Torrent cleans up at Francis Marine

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Parts cleaning technology halves marine servicing times at Sydney boatyard.

A Torrent 500 parts cleaner system, supplied by NCH Australia, part of the global NCH Corporation, has been credited with halving the service times at Francis Marine, the marine services facility based at Akuna Bay in Sydney.

Using a combination of pressure, temperature and chemistry, the Torrent 500 system is designed to clean most marine parts in a minute, five times faster than automatic machines. While the technology is nothing new to car and truck mechanics, it is less widely used in the marine industry.

“We calibrate the cleaning solution for the specific needs of every client,” said Renos Mythillos, regional manager of NCH Torrent Asia. “For Francis Marine, it was tailored to the specific needs of marine engineers and boat builders, and powerful corrosion inhibitors make the system suitable for all marine metals and materials.”

Based at d'Albora Marina at Akuna Bay, Francis Marine has been operating since 1962, providing a range of marine maintenance services with a hard stand facility capable of managing vessels up to 65ft in length and weighing up to 27 tonnes.

The Torrent 500 was chosen by the yard as a quick, easy-to-use and safe solution to parts cleaning. It is a fully-integrated and enclosed unit that protects employees from direct contact with cleaning solutions. As a water-based solution, there are no organic solvents involved, no noxious fumes and hazardous waste is drastically reduced, providing a safer working environment and eliminating the financial and environmental burden of having to dispose of solvents.

“We’re proud to have brought this system to the marine industry by working with Francis Marine,” said Mythillos. “On our regular service visits to maintain equipment and fluids, we get to see how they are using the Torrent 500, and it is a perfect fit.”

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