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Environmental Considerations When Choosing Solvents

August 10, 2020

Original Post from Productivity Inc., Clean & Green Industrial Parts Cleaning Series Part 1: Environmental Considerations for Green Parts Cleaning Solvents
posted July 27, 2020

Clean & Green Industrial Parts Cleaning Part 1

no-tceIf you are using legacy parts cleaning solvents, pending changes in state and federal law governing the use of hazardous parts cleaning solvents such as TCE, Perc, nPB, HFC’s, and others, WILL require you to rethink how your company can effectively meet your green parts cleaning requirements. A lot of solvents are being phased out or becoming more regulated in terms of personnel exposure limits and air emissions. In fact,  Minnesota is poised to become the first state to ban trichloroethylene (TCE), a toxic chemical that can increase risk for certain types of cancer or serious health issues. The Governor signed the bill into law on May 16, 2020. This chemical is typically used as a vapor degreasing solvent for metal parts cleaning. The recently passed legislation prohibits the use of TCE after June 1, 2022. Facilities with air permits will need to replace the chemical with a safer, less toxic, environmentally-preferred alternative by that date.

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Immersion Washing - A Good Choice for Challenging Part Geometries

September 17, 2019


Challenging Parts

When dealing with machined parts, the 3 most common problems are troubles related to cleaning tapped holes, blind holes and deep counter bores. These part features become increasingly problematic in small diameters. Add the need to clean parts in high volume, and the challenge gets even tougher.

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Water-Based or Solvent-Based Parts Washing

June 3, 2019

Which system is the best fit at your facility?

If your company does machining or forming, your machine tools are using oil and/or water based cutting lubricants. The use of oil lubricants are most commonly used when operating single and multi-spindle screw machines, Swiss lathes, transfer machines, close tolerance sizing machines, cold heading, stamping and bending. Water based coolants are commonly used on conventional lathes, machining centers and grinders. If your shop is like many, it is not uncommon to have a mixed bag of both oil or water based lubricants.

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