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Foamtec’s UltraSOLV Pipe Plugs: Elevating Cleanroom Cleaning Efficiency to New Heights

by | Aug 7, 2023

Cleanrooms are the backbone of industries that demand uncompromising cleanliness, such as aerospace, semiconductor, and pharmaceutical applications. Ensuring pristine conditions during critical operations is vital, especially when dealing with high-purity stainless steel tubing that must be free of particles after cutting and facing processes. Foamtec’s UltraSOLV foam cylinders, affectionately known as pipe plugs, have revolutionized the cleaning process with their super absorbent polyurethane foam and precision die-cut construction. This blog will explore how these advanced pipe plugs have become a game-changer in high-purity stainless steel cleaning.

The Magic of UltraSOLV Foam Cylinders

  1. Super Absorbent Polyurethane Foam: The heart of UltraSOLV pipe plugs lies in their proprietary super absorbent polyurethane foam. The foam’s interconnected open-cell pores offer exceptional surface area, enabling them to soak up and trap contaminants effectively.
  2. High Resistance to Abrasion: UltraSOLV foam cylinders boast unparalleled resistance to abrasion, ensuring their longevity and performance even during rigorous cleaning operations.

Guaranteeing Excellent Post-Clean Particle Performance

UltraSOLV foam cylinders have been designed with a laser-like focus on particle performance post-cleaning. Their unique composition and die-cut precision work in tandem to provide remarkable cleanliness and particle-free results.

The Perfect Fit for High-Purity Stainless Steel Tubing

  1. Precision Die-Cut Process: Foamtec’s proprietary die-cut process creates straight walls in the foam cylinders, leaving no room for hourglass-shaped defects. This maximizes the surface contact with the internal diameter (ID) of high-purity stainless steel tubing.
  2. Aerospace, Semiconductor, and Pharmaceutical Applications: With their perfect fit and particle-free cleaning capabilities, UltraSOLV pipe plugs have favored critical industries like aerospace, semiconductor, and pharmaceuticals, where contamination-free conditions are a top priority.

Versatile Cleaning Techniques

  1. Side Insertion for Faced Tubing: One proven method involves inserting the foam plug into the tubing side that requires facing. After polishing, the plug can be effortlessly blown out of the tube using clean, dry air.
  2. Pipe Plug “Shot” Cleaning: An alternative method involves cutting and facing the tube first. A dampened pipe plug with deionized water or isopropyl alcohol (IPA) is then shot down the length of the tube using high-pressure clean, dry air (CDA).


Foamtec’s UltraSOLV pipe plugs have emerged as the go-to solution for industries that demand unparalleled cleanliness in their high-purity stainless steel tubing. With super absorbent polyurethane foam, precision die-cut construction, and abrasion resistance, these cylinders guarantee excellent post-clean particle performance. From aerospace to semiconductor and pharmaceutical applications, UltraSOLV foam cylinders have earned their reputation as a reliable and efficient cleaning solution. As the demand for uncontaminated and efficient cleanroom practices continues to grow, Foamtec’s UltraSOLV pipe plugs are set to lead the charge toward an even cleaner, particle-free future.

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