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Medical cleaning Applications - 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids
Growing public concern about the effects of chemicals on human health, safety and the environment have led to restrictions on the use of many kinds of process solvents used by the medical device industry.
3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids balance proven performance with an outstanding environmental and safety profile and are ideal candidates to replace materials targeted for phase-out, including trichloroethylene, Methylene chloride and n-Propylbromide (nPb).
3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids are available in "neat" form - for light duty cleaning, tube swelling, deposition and other applications - and as azeotropes or blends of azeotropes, which offer higher solvency for more difficult-to-remove soils. Novec fluids are also used as rinsing agents in conjunction with low volatility solvating agents. This co-solvent cleaning process is effective for the removal of the most challenging soils, such as heavy oils, greases and waxes.
Today's fast-changing regulatory and competitive landscapes have made the choice of a cleaning solvent more difficult than ever. To understand more about the legislation and regulation impacting your solvent cleaner and how 3M Novec can help you, check out our detailed overview.
Are you confused by the legislation & restrictions surrounding Trichloroethylene or Methylene Chloride or HFC Solvents used in your solvent cleaning ? Are you concerned by the quantity of nPB you are consuming ? Or are the huge volumes of water being consumed in your aqueous cleaning becoming a hidden cost ? Take a look at our comparison overview
Are you conducting solvent cleaning for the first time? Want to understand how legislation around Trichloroethylene impacts on your equipment? Are you replacing your existing solvent with Novec but don't know if it can be used with your equipment? Let us help to guide you through.
Want to know more about the solvent cleaning process? Let our video demonstrations guide you through a start to finish process and see the advantages of vapour degreasing cleaning systems over aqueous cleaning.
Traditional cleaning solvents such as Trichloroethylene and nPB carry a number of carcinogenic risk phrases and some are also classed as CMRs (Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or Reproductive Toxin). Let us help you understand the risks, their impacts and ways to overcome them.