As a general category of cleaning solvent, parts cleaner is conventionally formulated with ingredients that have a flash point, which means they will ignite when exposed to the right amount of heat. When a flame or a spark touches the solutions when they are wet, they can ignite instantly, causing damage to parts they were used to clean and the person performing the job — a scenario that could potentially cost millions in lost equipment and legal settlements.
Benefits of Using Non Flammable Parts Cleaner
Preventing equipment damage and avoiding injury lawsuits are two reasons why companies switch out their conventional parts cleaner with one that doesn’t have a flash point, but there are also some additional, more commonplace benefits that companies receive when they switch from a flammable to a non flammable parts cleaner, four of which are presented below.
Broader Spectrum of Application
Flammable parts cleaner should never be used for some applications, such as cleaning energized electrical parts in maintenance applications that require a quick turnaround (e.g., degreasing the engine of an airliner before it returns to the runway). Because many maintenance applications ideally require the use of a non flammable parts cleaner, it is only sensible to switch to a non flammable solution that can be used for a wider variety of cleaning applications.
Easier to Comply With Fire Codes
Many states and municipalities have adopted a version of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code (NFPA 30). Using a flammable parts cleaner may mean that your company must use the solution within the parameters of the code, which can impact how much solution you can use, and how you can use it. Using a non flammable parts cleaner helps you avoid implementing NFPA 30 compliance measures.
More Options for Cleaner Storage
Parts cleaner that has a low flash point often presents concerns regarding how it should be stored. Ideally, it should be located in an area where no combustibles are present, including electrical infrastructure components that could ignite due to an arc flash or faulty electrical components. A non flammable cleaner, on the other hand, presents no such concerns. If need be, you can store it alongside combustibles without worrying about creating a fiery aftermath.
Reduced Protective Equipment Expense
Workers who use flammable cleaning solutions for applications that could cause them to ignite should be provided with flame retardant personal protective equipment (PPE) that offers head to toe coverage. If your company has a large workforce that uses flammable cleaners, providing such a high level of PPE can become quite costly. Although non flammable cleaners may not eliminate the need for PPE, they may allow you to invest in a less costly level of the equipment.
Contact Ecolink Today
If your company currently uses a parts cleaner that has a flash point — however high or low it may be — switching to a non-flammable parts cleaner offers some obvious benefits, particularly the four listed above. If you are in the market for a non-flammable, commercial grade cleaning solution, Ecolink can provide you with a readymade parts cleaner or a specially formulated parts cleaner that is non flammable and meets a wide variety of crucial parts cleaning needs.
For assistance choosing the best non flammable parts cleaner for your cleaning applications, call us today at (800) 563-1305, or refer to the contact page on our website. We look forward to supplying you with a non flammable solution that helps you realize the benefits listed above.
When you were younger, you may remember some of your friends having fun in a highly dangerous way: spraying flammable aerosol on a lit match or an ignited lighter to create a giant ball of flame that increased in size when more aerosol was sprayed on the flame.
Although some may plan this dangerous activity for an afternoon of backyard fun, within the context of industrial parts solvents, eruptions of flame from aerosol always happen accidentally. The best way to avoid the situation is to use a non flammable parts solvent in aerosol form.
Aerosol and Flammability
Aerosol parts cleaner that has a low flashpoint — which means it ignites at a relatively low temperature — is the opposite of non flammable aerosol. Instead of refusing to ignite, low flashpoint aerosol ignites quickly, with the conflagration usually catching the worker off guard.
One the main reasons why is the highly diffuse nature of aerosol. Workers know not to spray flammable aerosol on and around sources of ignition. However, because particles of sprayed aerosol are diffuse yet initially concentrated in a cloud, the ignition of one particle can cause the ignition of others, causing a chain reaction that consumes the aerosol cloud and non-dry aerosol on work surfaces.
Using a high volume flammable degreaser in a confined workspace is similar to having a utility gas leak in the room of a house. The gas doesn’t ignite without an ignition source, but once it does, the ensuing conflagration can cause a deadly explosion that leads to a house fire. The same can happen at workstations that use non flammable parts solvent in aerosol form for parts cleaning.
Protecting Your Workers
There was a time when companies and organizations had little choice but to use flammable aerosol solvents, but that time is gone. Today, manufacturers of green solvents, such as Ecolink, offer the opportunity to use environmentally safe or environmentally secure solvents that do not ignite. These non flammable parts solvents in aerosol form help prevent fire at workstations, where aerosol remains concentrated, until it slowly dissipates into the larger work environment.
While you could always protect workers with flame retardant personal protective equipment (PPE), it would probably cost less to switch to an eco-friendly, non flammable solvent that has a much better safety profile — and the same or better strength — than the solution that it is “dropped in” to replace.
Ecolink specializes in providing eco friendly, industrial grade solvents that have as much or more efficacy than toxic solvents they are designed to replace. If one of our stock solvents isn’t right for the job, we can produce a custom solvent that meets your exacting requirements, and supply the unique blend as often as you require it, in the volume in which you need it.
For more information about our products and services, please call us today at 800-563-1305, or reach us through our contact form. We look forward to providing options for non flammable parts solvents in aerosol!
Non flammable substances are defined as substances that have no flashpoint, which is the temperature at which something ignites. As technology in the field of solvent chemistry has improved, highly efficacious, non flammable solvents have become increasingly available.
One area of use where non flammable solvents are especially advantageous is parts washing, particularly parts washing that uses a mechanical washing system that sequesters parts in a sealed chamber to create the perfect cleaning environment. Below, we look at four ways that using a non flammable solvent for a parts washer benefits practically every type of user.
- Improved Worker Safety
The lower the chance of a fire occurring in the parts cleaning environment, the greater the safety of employees who work in the environment. The danger of solvents that have a low flashpoint can be mitigated through the use of flame retardant personal protective equipment (PPE) that’s implemented to OSHA safety standards, but the equipment doesn’t come cheap. As an added bonus, using a non flammable solvent may allow you to use a lower level of PPE.
- Improved Equipment Safety
Imagine if an electrical malfunction in the parts washer created a spray of sparks that contacted highly flammable solvent in the washing chamber. Not only could the equipment go up in smoke, but your facility be incinerated, too. Because industrial grade parts washers are expensive pieces of precision machinery, it only makes sense to protect them by using solvents that have an excellent safety profile in terms of fire safety, whenever possible.
- Safer Solvent Storage
Large volumes of flammable solvent should ideally be stored in a fireproof room that contains no combustibles. Otherwise, the solvent supply could become a veritable powder keg that causes a small building fire to mushroom into a conflagration that destroys most or all of the facility.
Your organization’s insurance policy may cover such damage, but you would likely see a significant dip in productivity while you transitioned to a temporary business location in order for the original location to be rebuilt. Considering that the use of non flammable solvent for a parts washer could prevent such a catastrophe, it’s easy to see that the value of non flammable solvents extends beyond the parts cleaning operation.
- Safer Waste Disposal
After non flammable solvent enters the waste trap, you needn’t worry about it decreasing the fire safety of the trap. In fact, non flammable solvent may increase the waste trap’s fire safety by diluting flammable solvents in the trap with non flammable liquid. Non flammable liquid in the waste trap also improves safety for solvent waste disposal companies that visit your facility by decreasing the chance of a chemical fire igniting during the waste removal process.
Need Non Flammable Solvent for a Parts Washer?
If your organization is in the market for a non flammable solvent for a parts washer, Ecolink can supply the solvent you need. If one our stock products doesn’t meet your requirements, we can create a custom solution that does. We specialize in providing new generation solvents that have a better safety profile for humans and the environment than toxic solvents, without losing any of the cleaning power of the hazardous solvents they are designed to replace.
To get started on selecting your non flammable parts washing solvent, call us today at (800) 563-1305, or refer to the contact form on our website. We look forward to hearing from you!
Industrial work environments often contain sources of electricity and heat that could cause combustion if they come into contact with a flammable cleaning solvent. This is why companies and organizations that have industrial cleaning needs often make choosing a non flammable solvent a top priority. When it comes to investing in solvents for business-critical cleaning operations, users receive the following four benefits when they choose a non flammable solvent.
- Reduced Chance of Injury
When they are used to clean high-voltage electrical equipment that remains energized during cleaning, flammable solvents can facilitate dangerous arc flashes, which are defined as “electric [currents] that [immediately] pass through air when insulation or isolation between electrified conductors is no longer sufficient to withstand the applied voltage.”
According to a report from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), “Five to ten arc explosions occur in electric equipment every day in the United States,” and “More than 2,000
people are treated in burn centers with severe arc-flash injuries [each year].” Using a non flammable solvent for cleaning energized equipment can help reduce arc-flash injuries.
- Improved Equipment Protection
Workers aren’t the only ones that can be severely affected by arc-flashes. The equipment they use can be heavily damaged, too. Sometimes, the damage occurs because the equipment goes up in flames (this is especially common with switchgear that contains plastics). Equipment can also be damaged by the concussive force that high-voltage arc-flashes emit. Using a non flammable solvent can help protect both your workers and the equipment they must clean.
- Wider Range of Use
Why use a flammable degreaser to clean non-energized equipment and a non flammable degreaser to clean energized equipment, when you could use the latter type of degreaser for both applications? In addition to helping you save money, using a single, non flammable solvent for all degreasing operations helps simplify the cleaning process. It also prevents workers from accidentally using a flammable solution for applications that require a non flammable cleaner.
- More Storage Options
There are several places in industrial facilities where flammable solvents are not recommended to be stored, such as near switchgear, around furnaces that maintain a lit pilot light, in environments that have foam-based sound absorbers, and in storage rooms that contain plenty of combustibles. Using a non flammable solvent helps eliminate barriers to storing solvents — a benefit that can be especially helpful for small facilities where square footage is at a premium.
Need a Non Flammable Solvent for General Cleaning?
If so, Ecolink is ready to supply you with a non flammable cleaner that meets your requirements. For example, our Hypersolve™ cleaner is a non flammable solvent that conforms to the performance of propyl bromide (NPB) while offering a better safety profile than NPB solvents.
Ideal for precision cleaning, cold cleaning, and vapor degreasing, this product may be all that you need to satisfy your cleaning requirements for industrial parts and equipment. If not, we can present you with other viable options among our readymade cleaners, or we will create a custom, non flammable solvent that is tailored for your unique cleaning operations.
To place an order or receive information about Hypersolve™ and our other non flammable cleaners, call us today at (800) 563-1305, or refer to the contact page on our website. Let us supply you with non flammable solvents that meet all of your industrial cleaning needs!