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Manufacturing companies producing components and using trichloroethylene (Trike) as their vapour degreasing solvent are raising serious questions regarding their ability to maintain its use.

To ensure continuing supply to users, manufacturers of Trike and their distributors agreed with the EU Commission a requirement under Part 4 of the European Standard EU 12921, which required users to sign a ‘voluntary charter’ accepting the obligation to move from ‘Open Topped’ Vapour Degreasers to Hermetically Sealed Systems in 2010.

Having accepted this obligation in good faith, the severe recession which started in 2009 was unexpected and the reality now is that buying very expensive hermetically sealed systems presents issues of affordability from stretched budgets.

Issues exist because the classification of Trike as a carcinogen casts doubt on its availability under even more stringent legislation in the future.

Choosing to commit to the purchase of the sophisticated equipment, which is required to meet the legislation and charter obligations with uncertainties about future availability, is a difficult decision.

Many manufacturers, as a result, have chosen to use EnSolv as the best alternative for vapour degreasing.

With approvals from Boeing, Airbus, BAE and many others, this highly stable, high performance product offers a simple, quick and easy economical ‘drop in replacement’, without compromising cleaning performance.

Specialist suppliers can assess your current process, identify where the EnSolv option is appropriate and fully validate your needs before any decision is considered.

Due to the pressures on supplies of Trike availability it is wise to consider your options early to prepare for the change to EnSolv in your process and equipment, to ensure you comply with the legislation within the deadlines.

Envirotech Europe

EnviroTech Surface Technologies supply a complete range of metal cleaning, surface treatment and protection systems which are cost effective, energy efficient and safe for users and the environment. Products are supplied through a qualified network of distributors throughout the UK and Europe.

The Best In Surface Treatment

EnviroTech Surface Technologies supply a complete range of metal cleaning, surface treatment and protection systems which are cost effective, energy efficient and safe for users and the environment. Products are supplied through a qualified network of distributors throughout the UK and Europe

Products and Services
Ensolv – Vapour Degreasing Solvents For Precision Cleaning
Environmentally friendly precision vapour degreasing and cleaning solvents for the aerospace, precision engineering, medical, optical and electronic industries.

EnSolv vapour degreasing solvents are the most effective alternative to trichloroethylene which is due to be phased out of use in Europe during 2016. Fast economical cleaning and degreasing in one tank using minimal floor area.

Aquus – Water Based Metal Cleaning And Pretreatment Processes
A range of innovative and sustainable water based metal cleaning and surface treatment products which prepare parts and fabrications for painting, powder coating or electroplating.

Phosphating systems are available to meet the needs of all manufacturers from office furniture to household appliances and for other more demanding applications in transport, aerospace, construction, oil and marine industries.

CORR-EX – Corrosion Protection Solutions
Specialist barrier film corrosion protection products, based on synthetic materials to provide safe, effective, environmentally friendly solutions to lubrication and corrosion problems.

Our solutions help to lubricate and control corrosion, and are unexcelled in preventing deterioration and contamination. Solutions for derusting, passivation, sealing and anti-corrosion packaging are also included in our product range.

Clarea – Industrial Degreasing Solvents
Environmentally safe wipe, brush, dip and immersion cleaning solvents for removing dirt, oil, grease and other contaminants from surfaces without causing harm or leaving residue.

A growing concern regarding environmental issues and health hazards of the most commonly used chlorinated solvents as degreasing agents has led to the formulation of this range of safer industrial cleaning solvents.

  • Our products and treatments offer a combination of benefits:
  • Cost effective solutions for all your metal cleaning and surface treatments needs
  • Processes are safe, environmentally friendly and energy efficient
  • Excellent customer service, technical support and training from qualified distributors throughout Europe

ProSolv – lower cost high performance fluorocarbon cleaning solvent

ProSolv – enables high performance cleaning at lower cost than other fluorinated solvent cleaners.A proprietary tertiary azeotropic formulation based on a fluorinated solvent which can be a direct replacement for chlorinated solvents ProSolv is extremely stable and simple to use meeting all the increasingly stringent legislative demands for safer, non flammable solvents with low environmental impact for the precision engineering and electronics industries

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