SPARCS Patent Awarded
03/17/2015 – RJ INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING (RJIM) received confirmation that its patent for the design of SPARCS, the Smoke Particulate Air Reduction Cyclone System, was issued on March 17, 2015 and is assigned Patent Number 8979959.
OSHA Hits Ohio Yard With $378K Penalty
01/06/2015 -A torching contractor working in an Ohio scrap yard received a $378,000 penalty from OSHA for violations during June 2014 surrounding the lead standard derived from metal torch cutting. OSHA claimed three employees were exposed to dangerous levels of lead, arsenic, iron oxide and copper particles and fumes while torch cutting steel, and the employer failed to provide proper personal protective equipment.
Detroit Yard Pays EPA $110K Penalty
10/16/2014 – A Detroit scrap metal and iron recycling company has agreed to pay a $100,000 penalty and invest $400,000 to resolve clean air issues relating to CFC releases and opacity reduction from its metal torch cutting processes to keep harmful particulate emissions at or below legal limits.
EPA To Approve SPARCS
02/01/2015 – RJ INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING (RJIM) is in the final stages of gaining Federal EPA approval of SPARCS, the Smoke Particulate Air Reduction Cyclone System, for use as an effective VE-9 smoke collection system. The EPA and the Michigan DEQ have witnessed multiple demonstrations where Federal VE-9 regulations were soundly beaten, evidenced by reduced smoke opacity and the volume of steel particles captured in the cyclone and the filters.
SPARCS Cyclone Filter Channel Breakthrough
12/01/2014 – RJ INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING (RJIM) has developed a breakthrough enhancement to their patent pending SPARCS, the Smoke Particulate Air Reduction Cyclone System. The cyclone chamber filter channel has proven very effective at particulate capture, which further reduces opacity and extends the life of the filter. Model 12 will utilize a Flat Channel and Model 18 will utilize a V-Channel.
SPARCS Sizing is Announced
12/15/2014 – RJ INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING (RJIM) has established three standard SPARCS model sizes: the 12XL, 12XXL and 18XXL. SPARCS has a 12 foot or 18 foot opening at the cyclone chamber and the XL denotes the standard 48 inch filter set and the XXL denotes the enhanced 60 inch filter set. The larger opening and filter sizes reduce opacity and extend the life of the filter. In addition to the standard sizes, RJIM offers customized designs for special circumstance applications.
SPARCS Patent Application is Approved
01/16/2015 – RJ INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING (RJIM) received confirmation that its patent application for SPARCS, the Smoke Particulate Air Reduction Cyclone System, was approved based upon the strength of the application’s technical merits and innovative design. RJIM expects to receive the awarded patent by May 2015.