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Re: Medical Equipment Manufacturing: Degreasers



Citrus-based solvents are worth running feasibility tests in specific applications.

On Thursday, Dec 15, 2005, at 12:02 US/Pacific, Illig, Richard wrote:

Holiday Greetings All,

Can anyone suggest alternate/cleaner degreasing technology?

TCE degreasers are the method of choice for use in manufacturing medical devices. A representative from ********** explained that TCE leaves no residue and is approved by the FDA for this use. He also stated that to get an alternative approved by the FDA is expensive ($40,000) and time-consuming (two years). ********* has two TCE degreasers. ******* located in York City also has a large TCE degreaser for medical staples.

In the archives, there was a related suggestion for hot de-ionized water and air-drying of equipment cleaned with isopropyl alcohol. Other suggestions or information would be appreciated.

Richard Illig
Program Specialist
PADEP - Office of Energy &
Technology Deployment
717-772-5834
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