Industrial Degreasers & Solvents https://ecolink.com Leaner Chemical Solutions for the Next Generation Fri, 04 Aug 2017 16:14:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 55920164 Fast Drying Non Flammable Solvents for Engine Cleaning: An Overview https://ecolink.com/info/fast-drying-non-flammable-solvents/ https://ecolink.com/info/fast-drying-non-flammable-solvents/#respond Thu, 03 Aug 2017 15:55:48 +0000 https://ecolink.com/?p=11449 Many fast drying solvents have a low flashpoint that makes them easily combust. High-purity Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) is a common example. The chemical compound works great for removing a variety of adhesives and soils that commonly accrete on everyday surfaces, such as glass, plastic, and metal.

But don’t use IPA around sources of heat that could it ignite it, or you may end up exposing the cleaning surface to a layer of blue-orange flame that burns until the alcohol is consumed. The same inconvenience and safety issue come with using many other fast drying solvents, creating the need for a solvent submarket dedicated to offering fast drying non flammable solvents. This is one submarket of the solvent industry that Ecolink has helped pioneer.

When are fast drying non flammable solvents needed?

Before you start exploring product options for fast drying non flammable solvents, be sure that you actually need a solvent that dries fast and won’t ignite under any condition. Let’s look at the two basic characteristics of these solvents to shed some light on the issue.

  1. Fast Drying

Solvents that dry exceptionally fast are commonly used for one more of the following reasons: sensitive engine parts must be free of the solvent quickly, little if any solvent collects in the waste trap, there is little if any need to perform solvent cleanup, and/or the cleaning operation — from start to dry — must be performed quickly.

  1. Non Flammable

Like fast drying solvents, non flammable solvents are generally used for one or more specific reasons: to help prevent fires in the solvent storage area and/or workstations, help prevent fires during the engine cleaning operation, and — if the cleaner is a general cleaner — to be used for a broad array of applications that ideally require a solvent that’s inflammable or has a high flashpoint.

Hypothetically, when you combine the benefits of the two characteristics, you might end up using fast drying non flammable solvents for an application such as this: degreasing a non-energized engine within a short period of time. The grease flows away quickly, parts are dry soon afterward, and the non flammable formulation decreases the chance of flammable engine residues igniting.

If this doesn’t nearly describe your application, don’t worry. There are multiple scenarios for using fast drying non flammable solvents. If you need help selecting the right solution, we recommend you to contact the team of experienced chemists at Ecolink for professional assistance.

Contact Us Today

Ecolink specializes in environmentally safe and environmentally preferred industrial solvents. In addition to offering a wide selection of eco friendly stock solvents that replace older, toxic solvents, we also create custom solvents that meet the requirements of specific customers.

To inquire about our products and services, place an order, or request a free product sample, please give us a call today at 800-563-1305, or send us an email through our contact form. We look forward to learning about your solvent needs and seeing how we can help!

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Selecting Industrial Engine Cleaners: A Helpful Checklist https://ecolink.com/info/industrial-engine-cleaners/ https://ecolink.com/info/industrial-engine-cleaners/#respond Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:31:08 +0000 https://ecolink.com/?p=11442 Just like engines in non-industrial machinery, engines in industrial machines must be serviced to remain in good working order. There are plenty of industrial engine cleaners that can help you do the job, but which one is right for your application? That’s what we help you answer by presenting a checklist covering six crucial selection criteria for industrial engine cleaners.

  1. Types of Materials in the Engine

You need a cleaner that doesn’t degrade any materials in the engine. In addition to knowing the general types of materials you’re dealing with, you need to know their specific type (e.g., grade of stainless steel or grade of plastic). Goal number one is to avoid damaging the engine with the wrong solvent.

  1. Turnaround Time for Cleaning

How fast must the engine be cleaned? Can you spend six hours polishing it to perfection, or do you need to clean it in a matter of minutes? Now that you know what solvents can safely clean the engine materials, you can focus on acquiring a solvent with the efficacy to clean the engine, as quickly as required.

If you have a quick turnaround time, it’s also helpful to use a fast drying solvent. Some solvents make soils flow away from parts and leave the parts dry within a few seconds.

  1. Geometry of Engine Parts

Regardless of the time frame for cleaning the engine, you need to apply solvent evenly across parts that need cleaning, including tough to reach places where cleaning by hand is impractical.

When engine parts have complex geometries, cleaning them is often done easiest with aerosol, whose cloud of particles diffuse uniformly across the work surface. Aerosol can be applied from drums with a high-speed sprayer wand, in addition to being applied with handheld spray cans.

  1. Energized Vs. Non-Energized

Most engines are cleaned in a non-energized state, meaning the power is disengaged. However, engines that perform long service runs being being powered off — such as engines in passenger jets and manufacturing equipment — must often be cleaned while running.

To do the job safely, use industrial engine cleaners that are non flammable and contain a dielectric. A dielectric is a buffer that prevents electrical current from flowing through the solvent. Be sure the dielectric you select has the strength to oppose the voltage of the engine.

  1. Engine Cleaning Schedule

You probably have an engine cleaning schedule in place. One way to be sure you don’t need clean engines more frequently is to use non-residue industrial engine cleaners. Solvent residue can be like common soap residue: Instead of repelling soils, it can actually attract them.

In engines, solvent residue can also create oil viscosity problems, potentially causing damaging friction between engine parts. Unless your cleaning application directly calls for a solvent that deposits a residue, stick with non-residue industrial engine cleaners.

Contact Us Today

Have questions about selecting the right engine cleaner? The chemists at Ecolink are here to help. We supply stock solvents and custom solvents in environmentally-preferred formulations. Contact us today at 800-563-1305, or email us a message through our contact form. We look forward to assisting you!

 

 

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Selecting Metal Cleaning Solutions in 6 Steps https://ecolink.com/info/metal-cleaning-solutions/ https://ecolink.com/info/metal-cleaning-solutions/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:15:10 +0000 https://ecolink.com/?p=11333 For many companies and organizations, using metal cleaning solutions is an inevitable part of supporting industrial work processes. However, while there may be plenty of metal cleaning solutions to choose from, choosing the right ones for your applications requires some important considerations. Below are six considerations that can help you choose metal cleaning solutions that are right for the metal you must clean and the kinds of soils you need to remove.

  1. Type of Metal

Most important of all is selecting a cleaning solution whose formulation will clean the metal without degrading its surface quality. The appearance of the metal you’re cleaning may not be overly important. But it’s crucial to note that what are considered blemishes are often the beginning of corrosion that can progress until it weakens the dimensional stability of parts.

  1. Type of Soils

Once you’ve clearly identified the metal (i.e. the grade of stainless steel), you can target metal cleaning solutions specifically formulated for removing certain soils from your metal. This is typically the easiest step. You match information about the metal with information about the soils to generate a list of cleaner options that will be further refined by the four steps below.

  1. Machine or Manual Washing?

If you clean metal parts in a parts washing system, step three is choosing cleaners that are compatible with your parts washer concerning the type of cleaning process it performs (e.g., vapor degreasing) and the material construction of the washing chamber.

Also, if you use a machine, and the washer has a value-added benefit such as solvent recycling, you may wish to choose a cleaner that lets you take advantage of the special feature.

  1. Geometry of Parts

If you use a parts washer, the geometry of your parts shouldn’t be of much concern. The washer is presumably designed to clean parts whose geometries range from simple to complex.

However, if parts are cleaned manually using wipes, aerosol, spray, etc., it’s important to choose a cleaner whose formulation and method of application support soil removal. Speaking with one of our chemists can be of great help for choosing a cleaner under these considerations.

  1. Stock or Custom Cleaner?

You shouldn’t have trouble finding a solvent that offers the basic performance properties you need (e.g., good efficacy, non-residue, highly evaporative, low flashpoint, etc.), but it isn’t uncommon to experience a special need that eliminates stock solvents from your range of options (e.g., concurrently removing multiple soils not often found in unison).

In this situation, ordering a custom solvent is the best option. In case you end up needing the option, it’s a good idea to start out shopping for cleaners at suppliers that offer it.

  1. EPA Regulations

Some metal cleaning solutions available today may not be available in the near future due to toxic ingredients the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is scheduled to regulate or ban. Using these cleaners is essentially living on borrowed time. Visit the EPA to learn about chemicals that are scheduled for regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

About Ecolink

Ecolink is a supplier of environmentally preferred, industrial grade solvents, including a wide selection of cleaners for metals. Providing readymade and custom solutions to companies and organizations of various sizes, in numerous industries, we make it easy to know you’re getting the right cleaners by supplying product samples you can try for free, with no obligations.

For more information, call us today at 800-563-1305, or send us an email using our contact form. We’d love to talk!

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Rust Removing Solvents: Benefits of Rust Rip from Ecolink https://ecolink.com/info/rust-removing-solvents/ https://ecolink.com/info/rust-removing-solvents/#respond Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:13:06 +0000 https://ecolink.com/?p=11336 Rust is a common sight on industrial equipment and parts, but it doesn’t have to be. Just because metal rusts doesn’t mean it has weak dimensional stability. However, if rusting progresses unchecked, it will eventually devour the metal it affects, literally turning it into a pile of rust over the course of months or years.

Companies and organizations can prevent rust by applying Rust Rip rust remover and phosphatizer to surface accumulations of rust before they progress deep into the metal. Rust Rip is one of the best rust removing solvents for industrial users. Below are four reasons why.

  1. Compatible With Ferrous / Non-Ferrous Metals

Some industrial rust removing solvents are formulated for ferrous metals, others are created for non-ferrous metals, and still others are designed to remove rust from both types of metal. Rust Rip belongs in the third category of industrial rust removing solvents; it removes rust from ferrous and non-ferrous metals equally well, with no unexpected surprises in store.

  1. Non-Flammable

Non-flammability is always considered a positive trait of an industrial solvent. But the true value of a non-flammable formulation depends on the work environment where the solvent is applied. If you need to apply or store rust removing solvents in areas that have sources of ignition, Rust Rip lets you do it without jeopardizing the fire safety of workers and the building itself.

  1. Promotes Paint Bonding

As stated on Rust Rip’s product page, “[Rust Rip] destroys the corrosive agents that support oxidation and leaves a clean, rust-free, metal surface… [creating] minute inert elements that become an integral part of the metal surface, without changing tolerances, and prevent further rusting.”

Known as phosphatizing, this process creates a surface that’s perfect for paint bonding. Coating equipment and parts in paint that thwarts rust development is an excellent rust protection measure — a measure made possible by properly applying Rust Rip.

  1. Preserves Functionality of Metal

Rust negatively affects practically any characteristic you would desire in metal, including ductility that provides flexibility, hardness that delivers strength, and softness that makes metal easy to form into parts with a machine.

Keeping metal rust-free with Rust Rip makes it easier for metal to retain the properties required to supply it with these metallurgical characteristics and others. Rust has no place in industrial metallurgy. Rust Rip helps ensure that rust stays away.

Place Your Order Today

If you’re shopping for environmentally preferred rust removing solvents that treat ferrous and non-ferrous metals, are non-flammable, promote paint bonding via phosphatization, and help preserve the functionality of metal, Rust Rip is a good match for your needs.

If you have additional requirements that Rust Rip doesn’t address, we can create a custom solvent that is tailored to your needs. To see how one of our solvents works before you order, simply request a free sample — no strings attached.

Place your order for Rust Rip today through our website, call us at 800-563-1305, or send us an email using our contact form. Use Rust Rip to banish rust and prevent further rusting!

 

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Custom Aqueous Solvents: How to Purchase Them Economically https://ecolink.com/info/custom-aqueous-solvents-how-to-purchase-them-economically/ Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:22:35 +0000 https://ecolink.com/?p=11339 Most companies and organizations that invest in custom aqueous solvents do so out of necessity. They need a water based solvent but can’t find a ready made solution that meets their needs. The only option is creating a custom solvent that addresses all requirements.

Because custom aqueous solvents are manufactured from scratch, they frequently cost a bit more than stock solvents. You may have no option but to pay the price; however, there are four simple steps you can take to purchase your solvent economically. Let’s look at what they are.

  1. Request Three Separate Quotes

 Suppliers of custom aqueous solvents have different price structures, so it pays to shop around, as the old saying goes. Chances are that most of the quotes you receive will be in the same ballpark, but one price will be lower than the rest.

Choosing a supplier that offers the best price points is the first step toward saving money on your aqueous solvent purchase. But before you buy, confirm that the price is the regular price, not a special offer that won’t be available the next time you need to order solvent. 

  1. Purchase in Concentrated Form

 You have the option of purchasing your solvent in ready to use form or in concentrated form that must be diluted with water. If you’re familiar with the water dilution process for the type of solvent you need, buying in concentrated form allows you to use the highest percentage of water, while maintaining the efficacy of the solvent for the application.

  1. Purchase As-Needed or in Bulk

The volume in which you order a custom aqueous solvent also impacts price. For large-scale solvent users, buying in bulk is commonly the best option, as it typically offers a lower price per volume than a standard purchase. For small-scale users, purchasing solvent on an as-needed basis is often the best option. It allows them to use only as much solvent as required and prevents over investing.

  1. Recycle the Solvent if Possible

Whether you can recycle your solvent depends on its formulation and how you use the solution. For example, using a vapor degreasing solvent in a closed parts washer can facilitate solvent recycling, as long as the washer has the technology required for the job. If you can recycle your solvent, it could become a big cost saver in the long run.

Get Custom Aqueous Solvents Here

Ecolink is a seasoned supplier of eco friendly cleaners available in stock and custom formulations. We have years of experience creating unique solvents for the unique needs of specific users. We offer eco friendly, custom aqueous solvents that are ready to use or come in concentrated form, provide a variety of supply volume options, and supply free test samples of solvents on request.

To get started on creating a custom aqueous solvent, please call us today at 800-563-1305, or send us an email through our contact form. We look forward to supplying a custom solution at a competitive price you can afford!

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How to Replace TCE Vapor Degreaser in 4 Steps https://ecolink.com/info/replace-tce-vapor-degreaser/ Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:30:21 +0000 https://ecolink.com/?p=11342 TCE vapor degreaser works like a charm, so why would you want to replace it? If you’re in the position of most companies and organizations that plan to replace TCE vapor degreaser, the reason is twofold: Chemicals TCE contains are toxic to humans and natural ecosystems.

This is why the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking steps that appear headed toward the official ban or heavy regulation of TCE. Right now, TCE users are in the position to voluntarily replace TCE vapor degreaser or replace it by legal precedent when regulations kick in. According to senior EPA officials, voluntary replacement is the most hassle-free, cost effective option.

According to Wendy Cleland-Hamnett, director of the EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), “Voluntary efforts are frequently quicker and more cost-effective than regulations … But where we can’t do it through voluntary efforts, we will pursue regulations.” Below are four simple steps that you can take to replace TCE vapor degreaser voluntarily.

  1. Choose a Provider of Eco Friendly Degreasers

Specifically, focus on choosing a provider of “environmentally safe” and “environmentally prefered” cleaners. Solvents that fall under one of these classifications are virtually guaranteed to remain free of EPA regulations. You can depend on using an environmentally safe or an environmentally prefered TCE replacement for many years to come.

  1. Select a Provider of Stock and Custom Solutions

Selecting a provider that offers both stock and custom cleaners gives you the widest range of TCE replacement options. There’s  good chance you can find a stock solvent that meets your requirements. If not, working with a provider of custom solvents brings the opportunity to acquire a unique solution that’s tailored to your needs.

  1. Receive Technical Assistance from the Provider

After you identify a provider, request assistance with replacing your TCE degreaser, as needed. Examples of important information the provider can offer includes: solvent and parts washer compatibility, safety measures that should be taken with a particular solvent, and emissions per volume based on how the solvent is used, to name just a few.

  1. Request a Free Test Sample of the Replacement

Not all providers offer this option, but those that do generally offer the highest level of customer service. For example, Ecolink supplies free test samples of all of our products. Simply request a product sample through our website, and see for yourself how the cleaner performs. After you observe the results, you can make a highly educated buying decision.

Contact Ecolink Today

TCE has worked well as an industrial degreaser for many years, but its chemical safety profile is too dangerous to workers and the environment to remain unregulated. The regulations may be an impediment to TCE users right now, but they’re ultimately a blessing. When you replace TCE vapor degreaser with a safer solution, you become a better steward to your workers and the environment.

Ready to replace TCE vapor degreaser? Call us today at 800-563-1305, or use our contact form. We look forward to presenting TCE replacements that are safer but just as efficacious as TCE.

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Solvent Cleaning 101: What is a Polar Solvent? https://ecolink.com/info/solvent-cleaning-101-what-is-a-polar-solvent/ Sat, 15 Jul 2017 18:37:36 +0000 https://ecolink.com/?p=11347 If you’re shopping for industrial cleaning solvents, you may have run across the term “polarity” in your search. If you’re not a chemist or a salesperson for a solvent company, you may be wondering what the term means and why it’s significant. Below, we provide a simple definition of a polar solvent and explain why this type of solvent is important to cleaning operations.

What is a Polar Solvent?

Polar solvents contain molecules that maintain an electrical charge that has low amperage, which means the amount of electrical current flowing between the molecules is low on the amperage scale. The most common example of a polar molecule is water; it contains one oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms that are set at an angle to the oxygen atom, creating a minor imbalance in the electrical charge (a.k.a. polarity) of the water molecule.

If you place a solid in water, it can dissolve due to the solid’s molecules attracting to the electrical charge of the water molecules. For example, salt dissolves in this manner when placed in water. The same thing can happen when you subject a soil to a polar cleaning solvent. However, a polar solvent will not readily dissolve non-polar materials. This is why polarity is one of the chief considerations when choosing a solvent for removing specific types of accumulations.

Dielectric Constancy

Polar solvents for industrial applications are frequently classified by dielectric constancy, which is measured by what’s known as a polarity index. Encyclopedia Britannica defines dielectric constant as the “property of an electrical insulating material (i.e., a dielectric) equal to the ratio of the capacitance of a capacitor filled with the given material to the capacitance of an identical capacitor in a vacuum without the dielectric material.”

More to the point of our purpose here, Britannica goes on to explain, “Dielectric constants of liquids and solids may be determined by comparing the value of the capacitance when the dielectric is in place to its value when the capacitor is filled with air.”

When we use a polar solvent to remove soils from a material, we use it to remove polar materials. Otherwise, we’d perform the cleaning process repeatedly, without good results. This is why choosing a cleaning solvent without knowledge of the solvent’s polarity and the polarity of the soil(s) that need to be removed can hamper productivity and waste time and money. It’s also why you can’t go wrong by speaking with a solvent chemist before you place a solvent order.

Need a Polar Solvent?

If you’re not sure, contact Ecolink. Our team of chemists are here to produce efficacious, eco friendly solvents, and help you select the right option for your requirements. If one of our stock solutions doesn’t hit the mark, we’ll formulate a custom solution that works flawlessly. Plus, we’ll send you a free sample of what you plan to order, so you can see how it works before buying.

Call us today at 1-800-563-1305, or use our contact form. We look forward to assisting you!

 

 

 

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Formulation and Use of Scale Solvent: An Overview https://ecolink.com/info/scale-solvent/ Thu, 13 Jul 2017 18:42:10 +0000 https://ecolink.com/?p=11350 A scale solvent is a solvent whose active properties are measured using official scales that predict the performance of the solvent in crucial areas. For example, it is common to “scale” a solvent using the following eight performance indicators, among others:

  • Boiling point
  • Melting point
  • Density
  • Solubility in water
  • Relative polarity
  • Eluant strength
  • Threshold limits
  • Vapor pressure

A scale solvent is typically quantified in one of two capacities: as a solvent whose characteristics compare to other solvents in the same class, or as a solvent whose traits compare to other classes of solvents.

When comparing solvents in the same “class”, the classification may be quite broad (e.g., aqueous solvents) or highly specific (e.g., dielectric cleaners for circuit boards). In either case, the goal is to show whether the solvent’s formulation is scaled to the needs of the user.

Scale Solvent vs. Custom Solvent

When companies and organizations set out to buy a solvent, they have two basic options: Purchase stock solvents that are already formulated and ready for shipment, or invest in a custom solvent that is formulated to meet the requirements of a single user.

Because custom solvents tend to cost a bit more and take slightly longer to deliver than stock solvents, most users look for a stock solvent instead of immediately targeting a custom formulation. Due to the precise measurement of one or more of its scalable qualities, a scale solvent provides a solution that’s shown to work in a highly specific manner, much like a custom solvent would.

There are also cases when a scale solvent is a custom solvent. The solvent’s scalable qualities are formulated to a precise degree to guarantee precise results. When a solvent supplier advertises scale solvents, it’s a good idea to ask which kind of scale solvents are available for purchase: stock products, custom formulations, or both.

In addition to potentially removing the need for custom solvents, readymade scale solvents can eliminate the need to dilute solvents to achieve specific mixture ratios. You receive a product that’s ready to “drop in” your solvent applications from the moment the shipment arrives.

In the Market for a Scale Solvent?

Due to the precision performance data that scale solvents entail, they allow users to buy with great confidence, knowing the solvent will work in a precise way.

If you need an environmentally preferred scale solvent, Ecolink is here to help. We offer a wide array of eco friendly stock solvents, as well as custom solvents that are designed for the unique needs of a single customer. Choose the solvent you need in the form that you need it: aerosol, hand wipes, pump spray, etc. You also have the option to order in various quantities.

To get started on selecting an environmentally preferred solvent that’s a perfect match for your solvent operations, give us a call today at 800-563-1305, or send us an email through our contact form. We look forward to helping you select a solvent that is scaled to your needs!       

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Industrial Cleaning 101: What are the Types of Solvents? https://ecolink.com/info/industrial-cleaning-101-what-are-the-types-of-solvents/ Tue, 11 Jul 2017 18:48:07 +0000 https://ecolink.com/?p=11354 Simply put, solvents are substances that dissolve other substances. In chemistry, this property of solvents is used to create complex formulations that are made for specific uses.

Although cleaners that contain solvents vary widely in terms of applications and effects, most industrial solvent-based cleaners are made from one of three types of solvents: oxygenated, hydrocarbon, and halogenated. Below, we look at their basic characteristics to help inform your cleaner purchase.

  1. Oxygenated Solvents

These types of solvents are formulated by extracting key elements from chemicals to create a cleaner that has the desired consistency and effect. More often than not, oxygenated solvents deliver exceptional purity (i.e., 99.0% to 99.9% pure), which supports their efficacy.

Near the end of the production process, oxygenated solvents undergo refinement that removes infinitesimal particulates, excess water, and other elements that would compromise the cleaner’s power and/or safety. Because the impurities can be predicted by the chemical process used to create the solvents, they can be produced quickly, which contributes to their affordable price.

The major types of oxygenated solvents are alcohol, glycol ethers, ketones, esters, and glycol ether esters.

  1. Halogenated Solvents

These types of solvents undergo a chlorination process that gives them similar qualities, especially in terms of aroma, distillation range, flash point, and density. Many halogenated formulations also share the same color. One of the primary differences among this class of solvents is the volume of liquid dissolved to create the desired formulation.

For users, one of the most immediately notable distinctions between halogenated and hydrocarbon solvents is that the former commonly have a highly pungent aroma. Regardless of formulation, halogenated solvents consist of chlorinated hydrocarbons.

  1. Hydrocarbon Solvents

These types of solvents are known for their complex composition, especially compared to oxygenated solvents. In addition, unlike halogenated solvents, hydrocarbon solvents tend to differ significantly in terms of aroma, distillation range, flash point, and density.

Because they vary widely in the elements they contain, halogenated solvents are commonly created as custom solvents, which are formulated to match the needs of a narrow range of users or a single user. There are two main types of hydrocarbon solvents: aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons.

Choosing Solvent Cleaners

Unless you have a formidable knowledge of the chemistry behind solvent cleaners, selecting solvent cleaners based on the solvent they contain can be difficult. For most users, the optimal way to select a cleaner is to consult a manufacturer of stock solvents and custom solvents.

Contact Ecolink Today

Ecolink is an experienced provider of environmentally safe and environmentally preferred industrial cleaners. We focus on making solvents that are safer for humans and the environment than previous generations of industrial cleaners. When you get a cleaner from us, you’re virtually guaranteed to never need a replacement due to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.

To inquire about our products and services, please call us today at (800) 563-1305, or send us an email through our contact form. We look forward to helping you identify the right types of solvents for industrial cleaning!

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Degreasers for Parts Cleaners: An Option for Degreaser Recycling https://ecolink.com/info/degreasers-for-parts-cleaners/ Sun, 09 Jul 2017 19:59:15 +0000 https://ecolink.com/?p=11376 It seems like almost anything can be recycled these days: tires, gasoline, motor oil, cotton fibers, degreaser, and the list goes on. If there’s one item in the list that many people don’t think of as recyclable, it’s degreaser, much less a specific class of degreasers, such as degreasers for parts cleaners.

Tank and Open Air

Among industrial users, degreasers fall into two general categories: degreasers that are applied in open air and degreasers used in parts washers. Both types of degreasers can be recycled, but the recycling process for each is markedly different.

A waste removal company removes spent open air degreaser from the waste trap. After degreaser is removed from the trap, it may or may not be recycled. As eco-friendliness goes, the best users can do is choose a waste removal company whose platform includes solvent recycling. Recycling degreasers for parts cleaners can be done with more ease.

Recycling Tank Degreasers        

As their makeshift name suggests, tank degreasers are solvent placed in the solvent basin of parts washing systems. Both the type of parts washing system you have and the degreaser you use make it possible or highly impractical to recycle degreasers for parts cleaners.

When it comes to solvent recycling, many industrial degreasers users prefer to recycle them within a parts cleaning system, where the solvents are purified and prepared for another round of cleaning, and then subsequent rounds of cleaning.

This process is used within the context of vapor degreasing — a process in which spent solvent condenses in a special part of the machine, is purified of soils, and then returns to the solvent basin, where it was manually placed before the first batch of parts were cleaned.

Using a parts cleaning system that facilitates vapor degreasing is one way to recycle degreasers for parts cleaners. If you don’t have a parts washer that supports vapor degreasing and recycling waste solvent, making the investment could big-time cost saver in the long run in two ways: It could reduce your solvent cost and mitigate your chemical waste disposal bill.

Degreaser Recycling Limits

Part of the establishing the cost saving value of recycling degreasers for parts cleaners is determined by the number of times the solvents can be recycled within the system. The exact number of times depends on your parts washing system and the degreaser you use.

If in doubt about how many times you can recycle a degreaser, consult the owner’s instructions. If you’re still left with questions, contact the dedicated team of chemists at Ecolink.

Contact Ecolink Today

If you need help selecting a parts washing system and a vapor degreaser to support degreaser recycling, the green solvent specialists at Ecolink are here to help. We provide environmentally friendly and environmentally safe solvent solutions, including degreaser. In addition to supplying stock products, we produce custom formulations for the needs of specific users.

With our products, you will never have to worry about the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banning or regulating your degreaser or other cleaners. For more information about our products and services, call us today at 800-563-1305, or reach us through our contact form. We look forward to assisting you!

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