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Improving safety conditions in automotive plant


A large automotive plant previously used white mineral spirits containing tri-methyl benzene as the spot cleaner for the car bodies, panels and parts before sending them to the paint shop. However, the white spirit used is highly flammable and toxic to workers. This ultimately led to a fire incident where a contaminated wipe cloth was left in the production area near an energized robot, causing a fire. The plant had to stop production line for 2 hours to deal with the incident.
If the fire had not been extinguished promptly, it would have resulted in damages exceeding 1.6 million dollars. Hence, the plant was looking for a non toxic and non flammable cleaning fluid that still worked!


Body shape area.


The Chesterton 274 Industrial Degreaser was selected due to its aromatic free and high flash point characteristics. The importance of human and plant safety was clear, and the customer conducted flammability tests using sparks from a welding process to test. Subsequently, they made the decision to switch to Chesterton 274 Industrial Degreaser for their auto part cleaning process.

More about the Chesterton 274 Industrial Degreaser:

  • Dissolves petroleum oil, grease, tar, and other inorganic soils
  • Does not corrode metals
  • Low evaporation rate, results in reduced consumption and replacement
  • Safe for use on all metals
  • Fast penetrating action; NSF registered​​

Testing area where the Chesterton 274 was checked for spark resistance




The use of Chesterton 274 Industrial Degreaser for the auto part cleaning process resulted in enhanced human and plant safety. Now they use 86 pails per year of 274 and are free from worry about plant worker safety.

Potential Total Saving = 1.6 million dollars

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