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Minimising the use of water in industrial cleaning operations

30 April 2010

With business leaders across the UK now are being urged to reduce their impact on the environment by getting involved in Water Saving Week (June 12-18 2010), perhaps now's the time to take a look at ways of minimising water usage in industrial cleaning operations. The aim is to achieve maximum cleaning/sterilisation performance at very low water consumption levels - not particularly easy, but one California based company believes it has a solution to this problem.

PDQ Precision's Mini-Max electrically operated cleaning unit is widely used by manufacturers and military sector organisations, where it is being used to clean a huge range of products and systems, from sensitive electronics to weapons systems. The unit uses any clean water as the cleaning agent, which is converted into superheated steam. Start up is just six minutes for any of the models in the portable Mini-Max range, and - most importantly - the rate of water consumption is extremely low. The smallest unit consumes 3.8 litres of liquid in an average eight hour day, while the larger, continuous steam flow engine's rate is 30 litres per eight hour day.

The added bonus with this system is the elimination of any waste water stream due to evaporation, leaving only the removed contaminant to dispose of. Corrosion Control can also be enhanced with the Mini-Max Systems by adding a rust inhibitor to the water supply. PDQ recommends brands that leave no residues.

The Mini-Max cleaner is also registered with the FDA as a Class II medical device for cleaning medical equipment.

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