With significant toxicity concerns on the use of the vapour degreasing solvents n-propyl bromide (nPB) and trichloroethylene (TCE) and a global phase-out of ozone depleting substances like hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), many engineers are seeking a safer, more sustainable alternative. Novec fluids are an excellent drop-in replacement beause they are designed to offer:
Water and oil don’t mix, but Novec fluids are designed to dissolve the toughest cutting oils without compromising sustainability or worker safety. Vapour degreasing with Novec fluids can help you achieve your sustainability goals while:
At 3M, we know how important it is to find the right cleaning solution. That's why our line of 3M Novec Engineered Fluids features a broad range of solvency, cleaning strengths and materials compatibilities. Learn more about the 3M Novec solutions that are compatible with:
Whether you’re cleaning electronic components, medical devices or precision machine parts, one solution does not fit all. 3M Novec Engineered Fluids come in a range of strengths to offer the right tool for the job.
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.
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.
With a range of 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids to choose from, a product sample or cleaning trial could help you find the best Novec solution for your needs.
The demand for exceptional performance while lowering operating costs has never been greater. Add the commitment to providing a safer workplace and reducing environmental impact and the challenge is intensified. That’s where 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids and our team of experts can help.
Novec fluids are a safer alternative to n-propyl bromide (nPB) and trichloroethylene (TCE) because of their high margin of safety. Typical vapour degreaser exposure is 10ppm. However, in order to use nPB and Trike safely, the airborne concentration needs to be below 10ppm at all times. In contrast, Novec fluids have an average exposure limit of 200ppm, giving them a much wider safety margin for workers to use in this application.
Novec fluids are environmentally sustainable, with zero ozone depletion potential and low global warming potential. Unlike many other cleaning and vapour degreasing solvents, Novec fluids are not scheduled for regulatory phase-down or phase-out.
Because of their low surface tension, Novec fluids can penetrate tight spaces and thoroughly clean hard-to-reach areas. They evaporate quickly without leaving residue, which means parts get clean faster and costly “drag out” solvent losses are reduced. Together, these properties make them a smart choice for a variety of cleaning processes, from light-duty to heavy-duty and everything in between.
At 3M, we develop breakthrough science that applies to your real-world cleaning needs – and our value goes far beyond sustainable chemistry. Our 3M Novec experts can help you work through the nuances of designing a new cleaning process or incorporating a replacement cleaning solution. We can help you achieve your goals while navigating complex government regulations, safety needs, business goals and technical precision.