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Vapour Degreasing Made Simple

Vapour Degreasing

Rated for its effectiveness against oils and grease, vapour degreasing is a process that is closely related to water-based degreasing but uses non-flammable solvent instead of detergents in water.

Taking place in a twin slump tank, vapour degreasing is made up of two stages (minimum), rinse and vapour. The simplicity of the process is a major contributing factor to its success as it is known as a very effective and reliable cleaning method.

Rinse Process

Components and parts start off being loaded into a basket. The basket is moved above the first of the sump tanks containing solvent. Heated to a temperature to warm the solvent but not boil it, the basket is dipped into the solvent.

The solvent is able to coat all the exposed surfaces of the components, practical to wash the initial particles and contaminants away.

During this stage, additional features are frequently included such as ultrasonic generators which would increase the agitation of the solvent whilst the component is immersed for a more thorough clean.

Vapour Process

To complete the vapour degreasing the basket containing the components is moved over a secondary sump of heated solvent. This time heated to a higher temperature of 50°C to 100°C to boil the solvent into a vapour form. The vapour is three to four times heavier than air.

Once the solvent is in vapour form, it is retained in the tank with cold coils that are fitted to the upper internal surface (above the basket). Any vapour that reaches this point would condense back into a liquid because of the change in temperature, falling back down into the sump tank. As this allows the solvent to be reused repetitively, it is known as a closed-loop process.

When the vapour comes into contact with the surface of the components it condenses, dissolving the remaining contaminants such as oils & grease away. This process would continue until the components reach the same temperature as the vapour thus, heat the components to a temperature where they can dry by themselves without the intervention of additional drying machinery.

Modern Vapour Degreasing

Vapour degreasing and solvents have changed considerably over the past decades. Once the most popular approach to cleaning components vapour degreasing use reduced as concerns for the o-zone layer were found to be related to the usage of none environmentally friendly solvents. Particular solvents such as trichloroethylene were heavily restricted due to the concerns about their carcinogenic properties for operators. Soon after, as the result of further research and development, the solvents were allowed to be used again but under limited and controlled legislation restrictions.

Water-based degreasing increased in popularity during this period but there are disadvantages in comparison to  vapour degreasing as it requires more treatment tanks and the processes take longer.

For industries like the aerospace industry, these allowances were a relief as the alternative water-based degreasing carried the threat of causing water corrosion to the metal.

In the last few years, advancements in solvents have resulted in a renewed interest in the process as the new solvents solutions & machinery have become more environmentally friendly.

Firbimatic Solvent Degreaser with MTA Chiller Video Available

Firbimatic SF 200 V Compliant Totally Enclosed Solvent Degreaser with ICS TAE EVO Chiller

A fully automatic, very large capacity, solvent de-greaser with steam generator and ICS TAE EVO 251 MTA chiller unit. Designed to work with Perchloroethylene. Operates with swing action baskets that rock from side to side. Unit is fully programmable and total solvent recycling & low consumption via carbon recovery.

Stock No
DA1425J
Category
Solvent Vapour Cleaning
Model
Firbimatic SF 200 V
Year of Manufacture
2008
Work Envelope (WxDxH mm) [?]
750 x 2000 x 750, Cap. 500Kgs
Process Stages
Four - Wash, Immersion, Vapour & Dry
Other Info
Solvent Percloroetilene C2CL4
Condition
Seen working by RSW, Excellent Condition
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ICI Cleanfast DLS 165 More Images Available

D and S Ultraclean (ICI) Cleanfast DLS Model E165V Vapour Degreaser

A used stainless steel, semi-automatic, enclosed solvent vapour degreaser plant from the ICI range of cleaning machines. Degreaser used with Perchloroethylene. Double lid.

Stock No
DB1458
Category
Solvent Vapour Cleaning
Model
D and S Ultraclean (ICI) Cleanfast DLS Model E165V
Year of Manufacture
1999
Work Envelope (WxDxH mm) [?]
500 x 500 x 700 s.w.l.30kg Max. Load.
Process Stages
2 Stage Liquid immersion vapor rinse/dry
Other Info
Automatic cleaning cycle EPA PP6/23 Comp
Condition
From a working environment, Good Condition, Seen powered at RSW
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Firbimatic FD100VSS with ICS Chiller More Images Available

Firbimatic FD100VSS Totally Enclosed Solvent Cleaning Machine

Solvent based metal degreasing machine designed to be used with 'perchloroethylene'. Multiple wash options including ultrasonic, static, swivel or rotation of wash basket, pre-wash, wash, vapour clean and 2 rinse cycles. Complete with a self contained air cooled package chiller, TEA EVO 051. ** Approx. €95k NEW **

Stock No
DC1484
Category
Solvent Vapour Cleaning
Model
Firbimatic FD100 VSS
Year of Manufacture
2012
Work Envelope (WxDxH mm) [?]
270 x 430 x 130
Process Stages
6 Stages
Other Info
50kg max capacity
Condition
From a working environment, Good Condition, Current Model
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ICI Special Cleanfast DLS E265V Enclosed Low Emission Solvent Degreasing Plant More Images Available

ICI Special Cleanfast DLS E265V Enclosed Low Emission Solvent Degreasing Plant

ICI E265V Special vapour degreasing plant, carrier size of 900mm x 450mm x 550mm (H) offers a compliant solvent vapour phase cleaning cycle in a single operation. Complete with a unique ICI double lid sealing system, this immersion single-stage process tank can also be used with any wet process requiring fume extraction.

Stock No
DC1509
Category
Solvent Vapour Cleaning
Model
ICI E265V
Year of Manufacture
1998
Work Envelope (WxDxH mm) [?]
900 x 450 x 550
Process Stages
Single stage vapour degreaser
Other Info
Low consumption plant. 250Kg SWL
Condition
From a working environment, Good Condition
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Kerry Microsolve 250M 3 Stage Mono-Solvent Degreaser More Images Available

Kerry ( Guyson International ) Microsolve 250M 3 Stage Mono-Solvent Degreaser

The Kerry Microsolve M250M Mono-Solvent vapour degreasing system manufactured by Guyson has three process stages comprising of cleaning, followed by vapour rinsing and freeboard drying.

Stock No
DC1519
Category
Solvent Vapour Cleaning
Model
Kerry ( Guyson International ) Microsolve M250M
Year of Manufacture
1998
Work Envelope (WxDxH mm) [?]
250 x 200 x 250mm
Process Stages
Liquid Immersion - Vapour Rinse & Dry
Other Info
SED Compliant solvent degreaser
Condition
From a working environment, Good Condition
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CCH Solvac S1000 Ultrasonic Solvent Degreaser
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CC Hydrosonics CCH Solvac S1000 Ultrasonic Solvent Degreaser

The Solvac S1000 Mono-Solvent system manufactured by CC Hydrosonics has three process stages comprising of ultrasonic cleaning with or without basket rotation, followed by vapour phase rinsing and freeboard drying.

Stock No
DC1521
Category
Solvent Vapour Cleaning
Model
CC Hydrosonics S1000
Year of Manufacture
2008
Work Envelope (WxDxH mm) [?]
700 x 300 x 600 Approx.
Process Stages
3 Stage Immersion, vapour rinse, and dry
Other Info
Stacked Immersion Ultrasonic, Rinse, dry
Condition
From a working environment, Good Condition
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Novatec HFC Ultrasonic, Precision Cleaning Unit
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Optimal Novatec HFC Ultrasonic, Precision Cleaning Unit

The three stages of Optimal vapour degreaser comprises of immersion and ultrasonic cleaning, followed by vapour phase rinsing and freeboard drying. The unit works from relays and timers so no PLC or software obsolescence issues.

Stock No
DD1527
Category
Solvent Vapour Cleaning
Model
Optimal 1S 30/400
Year of Manufacture
2005
Work Envelope (WxDxH mm) [?]
Basket = 200 x 200 x 300
Process Stages
Immersion, Ultrasonic, Vapor Rinse, Dry
Other Info
Tank size, 350 x 250 x 300
Condition
Seen working by RSW, Excellent Condition
Location
Arriving in our warehouse soon
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Branson Ultrasonics Solvent Degreaser Video Available

Branson 3SLE Ultrasonic Solvent Degreaser

Branson 3SLE three-stage systems provide ultrasonic immersed cleaning using HFE (hydrofluoroether) or HFC (hydrofluoro-carbon) solvents, followed by vapour rinsing and freeboard drying.

Stock No
DX1246
Category
Solvent Vapour Cleaning
Model
Branson 3SLE
Year of Manufacture
2010
Work Envelope (WxDxH mm) [?]
Internal basket size 590 x 270 x 330
Process Stages
3
Other Info
Only used sparingly in light industry
Condition
Seen working by RSW, Excellent Condition
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CC Hydrosonics Co-Solvent machine More Images Available

CC Hydrosonics Ultrasonic Solvent Precision Cleaning Machine

The SOLVAC TM Sealed Cleaning System has the technical capability of running most Non Flammable Solvents, via simple temperature adjustment ideal for any Precision Cleaning Application where a Solvent Process is deemed necessary.

Stock No
DX1285J
Category
Solvent Vapour Cleaning
Model
CC Hydrosonics Solvac TM sealed cleaning process
Year of Manufacture
2005
Work Envelope (WxDxH mm) [?]
Baskets 390x270x200
Process Stages
3 immersion stage + vapour rinse & dry
Other Info
High output/through put automatic plant
Condition
From a working environment, Excellent Condition, Current Model
Refurbished Price [?]
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Crest Ultrasonics 4G-500-6-T Ultrasonic Generator More Images Available

Crest Ultrasonics 4G-500-6-T Ultrasonic Generator

This Crest Ultrasonic Generator has been refurbished by a specialist electronics company for use in ultrasonic cleaning machines

Stock No
DZ1386
Category
Solvent Vapour Cleaning
Model
Crest Ultrasonics 4G-500-6-T
Year of Manufacture
2021 Ref'
Process Stages
Single Stage
Other Info
2000Watts:Why not Build your own system
Condition
Refurbished by RSW, Excellent Condition, Seen powered at RSW
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SAFE-TAINER Metered Barrel Pump More Images Available

Wilden / Fuel Works XP25 Pneumatic Metered Barrel Pump

Wilden double diaphragm metered barrel pump which is ideally suited for use with the solvent transfer systeme "SAFE-TAINER"

Stock No
MX595
Category
Solvent Vapour Cleaning
Model
Wilden XP25
Other Info
XP25
Condition
Excellent Condition, Ex demonstration
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