Technical Arts is committed to being an environmentally friendly organization. Examples of the ways in which we have implemented this commitment are:
We realized that the vast majority of the trips our vehicles make picking up and delivering (often involving traveling over 200 miles per day) could be done with a vehicle that was smaller and more fuel efficient than the trucks we had historically used.So we have replaced the trucks, for most trips, with a sub-compact Honda Fit that gets in excess of 30 mpg.
We recycle almost all of the chips produced by our machining operations.This is easy to do with the aluminum, copper-based and stainless alloys because they have substantial value and we can sell them.But the carbon steel alloys have no commercial value and it actually costs us money to have them placed in the recycling stream.
We use only environmentally friendly coolants for our machining operations.We then ensure that they are used to their maximum effective life and properly disposed of in a manner that ensures that their chemical energy content is used to reduce energy consumption.
We no longer perform machining on lead alloys or use them in soldering processes because of their serious deleterious impact on the environment.We have changed over to using tungsten based alloys for parts requiring high density properties (counterweights and radiation shields).For soldering we use non-lead based solders.
We have implemented a program for our employees, customers and vendors to dispose of their used electronic equipment at no cost to them. They simply bring these items, that if not properly disposed of will constitute an environmental hazard, and we ensure that they are properly handled.