Determining the best cleaning process and medium by testing under near production conditions
Dürr Ecoclean UK & Ireland launches new test centre
(PresseBox) (Filderstadt, )With its new test centre in Banbury, Dürr Ecoclean responds to growing demand for testing facilities experienced by users in the U.K. and Ireland. This in part reflects the legal requirement to substitute trichloroethylene by April 2016. Accordingly, the Test Centre is equipped with a system for conducting cleaning trials with polar solvents. It allows users to test and to validate alternatives under near production conditions at no cost.
Trichloroethylene (TRI) is used specifically for precision parts cleaning in application fields such as the aerospace and automotive, medical equipment, optical and general industries. However, this solvent has been classified as a 'substance of very high concern' (SVHC) under REACH, and its approval for use in industrial part cleaning ceases on April 21, 2016. Users are thus facing the challenge to replace TRI with a suitable cleaning medium or process. The optimum alternative in each given case is best determined by carrying out cleaning trials under near production conditions. This also applies where cleaning processes need to be adapted or redesigned to meet more exacting cleanliness specifications, or to handle an altered range of parts.
Cleaning trials and extensive support
Addressing these needs, Dürr Ecoclean has set up a new Test Centre in Banbury with associated technical support, service and spare part store facilities. Located centrally near Birmingham, the site is within easy reach of customers across the U.K. and Ireland. The local equipment pool and its direct integration with testing systems in place at Filderstadt/Germany enables Dürr Ecoclean to give extensive, technology-independent advice and support to users when it comes to selecting the optimum cleaning process.
For trials with wet chemical cleaning processes, which prove effective and cost-efficient in many industrial metalworking and machining applications, diverse options are available. To this end, the Test Centre is equipped with an EcoCBase P2 designed for use with polar solvents. Based on modified alcohols, these cleaning media are capable of dissolving both greasy and aqueous substances. They can thus remove polar and non-polar contaminants alike.
Apart from the above, trials can also be carried out with cleaning machines of the EcoCCore series for solvent-based processes. These units can be easily converted from non-halogenated hydrocarbons to modified alcohols and vice versa, which makes them future-proof against changing requirements. For tests with aqueous media – available in neutral, alkaline and acidic form – there are latest-generation machines such as the EcoCWave. Furthermore, cleaning trials can be run with multi-stage aqueous ultra-fine cleaning machines manufactured by UCM AG, a member of the Dürr Ecoclean Group.
Dürr Ecoclean conducts the cleaning trials at no cost, using authentic contaminated parts off the customer's production line. This ensures that equipment technology, process engineering and parameters will be perfectly adapted to the specific task – regardless of whether the application requires simple degreasing or the removal of particulate/film-type contaminants to a very exacting standard.
Dürr Ecoclean, Cleaning and Surface Processing, Matthew Cooper,
Broxell Close, Warwick, CV34 5QF, Great Britain, Phone: +44 1926 474080, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.durr-ecoclean.com
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