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Innovation & Technology
At ESCO, it is central to our businesses to continually leverage technology and innovation to improve upon our products for the benefit of our customers.
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Our commitment to innovation is demonstrated, in part, by our financial investment of $55 million spent on acquisitions, capital expenditures, research and development in FY2018. Detailed information about our subsidiaries’ research and development activities and investments can be found in our 2018 Annual Report & Form 10-K.

Driving Sustainable Performance

Our customers come from a wide variety of sectors including aerospace, electric utilities, consumer electronics/wireless manufacturers, healthcare, military, and industrial markets. Each sector has a unique set of product requirements and it is our job to understand their requirements and develop solutions that meet their demanding expectations. The links to each of our subsidiaries websites can be found to the right of this page and give further information and describe their specific product offerings in more detail.

Product and Process Innovation

Sustainable products are the result of both environmentally friendly materials and safer, more efficient processes used to manufacture those products. Our subsidiaries continue to seek product and process improvements that will result in the reduction of our carbon footprints.

Since our last report, we are pleased to report the following examples of product and process innovations that have specifically helped our businesses be more sustainable, reduce energy consumption and improve energy efficiency:

  • ETS is now using more eco-friendly material to make its absorber products. It replaced the use of polyurethane foam with polystyrene and combined with modifications to the engineered molding processes, it now produces approximately 35% less scrap.
  • Plastique invested in 2 new machines to modify the pulp manufacturing process thus significantly reducing the amount of water used that requires treatment and transport of such water. Under the old process, contaminated waste water had to be collected 5 times per day and then transported offsite for disposal via special sealed containers. The new process splits the procedure so separate machines run different types of pulp. The change allow some of the pulp to be recycled in house, reduces waste water and eliminated 554 transport collections in the period since this change was implemented. In addition Plastique also reduced approximately 180 tons of pulp needed for the process.
  • PTI
    • Is using 3-D modeling for designing and prototyping that will shorten and improve development cycle time and uses less electricity, gas, water and other resources.
    • Developed a filter media using environmentally friendly epoxy binders that provides longer life (15% higher dirt holding capacity) and lower pressure drop (15% lower than current product).
    • Is in the process of evaluating an enhanced aluminum with improved mechanical properties which will enable PTI to move to casting manifolds. This will reduce machining time while maintaining the same properties as current extrusion material.
  • Westland
    • Enhanced its engineering controls to reduce tank emissions during an acid etch process which eliminated the scrubber system requirements. The old system required Westland to comply with an air permit to control the emissions. Through the redesign, emissions have been reduced to the point that there is no longer a need for an air permit for this process.
    • Revised its process to segregate rubber waste which allows recycling of much of the scrap. In addition, 60 waste streams that were previously required to be manifested were reduced to 10.
    • Removed an outdoor shed which had been used to store chemicals needed for operations. Removal of the shed eliminated any potential for storm water contamination and the requirement to perform ongoing storm water sampling. Westland now purchases the chemicals from a supplier who provides them only as needed and just-in-time so there is no inventory to store.
  • TEQ
    • Developed a process to separate paper from polystyrene in one of their production lines. This separation process reduced the need for waste pickups from 2 times per week to 1 time per week which results in less material handling, lowers costs and carbon footprint.
    • Reduced the number of shifts from 24 hours per day 7 days per week to 5 days per week resulting in 28% less energy usage for the same output of product. This was completed thru additional engineering and quality controls.
  • Hi-Tech changed one of its manufacturing processes to eliminate the use of lead masking tape replacing it with a reusable steel part. Using the steel part in lieu of the tape eliminated employee/facility exposure to lead and the need for disposal of the lead tape.
  • Crissair invested in reusable oil absorbent mats that can be cleaned and reused. This eliminated approximately 1600 lbs. of waste that no longer has to be shipped. In addition Crissair modified 6 test stands and 1 pump unit so that they use a less hazardous type of oil. This change also reduced cycle times for production, allowing Crissair to make more product with less waste.
  • VACCO replaced its use of caustic fuel for space propulsion systems with a non-caustic ionized gas which is safer for employees to handle, assemble and test. In addition, VACCO replaced the use of toxic hydrazine in a mono propellant application with a green water propellant that performs just as well and is better for the environment and the personnel that handle it.
  • NRG developed a Bat Deterrent System with a patent pending to reduce bat mortality caused by windmills. This allows operators to produce more renewable energy by preventing curtailment and thus maximizing electric generation. The system helps to prevent bats from harming themselves from the wind turbines.

In addition, our subsidiaries are encouraged to identify external acquisition candidates and product lines to expand offerings and enhance in-house technology. These investments are expected to improve efficiency, sustainability, cost effectiveness, and help keep ESCO on the forefront of emerging technologies and practices. Many of these activities result in a reduction in energy consumption and improve energy efficiency.

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