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Biodegradable Parts Washers: The Case for Biodegradable Solvents

Since enclosed parts washing systems became a common solution for cleaning parts on an industrial scale, a large percentage of solvents used in the machines have been downright dangerous for the environment. Death and mutation of aquatic life, urban smog that makes you cough, and a polluted atmosphere that produces acid rain are just a few of the problems.

As time has gone on, though, eco friendly solvent producers have developed biodegradable parts washers that are better for the environment — and, by extension, better for the company or organization that uses them. If you’re in the market for new parts washers for your parts washing system, below are four benefits of using biodegradable parts washers.

  1. Reduced Chemical Landfill Use

Most conventional landfills won’t knowingly accept barrels or canisters of hazardous waste solvent, but chemical landfills specialize in this practice. These landfills keep chemicals in sturdy, tightly sealed containers. However, over the course of decades, time takes its toll, and causes the containers to weaken, and release toxic liquids or hazardous gasses.

  1. Fewer Hazardous Air Pollutants

Some biodegradable parts washers contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are harmful to human health but are nonetheless biodegradable due to their organic origin. However, fully biodegradable parts washers lack manmade hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) that reduce air quality and damage ozone, just as they reduce human quality of life by damaging health.

Emission of HAPs that are included in the EPA’s List of Lists can draw heavy fines that increase based on the emissions level. In this respect, using biodegradable parts washers does more than protect the environment; it also helps protect your company’s finances.

  1. Spares Weakened Ecosystems

From a standpoint of thriving versus languishing, some of the weakest ecosystems in the world are located near large facilities that pump out non-biodegradable waste solvent through pipes that lead directly to streams, which flow into rivers that reach oceans.

Laws that result in heavy fines from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have largely curbed this practice in the U.S., but it still exists in other countries whose business practices haven’t caught up with environmental awareness of nations that are trying to preserve the environment through legislation.

  1. Potential to Cut Waste Disposal

Some companies and organizations that use a line of biodegradable parts washers implement a process for biologically degrading the solvents on-site. As one would expect, in terms of upfront investment and lifetime maintenance, implementing such a system is typically the most profitable for entities that use a large volume of biodegradable parts washers, and pay a higher than normal annual waste disposal bill.

Need Biodegradable Parts Washers?

If so, we’d like to present you with a range of options, and help you decide which one(s) best meet your parts washing requirements. In addition to providing highly effective stock solutions, we also produce custom solvents when a compatible stock solution simply isn’t available.

To get started on selecting eco friendly parts washers, call us today at (800) 563-1305, or use the contact form on our website. We look forward to hearing from you!



Solvent Spray Cleaners in Cylinders: A Reason to Replace AK-225 Aerosol

At the end of 2014, another industrial cleaning solution that produces toxic effects in humans and the environment began the phase out process for discontinuation of use on U.S. soil: AK225 — also known as Asahiklin. This means that many companies and organizations across the nation have already phased out — or are in the process of phasing out — AK-225 and the AK-225 derived solvent spray cleaners below that are used for the following applications.

  • For precision cleaning: AK-225, HCFC-225ca, HCFC-225cb
  • For defluxing: 225AES, 225T, and 225ATE
  • As carrier or heat transfer fluid: HCFC-225ca, HCFC-225cb
  • As a coolant: HCFC-225ca, HCFC-225cb
  • For drying after alcohol azeotrope use: 225AES, 225T, and 225ATE
  • For displacement drying: 225DH
  • For vapor degreasing: AK-225
  • For oxygen cleaning: 225G
  • For aerosol applications: AK-225

Users of AK-225 and associated solvent spray cleaners are government mandated to discontinue using the solutions, but Ecolink offers an incentive that can add a silver lining to replacing AK-225 aerosol acquired in conventional cans. When choosing a replacement solution (FluoSolv CX, for example), users can receive the solvent in aerosol cylinders instead of handheld aerosol cans. Using cylinders instead of cans can offer the following advantages.

  • Better price per unit for volume of aerosol
  • Less room required for solvent storage (36 pounds of aerosol per cylinder)
  • Fewer empty solvent containers (simpler to refill / recycle)
  • Refined nozzle control over the solvent stream
  • Easy to transport through the facility on two-wheel dolly

Imagine if the aerosol section of your solvent storage area contained compact aerosol cylinders instead of cans. If you use lots of aerosol, you’re looking at a nice increase in floor space thanks to the small footprint of the cylinder compared to the equivalent amount of cans. Plus, remove the need to store cans in multiple locations in large facilities by implementing the cylinder and dolly option. There are lots of reasons to replace AK225 aerosol; our cylinders are one.

Making the Changeover

At a time when eco consciousness has penetrated the industrial sector like never before — a time when the nation, states, and local municipalities pass legislation that regulates or bans toxic substances and practices — companies need a way to make critical solvent replacements, and get on with business, as usual.

That’s what we help you do at Ecolink. Whether cylinders or cans are the right solutions for your solvent spray cleaners, we can provide the AK225 replacement you need, and supply it in the form of scheduled shipments or on an as-needed basis. Save money by purchasing in bulk, or save money by buying on-demand. We serve companies and organizations of all sizes.

Request a Free Sample

To get started on receiving an AK225 aerosol replacement, give us a call today at (800) 563-1305, or use our contact form. Whether a stock product or a custom product is the right option, we’ll send you a free sample to test before you place an order. We look forward to helping your organization improve the safety of its operations with solvent spray cleaners.


The Benefits of an Acetone Cleaner

A number of solvents can be used to remove grime off parts, aid in sanding, and for general cleaning; however, only a handful easily meet the needs of companies without creating extensive overhead. Acetone cleaner is one of the less expensive and least regulated choices on the market today. As one of the simplest ketones, acetone is a colorless, flammable liquid that can be mixed with water. The compound serves as a typical building block in the field of organic chemistry, but has numerous other purposes throughout the world. Companies apply acetone cleaner to thin polyester resin, dissolve superglue, and as a heavy duty degreaser. It is also added as a volatile component in certain paints or varnishes. The applications of this particular organic compound are endless and it has become a dependable, cost effective solvent for various industries due to the offered versatility.

Using Acetone as a Solvent

Acetone is considered to be a solvent since it can be used for general cleaning or heavy degreasing jobs. Solvents are compounds capable of dissolving grease, paint, or additional organic substances from the surface of an item. They are designed to work on a variety of surfaces with each having its own set of handling practices and limitations. Solvents are commonly used to remove undesirable contaminants from metal, plastic, and glass surfaces. Acetone cleaner has these specific benefits:

  • Effective
  • Low Toxicity
  • Safer to Use
  • Inexpensive
  • Less Regulated
  • Easy to Obtain
  • Water Soluble

These benefits make it an ideal choice at times when a mild solvent is necessary to remove grease, oil, dirt, and glue. Acetone cleaner has a lower boiling point than alternative options and must be handled carefully as it is flammable. The vapor density of this cleaning agent is far less making it a good choice for use in an open environment as fewer vapors will remain hanging in the air during use.

Acetone is not considered to be a hazardous air pollutant or volatile organic compound. A lower surface tension also prevents the solution from beading up on a surface and makes it easy to dissolve contaminants from hard to reach places. While an abundance of benefits are provided with acetone cleaner, the substance is still considered to be a chemical meaning safe handling practices need to be followed. Companies or individuals using acetone cleaner should take the necessary precautions to prevent inhalation, consumption, and absorption. The risk is minimal when protective gear is part of defined handling practices.

Additional precautions are necessary prior to using acetone cleaner due to its flammability properties. The organic compound is often included in pre-made solutions with additional agents; however, it can be used directly for cleaning. Degreasing or degumming of machinery is one of its many top uses along with elimination of contaminants or paint from metal or glass. Do not use the cleaner on items capable of dissolving such as fabric and always apply it in a well-ventilated area.

If you are looking for an industrial or commercial strength acetone product for your business, please call (800) 886-8240 or email to order hassle-free and save money. We guarantee a response within 24 hours.


Can Custom Vapor Degreasers Save your Business Money?

What is Vapor Degreasing?

Vapor degreasing is a method of degreasing raw materials that have accumulated on any type of surface. In the manufacturing world vapor degreasing is critical for any surface finishing process. It involves the use of solvents in vapor form to clean and degrease parts, metals, components, and raw materials in preparation for future finishing operations. The actual process uses a vapor degreaser to cling onto the raw material. Once the vapor degreaser adheres to the raw material, it will work to dissolve the inhibiting particles and contaminants, which will eventually be removed simply by dripping off the raw material. A heating coil is usually used to bring the solvent to a boil, which creates the vapor. As the solvent evaporates, or vaporizes, it will rise (heat rises) into a chamber where the raw material(s) is / are being kept. The air within the chamber must have a lower density than the vaporized solvent, and the chamber itself must be completely closed off, so no air can travel in or out. The solvent will then condense on the cooler temperature raw material, and will then begin dissolving the inhibiting particles and contaminants. As the process continues, the impurities on the raw material will eventually become contained in the liquid beads of the vapor degreaser, which will eventually run, or drip off the raw material while still trapping the impurity. More recent vapor degreasing systems are now designed to capture and reclaim the solvent after dripping off the raw material, making the vapor degreasing process much more economical than other methods of parts cleaning.

Custom Vapor Degreasers

Because custom vapor degreasing now offers a way to essentially recycle and reuse the parts cleaning solvent for future and repeated cleaning processes, your industrial business can save money on degreasing solvents because you will use less. In addition, since your industrial business will need less of the cleaning agent used in the custom vapor degreasing process, this indirectly influences how much waste your business is producing. Obviously, your industrial organization will be producing much less waste, which also means you will be producing less toxins, carcinogens, and other environmental hazards that create a negative impact on both people and the environment. Clean up costs for produced waste that industrial businesses have to pony up can be quite expensive, so that is another reason why industries need to seriously evaluate the use of vapor degreasers. Finding ways to use less chemical cleaning solvents is always a helpful and positive methodology, one that produces positive influences for the environment. Custom vapor degreasers are one of the most eco friendly green alternative processes regarding the cleaning and degreasing of raw materials.

Ecolink can help you learn more about custom vapor degreasers that are available. Consult with Ecolink, and begin using custom degreasing solutions that allow your industrial business to save money.


Armature Rewinding: Degreasing Damaged Coils, Stators

Coil Rewinding & Industrial Solvents

Companies in the armature rewinding-business re-wind damaged coils or stators, fix hermetic seals on electric motors, and generally restore electric motors and components. In order to fix everything from small automotive generators to giant industrial and utility devices, industrial solvents are consumed in massive quantities annually by more than 2,300 companies, mostly small service centers. A mistake or poorly performed rewind job will result in a motor that does not work.

Top 4 Mistakes to Avoid with Industrial Solvents Used for Armature Rewinding

  1. Dielectric strength – the higher the better. Problem: not enough can create potential for arcing. Solution – make sure you check with the chemical manufacturer for the voltage rating of the industrial solvent — at least 40,000 volts and tested per ASTM D-877 test procedures
  2. Dry time – time is money, save both. Problem: too often slower drying chemicals are used which extend equipment down time and also extend maintenance schedules. Solution: follow clean cycle with a chemical rinse or dry cycle. NPB-based solvents work very well for improving dry time with an added benefit of removing any excess cleaner that may contain volatile residue
  3. SARA or RCRA listed ingredients. Problem – cost more money for handling and disposal. Solution – read the label and avoid any industrial solvent containing SARA or RCRA listed ingredients. There are lots of choices
  4. Flammability – below 140°F. Problem: fire hazard liability + costs more money for inbound freight and outbound disposalSolution: always purchase non-flammable industrial solvents. There are lots of choices

Take your Pick: Electron or Positron to clean + Hypersolve™ to rinse or dry for Armature rewinding, AC generator rewinding, Servo rewinding, Traction rewinding, Hermetic rewinding & Transformer rewinding

Electron: 46,000 volt dielectric strength, 147°F flash point, NO SARA or RCRA listed ingredients, Siemens & GE approved since 1991

Positron: 48,000 volt dielectric strength, 142°F flash point, NO SARA or RCRA listed ingredients, Siemens & GE approved since 1991

Hypersolve™: similar physical properties and cleaning efficacy to 1,1,1-Trichloroethane (TCA), No flash point exhibited by standard ASTM procedures, quickest dry-to-dry cycle. In use by several USBR and USACE Dams for overhaul of large hydroelectric generators throughout U.S.

Special Offer for Armature Rewinding Shops

Ecolink Inc. is offering a 15% discount and FREE shipping for any new cleaner degreasers, degreaser chemicals, or industrial solvent manufactured or distributed by Ecolink Inc.

We offer numerous alternatives to:

  • Chemtronics
  • Petroferm Inc.
  • CRC Industries
  • Safety Kleen
  • Inland Technologies
  • ZEP
  • LPS Laboratories

Call 800 886-8240 or email to discuss your current use of any of these or other manufacturer’s brand to switch and start saving. With over 200 industrial solvents to choose from, including several new formulations not yet listed on the website, we feel certain we can expand upon the savings and safety improvements enjoyed for nearly 20 years. Chemist owned and operated, we offer guaranteed FREE samples, including FREE freight, to evaluate for a RISK-FREE evaluation.

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  • Marathon Electric Motors
  • Weg Electric Motors
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