Westmoreland manufacturer makes better product while going green

By By KRISTEN COPELAND

WESTMORELAND, N.Y. (WKTV) - Another local manufacturer is making efforts to help the environment and make a better product at the same time.

NORBCO, in Westmoreland, makes milking parlors for dairy farms and ships all over the world. But it wasn't until the company started making a green transition that officials realized how much material was wasted.

"With our old system, we probably wasted as much paint as we applied to the product," said Jay Walters of NORBCO. "Because of the openness of the product there was a lot of over-spray."

NORBCO paints the parts it makes before shipping to customers. Prior to going green, one gallon of paint covered 4 1/2 units. Now, that same gallon covers 18 1/2!

The new process is called electro-static painting.

"The paint has a reverse electrical charge, so that attracts itself to the product and prevents a lot of the over spray and makes the paint go to the product," Walters said.

Because of that, the filters in the spray room do not have to be thrown away as often. NORBCO is painting faster with the new system, using less paint, and generating a higher quality product.

"We want to run our business sensibly so when we have the opportunity to be green...we want to do that," he said. "Regulations are getting stiffer and more companies are going to be forced to do that, so we will be first in line and get it done before we had to get it done."

NORBCO also adopted a plasma table to cut sheets of metal.

"The cost of cutting a sheet - a plate went from an average $25 when you consider the consumables and the filters, to less than $3," he said.

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