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Science that’s intentional, that’s created with these same values in mind, does more than just help us get the job done. It helps us fulfill our purpose. Protect what matters. All of it.

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    A smart business decision

    Improve performance, drive greater efficiency, and offer excellent reliability.

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    Wide margin of worker safety

    Non-flammable and safe to use.

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    Sustainable chemistry for the planet

    Developed with the goal to replace non-sustainable chemistries.

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Designed for key applications

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    Engineered fluids that are versatile for many applications

    With a wide range of boiling points, low viscosity and high dielectric strength, 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids are suitable for cleaning, heat transfer and other applications.

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    Aerosol cleaners that give more cleanings per can

    3M™ Novec™ Aerosol Cleaners are 95% active solvent.* And the cleaning performance is excellent. They are non-corrosive and non-conductive, penetrate deep into tight spaces, are fast drying and leave no residue.

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    Electronic coatings that help lower production and labour costs

    3M™ Novec™ Electronic Grade Coatings are easy to apply, often don't require masking and can be handled within seconds.
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Engineered fluids that are safer by design*

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    When solvents are used in industrial applications like heat transfer, lubricant and coating deposition, and precision cleaning, workers are typically exposed to solvent vapours during their shifts, which is why determining acceptable exposure limits is a critical factor in selecting process solvents. Based on extensive toxicity testing, the eight-hour worker guidelines for 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids have a wider safety margin than other solvents, such as n-propyl bromide (nPB), trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PERC), making them an excellent alternative.*

    3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids are

    • Not classified as a CMR toxin, unlike TCE, which is a Category 2 carcinogen
    • Not subject to regulatory limits or a potential phasedown like nPB
    • Not subject to an exposure ceiling, unlike TCE and PERC



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    The safer choice among clean agents

    3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is safe for use in occupied spaces, which are the places you want to protect most. In fact, it provides the widest margin of safety relative to other clean agents and CO2. These features are especially important if you are looking for a safer alternative to FM-200™ or FE-25®, both HFC-based fire suppressants targeted for phasedown.

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    Non-flammable aerosol cleaners that make workplaces safer

    3M™ Novec™ Aerosol Cleaners offer a wide margin of safety for maintenance and repair workers in a range of industries. Their non-flammability makes them easier and safer to work with, as well as being safer to store, easier to ship and allowing more efficient processes by eliminating safety steps needed for flammable cleaners. They also contain no n-propyl bromide (nPB) or other hazardous chemicals like trichloroethylene (TCE) or methylene chloride.

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    Immersion cooling for data centres using 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids can cut power use by 97%*

    Data centres are critical to every facet of our lives — from business and commerce to communications and entertainment. But large data centres consume enormous amounts of electricity, much of it for cooling. Immersion cooling using Novec electronic fluids allows for simple thermal design and has the potential to lower data centre electricity costs related to cooling by up to 97%.*

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    Fire protection that leads the way in sustainability

    Compared with other clean agent fire suppressants, 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid addresses the global demand for a sustainable clean agent. It features a global warming potential of less than 1, is non-ozone depleting and has a short atmospheric lifetime of five days, compared with 65 years for halons.* And unlike HFCs such as FM-200®, it is not targeted by a global phasedown.*

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    Novec is a part of more sustainable insulating gas solutions for the electric power industry

    While developing 3M™ Novec™ Insulating Gases, industry leaders and equipment manufacturers have worked with 3M to develop new SF6-free gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), gas-insulated lines (GIL) and circuit breaker technology that has similar size, performance and features compared with traditional SF6 equipment. Greenhouse gas impact reductions of up to 99.99% are attainable when 3M™ Novec™ Insulating Gases are used, as compared with SF6.*

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3M™ Novec™ Engineering Fluid is non-flammable and low in toxicity. It also has low global warming potential (GWP) and zero ozone depletion potential (ODP).