Safe,Sustainable and Effective - Process Fluids

Safe. Sustainable. Effective.

Advanced solvent technology for precision cleaning, lubricant deposition, tube swelling - and more.


Process Fluids

Growing public concern about the effects of chemicals on human health, safety and the environment have led to restrictions on the use of many kinds of process solvents used by the medical device industry.

  • Doctors in the middle of surgery.

    Sustainable solvent technology for today’s emerging needs

    In evaluating alternatives, users of these materials must balance the need for cost-effective performance with that of a sustainable, long-term solution – a solution that will still be viable for many years to come.

    3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids were designed to help you achieve that balance. Based on 3M’s proprietary segregated hydrofluoroether (HFE) chemistry, Novec fluids combine proven performance with an outstanding environmental and safety profile:

    • Low in toxicity
    • HAP-free
    • Zero ozone depletion potential
    • Low global warming potential
    • Non-flammable

    Novec Engineered Fluids for the Medical Device Industry Brochure (PDF 1.80 MB)

    Learn more about Novec Fluids in MedTech Manufacturing Processes

  • Novec Engineered Fluids

    Engineered for performance, safety and the environment

    3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids remain acceptable by regulatory agencies around the world as alternatives to HCFC-225 and HCFC-141b.

    And, because they are non-flammable, low in toxicity and are generally recognised as sustainable replacements for those solvents targeted for phase‑out by international bodies, Novec fluids are ideal candidates to replace materials such as trichlorethylene (Trike), methylene chloride (dichloromethane) and n-propyl bromide (nPB).

  • The versatile solvent solutions

    The versatile solvent solutions

    Novec fluids are available in “neat” form – for light duty cleaning, tube swelling, deposition and other applications – and as azeotropes or blends of azeotropes, which offer higher solvency for more difficult-to-remove soils.

    Novec fluids are also used as rinsing agents in conjunction with low volatility solvating agents.

    This co-solvent cleaning process is effective for the removal of the most challenging soils, such as heavy oils, greases and waxes.

    Cooling, Cleaning and Lubricant Formulations Brochure (PDF 1.00 MB)


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