Volume XII, Issue 11 - November 2015

Caramel Sauce

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Caramel & Epoxies

Knowledge is Power - Use it

Get the heads-up on great resources and events.

We at Bradley Systems, Inc. wanted you to know that as an absolutely direct result of the consulting work you did for us over a 3 year period, costing us about $21,000, we were able to make changes to our processes which resulted in increased gross profits of over $2 million. We greatly appreciate your assistance to us.
Mark N. Bass, CEO
Bradley Systems, Inc.

Feature Article

Epoxies and Caramel

Barbara Kanegsberg and Ed Kanegsberg, BFK Solutions
A large orange cloud overshadows the little town. Ooze bubbles along the sidewalk. A gaggle of news crews and a delightful assortment of inquisitive regulators converge on the manufacturing plant. Manufacturing and assembling product involves using the power of chemical reactivity. Fortunately, most chemical reactions do not result in a news-making scenario and most manufacturers take steps to minimize health and safety risks. Even less exciting chemistry, like curing epoxies, impacts product reliability, customer satisfaction, and your manufacturing process.

We ask you to consider a revolutionary concept for working with epoxies:


While short cuts may not lead to incendiary, flamboyant events, the wrong curing process can impact structural integrity, surface quality, and even introduction of contaminants. Even making candy involves chemical reactivity; you have to follow the recipe - the chemicals and the processes – to produce the right product.

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Knowledge Is Power


Finding the Right Blend
Unlike salt water, where you can boil off the water leaving the salt behind, if you distill whiskey, the purification limit is an azeotrope, approximately 96% ethyl alcohol and 4% water. We’re not suggesting cleaning in single-malt scotch; other solvents blends are azeotropes also. In the September/October issue of “Controlled Environments Magazine,” Ed and Barbara Kanegsberg, and Darren Williams explain how the consistency of azeotropic blends are useful in critical cleaning.

Solvent Degreasing
“Kanegsbergs on Cleaning: Solvent Degreasing”  appears in the November 2015 issue of  Products Finishing Magazine. Both solvent and aqueous cleaning agents can be effective cleaners. However, many of the soils that need to be removed are organic compounds, like grease, thus the term ‘degreasers’. Not only do organic solvents have greater solvency for organic soils, they also frequently have low surface tension and viscosity, allowing them to penetrate into tight spaces. The more you understand how degreasers work, the easier it is to put together an effective critical cleaning process.

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.

Does your cleaning process work sometimes (but not well)? Are you waiting for the results of “one more cleaning test”? Are you afraid of regulators - or consultants? Our “Actually Do Something (A.D.S.) Action Program” may be just the gentle nudge you need. Stop putting up with semi-beautiful cleaning processes and contact us to learn more.