Category Archives: Green Alternatives

Achieving Excellent Part Cleaning with Maximum Water and Energy Savings

Magnus Engineered Equipment (MEE) has been providing cleaning solutions for our industry partners since its founding in the 1950’s.  MEE supplies the majority of gun manufacturer’s with cleaning equipment and recently worked with one such customer to solve a challenging barrel cleaning problem.  An immersion cleaning system was designed, constructed and tested and the cleanliness results exceeded those delivered by more costly and inefficient pressurized cleaning systems.  The system was fully contained and minimized water and energy consumption with filtration and oil coalescence technology.  Consistent and repeatable cleaning is achieved while minimizing water and energy usage, and cleaning chemistry usage and disposal.

MEE’s experienced staff of engineers can solve most cleaning challenges and welcomes an opportunity to work with you to solve your cleaning requirement, or modernize an existing cleaning operation to achieve:

  • Water conservation
  • Energy conservation
  • Cleaning chemistry conservation
  • Waste minimization
  • Elimination of hazardous chemistry
  • Improved safety
  • Increased throughput
  • Consistent and Repeatable cleaning
  • Reduced labor requirement

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 –

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