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Re: Replacement for methyl ethyl ketone

At 11:55 07/08/00 -0400, you wrote:
>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
>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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You may find some ideas in the following publication :

USEPA (1996) Screen Printing Project Case Study 2: Changing Equipment and
Reducing Solvent Use In Screen Reclamation. United States Environmental
Protection Agency, Design for the Environment (EPA 744-F-96-011),
Washington, DC

from the following Web site :


Another usefull publication is :

USEPA (1996) Designing Solutions for Screen Printers - An Evaluation of
Screen Reclamation Systems. United States Environmental Protection Agency;
Prevention, Pesticides, And Toxic Substances (EPA 744-F-96-010),
Washington, DC

Denis Begin, M.Sc.
Research Assistant
University of Montreal
Faculty of Medicine
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
PO Box 6128, Main Station
Montreal (Quebec) H3C 3J7
Tel: 514-343-2170
Fax: 514-343-2200