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Due to concerns over the effects of alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs) on the environment and on people, APEs are being increasingly regulated and restricted in cleaning formulations. Countries such as Canada, the United States and countries within Europe have restricted the use of nonylpheol ethoxylates (NPEs) through various regulations, including California Prop 65.
Tomadol® 902 surfactant, a unique product that is based on proprietary technology, is a new solution to help you create new formulations, as well as reformulate existing systems to fit the new governmental restrictions. Tomadol® 902 surfactant provides improved speed of cleaning, and superior degreasing performance as compared to current NPE-containing and NPE-free surfactants, while still meeting California Prop 65 and other regulations.
Coupling agents play a critical role in cleaning formulations by facilitating the dissolution and dispersion of organic solvents into water-based systems, while allowing the solution to retain its clarity, viscosity, and homogeneity. Commodity hydrotropes such as sodium xylene sulfonate adequately couple these systems, however typically do not provide additional benefits such as increased cleaning performance.
Tomamine® amphoteric surfactants, however, are not only highly effective in coupling heavily built solutions, but also have the ability to provide further cleaning performance and overall system stability in the final formulation. Additionally, their high performance in coupling means that on average, your formulation would use 28% less hydrotrope as compared to commodity products.