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Sink or swim for industrial equipment

07 September 2015

NCH Europe has launched X-Rust 7, a powerful pH neutral rust removal solution.

Designed for the immersion of steel based plant and machinery equipment, X-Rust 7 eliminates even the most severe rust in 24 hours. The solution is pH neutral, dilutes 1:10, is effective at room temperature and leaves a temporary protective coating after application.

An inconspicuous killer, rust costs the global economy $2.2 trillion every year. Accounting for around 3.5 - 4.5% of gross domestic product (GDP), rust is responsible for reducing the lifespan of steel structures, bridges, vehicles, industrial machinery, tools and parts. Disposing and replacing equipment results in costly downtime and high operating costs.

Amidst tightening legislation, many engineers, facility managers and business leaders are under pressure to perform structural inspections to reduce hazardous working conditions, which compromise user safety.

Rust affects the very structural integrity of metallic bonds in steel. From farming tools in agriculture and sheet metal panels in automotive manufacturing, to lifting gear and chains used in construction and trackside shins used in the railroad industry, as well as marine equipment in high salinity regions, the effects of rust are widespread.

"We've developed X-Rust 7 with four key values in mind," explained Peter Crossen, VP of NCH Europe's Maintenance and Partsmaster Innovation Platform. "X-Rust 7 is pH neutral, dilutes 1:10 with water, works at room temperature and leaves a temporary protective coating after application.

"Most existing de-rusters are acid based, corrosive and etch. Being pH neutral means that X-Rust 7 does not harm brass, copper, aluminium, titanium, solder, vinyl, plastic, rubber, wood or glass, in fact it brightens many metals".

The highly concentrated formula dilutes 1:10 with water and 4x5L cases provide the equivalent of 200L of conventional product once diluted. Less protective PPE clothing is required to handle and store X-Rust 7 and unlike many acid-based products, energy isn't wasted in heating tanks.

After treatment, X-Rust 7 leaves a temporary protective coating, which prevents flash rusting and buys the user enough time to apply a rust prevention product, such as NCH Europe's Resist X Extra or HyZinc Extra.

X-Rust 7 is targeted at those industries most affected by rust including construction, manufacturing, petrochemical, pulp and paper as well as rail, automotive and aerospace.

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