Progressive Recovery Systems

Progressive Recovery, Inc. (PRI) is North America’s leading manufacturer of solvent recycling systems. The company was organized in 1980 to address the need for safe, efficient and economical solutions for reducing or eliminating hazardous waste.

We work with Progressive Recovery Inc. to assess your needs so their engineers can design a solvent recovery system custom-fit specifically for your application. Progressive Recovery solvent recycling systems are supported by engineering, design, manufacturing, quality assurance, service, and after-the-sale support. Progressive Recovery has contributed innovative solutions to environmental waste problems at both Fortune 500 clients and privately held companies.

How it Works

Solvent recycling is accomplished by a distillation process which includes the following steps:

  • A still (distillation) vessel is charged with a waste solution on a batch or continuous basis.
  • A thermal oil jacket, electrically or steam heated, injects heat into the waste solvent by conductive thermal transfer.
  • The still may be operated under vacuum, which lowers the boiling temperature of the solvent.
  • When the solvent reaches its reduced boiling point, the solvent changes from liquid to a vapor (gas) at a controlled rate.
  • The solvent, in a vapor phase, passes through the condenser which has both a condensing and a subcooling section. In the condenser, the solvent changes back to a liquid and is cooled back to ambient conditions.
  • The contaminants (solids or non-volatile liquids) do not undergo a vapor phase, but stay behind as “still bottoms” to be discharged out the drain port.

Once non-volatile portions build up to concentrated levels, the “still bottoms’ are discharged. Another production run can then be initiated.

We also supply solvent recycler bags for easy clean-out of still bottoms.

Nexgen Solvent Recyclers

Solvent Recovery Systems offers the full line of NexGen solvent recyclers, with 12 models ranging in size from 2.6 gallon to 105 gallon. These units specialize in the waste solvent recycling of small to medium volume users. Having options such as automatic load of the dirty waste solvent, and residue discharge, as well as vacuum assist, NexGen’s recyclers are easily integrated into most production lines.

Solvent recycling utilizes a solvent distillation unit to separate a process solvent from its contaminant for reuse. This process consists of heating the mixture until the solvent reaches its vaporization point. Once the solvent vaporizes, it enters a condenser unit where it is cooled back into liquid form leaving the contaminant behind. The volume of usable solvent from the waste solvent mixture will normally approach 99.9% and reach purity levels equal to virgin product.

Solvent recyclers are used in industries such as:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Boat Building
  • Cabinet Manufacturers
  • Defense Contractors
  • Electronics
  • Flexographic printing
  • Furniture Manufacturers and Restorers
  • Paint and Ink Manufacturers
  • Petrochemicals
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Plastics and Composite Manufacturers

Beckart Wastewater Treatment Systems

Specialists in Industrial Pre-Treatment

Beckart Wastewater Treatment Systems Feature:

  • A proven chemical-physical process to remove heavy metals, oils, pigments, and solids from your wastewater.
  • Yield is a clear filtrate, and a residual cake, which is landfill able in most cases.
  • Intelligent process control, is flexible, intelligent, and user friendly. It makes its own chemical and engineering decisions to effectively process your waste stream.
  • Our lab continually researches the latest chemical technologies, and can perform a full range of treat ability, cost to treat, and sludge generation studies.
  • Beckart is a pioneer in closed loop systems. Wastewater is treated and reused in plant processes.
  • Treatment chemicals are custom mixed for your particular waste stream, and are available in drum, tote, and bulk quantities.

Is a wastewater treatment system looming in the future for your company? Starting to hear phrases like closed loop, zero discharge, and turnkey systems? Has your consultant submitted an enormous bill and you are still without one piece of equipment? Please contact the wastewater and – wastewater only – specialists at Beckart.

It could be a new system, retrofitting an existing system, or maybe your operating costs are just too high. We have over 20 years experience at removal of heavy metals (Zinc, copper, chrome, etc) and oil & grease reduction. This can usually be accomplished with minimal use of proprietary chemicals. With 1,200 systems installed worldwide, from die casters to titanium mines to corrugators, Beckart does it better at quoting and installing a correctly sized system. Our lab can quickly determine if your water is most efficiently treated with DAF, settling, biological (aerobic and anaerobic) or evaporation. The system can be situated by our own installation crews, your personnel trained by our techs, and the entire system monitored by modem from our factory.

If you have dirty water from parts washers, floor sweepers, inks, adhesives, die casting lubes or oil & grease from food processing, you may have to give industrial pretreatment time for study. Let us help you make it a quick study. If you’ve gotten a N.O.V. (Notice of Violation) its time to be pro-active. We can give you a prompt quote for the right technology…correctly sized.

Dirty water goes into the Beckart Wastewater System, clean water goes to the drain or for reuse. The contaminants are de-watered into a cake that can be disposed of at a landfill. Metal limits and Oil & Grease numbers can be guaranteed in writing. Just from a fiduciary point of view, you should give us that one call. If you are located in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri or Mississippi, we’ll make a field visit and have a quote on your desk within 2 weeks. Would you and your people like to see a working system? Give us a call and we’ll arrange a visit to a working system.

Solvent Recovery Systems is factory trained in the installation and service of all Beckart products. Call Ryan at (479) 439-0483 or email, to find out more about which Beckart wastewater treatment product can solve your wastewater problems.

Beckart wastewater systems can handle the largest industrial applications.

ADF Solvent-Free Cleaning

Aqueous based parts washers can eliminate your solvent cleaning operations.

  • ADF washers are safe and cost effective solutions for your parts cleaning operations.
  • High pressure (750 psi.), hot water, and stainless steel, make ADF units unique.
  • The detergent includes a rust preventative.
  • Safety and health problems, associated with solvents, are eliminated.
  • Filtered solution means cleaner parts.
  • Systems sized for small operations and the largest industrial plants.

Solvent Recovery Systems is factory trained in the installation and service of all ADF products. ADF makes a product to solve your parts cleaning problems.