Fraser Technologies, a specialist supplier to the component cleaning market, is offering manufacturers an n-propyl bromide (nPB) replacement service ahead of the chemical’s sunset date on 4 July.
nPB, or 1-bromopropane, has been registered as a ‘Substance of Very High Concern’ under REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals), which regulates the supply and use of chemicals in Europe. As such, on 4 July 2020, it will be banned from use as a component cleaning agent, except where authorisation to keep using it is granted. Current users are required to take action to ensure their cleaning processes are safe and remain compliant.
To make the conversion from the chemical as efficient and cost-effective as possible, the Fraser Technologies nPB replacement service includes a full audit; survey of existing equipment; recommendation of the most suitable alternative substance; and free trials of products. The trials are available at centres in the London and Edinburgh areas, providing manufacturers with the opportunity to test out new chemistries and new equipment before buying.
Graham Fraser, Managing Director of Fraser Technologies, said: “We know that many manufacturers are still using nPB and with the sunset date fast approaching, we want to ensure they have the opportunity to convert to a new cleaning system as efficiently as possible. Our test centres allow users to make an informed choice into what the best alternative solution is for their specific application, removing the need to trial and test new systems in their own facilities at additional time and expense.
“It’s imperative for manufacturers to remember that nPB has been banned for a reason. It is proven that it can damage fertility and harm unborn children, which is identified in the risk section of the MSDS sheet. For the safety of all employees and their families, a safer alternative should be adopted as soon as possible. Users should also ensure that they take expert advice on their replacement substance, to guarantee that they are not switching one harmful chemistry for another. Some alternatives are also restricted solvents, such as Perchloroethylene (PERC) or Methylene Chloride (MECL) and should be avoided. There are plenty of very effective, safe and cost-effective nPB replacements on the market, and users should make sure that they are fully informed on their decision.”
Fraser Technologies is the UK’s sole distributor for Chemours™ specialty products, including its new generation Opteon™ range, which is a drop-in nPB alternative. With superior cleaning performance to nPB and other restricted solvents, it is also safe and extremely eco-friendly, with one of the lowest Global Warming Potential figures on the market. These products allow businesses to make a one-step replacement, saving time and ultimately costs.
Further information about the replacement service and guidance on how to switch from nPB can be found on the website frasertech.co.uk.