Coolant Recycling Process Eliminates Truckloads of Wastewater

Company News
January 18, 2022

The dozens of lathe and milling CNC machines used to produce plastic manifolds at IDEX Health & Science (IH&S) in Bristol, Connecticut (USA), require a steady stream of coolant. Fail to contain the heat produced through the computerized, precision cutting process and the plastic will melt.

For years, IH&S paid for twice-a-month pickups of coolant wastewater for remediation – enough to fill more than three tanker trucks over the course of a year. With help from a new machine, they now recycle coolant onsite, which has reduced wastewater production by 85 percent, as well resulted in significant cost savings that paid for the new system in less than a year.

The water-based mix includes 3 percent synthetic coolant concentration and now can be reused over and over. Plastic chips and any organics are also removed as part of the reconditioning.

“In the beginning, my team members were skeptical. They didn’t think the recycled coolant would be fresh,” said James Christensen, Site Leader at IH&S Bristol. “Now they think it’s actually better.”

So much for being friends with the wastewater pickup driver. That’s now just a once-a-year event.

IDEX Health & Science facility in Bristol, Connecticut (USA) develops and manufactures plastic manifolds and fluidic assemblies for the IVD Bio market. These products are used in systems such as DNA sequencers and blood testing equipment. Our experience machining and bonding plastic has allowed IDEX to create techniques that have helped us remain the leader in precision manifold manufacturing and custom plastics for more than six decades.


Banjo, Lukas Provide Holiday Support for Boys & Girls Club, Food Pantry

Company News
January 13, 2022

Banjo Corporation in Crawfordsville, Indiana, recently began a partnership with the Montgomery Boys & Girls Club, partnering with the club on activities last quarter. In collaboration with the IDEX foundation, the club received $15,000 USD to help fund the hiring of additional teachers, and help purchase supplies for STEM activities. The donation will also be used to buy new Chromebooks for students to use.

Additionally, Banjo team members funded an end of the semester holiday party for the after-school students, providing a safe bounce house, snacks and more.  A small group of team members also volunteered to paint two large rooms at the club facility while the kids were on holiday break.

Lukas in Erlangen, Germany, also supported the local community during the holidays last month. To further fight hunger insecurity in the community, the team partnered with the IDEX Foundation to donate $5,000 USD to Tafel Erlangen. ​​​​​​​

Tafel Erlangen, an initiative of the Diakonisches Werk Erlangen, is a German-based food bank that takes high quality surplus foods  and distributes it to people in Erlangen and surrounding areas. Every year, the organization saves around 265,000 tons of food, which they pass on to over 1.6 million people.

PPE Team Support Local Family, Sponsor Hygiene Kit, Blood & Food Drives

Company News
January 11, 2022

Precision Polymer Engineering (PPE) team members in the United States partnered with local organizations over the span of two months, to sponsor different initiatives during the holiday season.

Team members in Brenham, Texas, most recently sponsored a local family through the Adam’s Angels Ministry, purchasing, wrapping, and delivering gifts. Headquartered less than 10 minutes from PPE facility,  the Adam’s Angels Ministry specializes in helping families where one of the children suffers from cancer.  ​​​​​​​

The team at PPE also assembled hygiene kits to benefit people at a local homeless shelter. Team members packed and delivered 30 large kits with products including toothpaste, deodorant, soap, lotion and more. The PPE team also sponsored food donation drive, collecting more than 200 items for members of the Faith Mission & Help Center Inc.

And, in early December, nine employees participated in a blood drive, potentially saving 27 lives through their donations

“We really wanted our staff to focus on giving back to the community, so this year, instead of doing one massive service project, we instead did four different service projects,” PPE Human Resources Generalist Tyler Christensen said. “This allowed team members to donate either time, money, blood, or all three.”

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