Choosing the right option for precision cleaning and vapor degreasing isn’t as simple as just buying what you’ve always bought. Today, it’s about making better choices that reflect the vision and values of your business – a commitment to quality, a passion and sense of responsibility for worker safety, and a mission to help sustain the earth for future generations.
It starts with intentionally developed chemistry that optimizes all of these values. For manufacturers who need a circuit board cleaner, electric motor degreaser or other precision parts cleaner, performance is critical – but so is the safety of your workers. New regulations, more stringent requirements and sustainability initiatives give extra urgency to your selection when you want to replace trichloroethylene (TCE) or hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) solvents, find an n-propyl bromide (nPB) alternative, or avoid the hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) phasedown. We’ve designed our 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids to meet your solvent cleaning and vapor degreasing needs while supporting your higher purpose. Let us help you bring your ideal cleaning operation to life.
With significant toxicity concerns on the use of the vapor degreasing solvents n-propyl bromide (nPB) and trichloroethylene (TCE) and a global phase-out of ozone depleting substances like hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), many engineers are seeking a safer, more sustainable alternative. Novec fluids are an excellent drop-in replacement because they are designed to offer:
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Water and oil don’t mix, but Novec fluids are designed to dissolve the toughest cutting oils without compromising sustainability or worker safety. Vapor degreasing with Novec fluids can help you achieve your sustainability goals while:
3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids are designed with a range of boiling points, cleaning strengths, drying times and vapor pressures to help you find the cleaning solution you need. View Product Selection Guide (PDF, 83 KB)
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MALE NARRATOR: 3M offers a wide variety of solvent solutions to meet your cleaning performance and materials compatibility needs. For light duty cleaning, Novec Engineered Fluids can effectively remove a variety of light lubricants, particulates, fingerprints, and other soils while maintaining excellent materials compatibility with metals and sensitive plastics like acrylics, ABS, and polycarbonate. ON SCREEN TEXT: Light Duty Novec Fluids for Light Duty Cleaning Effectively Remove: *Light lubricants, particulates, fingerprints and other soils Compatibility with Materials like: *Metals and plastics (e.g. acrylics, ABS and polycarobnate) ON SCREEN TEXT: Heavy Duty Novec Fluids for Medium / Heavy Duty Cleaning Effectively Remove: *Tough soils, heavy oils, greases, waxes and RMA flux residue Compatibility with Materials like: Hard plastics and metals including titanium and cadmium ON SCREEN TEXT: Light Duty ON SCREEN TEXT: Light Duty ON SCREEN TEXT: Light Duty ON SCREEN TEXT: Medium Duty ON SCREEN TEXT: Medium Duty ON SCREEN TEXT: Heavy Duty ON SCREEN TEXT: Heavy Duty MALE NARRATOR: For medium to heavy duty cleaning, 3M offers several solvents that can effectively remove heavy oils, waxes, and RMA flux residues, and are compatible with many hard plastics and most metals including titanium and cadmium. Novec Engineered Fluids cover the entire cleaning spectrum. ON SCREEN TEXT: Need better materials compatibility for heavy duty cleaning? ON SCREEN TEXT: CO-SOLVENTS Novec Fluids for Co-Solvent Cleaning Custom formulated to balance heavy duty cleaning performance with your materials compatibility needs Effectively Remove: *Lead-free flux residues, waxes, and buffing compounds MALE NARRATOR: Need better materials compatibility for heavy duty cleaning? Novec fluids can be used for co-solvent cleaning. Partner with your 3M Technical Service Contact to customize a formulation for your specific cleaning needs. Circuit boards are dunked in a cleaning solution. MALE NARRATOR: Novec Engineered Fluids tackle the most challenging soils, such as heavy oils and greases, waxes, and flux residues, making them ideal for vapor degreasing. They easily penetrate tight spaces on complex parts due to their low surface tension and low viscosity. 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Novec fluids are versatile, non-flammable fluids with a wide range of boiling points, excellent materials compatibility and thermal stability. Used in a variety of industrial applications, including solvent cleaning and vapor degreasing, Novec fluids offer a wide margin of safety, low GWP and zero ODP so you don’t have to compromise safety and sustainability for excellent performance.
At 3M, we know how important it is to find the right cleaning solution. That's why our line of 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids features a broad range of solvency, cleaning strengths and materials compatibilities. 3M Novec solutions are compatible with:
Whether you’re cleaning electronic components, medical devices or precision machine parts, one solution does not fit all. 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids come in a range of strengths to offer the right tool for the job, including products for:
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Designed to be a safer, effective replacement for toxic solvents like nPB and TCE, 3M Novec 73DE fluid has a wide margin of safety for heavy duty vapor degreasing and immersion cleaning. It features high solvency, low surface tension, non-flammability and fluid stability. Save time and money with faster cycles, lower energy use and improved performance, especially for complex parts with fine details. The newest member of the Novec family, Novec 73DE fluid demonstrates our commitment to ongoing innovation that meets your evolving needs.
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With a range of 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids to choose from, we recommend a product sample or cleaning trial to help you find the best Novec solution for your needs.
The demand for exceptional performance while lowering operating costs has never been greater. Add the commitment to providing a safer workplace and reducing environmental impact and the challenge is intensified. That’s where 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids and our team of experts can help.
Novec fluids are a safer alternative to n-propyl bromide (nPB) and trichloroethylene (TCE) because of their high margin of safety. Typical vapor degreaser exposure is 10 ppm and all Novec fluids have a safety margin wide enough for workers to safely use them in this application. In contrast, in order to safely use nPB in vapor degreasing, worker exposure levels need to be reduced to 0.1 ppm, which is 100x lower than typical exposure levels.
Unlike many other cleaning and vapor degreasing solvents, Novec fluids are environmentally sustainable and are not scheduled for regulatory phasedown. Under the U.S. EPA’s SNAP program, they are acceptable substitutes in metals, electronics and precision cleaning applications based on their zero ODP, low GWP, low toxicity and non-flammability. Neat Novec fluids are also exempt from the EPA’s definitions for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
Because of their low surface tension, Novec fluids can penetrate tight spaces and thoroughly clean hard-to-reach areas. They evaporate quickly without leaving residue, which means parts get clean faster and costly “drag out” solvent losses are reduced. Together, these properties make them a smart choice for a variety of cleaning processes, from light-duty to heavy-duty and everything in between.
At 3M, we develop breakthrough science that applies to your real-world cleaning needs – and our value goes far beyond sustainable chemistry. Our 3M Novec experts can help you work through the nuances of designing a new cleaning process or incorporating a replacement cleaning solution. We can help you achieve your goals while navigating complex government regulations, safety needs, business goals and technical precision.
Our team of engineers and experts are ready to answer your questions and offer you global support. Contact us today.