Clean Source Newsletter

Volume XV, Issue 8 - August 2018

Barbara, you've done so much for the industry and have such a sense about working with people.  I honor you and wish to do my best to follow in your footsteps, although I believe it's impossible.

John Moore
Daetec LLC

Shopping for new equipment and cleaning agents can be scary, because the wrong choices cut into yield and profits. We help you cut through the hype to turn product cleaning into a value-added part of manufacturing. Contact BFK Solutions for a complimentary review.

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Feature Article

Critical Cleaning, Trade Shows and The Mall

Barbara Kanegsberg, BFK Solutions

You are off to a trade show to find a great critical cleaning process. I’ve run across a few articles about what to do to make the most of a particular show. Planning and conference apps and checklists are a start; but they won’t give you the full benefits.
Effective shopping and good science
I think trade shows activate the “shopping gene.” As one who grew up in the family retail business, was educated in science, and then went into manufacturing, I can confidently assert that activating the shopping gene is a plus. Whether you live to shop or the mere idea of shopping makes you break out in hives and puts your brain into a stupor, here are some shopping tips for a scientific, process-based approach to trade shows.

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Critical Cleaning Handbook and Efficient Shopping
For more on making profitable decisions about cleaning chemistries and equipment, read Chapter 1: “Evaluating, Choosing and Implementing the Process: How to Get Vendors to Work with You”, by Barbara Kanegsberg in The Handbook for Critical Cleaning Second Edition, Volume 2: Applications, Processes, and Controls, B. Kanegsberg and E. Kanegsberg, editors, CRC Press 2011. Available in hardbound, paperbound, and electronic formats. Ordering information

What could possibly go wrong in a vacuum?
Plenty! Barbara and Ed Kanegsberg will present “Cleaning, Adhesion, and Productivity” at the Southern California Chapter of the American Vacuum Society. The September 26th dinner meeting is at ZC&R Coatings in Torrance. Details for registration will be available soon. If you are not on the SCCAVS mailing list, contact us or send a note to

PCx 2019 abstracts due in September
The biannual Parts Cleaning Conference, sponsored by Gardner Business Media, is moving to Cleveland next year, April 2-4. Have an idea for a talk? Abstracts are due September 30, 2018.

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.