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3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids – A sustainable alternative to HCFC-225



HCFC’s have been identified as ozone-depleting substances and targeted for phase-out under the Montreal Protocol. While reductions have been underway for some time in developed countries like the U.S., there will be a ban on HCFC-225 production and importation in the U.S. beginning January 1, 2015. Meanwhile, developing countries will begin to phase-down production and importation of HCFC’s in 2013. These countries will see HCFC production frozen at a baseline of 2009/2010 average production and consumption. These baselines are not adjusted to account for a country’s economic growth – resulting in necessary decreases in HCFC production/consumption per unit of output.

3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids offer a sustainable alternative to HCFC-225. Novec fluids provide users with excellent environmental and safety properties along with effective performance. Features include:

  • Zero ozone-depletion potential
  • Low global warming potential
  • Low toxicity – wide margin of safety for workers
  • Existing equipment can be used with minor or no modifications
  • Stable over extended use – no need for acid acceptance testing
  • Non-flammable, fast-drying
  • Low surface tension – excellent for cleaning complex parts and blind holes
  • Broad product portfolio – wide range of solvencies for a variety of applications
  • Global sales and technical service to assist with evaluation and implementation

Successful replacements of HCFC-225 across a wide variety of industries and applications include:

  • Printed circuit board assemblies – flux removal
  • Oxygen system cleaning
  • Precision machined metal parts cleaning – removal of cutting oils and lubricants
  • Aerospace production, maintenance and repair

Make the switch now! Call 3M at 1.800.810.8513 to connect with a 3M sales or technical representative.

Learn more about 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids here

Learn more about HCFC phase-out under the Montreal Protocol

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