2016.09.18 UV, Bacteria and endotoxines, Economy

10 things your boss wants to know about the new UV technology

It’s not always easy to be a prophet in your own house, and when you come up with innovative ideas, you get a thousand questions! I've compiled 10 things that your boss wants to know about UV light.

# 1 Lower risk

UV technology reduces the bacteria in the coolant and reduces its endotoxin, which means that operators and other employees get a safer working environment.

# 2 Less production stops

With UV technology, unnecessary production disturbances due to bacterial contamination is avoided. The sharper rules at EU level could make coolants with biocides more unstable.

# 3 Low maintenance costs

Maintenance costs for UV technology is minimal. The lights are replaced with a year interval and may need to be cleaned periodically if the coolants aren´t compatible with UV.

# 4 Fewer chemicals

UV technology means that fewer chemicals are required in the process. Both at company level and at the government level, this is something worth striving for. Two examples are the substitution principle and EU regulations for a non-toxic environment, read more on the Chemicals Agency's website.

# 5 The cheaper option

UV technology is easy on the wallet! You can read more about the total cost for your process fluid in this blog post.

# 6 A proven method

UV has been used to reduce bacteria in over 100 years. For the treatment of coolants, the technology is relatively new, but many large industries are using UV to reduce bacteria in the process fluid.

# 7 Longer life span

With UV the coolant doesn’t need to be sent for disposal as often. Experience shows that you can use the coolant at least twice as long with UV technology compared to other methods.

# 8 Better quality of the product

The bacteria affects the quality of production because they consume emulsifiers and corrosion in the fluid while lowering the pH and fluid buffering capacity. The bacteria's effect is difficult to see before it goes too far. Oil droplets can grow, machinability, cooling ability and washing ability can be affected and rust protection may be impaired (resulting in after roasting).

# 9 Cleaner Environment

With UV you get a cleaner and more pleasant working environment. UV technology contributes to a fresh coolant and the equipment, fixtures and tools will be cleaner and last longer.

# 10 Future production

UV technology fill all criteria for maintaining a safe and stable production. By being prepared the company's competitiveness will increase!


You can learn more about UV purification of metalworking fluids in our e-book:

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Jan Östlund
Jan Östlund

Jan har över 20 års erfarenhet av processvätskor inom den metallbearbetande industrin. Han har stor kunskap om processvätskans kritiska funktion och även om dess miljörisker.
Jan has over 20 years' of experience from process fluids within the metalworking industry. He is highly knowledgeable on the process fluid's critical functions and its environmental impact as well as the total cost of ownership related to process fluids and the savings that can be achieved making the right choices.
Jan hat über 20 Jahre Erfahrung mit Prozessflüssigkeiten in der Metallverarbeitenden Industrie. Er ist sehr gut informiert sowohl über die kritische Funktion der Prozessflüssigkeit als auch über seine Umweltrisiken.

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