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Replacement for methyl ethyl ketone



Any suggestions on a replacement for methyl ethyl ketone in cleaning operations?  A company that screen prints with  solvent inks uses MEK to clean the equipment in a cold immersion tank or by hand depending on the size of the part to be cleaned.  They are desiring minimal change to the process, but a substitute for MEK.  I tried SAGE, but unfortunately, the high ranked items on the reults list will not work to remove his solvent inks (e.g. surfactants).  the materials that need cleaning are predominantly stainless steel.  The facility also would like to avoid carcinogens.

Tammy L. Allen
Senior Environmental Specialist
Pinellas County Environmental Management
512 S. Ft. Harrison Ave.
Clearwater, FL  33763

(727) 464-4761
Fax (727) 464-3174

e-mail: tallen@co.pinellas.fl.us
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<DIV>Any suggestions on a replacement for methyl ethyl ketone in cleaning 
operations?&nbsp; A company that screen prints with&nbsp; solvent inks uses MEK 
to clean the equipment in a cold immersion tank or by hand depending on the size 
of the part to be cleaned.&nbsp; They are desiring minimal change to the 
process, but a substitute for MEK.&nbsp; I tried SAGE, but unfortunately, the 
high ranked items on the reults list will not work to remove his solvent inks 
(e.g. surfactants).&nbsp; the materials that need cleaning are predominantly 
stainless steel.&nbsp; The facility also would like to avoid carcinogens.</DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV>Tammy L. Allen<BR>Senior Environmental Specialist<BR>Pinellas County 
Environmental Management<BR>512 S. Ft. Harrison Ave.<BR>Clearwater, FL&nbsp; 
33763</DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV>(727) 464-4761<BR>Fax (727) 464-3174</DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV>e-mail: <A 
href="mailto:tallen@co.pinellas.fl.us">tallen@co.pinellas.fl.us</A></DIV></BODY></HTML>