In manufacturing plants, corrosion and rust are the enemy, and have the potential to endanger lives and cost businesses money, so advancements in treatment could save the economy billions of dollars.
Few people realise the immense financial impact corrosion and rust have, even though research from Curtin University has shown that they could be costing Australia up to $32 billion each year.
“Most decision makers do not realise that corrosion is a significant problem,” said Professor Rolf Gubner, Director of the WA Corrosion Research Group. “Timely, well-planned action on corrosion is one way that we can improve the efficiency of our economy. Besides saving money, doing this can also help prevent horrible accidents.”
Those on the front line may know the dangers, but without access to the latest chemical advancements, businesses are losing time and money. Whether treating the smallest nuts and bolts or the biggest and most essential machine parts, prevention is an ongoing battle.
Aware of the huge costs to manufacturing plants, chemists at NCH took on the challenge to create solutions that are both effective and safe to use. They combined the latest research and technology to formulate a range of chemical solutions for the management of corrosion and rust. Used as part of a three-step process, they not only treat rust but also prevent it from returning.
The first step is to remove contaminants from all parts. The second involves NCH’s patented X-Rust 7, a ground-breaking pH-neutral system that is safe and environmentally friendly. It works at room temperature to remove tarnish and rust from carbon steel, mild steel, cast iron and other metals, inhibiting flash rusting. After soaking for between 15 minutes and 24 hours, depending on the severity of the rust, parts come out as good as new.
For parts that cannot be immersed, the chemists also developed X-Rust 7 Gel, which can be rubbed onto the metal and works the same way. Ideal for machinery and building structures, it completely removes even deep rust in 24 hours.
Once the rust is removed, NCH offers a range of solutions to coat and protect the affected parts to prevent it from returning.
Tackling the problem of the most dangerous corrosion, which occurs in steel structures like pipework, pressure vessels, suspended walkways and cranes, they developed a new hybrid rust-encapsulator called Salvage 2+. It encapsulates and seals with a topcoat in a single coat, and its outstanding corrosion resistance stands up to the 3000-hour scribed hot salt spray test.
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