Barbara Kanegsberg

May 2014

“Have You Tried this Remarkable New Cleaning Agent?” 

“It’s the best. All the big companies in aerospace, (or medical devices or telecommunications or….) use this fantastic cleaning agent.” You hear claims in advertising, from sales reps who come to your shop; from people at trade shows. Is it the right cleaning chemistry for manufacturing your product? Learn more […]
March 2014

Toxic Baby Burp

This is a call to action for all involved with US manufacturing! Cal/OSHA is proposing to set an airborne permissible worker exposure level (PEL) of 0.3 ppm time weighted average (TWA) for hydrogen chloride (HCl). If passed, this would be a lower level than 0.4 ppm recently set in California […]
March 2014

California Cleaning – A VOC Exempt Substitute for HCFC-225?

What happens in Washington does not always come to Southern California. At a February 19, 2013 meeting held at SCAQMD (South Coast Air Quality Management District), there was discussion of a proposal to add HFO-1233zd (Solstice ™, Honeywell) to the list of VOC exempt materials in Rule 102.  Based on […]
February 2014

Micro Products, Macro Changes

A few weeks ago, Larry Adams asked if I’d like to comment about critical cleaning for  “MicroManufacturing Magazine “ (see The Power of Knowledge Acted On section below). I replied: of course I would! His questions got me thinking; and I ended up discussing how critical cleaning impacts manufacturing, how […]
December 2013

Process Flow

29 people coming to dinner? No problem! I thought it was all under control. The apple and pumpkin pies were cooling nicely. The turkeys were out of the oven. The ovens were pretty much empty (or at least, I didn’t see billows of smoke). I placidly sipped red wine as […]
December 2013

Active California Advisory System Needed –  1 ppm PEL for NMP

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board recently adopted a Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) of 1 ppm for N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP). This PEL will be legally-enforceable throughout California. Because there is no Federal OSHA standard, the California PEL is likely to be, at the very least, inspirational throughout the United. States. Look for the […]
November 2013


Yellow, Orange, Gold – Rust! Beautiful as autumn colors, desirable as a patina on some sculptures, terrible on manufactured parts. Corrosion compromises product quality, both by direct impact on surface quality and by contributing to contamination. In critical cleaning, cleaning agents and cleaning equipment can be sources of corrosion. Corrosion […]
October 2013

Standards and Regs (and Lions and Tigers and Bears – Oh my!)

Standards and safety/environmental regulations shape the way product is manufactured. Here’s a “heads-up” about new and ongoing activities: Cleaning of Surfaces (ISO Working Group) Medical Device Cleaning and Validation (ASTM) ASTM Bearing Cleaning (ASTM) VOC exemption (U.S. EPA) Degreaser Rule (Delaware) Why we get involved Understanding standards, guidance documents, and […]
September 2013

The Physics of Cleaning, Part 8: Builders

Oil and water do not mix (at least not readily); so how can manufacturers successfully remove oil from product using water? The key is in the formulation, in the secret blend of “herbs and spices;” or, for fully-formulated aqueous cleaning agents, in the blend of chemical additives, most of which […]