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“There must be a better way to do this.” This was the start of a conversation that led to the implementation of a new greener and environmentally friendly passivation process at our Middleboro, MA site that is part of IDEX Health & Science’s commitment Sustainability.
Passivation is a process widely used in metal finishing to prevent corrosion. Historically, the site has used a nitric acid passivation process for their metal finishing needs. Nitric acid is a harsh, and highly corrosive substance.
The team at the Middleboro site decided to create a new environmentally conscious process—citric acid passivation. “Citric acid is far less toxic. It’s like lemon juice,” said Larry Burdge, Facilities and Maintenance Manager at Middleboro. This new process eliminated a hazardous waste stream and eliminated risks to our environment and our employees.
The team worked directly with a customer who purchases products from IDEX Health & Science that require passivation to see that all quality standards were maintained. “We worked closely with our customer to ensure it would be a flawless transition to the new process,” added Larry. In the end, it was a win-win for everyone involved. Our customer was happy, and we were happy to implement a process that was both environmentally friendly and safer for everyone.