These initiatives, addressing virtually all aspects of our business practices from corporate offices to facility floor to storage rooms, are core to our philosophy of operating an innovative, certified and technology-driven environmentally-friendly plating company. We work with independent consultants and the EPA on an ongoing basis to reduce waste headed to landfills, recycle products and materials and improve asset recovery.
As a top U.S. plating company, we are committed to returning water to the environment cleaner than when it came to our facility. In Minnesota, INCERTEC is using a flow through water treatment system. This state of the art system was designed specifically to meet our specific electroplating, anodizing and other chemical processes, and is therefore capable of continuous operation twenty four hours a day. This system allows us to treat several different types of waste streams at one time, thus allowing many different processes to coexist in one job shop and dedicated lines operation.
The metals in the rinse water are precipitated out, and then dewatered through a filter press producing metal hydroxide sludge. Metal hydroxide sludge has become the main waste that we produce, and by using the latest technology INCERTEC is able to have that material recycled. Water treatment is monitored by our chemistry department, using the state of the art ICP and Cyanide detection systems to ensure we are in-compliance with rules and regulations set by our local and federal regulators. The water treatment operators are well trained, and continue to update their knowledge as the waste industry becomes more advanced.
INCERTEC takes environmental and safety regulations very seriously. We continue to improve our green initiatives through waste reduction and recycling efforts. It is our mission to continue to provide environmentally-friendly plating services for our employees and for the community.
INCERTEC provides RoHS compliant finishes. The definition and aim of the RoHS directive is quite simple. The RoHS directive aims to restrict certain dangerous substances commonly used in electronic and electronic equipment. Any RoHS compliant component is tested for the presence of Lead (Pb), Cadmium (Cd), Mercury (Hg), Hexavalent chromium (Hex-Cr), Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), and Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). For Cadmium and Hexavalent chromium, there must be less than 0.01% of the substance by weight at raw homogeneous materials level. For Lead, PBB, and PBDE, there must be no more than 0.1% of the material, when calculated by weight at raw homogeneous materials. Any RoHS compliant component must have 100 ppm or less of mercury and the mercury must not have been intentionally added to the component. Some military and medical equipment may be exempt from RoHS compliance.
Please identify your need for RoHS compliance on your orders and we will likewise note compliance on our material certification. Such certification will be stamped to identify the products as RoHS compliant.
INCERTEC became ISO 14001:2004 certified in August 2014, demonstrating our on-going commitment to green initiatives; our employees, our customers and our community. This certification provides assurance as well that INCERTEC’s environmental impact is being measured and continuously improved as one of the only environmentally-friendly plating companies to receive this certification.
The benefits of using ISO 14001:2004 include:
- Reduced cost of waste management
- Savings in consumption of energy and materials
- Environmentally sound business practices
- Ethical reporting to all regulatory requirements
INCERTEC Environmental Policy
As a metal finisher INCERTEC is committed to regulatory compliance, continual improvement and prevention of pollution to ensure that we are doing our part in protecting the environment.