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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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.


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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.

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Choose 3M Novec for safe, sustainable cleaning performance and collaboration

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.

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    High safety margin

    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.

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    Low environmental impact

    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.

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    Powerful cleaning performance

    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.

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    Where science and collaboration meet

    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.


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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