Montreal, QC — Walter Surface Technologies International has learned that eight of its products have earned Clean Air Solvant (CAS) certifications from one of the most strict air pollution control agencies, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) in California.
“This is significant for us as we continue our mission to contribute to our customers’ success by helping them work better while also cleaning up the environment,” said Patrick Lapointe, vice-president, marketing, Walter Surface Technologies International.
The Walter products which received CAS certification include:
Alustar 200 — A concentrated alkaline cleaner/degreaser for the cleaning of aluminum and other non-ferrous alloys in automated parts-washing systems.
Alustar 300 — This is an extra strength alkaline cleaner/degreaser for ferrous and non-ferrous alloys. Suited for heavy-duty maintenance, as well as repair and overhaul cleaning applications, it is also helpful for fast and efficient removal of the most persistent contaminants on aluminum, steel and stainless steel.
Bio-Rust — This pH-neutral solution eliminates rust on all ferrous alloys.
E-Weld 3 — This high-performance anti-spatter solution protects work pieces from adherence to high-energy spatter while eliminating costly spatter removal operations.
E-Weld 4 — This is a weld spatter release emulsion that protects work pieces from adherence of high-energy spatter and eliminates costly spatter removal operations, and is the only anti-spatter on the market which helps prevent the formation of weld porosity.
Star 200 — A degreaser for ferrous alloys, it is also a concentrated alkaline cleaner/degreaser for cleaning iron, cast iron, steel and stainless steel in automated parts-washing applications.
UNO S — This high-strength degreaser offers an excellent dissolving property. Its low-energy surfactant technology allows the product to achieve optimal results at ambient temperature. Its foaming action makes it also ideal for manual cleaning.
UNO S F — This high-strength degreaser is foamless, which makes it ideal for manual applications where foaming would interfere.
The stringent rules of CAS actually establish SCAQMD’s ozone reduction strategy, as these rules control VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions from numerous uses of solvents in industrial, commercial, and general purpose cleaning and degreasing activities.
The low-VOC requirement of the rules coupled with availability of new solvents generate a new class of solvent termed ‘Clean Air Solvent’ (CAS). In order to qualify, the clean air solvent has to meet all of the following criteria: VOC concentration at no more than 25 grams of VOC per litre of material, as applied; Composite vapour pressure of not more than 5 mm Hg of VOC at 20°C (68°F); Reactivity lower than toluene; and, Contains no compounds classified as Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) by the federal Clean Air Act, Ozone-Depleting Compounds (ODCs), or Global Warming Compounds (GWCs).
The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is the regional government agency responsible for air pollution control in Los Angeles and Orange counties and parts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, known as the smoggiest region of the United States. SCAQMD regulations must be approved by the State Air Resources Board and the US Environmental Protection Agency. They are committed to protecting the health of residents, while remaining sensitive to businesses. For more information, visit http:// www.aqmd.gov. For additional information from Walter, visit www.walter.com.