitate on-site assistance and trainings on surface cleaning

Choosing a Safer Cleaning Product

Read the article on our safety screening process. This article was published in Process Cleaning magazine in March/April 2008 issue. Choosing a New Cleaning Product Based on Environmental, Health and Safety Issues