AK-225 offers viable alternative to Freon
AK-225, or HCFC-225, is being recognized by industry as the preferred replacement for CFC-113 in precision cleaning and degreasing applications. AK-225 belongs to a new generation of solvents that achieve high performance while abiding by strict environmental rules. Produced by Asahi Glass Co. Ltd. of Japan and distributed in the U.
AK-225, or HCFC-225, is being recognized by industry as the preferred replacement for CFC-113 in precision cleaning and degreasing applications. AK-225 belongs to a new generation of solvents that achieve high performance while abiding by strict environmental rules. Produced by Asahi Glass Co. Ltd. of Japan and distributed in the U.S. by AGA Chemicals Inc., AK-225 is now widely available on the U.S. market.
AK-225 is used in cooling, defluxing, and precision cleaning applications and has less than 1/80th the impact of Freon on the ozone layer. VOC-exempt, AK-225 received the "Best of the Best" Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award from the Environment Protection Agency in 1997.
"Now that Freon is no longer an option, there is nothing on the market that performs as well as AK-225 for what we do," says Rodney Jamison of Florida-based Jolt Technology. The company uses AK-225 for precision cleaning and degreasing applications on PC boards.
Over the past few years, Air Quality Boards throughout the U.S. have taken drastic measures to improve air quality and have strictly regulated the use of any solvents that are "Volatile Organic Compounds," or VOCs, increasing the demand for a solvent like AK-225, especially as stocks of CFC's, have waned.
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