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Fast Evaporating Cleaners: Why Fast Evaporation is Important

Fast evaporating cleaners comprise a large group within the larger group of industrial solvents. That the cleaners evaporate quickly is no accident. This is what they’re formulated to do, although the benefits users receive from fast evaporating solvents varies widely.

In this entry, we look at five general benefits users receive from fast evaporating cleaners. specific benefits depend on the solvent used and the cleaning application for which you use it.

  1. Cleaning Energized Equipment

Equipment is cleaned in an energized state for one of two reasons: It must always have power to function properly (e.g. a server in a data center), or it needs to be cleaned in short period of time so it can return to service (a jet engine being degreased in a hanger). A fast evaporating solvent ―  one with high dielectric strength ―  is perfect for the application.

  1. Performing Quick Turnarounds

Sometimes, a quick turnaround is necessary for a time-sensitive operation, such as degreasing the an idling engine of a jet that must return to the runway shortly. Other times, fast evaporating cleaners are used to achieve long-term gains in efficiency. If you reduce recurring cleaning jobs by a few minutes each time, the time could add up to several hours of saved productivity.

  1. Reducing Waste Removal Cost

Users seldom implement fast evaporating cleaners just to cut waste expense, but reduced waste removal cost is an added bonus of using fast evaporating solvents. You may have to worry about the safety of the solvent’s chemicals that readily vaporize at room temperature, but you needn’t worry about them overfilling the waste trap.

  1. Prevent Oxidation of Parts

Fast drying solvents are also preferred for parts that readily oxidize or corrode in the presence of moisture. Using a non-aqueous solvent can help eliminate the problem, but using a fast drying solvent offers an additional level of insurance that the cleaner won’t be drawn into seams and other difficult to clean areas. Fast evaporation ensures the solvent is gone quickly.

  1. Passive Cleaning Operation

For the sake of efficiency, industrial users want cleaning operations to be as passive as possible. Fast drying solvent helps achieve a passive cleaning process by drying quickly. There may be no need to rinse cleaned parts, perform a general wipe down, or wait to move forward with your operation while a slow evaporating solvent gradually transitions into vapor.

Need Fast Evaporating Cleaners? 

If so, Ecolink has a wide variety of products that meet the description. For help selecting a fast evaporating solvent that is perfect for your cleaning application, please call us today at 800-563-1305, or send us an email through our contact form. Our team of chemists is here to help.

We specialize in providing environmentally safe and environmentally preferred solvents that aren’t scheduled for regulation, so you can drop them into your cleaning system and use them confidently for years to come. In addition to highly effective stock solvents, we also create custom solutions for specific users. Contact us today to receive a free test sample!




Fast Drying Non Flammable Solvents for Engine Cleaning: An Overview

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!


How to Replace TCE Vapor Degreaser in 4 Steps

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.


Formulation and Use of Scale Solvent: An Overview

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!       

IPA Electronic Cleaning: An Overview

Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) is a popular cleaning solution in the industrial, commercial, and residential sectors. In each case, the compound is commonly used to clean electronics, ranging from computer components, to display screens, to parts in sound equipment.

There’s a difference between IPA you get from a local pharmacy and IPA you acquire from an industrial-grade supplier of cleaners for electronics. The small bottles you find on pharmacy shelves have roughly 80 percent purity; IPA dispersed in sanitary wipes often has slightly less. Industrial grade IPA, on the other hand, commonly has a purity of over 99%.

IPA Electronic Cleaning

No all electronic cleaning operations require a solution of nearly 100% IPA. To achieve the right IPA density, users can conveniently dilute the isopropyl alcohol with water, achieving a mixture perfect for the application. IPA electronic cleaning applies to the following electronic apparatuses components, among others:

● Contact pins (e.g., ROM cartridges)
● Magnetic tape
● Disk heads (e.g., legacy floppy disk drives)
● Optical disc drive lasers (e.g., CD and DVD)
● IC packages (e.g., CPUs)

IPA excels at removing oil, grease, and other handling soils from electronics. It also serves well as a remover of ionic salts from PCBs and excels at dissolving organic acids from rosin-based solder flux. However, IPA electronic cleaning can also have some potential drawbacks.

IPA’s polar nature makes it an undesirable option for cleaning non-polar oil and grease. This is significant, because the polar ionic contaminants and nonpolar grease and oil are frequently encountered in the cleaning operation. In this situation, polar IPA can be combined with a nonpolar solvent. If we don’t stock an IPA combo solution that addresses your needs, we’ll create a custom solvent for IPA electronic cleaning that addresses your specific needs.

Other Crucial Considerations

Because high-purity IPA is inexpensive compared to many electronic cleaning solvents — and because it possesses a wide range of applications — even solutions combining IPA and non-polar solvent can be quite affordable, making them popular options for upgrading to a more affordable solution without compromising the efficacy of the solvent.

Another crucial consideration is the high flammability of IPA. With an open cup flashpoint of 11.7°C (53.1°F; 284.8 K) and a closed cup flashpoint of 13°C (55°F), the compound should not be used for IPA electronic cleaning without safety measures in place, particularly flame-retardant personal protective equipment (PPE) and storing the solvent in an area lacking combustibles and ignition sources. The high evaporation of high-purity IPA that is beneficial for cleaning electronics causes the solution to combust quickly and burn fast.

Use IPA Electronic Cleaning

As long as you choose the right solution and follow safety precautions, an IPA electronic cleaning solvent is an effective, affordable way to address a variety of commercial and industrial grade electronic cleaning applications. When you make us your source, you have the option of using a stock solution or a custom solution specifically formulated to match your needs.

To get started on selecting an IPA electronic cleaning agent, call us today at (800) 563-1305, or send us an email through our contact form. We look forward to supplying IPA electronic cleaning solutions!