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Technical Data Sheets

Luminox® Low Foaming Neutral Cleaner

EMS Catalog #60514-01, 60514-04

About Luminox®

Luminox is an aqueous, low-ionic content, phosphate-free blend of organic solvents, surfactants, and rinse aids.

Why Luminox®

Luminox is a low-foaming neutral cleaner that is versatile in that it

  • Is for use in mechanical and spray washers
  • Has a neutral pH for non-corrosive cleaning, safe handling and easy waste disposal
  • Has no chelation or alkalinity waste treatment problems
  • Is concentrated for economical use
  • Is of free-rinsing
  • Is biodegradable and phosphate-free

Luminox is used to clean

  • Aluminum and soft metal surfaces
  • Medical instruments in aluminum trays
  • Alkaline sensitive lab and glassware
  • Sensitive aerospace materials
  • Pharmaceutical process equipment
  • Medical devices
  • Electronic components

Luminox is used to remove

  • Oils
  • Dirt
  • Grime
  • Adhesives and uncured epoxy
  • Particulates
  • Residues
  • Fluxes
  • Chemical solvents
  • Machining oils

Luminox cleans a variety of surfaces, such as

  • Glass
  • Ferrous metals
  • Non-ferrous metals
  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Other soft metals
  • Ceramic plastic
  • Circuit boards
  • Electronic components

Luminox should follow cleaning methods

  • Soak tanks
  • Manual cleaning
  • Ultrasonic tanks
  • Mechanical washers
  • Washer sanitizers
  • Spray washers
  • CIP systems

Directions

  1. For manual, soak, and ultrasonic use, make a 3-5% solution (4-6 ounces per gallon or 30-50 ml per liter) in warm or hot water.
  2. Protective gloves and eyewear are recommended.
  3. For spray machines, add detergent at the hot water wash cycle to make a 2% solution (2½ ounces per gallon or 20 ml per liter). For difficult soils, raise water temperature and use more detergent. Rinse thoroughly, preferably with running water. For critical cleaning, do final, or all rinsing, in distilled, deionized or purified water.

Cleaning Validation Methods

Test a parameter of rinse water before and after rinsing the cleaned surface. No significant change in the parameter indicates no detectable residue. Parameters measured include: pH, spectrographic methods, surface tension, and surface analysis.

Technical Data

Physical Data Typical Value
pH (as is) 6.6
pH (1% to 5%) 7.5
Specific gravity (g/ml) 1.050
Density (lbs./gal.) 8.75
Surface tension 35.0
Flash point (degrees F, cleveland open cup) 216
Phosphate content 0%
Chelate content 0%
Organic carbon (% calculated w/w) 20-30%
Fragrance content 0%
Color Clear
Form Liquid
Solubility in water Completely soluble
Foam tendency Low foaming
Biodegradability Biodegradable
Shelf life Two (2) years from the date of manufacture

Product Information

Luminox® Low Foaming Neutral Cleaner