Barbara Kanegsberg

October 2017

Balancing the Elephant

“Chemical” is the elephant in the room. Sales reps are told to avoid the word or risk losing the sale (1). Let’s get real! Manufacturing cannot happen without chemicals. Manufacturing product involves removing soil, or matter out of place. To do so involves using chemicals. The issue is not whether […]
September 2017
Elephant in forest

Elephants and Cleaning Agents

A veteran salesman  tells reps to avoid four utterances. The first is “problem;” the second is “contract;” the third is “selling/signing up.”  And the forth is (drum roll, please!) … chemical (1).  Is a chemical more negative than hurricane, famine, or war? The chemical is the elephant in the room […]
August 2017

Is it a Cleaning Step?

[Originally published July, 2005] Identifying the cleaning steps is not necessarily obvious, especially in multi-step processes. In fact, when we consult with our clients, particularly in troubleshooting projects, one of our first bits of detective work involves working our way through the build process and noting the cleaning steps. It […]
July 2017

Ultrasonic Rinsing?

“Enjoying your newsletter. Wondering if you can comment on using ultrasonics during rinsing.” Clean Source subscriber Our short answer is: All other things, being equal, use ultrasonics not only during cleaning but during rinsing. Ultrasonics are necessary to access and remove soil during the wash (or clean) step; and ultrasonics […]
April 2017

Do You Have to Test?

One Clean Source reader asked a question about the need to run cleanliness testing. “Have you ever written an article that explains why/not ionic contamination testing is required if using no-clean fluxes?” In a global sense, the question is related to: How clean is clean enough? When do you need […]
March 2017

Does Cleaning Experience Mean Inertia?

In a recent LinkedIn post, one of our colleagues, Randy Leighty, comments that “experience is a great teacher, but it can be an obstacle to innovation and continuous improvement.”  We ask: Is experience inherently an obstacle to improvement? Let’s start with a round of applause for inertia! Critical cleaning involves […]
October 2016

Consumer Products for Precision Cleaning – True or False

Never use a consumer/automotive cleaning agent for precision cleaning high-value product. True or false Quick! True or false. This is a timed test, and you will be graded. I hate true/false tests; there’s no room for nuance. In critical and precision cleaning, particularly of high-value product, most decisions are situational. […]
August 2016

“Perfect” Cleaning Process? New Guidance

High-value product has to be clean to function reliably; but nearly all manufacturing processes inevitably generate soils. You should know about an important new guidance document. While it is designed for medical device manufacturing, it should be of value to anyone concerned with cleaning and contamination control. “Tell me the […]
June 2016

“Native Advertising” Part 2 – Regulatory Agendas and More

Think critically; clean critically. To grow your manufacturing business, you must make well-informed, cost-effective decisions about critical product cleaning. Consider the source. Advertising influences our critical cleaning decisions – it’s unavoidable. In our March 2016 issue of Clean Source, we described the pervasive influence of native advertising. We showed you […]
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