Six Benefits of Replacing TCE with NuGenTec FluoSolv® CX

Laboratory analysis of Trichloroethylene (TCE) has classified the chemical compound as a Category 2 carcinogen that has an R-45 Risk Phase. Moreover, this means that the solution “may cause cancer” in those who are chronically exposed to it. Additional health problems that stem from TCE exposure include: eye and skin irritation, drowsiness, and dizziness.

If your company uses TCE for a specific application on a limited basis, recovers waste TCE after a job is finished, and provides proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to those who work with the solution, replacing TCE with a solution that has a better safety profile may be beside the point. However, if your company uses a large volume of TCE in any given period of time, it should consider replacing TCE with NuGenTec FluoSolv® CX for the following reasons.

1. The Solution Is not a CMR
Unlike TCE, the Solvent Emissions Directive (SED) does not classify NuGenTec FluoSolv® CX as a carcinogenic, mutagenic or reproductive toxin (CMR). This means the solution does not carry the risk phases that are associated with TCE and similar types of chemical formulations.

2. High Exposure Limit
PPG — a leading manufacturer of TCE in the U.S. — sets the exposure limit for TCE at 5 ppm. Conversely, NuGenTec FluoSolv® CX has an exposure limit up to 200 ppm. Replacing the former with the latter gives you more flexibility to use the solution on a frequent basis.

3. High Annual Consumption Level
The SED caps the annual consumption level of TCE at below 1 tonne per year. This is 50 percent less than the annual consumption for NuGenTec FluoSolv® CX, which has an annual consumption level of 2 tonnes per year. Again, using the latter solution gives you more flexibility.

4. Low Global Warming Potential
If your company is committed to supporting the environment through the use of eco friendly solutions, using NuGenTec FluoSolv® CX in place of TCE is an excellent option. TCE has a global warming potential (GWE) of 140. The GWE for NuGenTec FluoSolv® CX is 50.

5. Requires No Stabilizers
When it is used for vapor degreasing operations, TCE requires the addition of a stabilizer to increase its chemical stability. NuGenTec FluoSolv® CX, on the other hand, is formulated to be chemically stable. This can help you cut costs by using lower amounts of stabilizer solutions.

6. Doesn’t Generate a Waste Stream
Replacing TCE with NuGenTec FluoSolv® CX eliminates a liquid waste stream that must be disposed of according to federal, state, or municipal guidelines. Eliminating the liquid waste stream is good for the environment, and helps companies spend less money on waste disposal.

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If your company relies heavily on the use of TCE, it should ideally replace the solution with NuGenTec FluoSolv® CX for the reasons listed above. There are plenty of TCE replacements out there, but NuGenTec FluoSolv® CX delivers one of the widest ranges of benefits of any replacement solution.

For more information about NuGenTec FluoSolv® CX and replacing TCE, call us today at (800) 563-1305, or contact us today. We look forward to assisting you!


Why Switching From TCE is in Your Company’s Best Interest

The chemical Trichloroethylene (TCE) plays a role in the production of various products, from industrial degreasers to pepper spray used for self-defense. As for the latter application, TCE is even better than advertised.

In addition to helping pepper spray irritate eyes and skin, TCE also delivers a toxic shot of carcinogenicity to the unfortunate person who receives the spray. But would-be assailants aren’t the only ones whose health TCE jeopardizes. People exposed to the chemical in the workplace are also affected, their risk being the highest due to repeated exposure.

Why TCE Replacement is the Best Response

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) both consider TCE to be a “known” human carcinogen, as opposed to “reasonably anticipated to be” a human carcinogen — a less severe designation the EPA applies to other dangerous chemicals.

Because such designations can have a major impact on the economics of the solvent industry, the EPA doesn’t dole them out them lightly. Once a chemical officially gets a bad rap, it’s because years of anecdotal evidence and scientific research support the conclusion. This brings us to the fact that TCE is indeed dangerous, and that switching from TCE instead of attempting to reduce exposure is the best option.

How to Approach Switching From TCE     

Most companies that use TCE don’t specialize in identifying chemical replacement solutions. So, for most end users, step one is to contact a supplier of eco friendly solvents, such as Ecolink, that can offer guidance for choosing an effective replacement.

Step two is working with the supplier to identify viable replacement solutions in terms of chemical efficacy and workplace safety. For example, we often recommend replacing a TCE-based solvent with FluoSolv CX, which delivers the power of TCE without the well-known health risks of chlorinated solvents.

Step three is testing the prospective replacement solution to see how it performs. The best way to do this is to request a free sample of the solution to use as a drop-in substitute for your TCE solvent. You want to see how well a solution performs before you purchase it. We make it easy by providing free product samples.

Step four is ordering the product after it tests successfully. If the product doesn’t test successfully, this is the time to discuss receiving a custom solvent that’s tailored to your needs. If it turns out that a custom solvent is your best option, we can supply it in bulk or as-needed.

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If so, going for the switch can save your company headaches in the future, such as settling chemical injury lawsuits, investing in expensive solutions for mitigating TCE exposure, and having to replace a TCE solvent on short notice after TCE becomes more heavily regulated or banned by the EPA.

To get started on switching from TCE, call us today at (800) 563-1305, or send us an email through our contact form. We look forward to helping you select the best TCE replacement for your solvent needs.






Acetone and lacquer thinner

The Importance of Acetone in Lacquer Thinner

Acetone is a key ingredient in most lacquer thinners including Ecolink’s Lacquer Thinner #11, Lacquer Thinner #48, and Lacquer Thinner #51.

Acetone is an important component in every type of lacquer thinner product, because as a solvent acetone is a very strong and effective cleaning agent.

Common Applications

Acetone is useful to prep surfaces prior to painting with both lacquer-based and oil paints. Acetone is often incorporated into paints and paint thinners as a volatile compound.

Quality lacquer thinners require power solvents with fast evaporation rates. Fast drying solvents are a necessity in products like Lacquer Thinner #11, Lacquer Thinner #48, and Lacquer Thinner #51, so that no residue or streaks are left behind when lacquer thinner is used to remove paint or adhesive.

Lacquer Thinner is a common product in paints and adhesives; acetone is also a common product in paints and adhesives. This source of mutual use is why acetone is a required product of any lacquer thinner.

Acetone is the ingredient that makes lacquer thinner a strong cleaning agent, fast evaporating, and adds to lacquer thinners’ solubility in water.

In some situations lacquer thinner and acetone can be used interchangeably, but it is helpful to remember that it is difficult to find lacquer thinner without acetone for a good reason.

Acetone or Lacquer Thinner?

It is often better to use lacquer thinner in place of acetone, because acetone on its own has a much faster evaporation rate than lacquer thinner. Lacquer thinner has other ingredients besides acetone–i.e. Lacquer Thinner #11 includes Toluene, Acetone, and Methanol.

Lacquer Thinner and acetone have different uses on their own, but if a strong cleaning agent to remove lacquer-based paints, residue, and adhesives is needed lacquer thinner is your best bet.

For these purposes there is often no reason to choose between acetone and lacquer thinner, because acetone is the ingredient in lacquer thinner that makes it the only necessary chemical for the job.

Different Types of Lacquer Thinner

Most lacquer thinners include acetone, but they are not all made with the same ingredients.

Ecolink’s Lacquer thinner #11 is comprised of Toluene, Methanol, and Acetone, as stated above. Conversely, Ecolink’s Lacquer Thinner #48 is made of MEK, Methanol, Toluene, and Glycol EB or 2-Butoxyethanol, while Lacquer Thinner #51 includes Methanol, Toluene, and Glycol EB.

It is simple to see that Lacquer Thinner is typically similar in structure, but the differing components offer different results. Acetone is a key ingredient in each type of lacquer thinner sold by Ecolink, because acetone helps to make lacquer thinner the strong and fast drying product that consumers and companies desire.

Safety and Handling

Acetone’s presence in lacquer thinner results in higher toxicity and flammability. All Ecolink lacquer thinners have highly flammable liquids and vapors.

  • Only use lacquer thinner in a well-ventilated area.
  • May be harmful if swallowed and enters airways.
  • Harmful upon inhalation.
  • Causes dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Use proper protective equipment when using lacquer thinner.
  • Read the SDS provided with your lacquer thinners before making use of the product.

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