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Rouging is a form of corrosion of stainless steel. The stainless steel derouging treatment ensures the correct removal of the rouge on the metal surfaces through the application of specific products with neutral pH.

THE PROBLEM

Rouge: what does it look like?

IN WFI SYSTEMS
Within WFI systems, especially in the pharmaceutical industry, rouge is visible as layers of reddish coating.

IN STEAM CIRCUITS
In the steam circuits rouge stratification is caused by a rather dark iron oxide coating which is concentrated mainly inside the fittings and in other areas of the circuit.

IN WATER CIRCUITS
In water circuits, a red or red-brown coating generally develops and settles or deposits on the inside of the pipes.

THE FACTORS

Rouge: what causes it?

Rouging is caused by various factors such as a low percentage of oxygen combined with high temperatures..

The higher the temperature in the system, the more the iron oxides multiply. The protective film is in a dynamic chemical equilibrium which can be altered if high temperatures induce an increase in the formation of iron oxides by sacrificing chromium oxide.

The risk of rouging increases if there has been inadequate passivation, incorrect welding with low quality material, the presence of oxides or other treatments performed on the surface.

THE RISKS

Rouge: why it needs to be eliminated immediately

Rouge affects stainless steel surfaces, causing contamination and the proliferation of bacteria on the surface. With derouging, the rouge is removed by means of specific chemical action. With a quick and professional intervention, your systems are as good as new.

Derouging

ROUGE IN YOUR PLANTS ENTAILS SERIOUS RISKS:

  • CONTAMINATION CAUSED BY OXIDISED HEAVY METAL PARTICLES.

  • MICRO-CORROSIVE ATTACKS ON STAINLESS STEEL SURFACES

  • PREDISPOSITION TO THE PROLIFERATION OF BACTERIA ON THE SURFACE BIOFILME

 

If the rouge sticks to the metal surface, it can become detached and be carried by the liquid flow through the system in the form of particles that can contaminate the product.
In the pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturing sector, this leads to the loss of sterility and is absolutely unacceptable.
Cleaning, derouging and repassivation are essential to ensure acceptable operating conditions.

SOLUTION

Derouging: the decisive answer to the rouge problem

Derouging

DEROUGING ACTS ON THE ROUGE LAYER TO CHEMICALLY REMOVE IT AND THUS AVOID CONTAMINATION OF THE CIRCUIT AND THE PRODUCTS IT CONTAINS.

We work quickly and professionally with highly qualified operators to restore your systems.

We use chemicals that do not damage the stainless steel of your plant and can therefore be used periodically without deteriorating the surface.

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TRADITIONAL METHOD

  • • REMOVAL OF HEALTHY MATERIAL

  • • HOW MANY TIMES CAN THE TREATMENT BE REPEATED IN THE PLANT: 4/5

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DELMET METHOD

  • PRESERVATION OF HEALTHY MATERIAL

  • • HOW MANY TIMES CAN THE TREATMENT BE REPEATED IN THE PLANT: INFINITE

GUARANTEED RESULTS

We analyse the iron content in the solution used to tell you what we have eliminated.

We verify successful passivation using the ferrocyanide test.

The certification of derouging to validate results is included in the service.

Regular checks and maintenance are essential to prevent the rouge from forming again.

WHY CHOOSE US

WE REMOVE ROUGE 100% EFFECTIVELY:

The steps: We carry out several steps to obtain a highly satisfactory result and restore the implants to their original state.

  • Degreasing
  • Rinsing
  • Derouging
  • Rinsing
  • Repassivation
  • Flushing
Degreasing, derouging and passivation are performed with equipment that allows the temperature, flow and pressure to be controlled, guaranteeing the efficiency of the process.

Degreasing and passivation are performed in compliance with ASTM regulations, while derouging is continued until the chemicals used are completely exhausted.

DEROUGING

It is not unusual for rouging to affect the surfaces of stainless steel. Rouge is visible as layers of reddish coating on stainless steel surfaces within pharmaceutical equipment and loops. Even the main stainless steel pipe systems used in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries cannot escape the attack of rouge. In most cases, within WFI systems rouge is visible as layers of reddish coating, while in steam circuits the rouge stratification affecting the surface is quite dark and is mainly concentrated inside the fittings.

Rouge particles can also be present in other areas of the circuit and therefore can be removed by flushing the product within the system. The problem of rouging should not be underestimated, especially in the "clean" pharmaceutical sector. Rouge can be removed with innovative pH-neutral products that do not damage the equipment and can therefore be repeated periodically without damaging the workpiece.

The passivation of new systems

is a very important way to prevent rouging, but its protection does not last forever. Various factors, such as a low percentage of oxygen combined with high temperatures, can lead to the formation of rouging. The only method to restore the surface is to perform normal derouging with a non-aggressive neutral product and re-passivate the system.

Problems caused by rouge:

  • Oxidised heavy metal particles that cause contamination
  • Micro-corrosive attacks on stainless steel surfaces
  • Predisposition to the proliferation of bacteria on the stainless steel surface biofilm

CONTRACT DEROUGING

DEROUGING TREATMENT

To combat rouging, you can rely on Delmet's contract service dedicated to the derouging of stainless steel.

Delmet is able to definitively solve the problem of rouging, thanks to a special process that does not damage the healthy material and can therefore be repeated cyclically, with no limitations on the maximum number of treatments.

The entire process involves several phases, all of which can be carried out at our factories: the steel products must be prepared for derouging with degreasing and rinsing, then a second rinse is carried out before the final stages of repassivation and flushing.

Regular checks and maintenance are essential to prevent the rouge from forming again.

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