Selecting Industrial Engine Cleaners: A Helpful Checklist

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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Degreasers for Parts Cleaners: An Option for Degreaser Recycling

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!


Replacing CRC Degreaser With Ecolink: What You Need to Know

Headquartered in Warminster, Pennsylvania, CRC® Industries is a longtime global manufacturer and supplier of industrial chemical solutions for maintenance and repair operations on marine, electrical, industrial, automotive, and aviation equipment.

Over the years, the company has developed some impressive degreasers that are used across the globe. That may sound like a good thing, but it implies something not so good concerning the cost of the organization’s products: With its intercontinental manufacturing centers and logistical infrastructure that spans much of the globe, CRC Industries has high overhead, part of the cost of which is passed on to the end user in the form of product prices.

There’s nothing unique about business overhead impacting prices; it happens at Ecolink and other solvent suppliers, too. The difference is that we employ a multi-step cost analysis to offer customers the very best price points for all products. Many people use us for degreaser replacement due to environmental reasons, reasons of human safety, and the efficacy of our cleaners. But product cost is also a reason to consider us as a replacement option.

Using Ecolink Degreaser Instead

There are over 90 products in CRC Industries’ CRC degreaser list — a number that includes differing supply volumes (2 gallons, 4 gallons, 6 gallons, etc.). In general, the products work well — CRC didn’t build its solvent empire on luck. However, considering how much CRC degreaser industrial organizations use, getting a product that offers the same efficacy for a better price is a major value proposition.

You would need to peer inside CRC Industries’ business model to see exactly which costs are tallied and how, but experience teaches us we can deliver degreasers that have the same or better efficacy, and same or better eco friendly profile, for a lower cost — typically 25%-50% less.

How We Deliver Cost Savings

When we think about degreaser cost, we often think of the cost of the product itself — the liquid we pour, spray, or wipe to remove greasy buildup. But the source of the product is also a factor that affects price. Additional factors include product packaging, method of degreaser application, whether spent degreaser is trapped or recycled, the shipping process, and more.

We take an end-to-end look at how you receive and use solvent to offer you a lower price than some of our biggest competitors, which, in addition to CRC Industries, include the following suppliers: American Polywater® Corp, AsahiKlin AK-225®, Enviro Tech®, Inland Technology®, LPS®, MicroCare®, Miller Stephenson®, Petroferm®, Safety Kleen®, Selig Industries®, Tech Spray®, and Zep®.

Interested in Quality for Less?

Paying less than you would for CRC degreaser doesn’t matter if you have to sacrifice product quality. With us, you don’t have to. You get a less expensive, eco friendly product that delivers the same or better performance.

To get started on replacing CRC degreaser, call us today at (800) 563-1305, or send us an email through our contact form. We look forward to providing you with a dynamic, environmentally preferred industrial degreaser for a great price!


Industrial Degreasing: 4 Benefits of Cold Water Degreaser

Industrial degreasing operations can be separated into two groups based on the temperature of the degreaser during application: hot water degreasing and cold water degreasing.

Determining which process to use involves three considerations: the soil(s) that must be removed, the material from which they must be removed, and the active ingredient that removes them. When you evaluate these factors and determine that a cold water degreaser should be used, you receive three benefits that result from the cool temperature of the degreaser.

  1. No Temperature Burns

Depending on the formulation of a cold water degreaser, you may receive chemical burns if the cleaner touches your skin, but burns from high degreaser temperature aren’t a part of the equation.

Chemical burns can largely be avoided by using a degreaser with no toxic ingredients. Combining a non-toxic degreaser formulation with a cold water degreaser formulation can eliminate the possibility of burns, potentially allowing you to use a lower, less expensive level of personal protective equipment (PPE) for degreasing operations.

  1. Degreasing Running Equipment

To avoid electrical shock, degreasing is ideally performed when equipment is powered off, but this isn’t always possible. For instance, airliner engines are often degreased while running in order to achieve a quick turnaround, and get the planes back on the runway.

When cleaning energized equipment, you need a degreaser that contains a dielectric — a substance that blocks the flow of electricity through the solvent. In addition to increasing worker safety, Using a dielectric cold water degreaser can also help keep an engine from overheating as it idles. However, a hot engine should never be sprayed with ice cold water, and it could cause metal and plastic parts to crack.

For reference, a cold water degreaser is generally defined as a “non-boiling solvent degreaser”, not a degreaser that feels like it’s just been removed from an icy storage container.

  1. Lower Evaporation Rate

The hotter a liquid cleaning solution gets, the faster its molecules move, and the more readily its evaporative ingredients fill the air. In most industrial work environments, a small volume of evaporated water isn’t a big concern (except for the corrosion potential it poses to iron alloys), but the evaporation of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) presents a health risk.

Most VOCs vaporize at room temperature and don’t require a heating process to make them highly volatile. However, the temperature at which a degreaser that contains VOCs is used can impact airborne VOC density, and thus affect the type of VOC mitigation strategies you must use.

Need Help Selecting a Degreaser?

Whether you need a hot water degreaser, a cold water degreaser, or the temperature of the cleaner isn’t a factor, Ecolink offers solutions. If you can’t seem to find what you need mong stock products, we can even produce a custom degreaser that’s tailored to your requirements, and supply it in various quantities, on a schedule or as needed.

To get started on selecting an industrial degreaser, call us today at (800) 563-1305, or use our contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!






Electron: An Eco Friendly Solvent for Cleaning Turbines

Turbines are found in various types of equipment, from boats that run on steam to generators that produce electricity by harnessing wind power. Regardless of the application, turbines work in the same fashion, serving as rotary mechanical devices that “extract energy from a fluid flow and converts it into useful work” (Wikipedia).

Turbines must also receive scheduled maintenance, regardless of application, which brings us to the point of this entry: using an eco friendly solvent for cleaning turbines. Below, we look at the major benefits of using the solvent Electron for cleaning turbines, as well as list your solvent supply options, should you decide that Electron is the perfect fit for your requirements.

Using Electron for Cleaning Turbines

Electron is an environmentally preferred dielectric solvent that’s strong enough to remove accumulations of grease, fuel oil, carbon, and organic resins, but the cleaner is safe to use on most plastic and rubber surfaces.

Compared to other solvents for cleaning turbines, Electron is exceptional because it requires the user to wear no personal protective equipment (PPE). Common sense caution when handling industrial cleaners is sufficient. Additional benefits of using Electron as your go-to turbine cleaner include:

  • Contains no water
  • Fully evaporative, leaving no residue
  • No hazardous ingredients as defined by the EPA
  • No surface leakage of current in immediate residue tests
  • Contains no OSHA PEL or ACGIH TLV listed ingredients
  • High dielectric strength, (ASTM D-877 test procedures to 46,000 volts)

Order Electron in 12 x 16 ounce net aerosol containers that make it easy to evenly disperse the cleaner across surfaces that have complex geometries, support a high rate of evaporation, and contribute practically nothing to the waste solvent trap, thus helping to reduce waste removal cost. Reduce solvent expenditures by ordering Electron in bulk or placing smaller orders, as needed.

See the Cleaning Power of Electron

The easiest way to see if Electron meets your turbine cleaning needs is to try out the solvent for yourself. This is why we supply solvent samples that allow our customers to know for certain that a solvent works as well as advertised before they place an order. To request a free sample of Electron, simply go to our Request a Product Sample page, and supply the necessary information.

If you test the free sample and find that Electron could be a better fit for your needs, we can produce a custom blend that meets your exact requirements. Producing custom solvents through toll blending is a service that’s helped many of our customers meet their most exact turbine cleaning requirements.

Contact Ecolink Today to Get Started

Ecolink takes pride in supplying environmentally safe and environmentally prefered industrial solvents in the form of stock solutions and custom formulations. To learn more about our environmentally preferred dielectric solvent Electron, or to inquire about another solvent for cleaning turbines, call us today at (800) 563-1305, or send us an email through the contact form on our website. We look forward to hearing from you and answering your questions!