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RE: Medical Equipment Manufacturing: Degreasers



Perhaps consider hydrofluorocarbons, which were developed as zero-ozone-depleting and low global warming potential alternatives to CFCs, HCFCs, and PFCs.  They're also low toxicity and low- or non-flammable.

DuPont Vertrel products http://www.dupont.com/vertrel/ have some medical device cleaning (http://www.dupont.com/vertrel/app/med.html) and other fine cleaning and drying applications (e.g., oxygen systems, optics, electronics).

I don't know if there are other manufacturers or anything about the cost of these solvents.

Cheers,
Rod

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-----Original Message-----
From: owner-p2tech@great-lakes.net [mailto:owner-p2tech@great-lakes.net] On Behalf Of Illig, Richard
Sent: Thursday, December 15, 2005 3:02 PM
To: p2tech@great-lakes.net
Subject: Medical Equipment Manufacturing: Degreasers

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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