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Switching To Aqueous Cleaning: The Time Is Now

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

When it comes to parts cleaning for your facility, you want a method that is safe as well as boosting productivity and altogether saving money. A newer method of aqueous cleaning has provided businesses with all these solutions, modernizing the parts cleaning process. So what makes aqueous cleaning solutions more beneficial than that of other solvents? Take a look at this article to see why it’s time for your organization to switch to aqueous parts cleaning. 

Workplace Safety 

Aqueous cleaning products are water-based solutions that, unlike petroleum solvents, are nonflammable and nonhazardous. Petroleum and chlorinated solvents contain chemicals that may be toxic if inhaled and can increase the risk of cancer. Petroleum solvents evaporate rapidly, making worker exposure difficult to regulate. Instead of dissolving grease, aqueous parts washer units utilize heat, pressurized water, soap action, and agitation to break up dirt and grease. Utilizing solutions that provide a safe environment will help retain skilled employees and allow them to continue providing quality work. Furthermore, aqueous solutions have the added benefits of minimal odors and no pollution, which will benefit workers health as well the environment. They also minimize the risks and liability of toxic waste disposal, which in turn, reduces the risk of worker accidents while trying to dispose of waste. 

Boosting Productivity

Enhancing productivity in the workplace is vital to help a business develop and grow. Several of our systems help boost productivity with automatic functions and several applications you can add on for your specific parts cleaning needs. These functions allow for workers to work on other tasks while also ensuring the parts are thoroughly cleaned to eliminate the need to rewash parts that were not fully rid of grease and grime. Also, aqueous cleaning systems can boost productivity by providing clean and dry parts to the next process, eliminating component rejects and quality issues. 

Money Back In Your Pocket 

Businesses may be hesitant to switch to new parts cleaning systems because of the initial start up costs. However, according to the Department Of Ecology, at one Washington defense facility, a freon vapor degreaser unit was replaced with an aqueous cabinet washer. The investment paid for itself in two months, and will save more than $65,400 a year. An irrigation system manufacturer in Eastern Washington is saving over $13,000 a year after replacing its vapor degreaser with a detergent system, which paid for itself in less than 4 years.

Saving money is important and this can be done because of the benefits of boosted productivity, quality cleaning and providing a safe environment for workers. The process is simplified from start to finish, which allows for companies to focus on their attention on quality and efficiency. 

Quality Matters. Here’s What You Should Look For 

As you are deciding to make the switch it’s important you know what qualities to look for to ensure you are receiving the most efficient aqueous parts washer. Here are some qualities an effective parts washer should possess, according to the Department of Ecology:

  • Complete water solubility
  • Separates from soil and does not re-deposit soil
  • Corrosion protection and controls foam
  • hard water tolerance and free-rinsing
  • non-chelated and non-polluting
  • Solution stability and buffering
  • A good vendor service that provides an in-house testing facility

Jenfab | Aqueous Parts Washers

JenFab’s comprehensive aqueous cleaning product line ranges from small-footprint cellular washes, to large, fully automated vertical agitation and rotation or spray-immersion washers. The washers can also be equipped with a wide variety of options, such as chip collection, chip removal, oil skimming or oil coalescing, and high volume filtration. The result is 100% clean and dry parts, with higher throughput than competing systems. 

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