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3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids are versatile, non-flammable fluids used in various critical industrial applications.

Novec Engineered Fluids

3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids are versatile, non-flammable fluids used in various critical industrial applications. With excellent dielectric properties and a wide range of boiling points, these fluids have excellent materials compatibility and thermal stability.

Novec Engineered Fluids

3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids are versatile, non-flammable fluids used in various critical industrial applications. With excellent dielectric properties and a wide range of boiling points, these fluids have excellent materials compatibility and thermal stability.

Engineered for Excellence

  • 3M™ Novec™ products for safety
    Safety

    3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids are non-flammable and low in toxicity - critical factors in fluid selection.

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  • 3M™ Novec™ products for performance
    Performance

    Don't compromise on performance when selecting a sustainable solution for carrier solvents, precision cleaning, immersion cooling and heat transfer. Whatever your performance need, there is a Novec fluid that can help - from cleaning heavy soils, to increasing power density or removing waste heat.

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  • 3M™ Novec™ products for sustainability
    Sustainability

    Based on 3M's proprietary segregated hydrofluoroether and fluoroketone chemistry, Novec fluids have an outstanding environmental profile with zero ozone depletion potential and low global warming potential.

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  • It’s Earth Day! Celebrating significant sustainability strives this year.

    April 22, 2016

    With every year that passes, we gain a better understanding of how our actions affect the world around us, and more importantly, how we can make smarter decisions to reduce impact on the environment. This Earth Day, let's recognize our partners and stakeholders for some of the sustainability strides made over the past year and reignite our united commitment for a more sustainable future.

    U.S. EPA to Reassess SNAP Status of HFCs in Fire Suppression
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a prepublication version of the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program Rule 21, which, among other initiatives, changes the status of a number of substitutes that were previously listed as acceptable. Coming on the heels of the SNAP Fire Suppression Stakeholder Workshop, SNAP Rule 21 notes high GWP HFCs represent a substantial portion of the products in the fire protection market. The HFCs most commonly sold into fire suppression, such as FM-200™, have a GWP that is more than 3000 times that of CO2. The U.S. EPA is requesting updated information on the continuing use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), such as FM-200™, use in fire extinguishing applications and the availability of substitutes or alternative technologies or processes that would obviate their continued use.

  • March 24, 2016

    This month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released for public comment and peer review a draft risk assessment for n-propyl bromide (nPB) used in spray adhesives, dry cleaning (including spot cleaners) applications, and vapor degreasing. In addition, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has issued its own draft criteria document for worker exposure to nPB, and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) examined the health hazards of nPB associated with different worker exposure durations. With increasing regulations on the use of nPB in vapor degreasing, it’s time to switch to an nPB drop-in replacement like 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids – a family of safer, sustainable solvents.

    Read the full EPA News Release here.

    The draft assessment of nPB, also known as 1-bromopropane (1-BP), was conducted as part of the EPA’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Work Plan assessment effort. According to the assessment, the chemical showed acute risks to women of childbearing age from adverse developmental effects. Other non-cancer and cancer health risks were identified for workers with repeated and chronic exposures.

  • August 18, 2015

    Since 2012, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has listed n-propyl bromide (nPB) as a Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) and now aims to further restrict its use by adding it as a candidate for inclusion in the SVHC Authorization List (Annex XIV) under REACH. If included in the list, nPB can no longer be placed on the market or used after a given date, unless an authorization is granted for its specific use, or the use is exempted from authorization.

    This July, ECHA recommended that nPB be added to the Annex XIV Authorization List under the REACH regulation. This development will be advanced over the next 12 months in Europe and, if approved, nPB could be required to have authorization for use or import. This is important news to the cleaning solvents industry and, in particular, to existing users and suppliers of nPB because implications are likely to include further restrictions, fewer exemptions for use and eventually an outright ban in Europe.

  • August 4, 2015

    In the Climate Action Plan, President Obama directed his Administration to purchase lower GWP alternatives to HFCs whenever feasible and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and General Services Administration (GSA) are proposing to amend their practices to meet the plan’s goals.

    The United States is making huge advances in the phasedown of high global warming potential (GWP) hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Not only has the U.S. EPA just changed the status of HFCs to “unacceptable” for certain uses under SNAP, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and General Services Administration (GSA) are taking the initiative to better align with the President’s Climate Action Plan and move toward using more sustainable substances.

Industry Solutions

  • Today's avionics contain dense circuitry with demanding requirements - like flux residue cleaning, reliability testing, and heat transfer.  3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids help you maintain reliable performance in extreme environments.

  • 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids are an ideal choice for film cleaning and document, specimen and artifact preservation applications because they are clear, low odor, non-flammable and won't harm priceless materials.

  • Versatile and high performing, 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids have excellent dielectric properties, materials compatibility, and a wide range of solvency.  Today's sustainable solution for automotive parts cleaning.

  • Save up to 97% in energy usage compared to traditional air-cooling methods and reduce the need for most air cooling infrastructure and liquid cooling pumps with immersion cooling technology using 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids.

  • As HCFC-225 and AK-225 replacements, 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids meet today’s environmental and safety standards with exceptional performance for cleaning electronic systems, vapor degreasers, hard disk drives and precision optics.

  • With high purity and ultra low water solubility, 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids are sustainable, low in toxicity and compatible with a variety of materials - an ideal combination for critical semiconductor heat transfer, and wafer cleaning and drying processes.

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