Volume XII, Issue 8 - August 2015

Path through forest

Altamont Gardens, Tullow, County Carlow, Ireland (July 2015)

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Travels: The Future of Critical Cleaning

Knowledge is Power - Use it

Kanegsberg tutorial at SMTAI – Sign up by August 28 for the “Early Bird Discount”

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Malcolm McLaughlin

VP Product & Business Development

Alconox, Inc.

Feature Article

Travels: The Future of Critical Cleaning

Barbara Kanegsberg, BFK Solutions
Last year, our vacation was a day and an evening in Cleveland. Cleveland has much to offer – the “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, innovative restaurants! Truth be told, our vacations end up getting squeezed in around conferences and committee meetings. Recently, our travels have taken us to PCx (Ohio), SUR/FIN (Illinois), an IEST conference (New York), and an ISO working group (Ireland). After reflecting on these recent technical programs and committee meetings, I would like to share some insights on what is likely to happen and what ought to happen in critical cleaning and contamination control.

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Knowledge Is Power

Upcoming Programs

The Early Bird Saves the Money! – “Tipping Point Cleaning and Defluxing” at SMTAI
The Early Bird Registration Deadline For SMTAI is August 28th.  Ed and Barbara Kanegsberg will conduct a tutorial workshop at SMTAI, September 28, 2015, Rosemont, IL. This half day program, Session T15, will cover cleaning challenges and options for electronic assemblers. Attendees will learn when, what, how and how much to clean. The course will cover case studies including aqueous and solvent processes. It will include initial results of studies with new cleaning agents conducted with Dr. Darren Williams at Sam Houston State University. For more information go to http://www.smta.org/smtai/tutorials.cfm

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In addition to the tutorial, we will present a Poster Session, “Understanding Cleaning Parameters,” and Barbara will chair the technical session MFX3 on Cleaning Parameters and Cleanliness Monitoring of Electronics Assemblies, Sept 30.

Southern California SMTA Tech Expo
Save the date! November 5, 2015. The LA/OC SMTA presents their 5th Annual Expo & Tech Forum in Long Beach. It’s free to attendees; it’s fun – and it gives you great ideas to improve manufacturing.

Hear Ed and Barbara Kanegsberg present:

“Oh flux! – How Not to Clean Electronics Assemblies”

Is it the irate customer? Is it the flux residue? Is it the friendly SCAQMD or OSHA inspector? You’ll laugh; you’ll cringe! You’ll have fun! Forget the success stories. We all tend to hear glowing reports of successes. Research has shown that successes are reported; failures are not. You can learn more from failures than successes. Hear about real-life cleaning mishaps. Hear about “partial successes.” Learn how to interpret success stories and adapt the approach for your own manufacturing facility. Come away with great ideas to clean electronics assemblies and to avoid costly investments in process equipment and chemicals that are not right for you. Understand how to fix small issues before the line goes down, before you lose business. Unlike reality T.V, most names will be changed to protect the innocent.


Aqueous Degreasing
“Kanegsbergs on Cleaning: Degreasing With Aqueous Products”  appears in the August 2015 issue of  Products Finishing Magazine. Both solvent and aqueous cleaning agents can be effective degreasers. Read a short, painless introduction to the chemistry of aqueous cleaning agents. The more you understand how degreasers work, the easier it is to put together an effective critical cleaning process.


Geckos appear to defy gravity as they run up a wall or across a ceiling. How can they do that? It is not by exuding some sort of sticky goo. It is due to force, the same kind of force that causes a particle or soil to adhere to the surface of a component being manufactured or used, or to tooling, or to cleanroom surfaces. Three molecular forces — polar, hydrogen bonding, and dispersion — are associated with adherence as well as with solvency and cleaning. Learn more in “Particles Cling to der Waals,”  Barbara Kanegsberg and Ed Kanegsberg in the August 2015 issue of “Controlled Environments Magazine.”


About BFK Solutions

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