Solvent Recyclers Resource

Solvent Recycling Equipment

Solvent recycling equipment includes various machinery that will distill and recycle contaminated solvent so it can be used liked new. Many different companies will utilize solvent recycling machines to significantly reduce the amount of virgin solvent required at the front end of their cleaning process. Solvent recyclers will also minimize the amount of chemical waste that must be handled, stored, and specially disposed of.

Solvent distillation equipment works by distilling contaminated solvent. The acetone, alcohol, or other cleaning liquid is heated until the liquid is vaporized and the dirt and other contaminants are separated.

The vapor is moved into a condenser, where it cools and returns to liquid form. The liquid can then be collected automatically or manually so it can be used again in the same manner as new solvent. The remaining, separated waste can then be removed with the help of a solvent recycler liner bag or through manual cleaning. The amount of waste leftover is easier to handle and greatly reduced once the useable liquid has been distilled out.

Solvent recycling equipment makes it possible to reclaim between 90 and 95 percent of liquid solvent from a contaminated batch. Cost savings result from the reduced requirements for new, virgin solvent, along with less labor and fewer resources are required in the management of hazardous waste.

Solvent recycling machines are utilized by painters, printers, manufacturers, industrial cleaners, and other service providers that use solvent in their process. These machines are compatible with acetone, alcohol, and other chemicals that will remove residue from tools and parts. 

Individual recycling and distillation units come in a range of sizes, including larger, fully automated equipment that is suitable for high-volume solvent users. More compact, medium and small solvent recyclers can be incorporated into smaller facilities when just a basic means solvent recovery is needed.

What does solvent recycling equipment do?

Solvent recycling equipment is used to recycle dirty solvent so it can be used in the same manner as virgin solvent. The equipment will remove contaminants through a process of distillation, isolating the liquid solvent so it can be used again. The particles and contaminants left behind can be collected for hazardous waste disposal. Manufacturers and service providers like painters, printers, and industrial cleaners will use solvent recycling equipment to reduce the amount of virgin solvent needed at the front end of the process and also to minimize the space, labor, and other resources devoted to chemical waste removal.  

How does solvent distillation equipment work? 

Solvent distillation equipment works by heating contaminated solvent until it vaporizes and the particles are left behind. The vapor moves into a condenser, where it is returned to liquid form so it can be collected for use in the same manner as virgin solvent. The remaining contaminants are gathered with the help of a recycler liner bag or manually cleared to be specially disposed of as hazardous waste.  

Is solvent recycling equipment automated?

Depending on the specific unit, solvent recyclers can be automated so that the recycled solvent will automatically re-enter the frontend of the cleaning process. Typically larger solvent recycling units will provide more options for incorporation into automated manufacturing and cleaning systems. Many solvent recycling machines will feature a number of automated settings and computerized controls. 

What is continuous solvent recovery equipment?

Continuous solvent recycling equipment is used as part of a continuous or automated system. This equipment makes it possible to automatically deliver reclaimed solvent to the front end of the cleaning or production process where virgin solvent would be used. Continuous solvent recovery equipment can save time and labor for many companies that regularly use larger volumes of solvent.