Clean Source Newsletter

Volume XV, Issue 4 - April 2018

In this issue:

Feature: Can you follow your own cleaning specifications?
Don’t miss out: Product Quality Cleaning Workshop spaces almost gone - Register Now

BFK Solutions - where cleaning means business

With BFK Solutions, your cleaning process is a value-added part of production.

You contact us and talk about your cleaning problems and goals. We listen.
We scope out a custom, flexible project.
We get to work! We give you practical options for rugged critical cleaning processes (not vendor hype!).
You build product and grow your business.
We follow up to make sure the cleaning process is running smoothly.

Feature Article

Can you follow your own cleaning specifications?

Barbara Kanegsberg, BFK Solutions

Specific written instructions about the cleaning process don’t necessarily translate into profitable manufacturing. Consider the wisdom imparted by the classic, mid-century T.V. commercial featuring tuna with good taste (a fish exhibiting faux upper-class behavior) and then touting the superiority of tuna that tastes good. Successful, profitable manufacturing requires both the equivalent of tuna with good taste (clear instructions that meet specifications and standards) and tuna that tastes good (practical cleaning instructions that achieve the desired goal). How do you achieve the manufacturing equivalent of tuna that tastes good? “Seeing something once is better than hearing about it a hundred times. Doing something once is better than seeing it a hundred times” (Lisa See, Author).

New product lines
Detach yourself from the computer, march out of the cubicle, head right over to the fabrication or assembly area. Ask how things are going. Talk to the production supervisor, the assemblers, the technicians. An answer that the cleaning process is running “great” may be symptomatic of a desire to get you to go away. That may be ok, as long as they are following the cleaning requirements. Smile! Stand around for awhile; observe; listen for cries of anguish. If it’s possible, get out on the production floor and try running the process. You are likely to discover why your cleaning instructions are being ignored.

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Knowledge is Power

Happening next month – don’t miss out!
Sign up now for the Product Quality Cleaning Workshop!

Join the “Cleaning Lady” Barbara Kanegsberg, the “Rocket Scientist” Ed Kanegsberg and the “Professor” Darren Williams on Darren’s campus at Sam Houston State University on May 16-17 for a unique 2-day workshop featuring tutorials, demonstrations and hands-on exercises. We feed you too.


Barbara the Cleaning Lady at ESTECH, Florida

A cleanroom is an essential tool – not an end in itself.  Barbara Kanegsberg will instruct a one day training course on May 3, “Cleanrooms Won’t Fix a Contaminated Product,” as part of the IEST Learning Path Certificate Program during their 64th Annual Technical Meeting and Exposition, ESTECH 2018.

Critical cleaning of the diverse, complex, high-value products that are produced in controlled environments is a different discipline than cleaning the cleanroom itself. The course teaches the essentials of product cleaning, including final cleaning and cleaning prior to activities in cleanrooms. You will learn about analytics, monitoring, and distinctions between cleanroom and product cleanliness standards.

Barbara was a US expert on the ISO/TC 209-12 committee that developed the recently published Part 13 of the ISO 14644 Cleanroom Standard series. She will discuss essential information about ISO-14644-9, -10, and -13.

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Barbara will present “Form. Function, and Comfort in the Cleanroom” on Wednesday morning  May 2, as part of the session Selecting cleanroom consumables: Operator Comfort versus cleanliness. (Greg Heiland, Chair)

Successful compliance to cleanroom protocols is a matter of having it all, of balance. Case studies outlining approaches to achieving successful cleanroom discipline will be provide

Successful compliance to cleanroom protocols is a matter of having it all, of balance. Case studies outlining approaches to achieving successful cleanroom discipline will be provided.

Estech Conference

I enjoyed the heck out of your speech at the PCx show. Informative and yet entertaining.

Tom Kucklick
Graymills Corporation

About BFK Solutions

We’re independent. We don’t sell chemicals or cleaning equipment; and we don’t take commissions. Instead, we work for you. This saves you cold hard cash. We use our 30 years of experience to help you make good decisions about your cleaning processes, your manufacturing processes, your business. Check our website; send us an email; give us a call. We always like to hear from you.

Are there things you don’t understand about critical, precision, or general product cleaning? Contact us - we’ll get back to you! We may even address the question in CleanSource or in our column for Product Finishing or Production Machining. And, because we respect the privacy of our clients and colleagues, we’ll identify you only if you ask us to.