GenTech has proven to be a practical and effective replacement for methylene chloride in vapor degreasing, ultrasonic cleaning, cold immersion, wipe, carrier, deposition, and flush applications. Our AeroTron is used to replace methylene chloride in the textile industry to remove adhesives.
The health, environmental, and safety benefits of replacing methylene chloride with GenTech include:
GenTech is a stabilized n-Propyl bromide formulation that is very effective for the replacement of methylene chloride in vapor degreasing, ultrasonic immersion, cold cleaning, and cold wipe applications. GenTech is a non-flammable, azeotropic mixture that sustains an extended bath life under extensive use in industrial applications.
In general, GenTech and methylene chloride are compatible with metals; however GenTech is more compatible with some of the white metals such as aluminum and titanium. If your company is degreasing white metals, GenTech will be a more compatible solvent for your application.
GenTech and methylene chloride can be aggressive on plastics and elastomers, and will affect these materials differently. See our Plastic Compatibility Chart to see if GenTech will work for your specific substrate.
GenTech is highly effective on a wide variety of typical industrial contaminants such as greases, oils, lubricants, coolants, waxes, flux residues, and other organic contaminants.
You will be required to adjust the temperature and safety settings of your vapor degreaser to the appropriate levels for operating at 160° F - the boiling point of GenTech. You will also need to drain the methylene chloride from your cleaning system and clean out all remaining contamination. These procedures are typically all you will need to do to switch to GenTech. Contact our technical support team for recommendations regarding your specific application.
GenTech is not subject to NESHAP regulations. Vapor degreasers and cold cleaning systems operating with GenTech do not need to be permitted under the NESHAP regulation and are not required to have the high level emission control features and operating procedures defined under NESHAP.
Methylene chloride is subject to NESHAP and therefore requires that any vapor degreaser or cold cleaning systems, where methylene chloride is the solvent in use, have one of several combinations of emission control devices such as:
If your current cleaning system is compliant with the NESHAP regulation it will be more than adequate for the safe and efficient operation of GenTech.
GenTech-CB (carrier blend) can also be used to replace methylene chloride in carrier and deposition applications. GenTech-CB is very useful in these types of applications because it is 100% volatile, leaves no residue, is fast evaporating, and has the same aggressive solvency as methylene chloride on organic materials.
GenTech is not a good substitute for methylene chloride for the purpose of paint stripping. We have extensively tested, formulated, and had customer beta testing on GenTech for this application and have determined that the inherent characteristics of the base material are not satisfactory to achieve the typical requirements of this industry.
Our AeroTron blend is an excellent replacement for methylene chloride in textile applications to remove adhesives. AeroTron is 100% volatile, leaves no residue, will not discolor the textile, is fast evaporating, and has the same aggressive solvency as methylene chloride on adhesive.
GenTech is not considered a hazardous material and as long as hazardous contaminants are not introduced into the waste stream, the generated waste can be disposed of as non-hazardous. We offer a free GenTech Waste Disposal Program to our customers.
Please visit our page that further compares GenTech to methylene chloride and feel free to contact us if you have a technical question, require additional information, or you would like a free sample. We look forward to hearing from you.