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The 5Cs of choosing between solvent and aqueous processes

When evaluating which process best meets the needs of a particular situation, the following five factors – the ‘5Cs’ – are a useful starting point:

1 Cleaning effectiveness

Aqueous processes are often ineffective for cleaning intricate components, such as those with fine or blind bores. Because of their low surface tension characteristics, new generation solvents can penetrate into the hard-to-reach areas of these components for superior cleaning.

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Cleaning solvent issues solved for Prima Dental

Millions of its dental burs help dentists improve smiles globally every year. Prima Dental itself had cause to smile after component cleaning specialist Fraser Technologies helped the manufacturer solve some component cleaning solvent issues.

With a 150-year dental manufacturing heritage, Gloucester-based Prima Dental produces around 30 million dental burs – or drill bits – per year. In June 2015, Prima’s Production Engineer, Nigel Frampton, contacted Fraser with a view to replacing the Methylene Chloride cleaning solvent used to clean the burs with an agent offering an improved health and safety profile.

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