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What Options Does a Company Have When Parts Washer Solvent Is Necessary?

April 16, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 119

A variety of cleaning agents contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that vaporize into the air at normal room temperatures. Solvents are used to dissolve substances, in coating dispersal applications, as a medium in creating chemical reactions, and in cleaning processes. A variety of the compounds produce air pollutants in the form of vapors and this causes them to be labeled as toxic. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations have pushed chemical agent manufacturers to develop hazardous air pollutant (HAP) free solutions with low VOCs. Compounds can include benzene, methanol, esters, ethers, acetones, petroleum, and hydrocarbons.

Parts washer solvents are typically applied as a degreasing agent for maintenance or specific manufacturing practices. They are heavily used in the automotive industry during painting or refinishing processes to remove impurities from surfaces. Increased regulations have caused organizations to seek less hazardous options for performing these processes. Emissions must be controlled in cases where a substitute is not available. Continued monitoring of usage is important for ensuring regulation compliances are met and in seeking industrial degreaser cost or usage reductions.

Industrial Degreasers: Usage Reduction or a Safer Alternative Makes a Difference

A company has two basic options when seeking a safer option for industrial degreaser needs. Currently used products can be replaced with a less hazardous product or practices can be implemented to keep use at a minimum. Taking these actions not only reduces costs, but also creates an improved public image regarding eco-friendly practices. Compliance with government restrictions guarantees a safer working environment and can assist with the expansion of customer bases to those who purchase products with minimal impact. Parts washer solvent is essential to countless industries where waste products must be removed before surface finishing. It is equally important in the protection of sensitive components such as electrical parts. Oil, dirt, or additional contaminants prevent coat adhesion. Degreasers are applied in countless maintenance processes for equipment or individual components. Type of materials, pollutants, and washing location affect the form of solvent a company can use.

Not all impurities are bad, meaning the solvent should only remove desired soiling; cleaning can be accomplished in a mechanical, thermal, or chemical fashion with these being the most common methods:

  • Blasting
  • Spraying
  • Vapor Degreasing
  • Pickling
  • High Pressure Washing
  • Immersion

Contaminants can be in the form of dirt, grease, chips, oil, rust, scale, or numerous additional items. Certain solvents do not work well for cleaning a contaminant making it important to match these properties appropriately. The type of contaminant is one of many factors a company must evaluate when choosing an industrial degreaser. Volatility should be a consideration since liquid solvents form a vapor that can be inhaled or released into the atmosphere. Agents with high volatility are flammable and each solvent has a specific flashpoint where usage becomes unsafe. Any temperature above this number heightens the risk of explosion. A company can either implement new processes to eliminate the need of a solvent or find a substance with less harmful properties. Selection of a low volatile parts washer solvent with the right properties creates a safer work atmosphere, provides effective cleaning, and poses less harm to the environment.

Parts washer solvents are applied to remove impurities from component surfaces or equipment. An industrial degreaser with minimal hazardous compounds can be used to increase safety.

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