Plating and Chemical Degreasing
As stated before, our objective with the "Plating Chemical Degreasing Process" is to remove 98% of Oils and Soils/Dirt from the Raw Material (normally
In order to remove the Soils/Dirt from the Surface of the Steel Part / Component, we must do "Physical Work". That is… we must Apply a Force that will MOVE the Soil/Dirt some distance from the Surface of the the Steel Part / Component.
The Mechanical, Thermal and Chemical Energies "Break the Forces" that "hold" the Soil/Dirt to the Surface of the Steel Part / Component.
The Thermal (heat) Energy helps make the Soils/Dirt more fluid and therefore easier to remove.
Our Chemical Energies involves three areas… Dispersion, Saponification, and Emulsification...
Dispersion is accomplished by Chemistries called Surfactants. These Surfactants "Break Up" Solid Particles (Dirt/Dust) into smaller Dispersed Particles.
Saponification removes "Fatty-Acid Containing Oils", which are found in Lubricating Operations used in "forming" Steel. Hydroxide Ions in our Chemical Degreaser / Soak Cleaner react with these Oils to form "Soluble Soaps".
Emulsification "Breaks Down" Mineral Oils into very tiny droplets. These tiny droplets of Oil are therefore “Emulsified” (contained within the Chemical Degreaser Soak Cleaning Solution) and is subsequently removed from your Steel Part.
The End Results of Chemical Degreasing / Soak Cleaning...
The "End Result" of the Chemical Degreasing / Soak Cleaning Process Step is that 98% of Oils and Soils/Dirt are removed from the your Steel Parts.
After the Chemical Degreasing / Soak Cleaning Process we are left with Parts that have a very, very thin oily film that must be removed in Subsequent Pretreatment Operations (normally in the