Industrial Degreasing & Cleaning | How Industrial Degreasers & Cleaners Work

The Role of Cleaning & Degreasing

The task of industrial cleaning and degreasing covers a wide range of applications across almost every conceivable industry, particularly in wash bays for heavy vehicles, trains, and aircraft. Regular cleaning is a vital part of most industrial maintenance regimes and it’s not just about maintaining appearances. Keeping equipment, vehicles and workspaces clean is an integral part of looking after critical infrastructure as well as maintaining a safe and healthy working environment.

Types of Soiling and the Impact on Degreaser Choice

Put simply “soiling” is any unwanted substance that covers an object. Whilst that could mean almost anything, it is possible to break soils down into two categories:

  • Organic soiling is anything derived from living material (including fossils fuels) such as oil, petroleum products, grease, fats, proteins and living matter.
  • Inorganic soiling typically includes matter such as scale, minerals, clay, dirt and rust.

Most industrial cleaning tasks require the removal of mixed soils, which is a combination of both organic and inorganic materials. In these situations organic contaminants such as oil and grease build up on equipment where they bond with dust, dirt and other matter.

For this reason industrial cleaning has a high focus on degreasing and the lifting of oils from surfaces, along with the contaminants they trap. Most industrial cleaning tasks are, therefore, best defined as industrial degreasing tasks.

Traditional Industrial Degreasers

Traditional industrial degreasers are based on a combination of ingredients that are combined in varying degrees to obtain the desired cleaning / degreasing effect. Some of these ingredients can cause significant unwanted side-effects such as damage to equipment or contamination of waste-water.

These typical problematic ingredients include:

  • Builders
  • Inhibitors
  • Chelating Agents
  • Sequestering Agents
  • Saponifiers
  • Emulsifiers
  • Strong Inorganic Acids
  • Strong Alkalies
  • Petroleum Products

These ingredients each have varying degrees of toxicity and physiochemical risks associated with them.

Acid & Alkali Degreasers

Acid and alkali degreasers remove oils and other soils through aggressive chemical reactions. Whilst these reactions can be effective at degreasing surfaces, they can also just as easily damage the surface being cleaned. They can also pose burn risks to workers and can harm the environment.

Toxic Surfactants & Solvents

Many degreasers contain toxic and environmentally damaging surfactants and/or solvents, which can cause harm to people and the environment. Butyl Cellosolve, for example, is a primary ingredient in many popular degreasers today; however, it is well known to be very harmful to humans. There are many other toxic solvents hidden within degreasers in common use today.

Emulsifying Degreasers & Waste Water Problems

One of the greatest issues with traditional degreasers is emulsification. Emulsifiers remove oil from surfaces and hold them within the water mixture for long periods of time. Whilst this can be an effective way to degrease, it leaves behind a large volume of highly contaminated wastewater which cannot be disposed of safely without expensive processing.

The wastewater produced by emulsifying degreasers contains high concentrations of toxic hydrocarbons. Because these hydrocarbons are so effectively mixed with water, they become highly “bio-available” meaning they are easily ingested by plant and animals – particularly marine life.

There are strict regulations in most countries on the levels of hydrocarbon allowed in wastewater. In almost all cases, an emulsifying degreaser will produce wastewater that does not fall within these regulations.

New, Safe Technology in Industrial Degreasers

Developments in chemical technology have led to the development of industrial degreasers that overcome the problems associated with traditional products.

New and more effective degreasers are now available which are derived from plant-based materials rather than petrochemicals. Advances in surfactant technology have also done away with the need for many of the problematic ingredients found in degreasers, which can affect wastewater quality and place the environment at risk.

Aside from the environmental impact, the right choice of degreaser can have a massive and direct impact on the costs of wastewater processing.

Global pharmaceuticals packaging testing equipment market With Covid-19 Impact and Industry Size, Share

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Global pharmaceuticals packaging testing equipment market is projected to register a healthy CAGR of 10.7% in the forecast period of 2019 to 2026

Pharmaceutical packaging testing equipment is used for testing packages of pharmaceutical products. The two major components of package testing include; package integrity (leak) testing and seal strength testing. Package testing is the measurement of the characteristic and property that are involved with packaging to check the strength, durability, and shelf life. Package testing includes packaging materials, components, packages, shipping containers, and unit loads as well as the all the process associated with it. Testing equipment measures effects and interactions, contents of package, packaging levels, end use and the external forces of pharmaceutical packages.

Segmentation:

Global pharmaceuticals packaging testing equipment market is segmented into two notable segments which are type and end user.

  • On the basis of type, the market is segmented into equipment and services. The equipment segment is further sub divided into permeability analyzer, creasing and stiffness tester, package drop tester, moisture meter, package vibration tester and texture analyzer. Permeability analyzer segment is further sub divided into gas permeation tester and container gas permeability tester. The services segment is further sub divided into container testing, container closure integrity testing, shelf life testing, visual inspection and functional testing, stability testing, raw material testing, method validation, microbial testing, environmental monitoring, physical chemical characterization and batch-release testing. Container testing is further segmented into container permeation testing, material identification testing, extractables testing, and functionality testing. Container closure integrity testing is further segmented into vacuum decay and pressure decay, high voltage leak detection, oxygen headspace and helium leak detection.
    • In April 2019, Lansmont collaborated with Southern Marketing Associates, Inc. (U.S.). Focus of this collaboration is to expand Lansmont’s business in Southeast U.S. by covering: Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Puerto Rico.
  • On the basis of end user, the market is segmented into pharmaceutical companies, contract research organizations, government organizations, research institutions and testing laboratories.
    • In March 2018, the Intertek Group Plc Group acquired Aldo Abela Surveys Limited (Malta). Abela Surveys Limited is a leading provider of quality and quantity cargo inspection services, in Malta. This acquisition will help to expand Intertek business.

Competitive Analysis:                                       

Some of the major players operating in this market are LABTHINK, UNION PARK CAPITAL, WEST PHARMACEUTICAL SERVICES INC., Qualitest International Inc., AMETEK Sensors, Test & Calibration (STC), TEN-E, PTI Packaging Technologies and Inspection, AMRI, Westpak Inc., Eurofins Scientific, Intertek Group plc, Cryopak, SGS, TASI Group, Edwards Analytical, NSF International, Nelson Laboratories, LLC and others.

Global pharmaceuticals packaging testing equipment market is a highly concentrated market which includes key players and local players. The market has witnessed increased various strategic developments owing to favourable market scenario. The market has a prominent growth in upcoming years due to criticality of packaging for pharmaceutical drugs, technological advancements and mandatory guidelines.

The market has witnessed developments in terms of merger and acquisitions, partnerships or product launches to enhance the product portfolio to meet the rising demand of innovative technology of pharmaceutical packaging testing equipment. For instance, In October 2016, TM Electronics, Inc. (US) was acquired by Union Park Capital. This acquisition will expand the product portfolio of Union Park Capital and help them to generate more revenue and sustain in the business competition. Such developments will only lead to a healthy future for global pharmaceuticals packaging testing equipment market.

Labthink International dominated the global pharmaceuticals packaging testing equipment market and accounts for the highest market share in 2018 which is followed by UNION PARK CAPITAL and West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. The other key players existing in the market includes Qualitest International Inc., AMETEK Sensors, Test & Calibration (STC), TEN-E, PTI Packaging Technologies and Inspection, AMRI, Westpak Inc., Eurofins Scientific, Intertek Group plc, Cryopak, SGS, TASI Group, Edwards Analytical, NSF International, Nelson Laboratories, LLC and others.

Labthink International:

Labthink International headquartered in Jinan, China was founded in 1989. The company focuses on providing R&D of laboratory testing instruments, packaging testing and test data processing services for manufacturers, food and beverages producers, medical and pharmaceutical companies and other companies.  The company has two operating product categories testing products and testing services. The market focused category lies under testing products and testing services category. The company is continuously engaged in strategic relationship to enhance the production and manufacturing of the equipment and services such as,

  • In August 2018, Labthink launched its new C-series permeability testing instruments, including C230 series Oxygen Transmission Rate Test Systems, C330 series Water Vapor Transmission Rate Test Systems. The product launch will help company to generate the revenue.

It has its global networks through direct sales representatives and distributors in the U.S. and China.

UNION PARK CAPITAL:

UNION PARK CAPITAL headquartered in Massachusetts, U.S. was founded in 2012. The company is focussed on financial support in acquisition financing, family held businesses, take private transactions, management buy-outs, recapitalisations, growth equity investments, roll-overs of a portion of existing equity. The company has many operating product categories Testing 101, products, leak and leak flow testers, leak and leak flow system testers, package testers, fixtures and accessories, industries and applications, services & support categories. The market focused category lies under Testing 101, products, leak and leak flow testers, leak and leak flow system testers, package tester category. It has its global networks through direct sales representatives and distributors in the U.S.

West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.:

West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. is headquartered in Pennsylvania, U.S. founded in 1923. The company is engaged in providing innovative and high quality laboratory, advisory services and creating opportunities for generating shareholders value. The company operates through two business segments which include proprietary products and contract manufactured products.  Contract manufactured products is market focused segment whose overall sales revenue of 2018 as compared to 2017 increased by 7.4% due to foreign currency translation impact. Apart from that, increase in sales price of the products and higher sales volume in ireland contributed in the growth of the company.

Its market focused categories are extractables and leachables analysis, packaging and device/combination product testing, container closure integrity analysis and techniques. In 2018, the total employees of the company were more than 36,518, whereas the revenue of the company obtained in 2018 was USD 1,717.40 Million.

The company has wide geographic presence in North America, South America, EMEA, Asia-Pacific. It operates through its subsidiaries such as Tech Group North America, Inc. (U.S.), Tech Group Europe Limited (Ireland), Medimop Medical Projects Ltd (Israel), West Pharmaceutical Services Cornwall Ltd (U.K.) and West Pharmaceutical Services Colombia SA (U.S.) among others.

Recent Developments:

  • In August 2018, Labthink launched its new C-series permeability testing instruments, including C230 series Oxygen Transmission Rate Test Systems, C330 series Water Vapor Transmission Rate Test Systems. The product launch will help company to generate the revenue.
  • In October 2016, TM Electronics, Inc. (US) was acquired by Union park Capital. This acquisition will expand the product portfolio of Union park Capital and help them to generate more revenue and sustain in the business competition.
  • In April 2019, DDL, Inc. announced that the Cryopak Testing Center, has been rebranded as a DDL testing laboratory. The newly rebranded DDL lab will offer a range of testing including, integrity and strength testing, thermal performance, and shelf life testing.
  • In 2018, through the acquisition of PHAST GmbH, Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing Germany has strengthened its service portfolio for the research-oriented biotech and pharmaceutical industries by offering full service testing packages for large and small molecules.

Queries Resolved In This Report:

  • Which will be the specialties at which Pharmaceutical packaging testing equipment players profiling with intensive designs, financials, and furthermore, ongoing headways should set nearness?
  • Which will be the foreseen development rates for your own Pharmaceutical packaging testing equipment economy out and out and furthermore for each portion inside?
  • Which will be the Pharmaceutical packaging testing equipment application and sorts and estimate joined intently by makers?
  • Which will be the dangers which will attack growth?
  • The length of the global Pharmaceutical packaging testing equipment market opportunity?
  • How Pharmaceutical packaging testing equipment share advance vacillations their value from various assembling brands?

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