Clean Source Newsletter

Volume XIV, Issue 9 - October 2017

In this Issue:

Feature - Balancing the Elephant
Upcoming Events - Cleaning workshop in TX, Tech Expo in CA

BFK Solutions - where cleaning means business

With BFK Solutions, your cleaning process is a value-added part of production - not the elephant in the room.  Let’s get started!

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.

Balancing the Elephant

Barbara Kanegsberg, BFK Solutions

“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 “safer” chemicals can replace supposedly “bad” chemicals. All chemicals have inherent risks. To classify a chemical as inherently good or evil is a simplistic, even dangerous notion. In our most recent column, we explained that critical cleaning is a process, a process that includes chemical forces and physical forces (2).

Balance The problem (another word that is forbidden in sales and in business) is that manufacturers must balance

Harming people Destroying the environment Compromising product quality Becoming unprofitable

Profit Profit is not a four letter word. Worker safety, neighborhood safety, environmental protection are all important issues. When clients ask us to design a new critical cleaning process, they often provide us with a laundry list of permitting and safety/environmental regulatory issues that they must meet in order to survive – to simply stay in business.

We suggest a more enjoyable, productive, profitable approach: don’t just survive, thrive! This means not simply achieving compliance but actually designing a better process.

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Knowledge is Power

Two-day Hands-on Cleaning Workshop   – May, 2018

Darren Williams of Sam Houston State University (SHSU) will partner with Barbara and Ed Kanegsberg of BFK Solutions to present the “Product Quality Cleaning Workshop.” The program combines teaching and hands-on testing in the lab/demonstration area, so you understand the principles of cleaning and see how cleaning processes actually work.  The workshop is on the SHSU campus in Huntsville, TX, May 16 – 17, 2018.  Check the website and brochure; you can also contact us for more information.

Free Tech Expo, Southern California
The Cleaning Lady and the Rocket Scientist are pleased to present “Effective Cleaning Approaches for Southern California Electronics Assemblers,” one of three technical sessions at LA/OC SMTA 7th Annual Expo & Tech Forum.  The one-day program takes place November 2, 2017 in Long Beach, CA.  The expo is always educational  – and fun.

Cleaning Tips for Beginners,”  -Production Machining Magazine

We expand on our observations at the recent PMTS/PCx show in Columbus that many manufacturers are limping along with informal, patchwork cleaning processes leading to variable yield, high labor costs, and excessive chemical and waste management costs. Read our column in the August issue.

Excellent presentation. Have filed it for future reference.

Fenton Liffick
CEO, Prestige Autotech 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.