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Precision cleaning and carrier solvents for improved disk drive reliability

A new generation of disk drives with higher storage densities, smaller form factors and tighter tolerances is greatly enhancing the functionality of devices ranging from industrial machinery and surgical equipment to TVs and kitchen appliances.

At the same time, the complexity and sophistication of these devices creates enormous challenges for manufacturers, who must meet consumer expectations for ever-increasing speed, portability and reliability.

3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids can play an important role in helping meet tough customer expectations. These versatile, next-generation carrier and cleaning solvent materials are used in a number of critical disk drive manufacturing processes, from removing particulate and other contaminants that can lead to read/write errors or disk failure to ensuring effective lubricant and coating deposition on critical components.

What makes Novec fluids unique is their outstanding balance of performance, safety and environmental properties:

  • Effective on a wide range of soils
  • Excellent compatibility with metal, glass and plastic parts
  • Fast, residue-free drying
  • Non flammable
  • Low toxicity
  • Non-ozone depleting
  • Low global warming potential

Novec fluids offer you a sustainable, high-performance alternative to conventional cleaning and deposition solvents in applications including lubricant deposition and precision cleaning of drive media and components.

3M Novec Engineered Fluids for Lubricant and Coating Deposition

Because of their selective solvency, excellent materials compatibility, low surface tension and other important characteristics, a number of Novec fluids have proven to be ideal for the deposition of PFPE and other lubricants and coatings on hard disk drives.

Learn more about Novec fluids for lubricant and coating deposition

3M Novec Engineered Fluids for Precision Cleaning

Novec fluids are also outstanding cleaning solvents, used for removing particulates, fingerprints and light oils from many parts of the drive, including MR heads, HGAs, suspensions and media. The low surface tension of Novec fluids allows greater penetration than conventional cleaning solvents, providing outstanding precision cleaning performance on both metallic and non-metallic parts – even in tight spaces and complex configurations.

Learn more about Novec fluids for precision cleaning


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