Frequently Asked Questions About Using AeroTron®-100 as a TCE or nPB Replacement
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Validation performance testing is part of the Reliance Transition Success Program. We provide free samples of the solvent to assess if it will be a viable TCE replacement or a viable nPB replacement. We can also test clean sample parts in our labs, and/or have you come here to our facility to experience the AeroTron®-100 vapor degreasing solvent working first hand. Please contact us with any questions about how we can help you transition to AeroTron®-100 from n propyl bromide or trichloroethylene.
Free Sample of AeroTron®-100 - As part of the evaluation process, our technical team can consult with you about the AeroTron®-100 solvent as a TCE or nPB replacement solvent and about your cleaning needs. We are happy to provide a free sample for you to test with at your facility.
Free Performance Testing of Sample Parts - In addition to a free sample of solvent, you may also option to send in sample parts for us to test clean in our vapor degreasing laboratories. We have a large inventory of vapor degreasing units and can emulate your current production process (immersion, spray, ultrasonic) to validate a recommended cleaning process. We will clean the parts and send them to you for your evaluation along with a comprehensive report of the test cleaning. This is also a great way to see if a change in your equipment configuration and process can have a marked improvement in your productivity, cleaning quality, or consistency.
Test Cleaning of Large or Small Parts - We have a full range of vapor degreasing and ultrasonic capability in the Reliance Vapor Degreaser Test Cleaning Labs with immersion, ultrasonics, and vapor spray capabilities.
Different solvents boil at different temperatures . . . thus vaporize at different temperatures. AeroTron®-100 boils at 109°F / 43°C. So depending on the solvent you had been using, the temperature settings will need to be adjusted on the vapor degreaser as will the safety limit control settings. For example, if you have been using TCE (which boils at 188°F / 87°C) and switch over to AeroTron®-100, the temperature settings will need to be decreased to 109°F. If you are using AeroTron®-100 as an nPB replacement, n propyl bromide boils at 160°F so you will need to decrease the boiling temperature on your boil sump to 109°F / 43°C. For a complete table of the safety limit control settings, please contact us.
Additional ventilation is not needed as most manufacturing facilities have higher ceilings and larger rooms. It is best to have the vapor degreaser in an open room where normal air circulation is present. Adding fans and over-head ventilation systems can decrease the bath-life of the solvent - contact us and we can discuss your ventilation plans to ensure proper vapor degreaser operation.
Gloves are not required (but are highly recommended) as part of using the AeroTron®-100 solvents. However, as these solvents are very effective at removing oils and grease, so too are they effective at removing hand oils . . . which means they can be drying to the hands. Choosing the appropriate glove for your application facilitates safe handling by eliminating unnecessary contact. There are various manufacturer's gloves tested in accordance with ASTM F-739* to assist your company in choosing an appropriate glove for your application - please contact us for a list of glove options.
AeroTron®-100 vapor degreasing solvent can be used in your current vapor degreaser - as it is. Just empty the current solvent you are using from the entire immersion sump, boil-side sump, the water separator, and filtration system. You may want to do a wipe down of the tank - but that is not necessary. Change the temperature boil setting, turn the refrigeration systems on, fill the boil & immersion sumps with AeroTron®-100 and then turn on the heat. When the vapor rises to the refrigeration coils, and you have a fully saturated vapor zone - you are ready to clean your parts.
AeroTron®-100 does not require special permitting. All components of AeroTron®-100 are US EPA SNAP Approved for Vapor Degreasing and AeroTron®-100 has a very favorable health and safety profile - typically 200 ppm 8 hour average workplace exposure limitation with excellent cleaning capabilities. With this being said, AeroTron®-100 is still not allowed for use in southern California's south coast air quality management district as it is a VOC.
AeroTron®-100 is non-flammable and non-hazardous so it is safe for transportation. AeroTron®-100 ships common carrier and can be shipped via UPS, FedEx and other standard carriers.