Can I use flammable solvents for cleaning?
In short yes – in fact many manufacturers have no alternative but to use a flammable solvent such as IMS (Industrial Methylated Spirits), IPA (Isopropyl alcohol), Acetone, Cyclo-hexane and others in order to achieve their required cleaning results. Of course, there is a huge difference in using flammable solvents in a small laboratory type set up for intermittent cleaning to using them in a routine mass production environment.
Layton has a proven track record in assisting clients to develop their flammable cleaning processes from conception in the lab through to inception and to final roll out and beyond in a safe, controlled, timely manner. Layton is experienced in ensuring that all the systems meet the strict safety parameters associated with the use of such solvents.
By demonstrating that we have a complete understanding of the safety issues involved, we have been instrumental in obtaining insurers approval for clients manufacturing roll-out plans. All of our specified equipment for these types of projects include ATEX rated electrical and mechanical components, intrinsically safe systems for sensors and controls, flammable vapour detection systems and fail safe shut down modes, flame detection and suppression systems, sealed process operations, operational process without operator intervention to name but a few.