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H2O FINISH

The green way of metal treatment.

H2Ofinish is a wet blasting technique that gives stainless steel and inox a low and reproducible SRI value below 0,010. This means minimal dirt attachment and optimal cleanability. H2Ofinish meets every requirement for sanitary and hygienic processing for the pharmaceutical industry as well as the food industry. Products treated with H2Ofinish are resistant to the daily cleaning and disinfecting done within the sectors of pharmaceutics, liquor and food. However, this technique can also be used within other industries such as automotive, architectonic objects, pools, and the medical industry. No harmful chemical substances are used in this process, the wet blasting technique has hardly any environmental impact.

THE ADVANTAGES

It is common knowledge that stainless steel cannot be endlessly exposed to chemical or maritime environments without corrosion eventually occurring. H2Ofinish is a technique that:

  • Increases corrosion resistance – Excellent in combination with Polinox Protect

  • Minimal dirt attachment – SRI value below 0,010

  • Smooth finish – Visual aspect: Satin gloss

  • Optimal cleanability – resistant to daily cleaning & disinfection

  • Environmental friendly – No use of chemicals

KEY CONCEPTS

One of the reasons this surface treatment is very suitable for the pharmaceutical- and food industry is:

The Soil Retention Index (SRI) value after wet blasting appears to be the most preferable when compared with all other surface treatments and finishes. This concerns the value of the quantity of impurities that remain on a surface after a cleaning has taken place.

The combination of H2Ofinish and the Polinox Protect treatment will lead to an extraordinary resistance to corrosion. This combination will lead to a greater range of applications for the well-known AISI304 and 316.

This technology is often used in the pharmaceutical industry as well as the liquor, food, automotive and medical industry.



The concept explained.





SRI & optimal cleanability of stainless steel

It is important that a surface is smooth, but also not too smooth; when the surface roughness is below Ra = 0,2µm, bacteriological contamination may arise because the adhesion forces between the surface and the bacteria have become larger. In other words, the rule “the smoother the surface, the higher the cleanability ” does not always seem to be true, when it concerns bacteria and micro-organisms (see the images ‘various types of bacteria’, source: Stainless Steel World, article by Ko Buijs). The wetblasting technique improves the reconditioning of stainless steel with the aim of achieving a more hygienic and easy-to-clean surface; indicated by the SRI index (Soil Retention Index). This is a value gives practical information on how many contaminants remain on the surface after a cleaning process.
Independent research concerning the SRI was carried out by TNO. Concluded was that the surface treated with H2Ofinish (with a SRI below 0,010) meets all requirements in terms of hygiene and ability to clean, demanded by the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG) for the purpose of serving both the food & liquor as the pharmaceutical industry.

Microscopically viewed

The picture above shows an image of how a surface treated with H2Ofinish looks like when looking at it microscopically.

The process

H2Ofinish is an environmental friendly process in which the water with additive forms a suspended medium which is sprayed at pressure onto the surface. This results in an attractive satin gloss finish and also creates a certain pressure build-up on the surface; also known as “peening”. The wetblasting gives a better surface structure and a lower SRI value as bead blasting as with this last process the additive rests will remain at the surface. With wetblasting this is prevented by the waterstream.
We work with the PureFinish process which focusses on the re-using of the water and (environmental friendly) additives after filtering them. The amount and ratio of addivites can be adjusted at any time during the process or can be set when special requirements are needed.



Sneak peek.



Contact Info

De Wielen 7
8502 TK
Joure
The Netherlands

Phone: +31 513 413430

Web: www.metalfinishgroup.com