Green Alternative to Hazardous MEK Solvent

A new customer approached Magnus Engineered Equipment looking for help cleaning parts from adhesive and hot glue dispensing label machines.  In their current process, parts are soaked overnight in MEK and then manually brushed clean.

MEK is a highly toxic and unfriendly solvent to humans and the environment, in addition to the costly removal of the hazardous waste by-product.

Two separate removal applications were submitted to Magnus Engineered Equipment for cleaning.


Adhesive (Henkle) Removal –

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Hot Glue (DURA PRO – M-749) Removal –

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Once MEE received the customers parts, our Sales Agent partnered with our in-house chemical engineer to determine a less toxic solution.  Upon their investigation they developed and refined an eco-friendly, bio-degradable cleaning solvent for both cleaning applications.


Test Results –

We were successful in removing the adhesive (Henkle Aquence PS 2417/GELVA GME2417) and Hot Glue (DURA PRO-M-749) from the adhesive & hot glue dispensing label machines. We used a 50/50 blend of the eco-friendly cleaning solution in a heated, wash/agitation tank and a heated, clean water, rinse/agitation tank.


Final Product –



Willoughby, Ohio – Magnus Engineered Equipment LLC (MEE), a leading manufacturer of industrial cleaning equipment, announced the successful implementation and launch of the Epicor Cloud ERP solution on April 25th.  The goal was to replace an outdated legacy system with a fully integrated state-of-the-art, modern enterprise resource planning system. The new system allows MEE to improve its production planning capability and provide better customer service.

All of the company’s historical data was preserved and accessible by our customer service team through a secured database.  This data includes customer order detail, supplier purchasing history, and detailed parts master descriptions. The company continues to maintain a serial number database for equipment manufactured dating back to the 1930’s.

The new ERP application will enhance the customer experience by:

  • Providing customers accurate capable to promise delivery dates
  • Allow the capability to seamlessly integrate with the company’s new online store
  • Future mobile and customer-facing applications to improve customer interface

Jeffrey MendralaChief Financial Officer, MEE, said “This success was only possible by having the right team in place to deliver and set up MEE for success. The new Epicor solution will provide the platform to allow MEE to execute on its strategic plan for the long term.