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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!

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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.

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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!

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Precision Cleaning of Parts: Common Mistakes to Avoid

Precision cleaning is a refined cleaning process that removes super-micrometre particles and residues that are thinner than a monolayer. The maximum amount of dirt allowed on parts that undergo precision cleaning is ≤ 50 mg / m² (1).

Precision cleaning delivers a deeper level of cleaning than “intermediate cleaning” and “final cleaning”, but not as deep as “critical cleaning”, which is performed in a cleanroom environment to remove sub-micrometre particles and non-volatile residue. The maximum amount of allowable dirt for critical cleaning is ≤ 5 mg / m² (1).

Precision Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid

Precision cleaning of parts is the gold standard for cleaning most types of industrial parts, with precision cleaning being reserved for parts such as medical instruments and certain aerospace components — two classes of parts whose use has the least tolerance for accumulated soils.

Precision cleaning of parts isn’t a difficult process when performed using an parts washing machine. However, there are four mistakes newcomers to precision cleaning commonly make. Avoiding the mistakes below adds integrity to the parts cleaning process, helps protect parts, can cut parts cleaning costs.

  1. Failing to Define Precision Cleaning

The definition of precision cleaning above should define the parameters of your precision parts cleaning process. Too often, the process is ill-defined and conforms to the standards for intermediate cleaning or final cleaning. This can lead to poor parts performance and equipment failure.

  1. Not Considering all Part Materials

Modern precision parts often contain more than one material and more than one type of the same material. For example, a motor part may feature high-grade plastic, as well as steel and copper. Each material must be considered when choosing a solvent for precision cleaning of parts. Otherwise, a solvent that isn’t compatible with all the materials could cause damage.

  1. Not Performing Solvent Recycling

Not every parts washer has a solvent recycling system, but ones that do can significantly reduce solvent costs. For example, using a vapor degreaser in a washing system that recycles solvent separates used solvent from the soils it removed, returning the recycled degreaser to the solvent basin in the washing chamber, where it can be used for the next wash cycle.

  1. Using Wrong Solvent for the Job

There are several ways to use the wrong solvent for precision cleaning of parts; specifically, using the wrong solvent for the parts washing system, using a solvent that has a poor environmental safety profile, and using a solvent that doesn’t offer the best efficacy for removing certain soils. Ecolink will help you choose the most efficacious solvent.

Need a Precision Parts Cleaner?

If so, contact us today, and one of our solvent specialists will help you select the best precision parts cleaner for your needs. If a stock solution isn’t the best fit, we’ll formulate a custom solvent that’s designed for your unique requirements. To get started on selecting a solvent for precision cleaning of parts, call us today at 800-563-1305, or send us an email through our contact form.

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Aqueous Based Cleaners: 4 Cost Saving Strategies

Aqueous based cleaners are often a good choice for the environment and workers who perform cleaning operations. The water base is friendlier to leaf and limb than many solvent based cleaners. In many cases, this is due to an absence or low volume of volatile organic compounds in the cleaner, which become known as hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) when they evaporate.

Regardless of why an aqueous cleaner is right for your needs, there are at least four cost saving strategies you can use to minimize your investment. Let’s take a brief look at what they are.

1. Purchase in Bulk

When the seller offers a low price for bulk orders, the buyer essentially receives a lower cost for each unit that comprises the large order. Bulk orders are great for big companies and organizations that consistently use a large supply of aqueous based cleaners. They also work for smaller outfits that want to get a great price and store away most of the order to use it as-needed.

2. Buy As-Needed

Speaking of the “as-needed” supply model, it operates quite simply. A stock or custom solvent is matched with the customer’s needs, the customer’s product information (e.g., data for a custom cleaner formulation) is stored, and the customer can then order the product in practically any amount, on practically any schedule.

3. Use a Custom Cleaner

Having a cleaner custom formulated for your unique needs often involves more upfront expense than buying a stock cleaner. However, if a stock solution poses problems to workers’ health and the environment, using a safer, custom solvent may be the most cost effective option, especially considering the high cost of sick days, workers comp claims, and injury lawsuits that may result from using toxic cleaners.

4. Buy From One Source

Some businesses reward frequent customers with special discounts and other incentives. It’s the company’s way of giving something back, while still making sales. We don’t often mention customer rewards when talking about the economics of solvent purchases, but the reward programs can save high-volume users thousands of dollars annually on aqueous based cleaners and other types of cleaning solutions.

In addition, getting everything you need from one supply source fosters a business relationship where the seller is highly motivated to meet the customer’s needs. Great customer service can win customers, but great customers can also promote a high level of customer service.

Shopping for Aqueous Based Cleaners?

If so, check out our selection of industrial grade, aqueous based cleaners that are formulated for a variety of applications. We supply both stock and custom solvents, and provide a free test sample for whatever you plan to buy, so you can see the solution’s efficacy for yourself. Request the sample and we’ll send it quickly.

To learn more about our aqueous-based cleaners, or to place an order, please call us today at 800-563-1305, or send us an email using our contact form. We look forward to learning about your needs and seeing how we can help!

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Acetone Manufacturers: 6 Factors That Separate One From Another

Acetone is one of the oldest and most popular solvents for removing many types of accumulations. This is why there are hundreds of industrial acetone manufacturers to choose from in the U.S. alone. How do you know which manufacturer is best positioned to serve you? Below, we help answer the question by listing six things that distinguish one acetone manufacturer from another.

1. Product Selection

Do you need a cleaner with acetone as the only active ingredient, or do you require an acetone solvent that contains other active chemicals? You can often find both types of products from the same manufacturer, but not always. Some companies only offer acetone, while others only supply acetone blends.

2. Custom Formulation

If you’ve ever shopped for a solvent and couldn’t find a stock solution that met your needs, then you know the importance of using a manufacturer of custom solvents. Most acetone manufacturers that offer custom formulations also have plenty of stock products to choose from, offering you the best of both worlds.

3. Eco Friendliness

Acetone is an organic compound that’s considered non-toxic, non-mutagenic, and non-carcinogenic. However, when you mix it with other chemicals, you can lose the safety profile of pure acetone. If you need a chemical blend, it’s best to shop at acetone manufacturers that specialize in environmentally preferred solvents, whose ingredients aren’t regulated or scheduled for regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

4. Technical Assistance

Acetone manufacturers employ a team of chemists to create products. But this doesn’t necessarily mean you can speak with one of the chemists. Unless you have your own team of chemists or possess a consummate understanding of solvent formulation, it’s best to order from a manufacturer that provides technical assistance for product selection.

5. Free Solvent Samples

It’s part of the scientific method: Before you conclude an acetone solvent is right for your needs, you’d like to see the results firsthand. Manufacturers that provide free test samples let you do this. Regardless of what type of acetone solution you require, it’s always a good idea to try it before you buy it.

6. Supply Volume Options

Some acetone users require acetone solvent in bulk, while others require only a small amount on an as-needed basis. Some manufacturers sell to high-volume buyers, while others offer more flexibility, supplying solvent in bulk, midsize volumes, and small volumes that are ordered as needed. Because supply needs can change, it’s best to go with a supplier that offers this flexibility.

Are All Acetone Manufacturers Equal?
All acetone manufacturers have one thing in common: They sell acetone in one form or another. Beyond this commonality, though, manufacturers of acetone can be quite different from one another, especially regarding product selection, availability of custom solutions, eco friendliness, technical assistance, test samples, and supply volume options.

For help selecting an eco friendly acetone solvent that you can test by requesting a free sample, contact Ecolink today at 800-563-1305, or send us an email through our contact form. We look forward to assisting you!

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IPA Cleaner Spray: Key Facts to Remember

Sold on the industrial, commercial, and residential markets, isopropyl alcohol (IPA) cleaner has a wide variety of uses, from killing germs, to cleaning general surfaces, to cleaning electronic components that play a critical role in business operations.

Ecolink offers IPA cleaner spray solutions for industrial applications. These solutions generally have a higher IPA purity than business-to-consumer (B2C) IPA cleaners. The following key things to remember about IPA cleaner spray is based on this fact.

1. Range of Use

In terms of application, IPA spray cleaner is one of the most diverse spray cleaners for industrial settings, highly useful for cleaning general surfaces, removing soils from a wide range of electronic parts and apparatuses, and disinfecting surfaces, tools, and instruments.

However, when it comes to general cleaning, IPA cleaner spray isn’t suitable for all surfaces. Before you begin using an IPA spray liberally, check the user’s manual to identify any materials industrial grade IPA — or IPA of any purity level — isn’t designed to treat.

2. Low Flashpoint

IPA has 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 flashpoint of an IPA cleaner spray is partly determined by its purity; specifically, what percentage of the solution is IPA, what percentage is water, and what percentage is comprised of another ingredient, and possible more than one.

If you use an industrial formulation, you’re probably using a product with high purity. This means workers should use flame retardant personal protective equipment (PPE) and special storage conditions should be observed.

The Orleans/Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Sciences recommends 99% IPA be “stored in [a] Flammable Area with other flammable materials and away from any strong oxidizers. In addition “Store in a dedicated flammables cabinet. Store in a cool, dry, well-ventilated, locked store room away from incompatible materials.”

3. Highly Evaporative

IPA with a purity of 99% and above readily evaporates in open air, leaving no residue. The high evaporation rate makes the compound great for cleaning electrical components that shouldn’t remain wet for more than few minutes, if not less. The high evaporation rate of a nearly pure IPA formulation also correlates with its easy flammability, which should be considered when establishing a range of use for IPA cleaner spray.

4. Longevity

High purity IP cleaner spray can last for long periods of time in unopened containers. However, as the Orleans/Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Sciences notes, “Peroxide formation may occur in containers that have been opened and remain in storage for more than 12 months.” This is important to remember when ordering IPA cleaner spray. How long containers remain in storage can impact the solution’s efficacy.

Need IPA Cleaner Spray?

If so, Ecolink can provide you with a stock solution or custom formulation quickly and affordably. In addition, we’ll provide you with a free product sample, so you can test its efficacy before the purchase. To get started on selecting the right product, call us today at (800) 563-1305, or send us an email through our contact form. We look forward to helping you choose the right solution!

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Choosing a Precision Medical Parts Cleaning Solvent: Crucial Considerations

Precision parts cleaning sounds like a technical process that has a lot riding on the final result — and it’s true. Simply put, precision parts are components that have the least tolerance for alterations that affect how they are designed and intended to operate.

For example, a precision part that warps is technically no longer a precision part; its dimensions are imprecise compared to the original design. In an operational capacity, a precision part that contains coatings or residues that impact its function no longer operates precisely, either; rather, it operates imprecisely and may even experience accelerated wear.

This is why it’s important to choose a precision medical parts cleaning solution that preserves the “preciseness” of the dimensions, surface quality, and overall operation of the parts you clean. If you’re ready to select a precision medical parts cleaning solvent, below are four crucial considerations that will help you choose the right cleaner for your requirements.

1. Type of Metal

The type of metal you clean determines the type of cleaning agent you use. Chemicals that are considered corrosive to the metal are avoided. Common examples of chemical bases that corrode metal are ammonium hydroxide, potassium hydroxides, and sodium hydroxide. Common examples of corrosive acids are hydrochloric, sulfuric, nitric, chromic, acetic, and hydrofluoric.

2. Cleaning Method

Precision medical parts cleaning is often performed using an enclosed parts washing system. If this is how you clean metal parts, in addition to selecting a solvent that’s safe for the metal, you’ll select a solution that the washing system is designed to accommodate.

If you’ll clean a part that’s too large for a parts washing system, then you’ll look for a solvent application method that dries quickly, leaves no residue, can penetrate crevices via capillary action, and distributes uniformly over the surface of the part. Aerosol is often a good choice for addressing these requirements.

3. Part Application

The degree of precision cleaning required depends partly on the end use of the part. For example, a part that doesn’t touch skin requires a high degree of soil removal, but a part for invasive surgery may require a deeper degree of soil removal. In either case, no soil is visible to the eye, but even microscopic particles could pose a serious danger in the second situation, depending on what they are.

4. Worker Safety

When it comes to precision medical parts cleaning and worker safety, there are two ethical choices: Use solvents that have known health risks and outfit workers and the work environment with equipment that eliminates the risks, or use non-toxic solvents that require minimal protective measures.

When you consider the cost of high-level personal protective equipment (PPE), a special air filtration system, and the cost of maintaining the system, using non-toxic solvents is normally the most economic route.

Contact Us Today

Ecolink specializes in supplying precision parts cleaners that have a good safety profile for humans and the environment. We supply stock solutions and formulate custom solutions to address unique cleaning requirements. What’s more, we’ll provide you with a free solvent sample, so you can see how a solution works before you place an order.

Call us today at 1-800-563-1305, or send us an email using our contact form. We look forward to supporting your precision medical parts cleaning jobs!

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What is TCE Being Used for?

Trichloroethylene — TCE for short — is a chemical compound of the halocarbon variety. It is frequently used as an industrial grade solvent for a variety of applications. If you arrived here planning to order a TCE solvent, please be advised that it appears the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will severely regulate or ban TCE due to its negative effects in workers and the environment. Until then, many companies will continue using TCE for the following purposes, among others.

  1. Industrial Degreasing

TCE’s most common use is as an industrial degreaser for metal components. For this purpose and the two purposes below, TCE is often used as a solvent to mix ingredients that coalesce to create a high level of degreasing power. Due to its poor safety profile, TCE is being used less for this purpose.

When the EPA regulates TCE, the compound will have little to no use for industrial degreasing. This is why companies and organizations are recommended to start searching for a TCE replacement now — preferably one that can be “dropped in” the degreasing system, without requiring changes to equipment and safety protocols, and may make it possible to outfit workers in a lower, less expensive level of personal protective equipment (PPE)

  1. Tough Cleaning Jobs

TCE is also diluted with water or another non-active ingredient to create a TCE solvent whose power is perfect for “tough” cleaning jobs that aren’t as strenuous as many industrial degreasing operations. Diluting TCE may make the compound less powerful in liquid form, but it doesn’t eradicate the hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) the compound emits.

  1. Cleaning Rocket Engines

TCE is used as a cleaner for aerospace equipment. As Wikipedia explains, “During static firing, the RP-1 fuel would leave hydrocarbon deposits and vapors in the engine. These deposits had to be flushed from the engine to avoid the possibility of explosion during engine handling and future firing. TCE was used to flush the engine’s fuel system immediately before and after each test firing.”

Because TCE is flushed through the engine to the point of overflowing, its toxic vapors pose  a significant safety risk to those performing the operation. In addition, unless the is solvent overflow is recycled, it could drive up the cost of chemical waste disposal significantly.

Need a TCE Replacement?

If so, now is the time to act — before the EPA regulates TCE, and it can no longer be used for industry — and Ecolink is the perfect place to find a TCE replacement.

Depending on how and why you use TCE, we have several stock solutions that may offer exactly what you need. If not, we can create a custom solvent that’s tailored to your unique requirements. Regardless of what you plan to order, we’ll send you a free test sample, so you can see how the solvent works firsthand — no strings attached.

To learn more about TCE replacement, call us today at 800-563-1305, or send us an email through our contact form. We look forward to helping you find an eco friendly TCE replacement!