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DENSO Manufacturing Athens Tennessee

Waste Not

Scott Tinsely operates a metal cutting machine at DENSO Manufacturing Athens Tennessee, where the 1W team agreed the amount of oil waste and hazardous waste involved in cutting metal components for fuel injectors was too costly on the environment. Team members researched and tested innovative oil and cleaner products over a two-year period to find better quality brands that were also less expensive. The results were astounding.

The 1W team completely eliminated hazardous waste—a by-product of cleaner chemicals mixing with cutting oils that was being disposed at about 230 gallons a month. Secondly, the team now recycles 90 percent of cutting oil, because the new oil product maintains optimum cutting properties after mixing with the new cleaner product. This eliminated new oil consumption altogether.

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