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Our new SNAP-approved AMOLEA™ AS-300 and AS-300AT solvents are helping to provide an environmentally friendly cleaning option. They are not classified as hazardous air pollutants, have a global warming potential of less than one and have high exposure limits.
They can be used in a vapor degreaser and are ideal replacements for HFC and low boiling point HCFO solvents, n-propyl bromide (NPB or 1-BP) and trichloroethylene.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SNAP program now lists both of these solvents as acceptable for electronics, metal and coating retardants, as well as precision cleaning.
Importance of HCFO Precision Cleaning Solvents
The HCFO precision cleaning solvents we produce are critical to many industries including aerospace, automotive and medical equipment. This is because their products and components need to be properly cleaned and disassembled prior to assembly or shipment. However, many types of cleaners long used in these industries have adverse health, safety and environmental (HSE) characteristics, and are now regulated or investigated by the US government.
For example, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are commonly used for refrigeration, air conditioning, insulation for buildings and aerosols have very high Global Warming Potential (GWP) and are gradually increasing globally as we speak. are being phased out. The widespread use of these solvents around the world is believed to be a factor in climate change.
To reach their sustainability goals, these industries require more environmentally friendly cleaning solutions such as fluorinated solvents and aqueous cleaning products. That’s where the AGC can help. Fluorinated cleaning solvents (fluorosolvents) can clean dirt, grease, fingerprints, solder paste residue, electronics flux and other types of contaminants from expensive parts and components.
The EPA considers the AS-300 and AS-300AT to have more favorable HSE characteristics than older cleaners. This is because the GWP is quite low (<1) and the flammability and toxicity risks are comparable or lower than other available alternatives in the same end use.
Aquatic cleaners, meanwhile, are water-based solvents that must be combined with additives and treated to become more acidic or basic in order to work effectively. In addition, they require a greater equipment footprint, cycle time and energy. Therefore, while the purchase price of fluorosolvent cleaners may be high, they are easy to use and extremely effective.
Our AMOLEA AS-300 and AS-300AT solvents are effective replacements for other cleaning solvents because they have:
- Beneficial Boiling Point Vs Low Boiling Point HCFO Solvents
- Superior solvency with 44 and 118 kb values respectively
- Friendly health, safety and environmental profiles
EPA Snap Program
EPA’s snap program, officially called the Critical New Choice Policy, is designed to review and certify substitute chemicals and technologies that are more environmentally friendly than their predecessors. It covers many different sectors and industries, including adhesives, coatings, inks, aerosols, cleaning solvents, fire suppression and explosion protection, foam blowing agents, sterilants, and refrigeration and air conditioning.
SNAP was established under section 612 of clean Air Act, When a new product is deemed to have a low overall risk to humans and the environment, the program continually updates its list of alternatives. This is something that we take very seriously.
Some of the characteristics the EPA looks at when evaluating alternatives are ozone depletion potential, global warming potential, toxicity, flammability, occupational and consumer health, local air quality and ecosystem impact.
We are proud that these solvents are now officially Snap-approved. Our goal is to develop the highest quality products with safety and the environment in mind.
For more information about the AMOLEA AS-300 and AS-300AT, contact an AGC product specialist here.