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Trichloroethylene

Why Use 3M™ Novec™ Cleaning Fluid to replace Trichloroethylene (Trike)? - Trichloroethylene is a chemical compound classified as a chlorinated hydrocarbon often used as a precision cleaning solvent. It is a non-flammable and colourless liquid. Trichloroethylene can be purchased under various trade names and is also is also referred to as Trike and Tri, and by the acronym TCE.

Trichloroethylene is classed as a Category 2 Carcinogen and carries with it a number of carcinogenic risk phrases including R-45 Risk Phrase May Cause Cancer, R36/38 - Irritating to eyes and skin. R67 -Vapours may cause drowsiness and dizziness. Trichloroethylene is also classed as a CMR (Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or Reproductive Toxin) by the Solvent Emissions Directive . Novec HFE-72DE fluid is not classed as a CMR and does not carry any of these Risk Phrases.

Why Choose Novec™ Cleaning

  • Novec HFE-72DE fluid is not classed as a CMR and does not carry any of the 'Risk Phrases' highlighted in the right Trichloroethylene column.

  • Novec HFE-72DE fluid has a 2 (Two) Tonne per annum exemption and no requirement to be substituted.

  • Novec HFE-72DE fluid has a GWP of 40.

  • Novec HFE-72DE fluid does not require Extraction and has an Emission Limit of 75 mg C/Nm3

  • Novec HFE-72DE fluid is inherently stable and does not need acid acceptance testing or maintenance of stabilisers.

  • Novec HFE-72DE fluid has beneficial properties including; surface tension, vapour pressure, viscosity, heat of vaporisation & boiling point which ensure far less solvent is used in a like-for-like comparison with Trichloroethylene.

Trichloroethylene

  • Classed as a CMR (Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or Reproductive Toxin) by the SED (Solvent
    Emissions Directive 1999-13-EC. Carries the risk phrases; R-45- May Cause Cancer, R36/38 - Irritating to eyes and skin, R67 - Vapours may cause drowsiness and dizziness.

  • The Solvent Emissions Directive allows exemption below 1 (one) tonne per annum consumption for Trike and requires substitution in shortest possible time.

  • Trichloroethylene has a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of 140 (100 year ITH, IPCC 1995).

  • Trichloroethylene Requires Extraction of Vapours and must comply with the emission limit of 2mg/m3.

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