Cutting Chemical Usage: What are Your Best Options?

Cutting down on chemical usage is something many organizations in the industrial sector would like to do, but they lack resolve. It’s easier to keep using chemicals that work like a charm — and view negative safety factors as an inevitable part of the equation — than hassle with implementing other strategies and potentially deal with a temporary dip in productivity.

However, this view of cutting chemical usage ignores four options that are easy to implement from perspectives of cost, turnaround time, and productivity. If cutting chemical usage is one of your organization’s New Year’s resolutions, below are four reduction strategies that can help make it a resolution you keep.

  1. Use More Efficacious Chemicals

Do you use chemicals that an experienced solvent manufacturer helped you pair with your cleaning operations? Are the chemicals the best fit for their applications? If not, cutting chemical usage could be as simple as switching to more efficacious chemicals. The more power a chemical has to produce the desired effect, the less you use to achieve the effect. The key is choosing a cleaner whose increased strength doesn’t create additional safety issues.

  1. Switch to Non-Chemical Cleaners

We often think of industrial cleaning as being synonymous with applying harsh cleaning chemicals, but the green movement has inspired the creation of industrial grade, non-chemical cleaners that remove exceptionally tough accumulations. High-power citrus degreasers are an example of these new generation cleaners, some of which have the added benefit of biodegradability.

  1. Recycle Your Chemical Cleaners

Some types of chemical cleaners can be recycled and reused. For example, when used with a parts washing machine that supports solvent recycling, vapor degreasers can be recycled through a process of condensation that returns the recycled cleaner to the solvent basin. In addition to cutting chemical usage for environmental reasons, cutting chemical use in this fashion can be a big money saver.

  1. Use a Cleaner in Different Form

Not using the optimal form of a cleaner for a specific application can lead to overusing chemicals. For example, if you use pump spray instead of aerosol to degrease electrical equipment that has complex geometries, you may be using far more cleaner than necessary, as evidenced by waste cleaner readily entering the waste trap.

Sometimes, simply changing the form in which you use a cleaner — as opposed replacing the cleaner with a new one — can help with cutting chemical usage.

Need Help Cutting Chemical Usage?

If so, Ecolink has cost effective options that could be exactly what you need to achieve the goal. We offer highly efficacious, solvent based and aqueous based cleaners in stock and custom formulations. In addition, we provide free product samples, so you can test our solutions before you buy.

For information on reducing chemical usage with our eco friendly cleaners, call us today at (800) 365-1305, or send us an email through our contact form, to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to reviewing your operations and seeing what we can do to help!     

Seeking a Low Cost Composite Material Cleaner? Acetone Might Be Your Answer

Proudly Providing Cleaning Solvent Solutions for Eco-Friendly Industries

Composite Material Solution, Acetone Cleaner

We are always excited to learn about industrial solutions that are improving their respective fields for the better, especially from customers who – like us, put an emphasis on clean ideas and cleaner solutions. In light of a recent purchase of Acetone, today we are looking at the field of composite material solutions. Producers in this field are providing a value-added process by tailoring composite material construction to individual customer needs, from idea to engineering to production. At Ecolink, we are similarly committed to providing customers the best chemical solution for their needs. Let’s take a look at what companies in this field are producing and the positive contributions they are making to industry.

If you would like to speak directly to a representative about Acetone pricing; call 800-563-1305 or email us at acetone@ecolink.com

How Glass, Carbon, and Aramid Fibers are Moving Industries Out of the “Stone” Age

Composite material solutions are making their way into manufacturing industries such as wind power, aviation, automotive, boat and shipbuilding, even sports. As a result, traditional construction materials like concrete, steel and aluminum are being replaced with composite materials made of glass, carbon fiber, and aramid fiber. The products, also known as non-crimp fabric, offer several performance advantages that include:

-Up to 80% lighter than traditional materials
-Up to 5x stronger than steel
-Corrosion Resistant

In addition, production of these materials consumes far fewer fossil fuels, reducing their environmental impact. Ecolink also strives to reduce environmental impact when given the opportunity, which is why we offer chemical management solutions to help companies reduce waste and cost.

Providing Acetone for Composite Material Producers

If you’re in the business of composite material construction and choosing where to buy Acetone, look no further. As one of the most versatile, low cost and least regulated solvents on the market, Acetone is a desirable cleaner. Particularly when working with plastics, synthetic fibers, and tool cleaning. We offer Acetone for less than $500 for a 55-gallon drum. We also have Acetone for sale in 5-gallon pails with low minimum quantities. Links to our shop below:

?Acetone | 55 Gallon Drum      ?Acetone | 5 Gallon Pail

Call us at 800-563-1305 for more information or email at acetone@ecolink.com.

Reduce Chemical Use Without Jeopardizing Business Operations

Many companies that use a large amount of toxic cleaner do so for a good reason: the chemicals have become an integral part of accomplishing business objectives, and have served in this role for a number of years — even decades. Nonetheless, these companies are still advised to reduce chemical use for some very practical reasons, particularly the three below.

  • The EPA frequently regulates and bans the use of toxic chemicals
  • Chronic exposure to toxic chemicals can permanently impair workers
  • Toxic chemicals create toxic emissions that harm the environment

If your company is dependant on toxic chemicals to carry out strategic business operations, the prospect of replacing the solutions can be a worrisome one. However, when you work with a provider of replacement solutions for cleaners that contain toxic chemicals, such as EcoLink, your chances of finding a replacement that meets your requirements increases significantly.

Our Areas of Specialization
As our name implies, EcoLink specializes in linking companies with dynamic, eco friendly cleaning solutions that replace toxic ones. In many cases, these solutions can be deployed on a drop-in basis, eliminating the need to reconfigure operations to support new cleaners. We offer a variety of non-toxic cleaning solutions that are designed with the following industries in mind:

  • Aerospace
  • Electronics
  • Maintenance
  • Manufacturing
  • Military
  • Utilities

Due to their non-toxic profile, our products can also be used by businesses in other industries that have general general cleaning needs, such as auto shops, farming operations, and hotels. The goal is to make our solutions as widely usable as possible to give the greatest number of companies the opportunity to reduce chemical use with quality replacement solutions.

By helping companies reduce chemical use, we also help them avoid having to replace cleaners on short notice due to EPA regulations, avoid liability lawsuits that result from sickness and disability due to chemical exposure, and reduce toxic emissions that can saddle them with large fines when emissions caps are broken. In short, our products also help companies save money.

When you use us as your trusted cleaning solution provider, you get more than a long list of cleaners to choose from. Because we specialize in an area that most of our customers do not — eco friendly cleaning solutions — we provide a high level of pre-sale and post-sale technical assistance to ensure that companies acquire the right solutions and implement them properly.

Contact EcoLink Today
If your company uses toxic cleaners to perform crucial business operations, don’t wait for EPA regulations to force you to implement new solutions. Get ahead of the game and create a plan to reduce chemical use as soon as possible. EcoLink can play a strategic role in this process by providing options for reducing toxic chemical use that don’t compromise business operations.

For assistance with choosing replacement cleaners that help your company reduce chemical use, contact us today by calling (800) 563-1305, or fill out our contact form. We look forward to assisting your company with handling its chemical replacement needs!

Simple Ways to Reduce Industrial Chemical Consumption

Concerning chemical consumption, the goal for industrial businesses and other types of industries the use chemicals for a number of reasons and purposes are to effectively minimize the amount of consumption when possible. Moreover, an additional goal should be to find, discern, and execute the utilization of eco friendly, green alternative when available. Ecolink acknowledges that there is no such thing as the perfect chemical, or chemical cleaning substitute. However, chemical cleaning substitutes exist that enable ways to drastically reduce and practically eliminate hazardous toxins and pollutants that come from chemical cleaning solvents. Industrial businesses must be cognizant and proactive in locating and transitioning to alternative chemical cleaners that reduce the amount of harm that can emanate from many types of cleaning solvents.

Ecolink has designed what is called a “hazard ladder” that rates environmentally preferred choices as it pertains to the chemical consumption of an industrial organization. This hierarchy of proposed methods and choices should serve as a foundation for evaluating alternative cleaning and degreasing components for a given chemical application. The following will list, in order, the most preferred to the least preferred choices regarding altering your company’s chemical consumption for the better:

Avoid the need to clean – Although Ecolink recognizes how difficult this would be to accomplish, finding methods of keeping your parts, metals, components, and raw materials from getting dirty or covered in inhibiting filth in the first place is the best way to reduce your industrial organization’s chemical consumption.

Modify the part or contaminant – Non solvent based cleaning methods and technologies exist, such as water based cutting fluids and no-clean flux, which have proven to clean and degrease raw materials quite effectively.

Use high pressure water or water based cleaners – similar in idea to the second choice, higher pressure and water based cleaners are nonflammable and non-halogenated, making for a much safer parts cleaner.

Use terpene, aliphatic hydrocarbon, and dibasic esters – Very similar to preferred method number three, these types of parts cleaners and degreasers are also nonflammable and non-halogenated, making the technology a much safer alternative to other chemical cleaners.

Use alcohol and acetone – Though it is a flammable solvent, these types of chemical cleaners do not deplete the ozone in any way, and present a low halogenated alternative to most other kinds of chemical cleaners.

Use HFE and HFC blends – A step below the previous suggested alternative, at least HFE and HFC blends, though halogenated, are non ozone depleting.

Use N-Propyl Bromide and TCE – Very similar in relation to the previous step, nPB and TCE at least in no way deplete the ozone, although they are halogenated.

Ecolink manufactures custom blended chemicals that are just as effective and are eco friendlier alternatives to many of the chemicals above. Contact our professionals today to discuss options, or shop our products here.

Why Should a Business Review its Chemical Usage?

Think of that past natural disasters that you read about in the paper or online, or watched on television, in America alone, over the last several years that involved chemical spillage, or improper, incorrect, or negligent disposal of chemicals. You most likely recall how serious the outcome that occurred dues to the spillage. One of the most recent chemical spills happened in a small town in West Virginia. The chemical spill was so disastrous that the entire town, along with the surrounding areas that received its water from one of the contaminated municipalities could not drink, nor use its supplied water for many weeks.

Businesses that have been found responsible for chemical spills any improper disposal of chemicals receive such a black eye from the media and the general public, it becomes very hard for the business to recover from such a dangerous incident. Therefore, it is crucial for businesses to consistently review its chemical usage so that it can prevent such accidents involving chemicals from happening. The following will highlight three reasons why businesses need to review its chemical usage in order to prevent chemically induced incidents.

The potential for reducing waste. Waste reduction methods now exist that dramatically decrease any likelihood that a business could possibly suffer from chemical leakage or spills. Newly developed systems allow businesses to recycle chemicals used at facilities, which prevent the use of excess chemicals – which are usually the main culprit when chemical spills occur.

Safer chemical cleaning alternatives exist. Scientists, chemists, and organizations searching for cleaner and safer chemical alternatives have been quite successful discovering current chemicals still in use that threaten both people and the environment, especially if it happens to spill, leak, or be improperly disposed. They have also been successful developing eco friendly, green alternative chemicals that perform as good, if not better than the older chemical solvents did for your business needs. The discovery and development of safer and cleaner chemicals enable all businesses to transition to a green chemical solution right away, without having any drop off in efficient cleaning and degreasing, whatsoever.

Cheaper chemical cleaning alternatives exist. This third point goes hand in hand with the second point because the eco friendly, green alternative chemical solvents that have been recently developed are designed with chemical compounds that are less expensive to formulate than older chemical solvents. Because reasons two and three are based on researched and evidential facts, no reason exists for industrial businesses not to make the immediate change to safer and cleaner chemical solutions, as it puts your workers and the environment out of any potential danger.