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Perfect cleaning for the
wind turbine industry

Maintenance and cleaning

Optimising resources ensures
uniform quality

ZF Wind Power gets higher quality cleaning with less manual handling

ZF Wind Power puts wind turbines in motion. ZF Wind Power supplies gearboxes for the world’s leading wind turbine producers. But when the gears of the gearbox are not completely clean, it becomes a problem for the subsequent processes. Together, ZF Wind Power and DST-CHEMICALS have refined DST-PINK GEL as an efficient detergent for wind turbine gearboxes. But why the colour pink?

DST-CHEMICALS and ZF Wind Power developed, tested and optimised the DST-PINK GEL product in collaboration in 2018. Jens Lorentzen, Technical Process Specialist, and Pernille Simonsen, Chemical Engineer, describe the challenges, development efforts and collaboration involved the solution – and the result.

Jean-Pierre Huyberechts (ZF Wind Power): “ZF is dedicated to standardising ALL of our fluids – to a uniform high level of quality. This will allow us to guarantee the same and the best results to our customers, every time. Whether the gearbox is produced in the US, China, India or Belgium. That’s why DST-CHEMICALS is a key partner.”


ZF Wind Power had daily problems with poor wash quality and results after using a different detergent. The gearboxes were not absolutely clean. Moreover, the subsequent manual cleaning took an unnecessarily long time. ZF Wind Power and DST-CHEMICALS have worked together as partners for many years and have developed several products which is why ZF Wind Power contacted DST-CHEMICALS in Denmark: would DST-CHEMICALS be able to help develop and optimise DST-PINK GEL?

DST-PINK GEL is a manual detergent sprayed on the part to be cleaned. Afterwards it is rinsed out. The parts still pink are the nooks and crannies to be finished with manual cleaning, Jens Lorentzen says. When ZF Wind Power produces gearboxes, lots of parts have to be spotless before proceeding in the processing.


ZF Wind Power had very specific requirements for the abilities and appearance of the detergent. Pernille Simonsen has developed and optimised DST-PINK GEL together with ZF Wind Power.

Through a wide range of testing in both Lommel (Belgium) and Kolding (DST HQ, Denmark), we found an optimum solution. Adding the colour pink to the detergent makes it easier for the staff to see which areas require cleaning and where cleaning is insufficient. At the same time, the product also had to be ready for use and to be able to be applied and removed quickly. Studying the product’s composition, we have managed to find a good solution.

DST-PINK GEL has been developed and tested in various processes and then applied – at first in Lommel, Belgium and now globally at ZF Wind Power.


DST-PINK GEL is applied using a hand sprayer, and after 10-15 min., one man can easily remove DST-PINK GEL and apply a water based corrosion inhibitor (DST-PAS/1).

Rather than using three hours to process one gearbox – and take up space – ZF Wind Power is now able to handle six gearboxes at a time. Just one man – without using any solvents.


  • Total cleaning and degreasing of metal parts on wind turbine gearboxes
  • Preparation for additional processing – lacquer or paint
  • Water based solution – no solvents used
  • Saves resources – both manpower and time
  • Standardising fluids – and quality – globally

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Safe cleaning on offshore installations

Offshore cleaning

Introducing safe cleaning 

Safe cleaning of equipment, structures and topsides offshore.

DST-OFFSHORE CLEANER was carefully developed through a strong partnership with a prominent, multinational offshore corporation who sought a cleaning solution that would significantly enhance workplace safety. In addition, the product needed to be water-based and highly effective in cleaning offshore installations located in the challenging environment of the North Sea.

A key requirement for the development process was to ensure that DST-OFFSHORE CLEANER would create a secure and healthy work environment for the operators on the rigs. 
The result is an innovative cleaning solution that allows offshore crews to perform their tasks safely and efficiently, without compromising their well-being or the surrounding environment.

Due to its exceptional performance and commitment to workplace safety, DST-OFFSHORE CLEANER has gained significant recognition among offshore operators, who now demand to work exclusively with the DST-products. This preference highlights the trust and confidence that operators have in the quality and reliability of DST-OFFSHORE CLEANER, as well as its positive impact on the work environment.

Like other high-quality products from DST-CHEMICALS, the development of DST-OFFSHORE CLEANER involved an indepth collaboration with the customer, as well as extensive testing and ongoing enhancements throughout the process. By working closely with the customer during every stage of development, DST-CHEMICALS was able to gain crucial insights into the specific needs and challenges faced by offshore operators, enabling them to create a product that truly addresses the industry’s requirements.

In line with the highest industry standards, DST-OFFSHORE CLEANER is HOCNF approved, adhering to the OSPAR guidelines. The Harmonised Offshore Chemical Notification Format (HOCNF) 2 is applicable to all chemicals utilized in offshore exploration and production activities within the OSPAR maritime area. The primary objective of the OSPAR commission is to protect and conserve marine life, including plants and animals, ensuring a sustainable and healthy ecosystem.

In summary, DST-OFFSHORE CLEANER is a pioneering cleaning solution that not only enhances workplace safety but also addresses the unique challenges and requirements of offshore installations. Through its careful development process, close collaboration with a multinational offshore corporation, and focus on creating a secure work environment, DST-OFFSHORE CLEANER stands out as an innovative and efficient solution for the offshore industry, highly demanded by operators.


  • To be used directly on equipment, structures and topsides offshore
  • Water-based and low alkaline
  • Ph 9.5
  • Removes grease and oil contamination
    from all surfaces
  • To be used directly in manual spray cleaning processes offshore
  • Highly demanded by operators
  • Improves the work environment

“DST-OFFSHORE CLEANER has gained significant recognition among offshore operators, who now demand to work exclusively with the DST-product”

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Lower temperature and
extended bath life times

Renovation & repair

A smooth
wash process

VMS Group ensures a safe working environment with industrial cleaning

VMS Group A/S – World Class Maritime Services covers all aspects of service within in the maritime and offshore industry and others. For the repair and maintenance service, the company is using DST-DEGREEZ/9E.

Workshop manager Kim Brohus had three all-important demands for the cleaner:
• The quality of the washed items had to be impeccable
• The product had to be a single use product and had to contain corrosion inhibitors
• The product had to be safe for the working environment and eco-friendly

All three demands were met, and moreover, the economic gain was an extra asset. DST-CHEMICALS and Brohus achieved the cost savings through lowering the temperature and extending the bath life times.
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Kim Brohus comments: “We have an extremely close and very rewarding cooperation with the competent people from DST-CHEMICALS. They have found the perfect product to cover our needs – a product which fits the cleaning process of the various washes each day at our workshop.”

”Moreover, the service concept ensures that the wash process runs smoothly and that we achieve the best cleaning result all the time. The machine operators are extremely happy with the DST-DEGREEZ product, as it is eco-friendly and without any work-related nuisances at all.“

DST-CHEMICALS A/S develops and produces water based degreasers, cleaners and rust removers for the metal working industry.


  • Water-based and alkaline
  • Removes grease, wax
    and oils from metal
  • pH 9.1
  • Works in spray, dip or
    ultrasonic applications
  • For steel, stainless steel,
    cast iron, copper and brass
  • Contains corrosion inhibitors

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