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Industrial Strength Parts Washer Solvents

Industrial businesses are usually associated with tough, demanding, and rigorous manual labor. The workforce performing manual labor will go through intense training courses on safety and how to correctly operate machinery before being placed on the job. Numerous instances exist that could lead to an accident, whether it be minor or even fatal. Businesses that operate in such a fashion will most likely stress the importance of industrial safety, working hard to keep the workplace accident free. There are several different ways of keeping the workplace accident free, we discuss a few below.

Industrial safety tips, helpful hints, and bright ideas:

  1. Grip tape to prevent slip and falls – Probably the most common type of accident results from a worker slipping and falling due to some sort of slippery substances that accumulated on the ground. Unfortunately, the human body is a fragile organism, and what might look like a minor fall could turn into an expensive lawsuit. Grip tape, or an adhesive product of the like can be placed on the floor to drastically improve traction, thus, significantly decreasing the number of falls.
  2. Ecofriendly industrial parts washer solvents free of carcinogenic chemical compounds – Industrial companies dealing in metals and parts will need a cleaning and degreasing agent to rid materials of dirt, grease, oil, and residue before the material is put to use. However, many industrial strength parts washer solvents are harmful to the touch and to inhale. Luckily, chemical companies concerned with green alternatives have launched replacement solutions that are as reliable and effective as the industrial strength parts washer solvents, but without the hazardous ingredients of its predecessor.

To learn more about industrial safety and the options you have for keeping the workplace accident free while dealing with chemical compound agents, call Ecolink. Ecolink professionals will be happy to explain other ways to keeping the workplace accident free, while pointing you in the right direction to equipping your company with better alternatives for industrial safety.

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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 info@ecolink.com 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.

  • Baldor Electric Motors
  • Fincor Electric Motors
  • Leeson Electric Motors
  • Marathon Electric Motors
  • Weg Electric Motors
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What is Toulene

Toulene is a colorless water insoluble liquid. It has many uses. Perhaps the most common application of Toulene is in paint thinner. Indeed, the smell of Toulene will be familiar to most people who have been around the latter.

Toulene is also used in cement, contact glue, and fuel. More recent applications have been found for cleaning products, and a growing number of cleaning professionals have turned to Toulene cleaner to take on their toughest jobs. It must be pointed out that Toulene is essentially a solvent—one of the most potent and effective on the market. This is an invaluable property for cleaning, and professionals who are tasked with sanitizing large offices and industrial sites have learned to take advantage of it.

Toulene is hazardous to human health, and so it should not be consumed or inhaled in anyway. Professionals who use Toulene wear protective gear so as to minimize direct exposure to it.

In moderate doses, the compound is perfectly safe to use as nail polish remover. Many women have put it to use for that exact purpose and have done so with great success.

Understanding how to handle and control Toulene is the key to using it in a safe and successful manner. For more information contact us online, or call us today! 800-563-1305

Sanitizing Food Preparation Surfaces with Sanitizers

Prepping Surfaces for Food Preparation

With the constant news stories of food-borne illness rising each and every year, there is a need for more effective cleaning and sanitation procedures and materials in the food manufacturing industry. To ensure the lowest possible chance of illness resulting from unclean surfaces, detergent-based cleaners are not potent enough to remove pathogens. In a study performed by J Barker, results showed that detergents failed to decontaminate tested surfaces in all but one trial. Consequently, when developing a surface preparation procedure, it is critical to use a detergent-based cleaner and a sanitizer once the cleaner has been used to ensure the lowest chance of organic food contamination!

Disinfectants vs Sanitizers

Similarities

  • Designed to kill microorganisms
  • Regulated by US EPA

Differences

  • Sanitizers used on food-contact surfaces & soft surfaces
  • Disinfectants used on hard surfaces
  • Disinfectants used to destroy or irreversibly inactivate the microorganisms listed on their label
  • Sanitizers used at lower concentrations & for shorter periods of time
  • Disinfectants used at high concentrations & for longer times

It is important to remember that sanitizers are used to reduce bacterial count by 99.999% on food preparation surfaces within 30 seconds while disinfectants are used to kill all targeted organisms within 10 minutes. Therefore, utilizing both in a cleaning procedure will allow you to reduce chances of illness as much as possible.

Overview of a General Cleaning and Sanitizing Process for Food Contact Surfaces and Equipment

A usual method for cleaning and sanitizing food contact surfaces and equipment utilizes liquids and is in three steps: clean, rinse, sanitize.

Clean

  • Cleaning agents remove dirt, germs, objects, and impurities from contact surfaces and equipment.
  • For regulatory purposes, the cleaning agent is not required to be organic.
  • All cleaners or detergents used must meet the FDA’s requirements.
  • Cleaners and detergents have been developed to be rinsed off, so a rinse step is needed to prevent the contamination of organic foods from the cleaning agent’s residues.

Rinse

  • Rinsing with potable water will remove the cleaning agents from surfaces and equipment.

Sanitize

  • Sanitizers are used on cleaned surfaces to make certain that the surface is free of pathogenic microbes.
  • In most state and federal food safety protocols, a sanitizing step is required for food contact surfaces.
  • Since sanitizers are designed to leave anti-bacterial residue on food contact surfaces, they aren’t allowed to be in contact with organic food.
    • Consequently, USDA organic regulations permit the use of a few synthetic sanitizers for food surfaces.

Allowed Cleaners, Detergents, and Soaps

The only requirement for cleaners, detergents, and soaps in the food surface cleaning process is that they must be prevented from coming in contact with organic food. Thus, cleaning agents are required to be rinsed from the food contact surface prior to use. The USDA organic regulations do not specifically list any approved cleaners since the guidelines require the removal of any cleaner form food contact surfaces and equipment. Therefore, the proper removal of the cleaner will ensure that no residue will be in contact with organic foods.

Approved Sanitizers

  • Chlorine Materials
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Ozone
  • Peracetic acid/peroxyacetic acid
  • Phosphoric acid
  • Potassium hydroxide
  • Sodium hydroxide

Approved Sanitizers (Requires intervening step to ensure zero contamination

  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Acetic acid
  • Ethyl alcohol
  • Citric products/limonene
  • Potassium permanganate
  • Sulfuric acid
  • Vinegar
  • Quaternary ammonia

How can Ecolink help?

To purchase and find technical support on sanitizers, like isopropyl alcohol, contact us today! We will work with you to find a suitable product for your needs. We also offer samples so that you can determine if our product is right for you! Call us today at 800-563-1305 or check out our shop!

 

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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.

Lookinf for a TCE Equivalent?

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.