Bio-Circle, a division of Walter Surface Technologies, has introduced ALUSTAR 100 to its environmental line of cleaners and degreasers. ALUSTAR 100 is specifically optimized for cleaning and degreasing aluminum in automated and ultrasonic parts washers. “This product is an extension of our current STAR-branded portfolio and is a great choice for companies looking to reduce operational costs and improve health and safety in the workplace,” said Patrick Lapointe, vice-president, research & development, at Walter Surface Technologies. “Not only is ALUSTAR 100 a mild alkaline cleaner, the product is longer lasting than competing powders or liquids which allows for a shorter cleaning time. This generates substantial savings both in time and money.” The STAR line of products contains built-in foam and corrosion inhibitor packages. Other competitive products, he added, require the addition of foam inhibitors and corrosion inhibitors separately in order to achieve the desired results. A customer must then buy three products rather than just one. ALUSTAR 100 leaves a low residue finish, allowing it to meet strict industry cleaning requirements. ALUSTAR 100 is also specifically formulated with Low Energy Surfactant (LES), which Bio-Circle says is the most advanced surfactant technology on the market. Such surfactants can clean and degrease effectively in hot parts washers at low temperatures, generating substantial energy savings. In addition, ALUSTAR 100 is VOC-free, non-flammable, and phosphate-free.