The Quick-Start Guide to Vapor Degreasing

Industries across the board are investing in lean operations. General machine maintenance, especially degreasing, is crucial to smooth operations, and it doesn’t have to take an enormous amount of time. Vapor degreasing is becoming increasingly popular as an efficient, effective solution.

When cleaning your equipment, anything you can do to make the process more streamlined can limit mechanical downtime and prevent costly repairs. Check out the benefits of vapor degreasing so that you can decide whether it’s the right option for you.

What Is Vapor Degreasing

In essence, vapor degreasing takes the basic components of classic degreasing solutions and sets them free as floating fumes. You start with a degreasing agent and, by highly controlled means, boil it to a vapor that can move in and around machine parts (suspended above the boiling solvent) without requiring a person to physically apply it. Meanwhile, above your suspended parts are cooling coils that turn the vapors back into liquid. As the condensed liquid degreaser falls, it takes the grime with it.

The entire process is closely monitored so that your parts get the same — and often better — deep degreasing to keep them running smoothly.

How Common Is Vapor Degreasing?

Vapor degreasing is growing in popularity. Already, it is commonly used in such industries as automotive, medical device manufacturing, electronics, aviation and jewelry. Any industry that deals in simple and complex machine parts stands to benefit from vapor degreasing. If you have ever struggled with deep-cleaning and degreasing crevices that are difficult to access, then vapor degreasing could be an excellent solution.

Depending on the industrial needs, vapor degreasing methods have been tweaked for smarter application, with such solutions as spray immersion, ultrasonic cleaning and other innovative techniques.

What Are the Benefits of Vapor Degreasing Over Other Cleaning Methods?

Companies that have adopted vapor degreasing have done so for a variety of reasons. Here are just a few:

  • It’s efficient Vapor degreasing is fairly simple with the right equipment, and it’s consistent. In other words, you can get the same clean across the board — it’s not dependent on the person doing the cleaning.
  • It’s effective. The clean you get from a vapor degreaser is incredible. Vapors can get much deeper and snag contaminants that might otherwise be missed.
  • It’s sanitary. One of the issues with traditional degreasing methods is contamination of the product as you make your way from part to part. Vapor degreasing is very controlled and ensures you’re only working with an uncontaminated product.

How Do I Choose the Right Solvent?

In short, it can be complicated. You have to consider azeotrope (similar boiling points), solvents specific to your soil contaminant, and solvents that won’t damage your machinery. It takes a bit of technical savvy to find the perfect blend. Of course, the experts at Enviro Tech are more than happy to help you find the solution that works best for you. Contact us to learn more.