Keep Your Process Lines Running During the TCE Shortage

Scarce availability, increased prices and long-term regulatory issues – are you worried about your process lines being slowed down or stopped entirely due to the Trichloroethylene (TCE) shortage?

Be proactive in managing your pre-cleaning.  Talk with a cleaning expert to understand and explore your options:

Conserve & Stay with TCE (Hub-Tri)

    • Maintain Your Solvent​: Test weekly​ and reclaim if possible​
    • Maintain Your Equipment​: Check monthly​ and clean often​

Replace Your Chemistry

Non–halogenated Solvents –Hydrocarbons​
Relatively low cost​Vacuum degreasers only
Fluorinated Solvent Blends​
Very stable azeotrope​
High fill cost
Modified AlcoholsNo pending regulations​
High equipment costs (vacuum degreasers)​
Aqueous CleaningGood cleaning capabilities – soils, oils, waxes​
New equipment/Wastewater treatment
"The limited supply and long lead times of some fluorocarbons, require a second look at alternatives like Tergo."

Expert Advice


Want more details on how to conserve your solvent?  Want to hear what your other options are?  This webinar brought to you by our cleaning experts answers your questions.


Want to learn more about equipment recommendations, solvent test kits and various stabilizers to extend the life of the solvent?  Or do you want to see your alternatives – solvent & aqueous?


Considering a switch to aqueous cleaning?  Our experts can help you understand the mechanisms of aqueous cleaners and decide what is best for your process – alkaline or acidic.

The TCE Shortage is Not a Short Term Problem

  • One of the principal manufacturers has exited the production of this product​.
  • The only other US producer cannot keep up with demand​.
  • Prices continue to rise and will likely not fall back to pre 2020 levels​.
  • The EPA has concluded that TCE, PERC, MC, and nPB* all have unreasonable risk to workers, and there is no type of equipment, engineering controls, or process that can mitigate these risks​.

For more information on “Halogenated Solvent Exposure – How low will it go?”,
please refer to this article by Barbara and Edward Kanegsberg of BFK Solutions LLC.

*Trichloroethylene, Perchloroethylene, Methylene Chloride, N-propyl bromide​

Testing and Re-Stabilization

Testing and Re-Stabilization

All chlorinated solvents contain application-specific stabilizers to avoid acidification. During normal usage, the stabilizer concentration in the solvent decreases gradually. In most cases, re-stabilization is necessary, especially in stress condition (distillation and active carbon recovery), in order to:

  • protect both the cleaning system and the parts to be
  • cleaned from corrosion
  • maintain high cleaning quality
  • increase solvent lifespan

Improving process stability with the right products for your needs: MAXICHECK™ test kits and MAXISTAB™ stabilizers.

TCE Shortage Help