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Pickling & Passivation, start-up of a pickling bath

{ 12 februari, 2020 }

This procedure describes the start-up of a pickling bath for stainless steel parts.  For this set-up an initial order was placed of 2000 Ltrs. Pickling Batch Concentrate.

Start-up of the bath


a bath was used with a content of 400 Ltrs.  The bath was filled as follows :

  • 200 Ltrs tap water
  • 200 Ltrs Pickling Bath Concentrate

Temperature of the bath :

  • After filling the bath : Temp of 23°C
  • After 1hour : Temp of 20°C
  • After 12hrs : Temp of 17°C
  • After 36hrs : Temp of 13°C

Pickling Time of Stainless Steel 304 & 316 is between 60 and 90 minutes at room temperature of around 20°C.

Per 10°C less the pickling time will double up
Per 10°C more the pickling time will be half

For this reason it is important to monitor the temperature of the bath on a regular base.

Next to the improvised Pickling bath also a small rinsing bath was improvised.  This rinsing bath is to have a first simple rinsing once the parts come out of the pickling bath.

At start the rinsing bath, filled with normal tap water, has a neutral pH (7) as normal tap water is used.

The parts contain residue of the Pickling product and the pH will decrease.

Once a pH of 3,5 to 3 is reached, it is recommended to renew the rinsing bath with fresh tap water

Submerging the parts


The parts need to be completely clean before they can go in the bath.  “Hang” the parts in the bath using cords.  It is important that the pieces don’t touch the bottom of the bath or each other.

The parts have to be in the bath min. 60 to 90 minutes at a temperature of around 20°C.

The parts already have a very nice surface after rinsing in the bath.
However on the weld we can clearly see the black remaining.

This is iron that came to the surface due to the pickling product but which is still ‘stitched’ to the surface pretty hard.

Rinsing with high pressure


After the rinsing in the bath it is very important to rinse thoroughly with high pressure (min. 150 bar).

There are 2 reasons:

  • To rinse/neutralize the acidity completely of the pickling bath
  • To remove all remaining iron from the surface




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WVT: formulator of ash reduction solutions for waste oil streams

{ 30 januari, 2020 }

In the effort to minimise pollution of the oceans and waterways every ship must collect residues and oily mixtures generated during its ocean travels and discharge them to so-called port reception facilities, as indicated in the Marpol 73/78 protocol. These PRC facilities will recycle and regenerate the waste oil into second hand combustion fuels.

During this recycling process, the focus is on reducing the water and ash content in the waste oil. This is important because if the limitations for ash and organic chloride concentration are exceeded, the oil is less attractive for use as a fuel. WVT Industries responds with solutions that reduce effectively both ash content and organic chloride concentration.

Re-use of waste oil and lubricants

As crude oil and clean lubricants are becoming less available, efforts are being made to re-use waste oil and used lubricants as a second generation fuel.

During application, and especially after cleaning actions, oil and lubricants become polluted with water, heavy metals and halogens. If they remain untreated, these polluted flows will not only have a detrimental impact on the lifetime of the burner, but will also result in pollutants in the flue gases of the burner.

This is where WVT steps in. Instead of disposing of these flows as hazardous waste, they are treated to reduce both water and ash content, and allow re-use as a combustion fuel.

As the regulations regarding air-quality during industrial fuel oil burning are becoming more stringent, the need for low ash, high quality fuel oils becomes ever greater. This creates economic opportunities for the marketing of recycled oil.

Practical testing

As the composition of different flows of waste oil may vary, it is paramount to test for the most effective treatment that results in the lowest residual concentration for water, ash and halogens.

This is why WVT Industries has not only developed a range of treatment products, but also invested in laboratory solutions in order to be able to vary in both the use of products as in treatment conditions.

Examples of test results


In the first example a waste oil from the marine sector has been tested. Analysis made on the sample indicated increased concentrations of ash and more in detail potassium, calcium, aluminium and silica.

The test results can be seen as follows:

The test results indicate that a pure demulsifier (treatment 1) is insufficient for the reduction of the ashes, but a combination of an ash reduction aid and a demulsifier has resulted in waste concentrations low enough to comply with the limitations for both the total ash, as well as for the different metal components separately.


In this sample the total chloride concentration exceeded by far the maximum allowed limitation. Presence of chlorides in the waste oil in the burner will be converted into hydrochloric acid, with a strong corrosive impact on the installation.

In the above graph it can be seen that the first treatment has an impact on the inorganic chloride, but almost no effect on the organic chloride concentration. A different product (treatment 2) not only has a good effect on the organic chloride concentration, but the effects on the inorganic chlorides are even better than treatment 1, resulting in a very good total chloride removal.

Available from WVT

At WVT Industries, we supply different demulsifiers, ash reduction aids and combination products. But we also offer support with lab tests and technical know-how, so that together we can streamline the recycling process of waste oils, achieving the lowest concentrations for water and ash.

Contact WVT today. We love a challenge.

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Starterspakket Handcleaner Unico

{ 8 januari, 2020 }

Iedereen kent het; na een dagje hard werken, klussen of sleutelen zijn uw handen erg vies. Verf, olie en vetten inclusief ander hardnekkig vuil krijgt u met gewone zeep niet van uw handen.

Onze industriële handzeep UNICO is de oplossing. Door de microkorrels in de zeep schrobt u het vuil eenvoudig en snel van uw handen. Breng op vochtige handen aan, was uw handen uitvoerig met zeep en spoel vervolgens weer af met water. Efficiënt tegen vuil en erg mild voor uw handen. Bovendien zorgt het parfumextract voor een heerlijke, frisse geur.




(*) Aanbieding geldig tot en met 29/02/2020 of zolang de voorraad strekt.

Handzeep Unico is een unieke professionele oplosmiddelvrije handreiniger voor het verwijderen van middelzware tot zware industriële vervuilingen in de automotive, bouw- en metaalverwerkende industrie.


Handzeep Unico starterspakket is geformuleerd op basis van hoogwaardige ingrediënten, is zeer huidvriendelijk en bevat terugvettende en huidverzorgende componenten.

Verwijdert zeer zware vervuilingen zoals olie, vet, remvloeistof, smeermiddelen, roest en andere courante vervuilingen.


  • Terugvettend op de huid.


  • Zeer effectieve handreiniger
  • Oplosmiddelvrij en pH neutraal
  • Met natuurlijke korrel (walnotenkorrel)
  • Bijzonder huidvriendelijk


Wrijf handzeep Unico starterspakket in handen tot het vuil loskomt met water en spoel na met water.


  • Niet van toepassing


  • Dispenser + 2×4 Ltrs

Wil je meer weten over deze starterspakketten van Handcleaner Unico ?


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Corrosion Guard: the ultimate long-term corrosion protection product

{ 7 oktober, 2019 }

Corrosion in the production environment often leads to major problems. It not only causes an unsightly appearance but also has an economic impact. Well thought-out corrosion management is therefore necessary. This saves companies considerable expense with maintenance costs and significantly extends the lifetime of the equipment.

Corrosion Guard is a corrosion management solution that ensures long-term protection for your company.

Corrosion on manufacturing equipment

Many manufacturing companies face persistent corrosion issues. This surface deteration occurs in a wide range of situations. Many manufacturing companies have to deal with corrosion on a wide variety of plant and equipment items including:

  • Steam Lines
  • Steam Valve Manifolds
  • Windlass Steam Chests
  • Internal and external surfaces of tanks

These are just part of an extensive list of items that are exposed to corrosion. However WVT Industries has created a solution that can eliminate all kinds of equipment corrosion.

Corrosion Guard to the rescue

Corrosion Guard is a viscous, high build compound that simplifies corrosion management. This revolutionary product is quick, efficient and easy to use. It has proven to be particularly effective in defeating severe corrosion found on chemical and product storage, carriers and equipment.

WVT’s unique product offers many benefits:

  • Multi-purpose applications – Corrosion Guard can be used on all types of metals.
  • Suitable for high temperature environments -The product is resistant to continuous high temperatures.
  • Low-cost solution – Corrosion Guard reduces repairs and maintenance costs. Thanks to some modifications, our product is now twice as economical! – does not make sense
  • Easy-to-use – No more messy and wasteful smearing of greasy material.
  • Solvent-Free – Corrosion Guard is environmentally friendly, has a very high flash point, which provides an extra safety margin for application, handling, storage and shipment.
  • Double Overlapping Pigment System – Corrosion Guard creates a tough and flexible film, with improved adhesion to substrate, resistance to abrasion plus resistance to UV, moisture transmission and washout. 

How to apply Corrosion Guard?

The application of Corrosion Guard is fast and efficient. The process involves only 2 simple steps:

Surface Preparation 

Preparation is the key. Firstly remove all loose rust and flaking paint from the surface. Make sure that large rust deposits are removed and get rid of loose dirt particles. Afterwards, use WVT’s Degreaser S100 to wipe off oily deposits. The final, most  important step in the preparation process is to ensure that all surfaces are dry.


Secondly apply Corrosion Guard to the clean and dry surface. This can be done by simply brushing the product on at 1 to 1.5 millimeters thickness. Once applied, allow it to toughen (harden) for at least 24 hours at atmospheric temperature.

You can determine the quantity of pails you need by using the formula below:

(Pipe Dia (mm) x 3.14 x Pipe Run (m) x 11) / 18.000

Useful information

Corrosion Guard has the following physical & chemical properties:

pH: – not applicable
Relative density 20°C: – 0.900
Flash point: – not applicable
Solubility in water: – not soluble

Packaging Size: – 20 litres

For detailed information on health and safety, please read the Material Safety Data Sheet or Product label.

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WVT Industries and Sofindev conclude a partnership

{ 23 mei, 2019 }

WVT Industries and Sofindev conclude a partnership to support the further growth of WVT Industries

With a view to strengthening its international growth, Ward Van Thielen, CEO and shareholder of WVT Industries, has reached an agreement with Sofindev for an entry into the group’s capital. CEO Ward Van Thielen remains an important shareholder and responsible for the daily management of WVT Industries.

WVT Industries, with its production division in Aartselaar, Belgium, is a fast-growing company specializing in research, development, production and sales of industrial cleaning products. WVT Industries was formed in 1997 by Ward Van Thielen and quickly grew into a leading player in the European industrial cleaning market.

WVT Industries’ client portfolio consists mainly of European companies from various industry sectors: from the chemical and pharmaceutical industries to the automotive sector, aviation, metal industry, marine, waste processing and transport. WVT Industries offers its customers an extensive range of safe and ecologically (environmentally) responsible industrial cleaning agents. The total range consists of more than 650 products, ranging from solvents and acids to alkaline cleaners. In addition, the company specializes in responding to the detailed needs of industrial customers by developing tailor-made cleaning chemicals to solve specific cleaning problems. WVT Industries is also a supplier of cleaning products for private label customers.

In recent years, WVT Industries embarked on a focused strategic growth strategy and owes its success to its wide range of high-quality, custom-made detergents, employing highly specialised formulation expertise combined with a flexible and automated production and distribution platform.

In 2018, WVT Industries completed its first acquisition by acquiring the Dutch company StarMarine Chemicals. StarMarine Chemicals has 35 years of expertise in marine cleaning chemicals, water treatment, tank cleaning agents and other products for the maritime industry. This international Dutch market leader has an extensive distribution network through ports in more than 20 countries. The acquisition has enabled WVT Industries to gain even smoother access to the world ports and international marine chemical market, creating new opportunities for WVT Industries and its private label solutions.

With the entry of Sofindev, Ward Van Thielen brings a strong financial and strategic partner on board. This will allow WVT to continue the strong growth of its activities, both in its home market of Belgium and internationally, both organically and through acquisitions.

Ward Van Thielen, managing director of WVT Industries:

“The entry of Sofindev into our capital is another milestone in the growth and development of WVT Industries. With Sofindev we bring a complementary partner on board who has the same no-nonsense mentality as our team and an attitude and vision for the future that perfectly match the current needs and ambitions of our company. WVT Industries has been able to develop a strong and fairly unique position in a number of industrial cleaning market niches and we are now faced with the challenge of further expanding our range and internationalising our business including through acquisitions. With the input of Sofindev, we are armed to further strengthen our market position and to develop our platform internationally.”

Jan Camerlynck, Partner Sofindev:

“We are deeply impressed by the quality of the WVT team led by Ward, who has positioned WVT as a leading player in the market for environmentally responsible industrial cleaning. We are very pleased to be able to guide WVT’s’ growth strategy in this promising sector.”

Sofindev is an established player in the Belgian private equity market, investing in small and medium sized companies since 1991, with the objective to drive growth and professionalism and the mission to be the preferred partner of ambitious entrepreneurs and management teams. Sofindev launched a new fund in 2015, Sofindev IV, which was closed in March 2016 with 107 MEUR capital commitments. WVT Industries is the eight investment of Sofindev IV, next to Fedrus International (production and trade of specialty building materials for roof and façade), Geodynamics (fleet management and time registration software for mobile workers), Novy (cooker hoods), Group Claes (specialty wholesaler to the food retail and food processing sectors), Companyweb (online business and credit information provider) and Mabo-Lifting (specialised forklifts). The investment in House of Talents (HR services for shortage occupations) was sold in February 2019.

In this transaction, Sofindev was advised by Deloitte, Argo Law and Arthur D. Little. Nielen Schuman, PwC and Stibbe were the advisors to WVT Industries.

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