The Science Lab
Is the METALNOX Family Right for You? (Spoiler: YES)
You’ve heard us say it before, but we truly mean it when KYZEN says we care about clean. If you’ve had the chance to drop by our headquarters or had any insight on what goes on here, you’ll know that our experts are in the lab spending countless hours creating products that not only clean, but also work in the field. We have been doing this for over 30 years and we don’t plan on stopping any time soon. In fact, our efforts have not been fruitless as over the course of those years we have won award after award for several products, including those in the METALNOX line.
If you haven’t heard of this product line before, it is a family of concentrated aqueous cleaning chemistries designed for the Electronic Assembly, Aerospace, and Automotive industries. Each product in the line has been specially formulated for a variety of cleaning processes and soils centered around the reliability of printed circuit boards and electronic assemblies. This includes the best seller for several years M6386. And while this is great, you might be wondering about the other METALNOX products and whether they might be the right fit for you. Chance are, they are! Take a look at the whole family below and get to know what they can do for you.
M6381 – Precision Hydrocarbon Solvent Cleaner
M6920 – VOC Free Solvent Cleaner
M6310 – Mild Alkaline Cleaner with Aluminum/Brass Protection
M6060 – Iron Phosphatizing Solution and Cleaner
Keep in mind these are just a glimpse at the many products in the METALNOX line. If you want to learn more about what we offer, your Regional Manager will be more than happy to give you the inside scoop.
How Are You Handling the nPB Ban?
If you are cleaning parts using solvent, pending future changes in state and federal laws governing the use of hazardous cleaning solvents such 1-Bromopropane (commonly called nPB) will require you to rethink how your company can effectively meets your parts cleaning requirements when this solvent is phased out due to regulatory action.
If you are not sure what type of cleaning solvent you are using, check the chemical data sheet and safety data sheet. Verify if n-propyl bromide or 1-Bromopropane are listed, or check for this chemical formula: CH3CH2CH2Br. You can also identify nPB by its CAS number: #106-94-5
EUROPE BAN: As of July 4, 2020 – nPB also known as 1-Bromopropane or 1-BP was included in Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Annex XIV (PDF, 344 KB) to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 set out in Article 57(c), and will be sunset accordingly.
CANADA RESTRICTIONS: nPB Replacement Deadline Looms as Ontario Imposes New Worker Safety Rules on Users (Regulation 833 and O. Reg. 490/09). The previous chemical regulations allowed for an occupational exposure limit of 10 parts per million. Under the amendments, the maximum exposure to nPB will drop to just 0.1 parts per million – 1% of the previous exposure limit.
USA – EPA TSCA: On June 2018, 1-Bromopropane (commonly called nPB) EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0741 was listed number 2 on the first list of ten (10) problem formulations for EPA’s systemic review and a significant new use rule (SNUR) proposal. That review has been completed with results to be issued to public in near future.
GLOBAL BAN? With non-preferred environmental characteristics, this solvent is being phased out and replaced on a global basis. Will a total ban (like Freon 113 or 1-1-1 Trichloroethane) occur in the near future?
Don’t get caught waiting until the last minute to make the change to a new solvent.
Download the 5 Steps How to Successfully Handle the nPB Ban to get educated on how to handle the ban, and while you’re at it, learn about upcoming EPA Restrictions in Joe McChesney’s Tech 2 Tech here.