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Vacuum Processing Systems (VPS), East Greenwich, Rhode Island, has been selected to install its new and patented VCN ™ Technology System at The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP21) located at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, NY.

Vacuum Cycle Nucleation (VCN) relies on disruptive agitation to remove submicron particulate matter, oils, greases, debris, etc. from contaminated parts and components in a controlled vacuum chamber where the cleaning agent is recaptured from an airless chamber, which produces dry parts.

According to Eugene Park, Assistant Director of Technical Programs at NYSP21, "Since the Vacuum Cycle Nucleation (VCN) process has already demonstrated the ability to thoroughly and effectively clean and etch different kinds of manufactured parts using less toxic chemicals, the VCN process can be considered a true pollution prevention technology. NYSP21 will set up the VCN test unit at the brand new laboratories in the RIT Golisano Institute of Sustainability."

Under Dr. Park's direction, the VCN cleaning process will be used to evaluate samples from various New York State manufacturers who are looking to reduce dependence on toxic and expensive chemicals while maintaining or even improving surface treatment performance. The NY industry sectors that can potentially benefit from using VCN cleaning include metal finishing, medical devices, and micro­ electronics. Additionally, various applied research programs are also planned to validate and investigate different surface treatment applications like plating and coating.

Tests have shown the VPS cleaning system has reduced processing time , rejection rates, is completely automated and can great ly reduce chemistry consumption due to chemical activity being applied at the surface being cleaned.

The mission of NYSP21 is to make New York State more sustainable for workers, the public, the environment, and the economy through 1) reductions in toxic chemical use 2) the efficient use of raw materials, energy and water and 3) reductions in emissions to the environment and waste generation. Integral parts of NYSP21 include direct technical assistance to NY businesses and applied R&D.

For more information: Please contact:
Vacuum Processing Systems , LLC.
PO Box 822, East Greenwich, Rl 02818
Tel: 401-397-8578


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