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Find Better, Cost Saving, Industrial Cleaners

If you were to talk to a professional working for an industrial company that uses industrial cleaners to rid parts, metals, and materials of dirt, grime, grease, oil, stains or any type of particles that could hinder its effectiveness, he or she would likely describe the solvent as a vital resource, despite the exorbitant expense of use. In fact, it would be surprising to hear someone describe industrial cleaners any other way. The truth is industrial businesses cannot function without industrial cleaners. Industrial products have to be cleaned and degreased before being placed into operation, otherwise dire consequences could unfold, including the inability to continue or complete a project that needs the product in order toEcolinkImage fully function. Even though they should not be, some industrial companies try to process materials without degreasing or cleaning the product in order to save money. This, however, never turns out good, as more time and money is usually lost when the part is rendering ineffective and must be replaced.

Instead of frustrating your clients with materials that have not been cleaned, or your own business with drastic overhead expenses, you need to find better, cost saving industrial cleaners. Easier said than done you might say, but with recent advancements in industrial solvents, there now exists options for industrial cleaners that will not break the bank.

Companies involved with finding and providing eco friendly, green alternative, safe industrial cleaners, such as Ecolink, can claim superb success with the new chemical agents now being used that are note only cheaper, but a more efficient cleaner. Chemical solutions synthesized and developed for use in cleaning parts, meals, and materials are now safer than older chemical compounds, and are less expensive to purchase and use. The advantages to making the switch to a newer, safer, and less expensive chemical solvent are astounding:

  • You are switching to an eco friendly, green alternative solution that is safer for those who come into contact or are in close proximity to the industrial cleaners, and the chemicals are safe for the environment.
  • The chemicals used for industrial cleaners are cheaper to design and produce, which means they are put on sale on the market at a reduced expense than previous industrial cleaners.

Ecolink, a company responsible for the push and success of creating newer, safer, and less expensive industrial cleaners can provide you with more information on the solvents, and can help you make the transition from your old cleaner to a new and improved one. Our representatives are ready to help you begin realizing the incredible advantages to changing to a greener alternative solution. Contact us today!

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Are your Industrial Cleaners OSHA Compliant?

Mixing chemicals to devise a solution used for cleaning has been performed for hundreds of years. Unfortunately, that is how long people have been unknowingly exposing themselves to the harmful side effects emitted by the noxious gases of chemical compound solutions. The discovery of certain gases as harmful to human beings was discovered thousands of years ago. In fact, history records state that Hippocrates, in four hundred years B.C., noticed lead toxicity involved in the mining industry. In the last fifty years, people have developed the ability to conduct tests through science to identify what chemical compounds can be detrimental to a person’s health. This is why he U.S. Congress passed three EcolinkImagelandmark pieces of legislation relating to safeguarding workers’ health: the Metal and Nonmetallic Mines Safety Act of 1966, the Federal Coal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1969, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.

OSHA Compliant

Today, almost every employer is required to implement the elements of industrial hygiene and safety, occupational health, or hazard communication programs, as well as to be responsive to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the OSHA Act, and its regulations. Under the Act, OSHA develops and sets mandatory occupational safety and health requirements applicable to the more than six million workplaces in the U.S. OSHA relies on industrial hygienists to evaluate jobs for potential health hazards. Developing and setting mandatory occupational safety and health standards involves determining the extent of employee exposure to hazards and deciding what is needed to control these hazards, thereby protecting the workers. More than forty percent of the OSHA compliance officers who inspect America’s workplaces are industrial hygienists.

Industrial Hygienists

Industrial hygienists play a major role in developing and issuing OSHA standards to protect workers from health hazards associated with toxic chemicals, biological hazards, and harmful physical agents. They also provide technical assistance and support to the agency’s national and regional offices. OSHA also employs industrial hygienists who assist in setting up field enforcement procedures, and who issue technical interpretations of OSHA regulations and standards. Industrial hygienists analyze, identify, and measure workplace hazards or stressors that could cause sickness, impaired health, or significant discomfort in workers through chemical, physical, ergonomic, or biological exposures. Two roles of the OSHA industrial hygienist are to spot those conditions and help eliminate or control them through appropriate measures.

Looking for an Eco-Friendly Chemical Supplier?

Companies need to make sure their industrial cleaners are OSHA compliant. Ecolink is a company that can help industrial businesses ensure their industrial cleaners are OSHA compliant. Ecolink knows the mandated requirements to become OSHA compliant, and can make sure your industrial cleaners are safeguarded when used by workers. Once Ecolink evaluates your industrial cleaners, they will help you make the transition to a safe industrial cleaner, if need be. Contact us today!

Selecting Metal Cleaning Solutions in 6 Steps

For many companies and organizations, using metal cleaning solutions is an inevitable part of supporting industrial work processes. However, while there may be plenty of metal cleaning solutions to choose from, choosing the right ones for your applications requires some important considerations. Below are six considerations that can help you choose metal cleaning solutions that are right for the metal you must clean and the kinds of soils you need to remove.

  1. Type of Metal

Most important of all is selecting a cleaning solution whose formulation will clean the metal without degrading its surface quality. The appearance of the metal you’re cleaning may not be overly important. But it’s crucial to note that what are considered blemishes are often the beginning of corrosion that can progress until it weakens the dimensional stability of parts.

  1. Type of Soils

Once you’ve clearly identified the metal (i.e. the grade of stainless steel), you can target metal cleaning solutions specifically formulated for removing certain soils from your metal. This is typically the easiest step. You match information about the metal with information about the soils to generate a list of cleaner options that will be further refined by the four steps below.

  1. Machine or Manual Washing?

If you clean metal parts in a parts washing system, step three is choosing cleaners that are compatible with your parts washer concerning the type of cleaning process it performs (e.g., vapor degreasing) and the material construction of the washing chamber.

Also, if you use a machine, and the washer has a value-added benefit such as solvent recycling, you may wish to choose a cleaner that lets you take advantage of the special feature.

  1. Geometry of Parts

If you use a parts washer, the geometry of your parts shouldn’t be of much concern. The washer is presumably designed to clean parts whose geometries range from simple to complex.

However, if parts are cleaned manually using wipes, aerosol, spray, etc., it’s important to choose a cleaner whose formulation and method of application support soil removal. Speaking with one of our chemists can be of great help for choosing a cleaner under these considerations.

  1. Stock or Custom Cleaner?

You shouldn’t have trouble finding a solvent that offers the basic performance properties you need (e.g., good efficacy, non-residue, highly evaporative, low flashpoint, etc.), but it isn’t uncommon to experience a special need that eliminates stock solvents from your range of options (e.g., concurrently removing multiple soils not often found in unison).

In this situation, ordering a custom solvent is the best option. In case you end up needing the option, it’s a good idea to start out shopping for cleaners at suppliers that offer it.

  1. EPA Regulations

Some metal cleaning solutions available today may not be available in the near future due to toxic ingredients the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is scheduled to regulate or ban. Using these cleaners is essentially living on borrowed time. Visit the EPA to learn about chemicals that are scheduled for regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

About Ecolink

Ecolink is a supplier of environmentally preferred, industrial grade solvents, including a wide selection of cleaners for metals. Providing readymade and custom solutions to companies and organizations of various sizes, in numerous industries, we make it easy to know you’re getting the right cleaners by supplying product samples you can try for free, with no obligations.

For more information, call us today at 800-563-1305, or send us an email using our contact form. We’d love to talk!

NEW II: A Cheaper, Qualified Alternative to AK-070-II Solvent from Alfakleen

NEW II Solvent Degreaser: Cheaper, Faster

How Ecolink’s MIL-PRF-680 TYPE II products stack up against Alfakleen’s

A product that is qualified to the MIL-PRF-680 Type II specification is just that, a product that qualifies. Our NEW II solvent cleaner, as listed in the QPD (Qualified Product Database), is qualified to the performance specification while Alfakleen’s is not. If your T.O. (Technical Order) does not specify that a qualified product is needed, then you may be wondering, why choose Ecolink over other suppliers?

Price: NEW II Can Be Purchased at a Lower Cost Than Alfakleen’s Degreasing Solvent

We don’t seek to be the cheapest option on the market, but our fair pricing makes low cost a reality. When purchased in volume, Ecolink’s NEW II product is cheaper per drum, which saves you hundreds over Alfakleen’s degreasing solvent cleaner. Two similar products, two different price points – we like making decisions easy.

If you’re working with an older specification such as PD 680 or A-A-59601, our product Parts Kleen II can save you additional money. Stay tuned to the blog for more on Parts Kleen II.

If you would like to learn more about pricing, call (800) 563-1305 to speak with a representative or email us at

Speed: Receiving Your Green Cleaning Products Faster with Ecolink

For some customers, responsiveness is key, which is why we are fully committed to providing a level of customer service that exceeds expectations. NEW II is a stocked item that can be shipped same day. We are flexible with demand and able to compensate for customers who use JIT (Just in time) inventory management. Compared to Alfakleen’s 1-7 day window for processing orders, our product can realistically be in your possession before theirs has shipped.

Safety: Cleaner for You, Cleaner for the Environment

NEW II has a high-grade hydrocarbon base which gives it the strength to remove grease, fuel oil, carbon, and organic resins. This non-chlorinated degreaser is also safe for use on most plastic and rubber surfaces. NEW II contains no Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) as defined by the EPA and is a non Ozone-Depleting Substance. The solvent is odorless and evaporates completely leaving no resin, evaporation can be accelerated with compressed air. Additional safety benefits of this environmentally preferred parts cleaner include a low VOC count and high flash point. See links to product shopping pages below:

? 4 x 1 Gallon Case ? 5 Gallon Pail ? 15 Gallon Drum ? 55 Gallon Drum

To request a sample call (800) 563-1305 or email us at To view other solvents offered by Ecolink and their MIL-SPEC approvals, click HERE

Industrial Coating Removers: Their Role in Heat Treating Metal

Industrial heat treating operations for metal involve the removal of coatings from metal before it enters the furnace. Unless coatings are removed, they are likely to oxidize and tarnish the appearance of the workpieces. This concern is especially pertinent to heat treating stainless steel and other chromium alloys that require a bright, clean appearance for the final application. A chromium alloy is any type of metallic alloy that contains at least 10.5% chromium by mass.

Coatings That Must be Removed
Before it undergoes the heat treating process, metal may need to have several types of coatings removed to ensure the quality of the final product. Some coatings, such as light dirt and grease, can be removed with standard cleaning solvents and degreasers, as long as their ingredients don’t corrode metal. However, metal workpieces — especially used ones that are annealed or hardened to extend their lifespan — can also contain some rather tough coatings, such as:

  • Industrial grade decals
  • Commercial grade paint
  • Patches of rust
  • Accumulations of tar
  • Accumulations of bitumen
  • Heavy residue from engine fluids

In some cases, parts that are extensively rusted may require a grinding procedure or a sandblasting procedure to effectively remove the stable layer of oxide. However, most tough coatings can be removed with industrial coating removers, such as adhesive removers, paint removers, tar removers, non-residual degreasers and organic accumulation removers — all products that you can conveniently order from the inventory in Ecolink’s online store.

Need for Custom Coating Removers
When it comes to removing coatings from metal alloys that must have a lustrous appearance after they exit the furnace, it’s especially important to avoid the use of certain products, particularly ones that contain hydrochloric acid (e.g., bleach), chlorine (e.g., carbon tetrachloride) and professionally or amateurly formulated vinegar mixes. Despite having an organic profile, the high levels of acid in white vinegar can still have a corrosive effect on some chromium alloys.

At Ecolink, we offer coating removers that feature a more eco friendly, less corrosive chemical profile than conventional coating removers. Depending on your heat treating needs, you may find that you can implement our readymade solutions without negatively affecting the workpieces. However, if it turns out that our pre-made products don’t meet your coating removal needs, we can use our expertise in chemical composition to create a custom solution that works perfectly.

Are Custom Products Cost Effective?
Because they are specially formulated and tested to meet a specific set of conditions, custom industrial coating removers often cost more per volume than their conventional counterparts. However, when you consider how they boost the productivity of the coating removal process, and how they prevent the need for post heat treating polishing applications to restore vitality to a surface that is chemically corroded, using the products often delivers a quite favorable ROI.

Contact Ecolink Today
Ecolink understands the role of industrial coating removers in the heat treatment of metal. Whether you need to remove coatings from stainless steel, carbon steel, or another type of metal, we offer industrial coating removers that make the job easier. We can also create a custom coating remover to address your specific needs if that is what you require.

For more information about our coating removal products, call us today at (800) 563-1305, or refer to the contact page on our website. We look forward to assisting you!