Novec Solvent Cleaning and Vapour Degreasing

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  • Choosing the right option for precision cleaning and vapour degreasing isn’t as simple as just buying what you’ve always bought. Today, it’s about making better choices that reflect the vision and values of your business – a commitment to quality, a passion and sense of responsibility for worker safety, and a mission to help sustain the earth for future generations.

    It starts with intentionally developed chemistry that optimises all of these values. For manufacturers who need a circuit board cleaner, electric motor degreaser or other precision parts cleaner, performance is critical – but so is the safety of your workers. New regulations, more stringent specifications and sustainability initiatives give extra urgency to your selection when you look to replace trichloroethylene (TCE), find an n-propyl bromide (nPB) alternative, or replace hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). We’ve designed our 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids to meet your solvent cleaning and vapour degreasing needs while supporting your higher purpose. Let us help you bring your ideal cleaning operation to life.

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The value of smarter, safer cleaning

The cleaning solvent you choose affects the health and well-being of your workers. Protecting them is not only required by law - it's a duty of care which most organisations take very seriously. Express your commitment by making 3M Novec Engineered Fluids your choice for solvent cleaning and vapour degreasing, and get the peace of mind that comes from low toxicity, non-flammability and high safety margins.

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    Using Novec to replace n-propyl bromide (nPB), Methylene Chloride or Perchloroethylene

    With significant toxicity concerns and increased regulatory scrutiny on the use of n-propyl bromide (also known as nPB or 1-BP), Methylene Chloride and Perchloroethylene (Perc), many engineers are seeking a safer alternative that doesn’t sacrifice perfomance.

    Unlike these solvents, 3N Novec fluids provide:

    • Higher margin of safety for workers
    • Improved cleaning performance
    • Low environmental impact
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    Using Novec to replace trichloroethylene (TCE)

    Mindful manufacturers are concerned about the continued use of trichloroethylene (TCE or Trike), which is classified as a Category 2 carcinogen. If you are looking for a TCE replacement to safeguard your workers and don’t want to sacrifice performance, 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids could be your solution.

    3M Novec fluids:

    • Are not targeted for regulatory phase-out
    • Have a higher margin of safety for workers
    • Are high performance, low maintenance
    • Have low environmental impact
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    Using Novec to replace hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)

    The F-Gas Regulations, first introduced in 2006 and revised in 2014, are now well established in reducing emission of fluorinated greenhouses gases including HFCs.

    Fortunately there are well established alternatives which enable companies to transition to a low-GWP alternative.

    3M Novec fluids:

    • Are not targeted for regulatory phasedown or phase-out
    • Have low environmental impact (zero ODP and low GWP)
    • Have high margin of safety for workers
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    A strong alternative to aqueous cleaning

    The aqueous cleaning systems many businesses use today have the environmental advantage over old systems that used ozone-depleting solvents. But with advances in technology and the introduction of more sustainable cleaning solutions like 3M Novec Engineered Fluids, manufacturers can gain advantages without the use of larger, more complex and more energy intensive solutions.

    3M Novec fluids help provide:

    • Improved cleaning performance
    • Shorter cleaning and drying cycles
    • Lower total cost of ownership
    • Lower energy use
    • Smaller equipment footprint

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    Complying with regulations

    As we search for ways to build a better, healthier future, environmental and worker safety regulations evolve and change. With the need to find alternatives to n-propyl bromide (nPB), trichloroethylene (TCE), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), Methylene Chloride and Perchloroethylene (Perc), more engineers are looking for safe and sustainable cleaning solvents like 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids.

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    Improving cleaning performance

    Your reputation for quality depends on effective cleaning processes. If your operation is suffering from insufficient cleaning with your current solution, or changes in your product require new cleaning solutions, consider 3M Novec Engineered Fluids. Our Novec fluids excel for circuit board cleaning, cleaning medical and electrical components and for removing cutting oils.
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    Supporting sustainability

    Sustainable 3M Novec cleaning and vapour degreasing solvents are an outstanding alternative with low global warming potentials and no ozone depletion potential. By making 3M Novec Engineered Fluids part of your system, you are making a choice that will enhance your reputation, get you ahead of changing environmental regulations, and help prevent harm to the world we all share.

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    Adding cleaning capacity

    Expanding your business is a perfect time to make a mindful choice regarding your solvent cleaning or vapour degreasing solution. Whether you’re working with a new product or expanding an existing line, 3M Novec fluids offer value over the long term, with no compromises in performance or safety.


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Products by compatibility & cleaning strength

See how the range of 3M Novec Engineered Fluids is designed with specific attributes and compatibilities that meet your needs. With a range of boiling points, cleaning strengths, drying times and vapour pressures, you will find the solution you need.


Introducing 3M™ Novec™ 73DE Engineered Fluid

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    Designed to be a safer, effective replacement for toxic solvents like nPB, TCE, Methylene Chloride and Perchloroethylene, 3M Novec 73DE fluid has a high margin of safety for heavy duty vapour degreasing and immersion cleaning. It features high solvency, low surface tension, non-flammability and fluid stability. Save time and money with faster cycles, lower energy use and improved performance, especially for complex parts with fine details. The newest member of the Novec family, Novec 73DE fluid demonstrates our commitment to ongoing innovation that meets your evolving needs.


Choose 3M Novec for experience and collaboration

We have the knowledge and capabilities that will help enable your success.

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    • Global scale and expertise
      With operations and a presence around the world, we have the reach to support you anywhere and everywhere.
    • World-class innovation
      We develop breakthrough science to help you impact your business and your legacy. Our people understand how to apply it to real-world needs. Let us put this powerful combination to work for you.
    • Understanding your whole business
      Your business operates in a complex environment of government regulations, safety needs, business goals and technical precision. 3M Novec experts know how to help you achieve your goals.
    • Broad success in a range of industries
      From electronics and industrial manufacturing to aerospace and medical devices, 3M Novec products have applications in a wide variety of industries. Contact us to learn what we’ve done in yours.
    • Willingness to go the extra mile to help you succeed
      Our team of experienced professionals will help you work through the nuances of designing a new cleaning process or incorporating a replacement cleaning solution by sharing:
      • Cleaning trial results of your parts from our lab
      • Test results and data from our experts
      • Samples and assistance with trials
      • Expert advice and innovative ideas

Contact us with solvent cleaning and vapour degreasing questions, and sample or trial requests

Our team, including engineers, scientists and other experts, answers your questions and offers you global support including access to samples, data and help with trials. Contact us today.


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