Wetting Surfaces—The Physics of Cleaning, Part 10

Summer may be almost over, but there’s still time for a splash in the pool or at the beach. Afterwards, jump into the shower to rinse […]

U.S. EPA Residual Risk  – Trichloroethylene and Beyond

Are stronger nation-wide controls on worker exposure to trichloroethylene (TCE) likely in the near-future?  Recently, the U.S. EPA held an “Expert Public Workshop on Alternatives and […]

SUR/FIN on a Tsunami

There is a positive  “sea change” of growing optimism in the product surface finishing industry. At the recent SUR/FIN conference, rather than the attitude “alas, there’s […]

How Much Does it Cost?

That “new car smell.” The power, the acceleration, those visions of eternal youth, of victory, of success.  New cleaning equipment comes with similar fantasies relating to […]

“Have You Tried this Remarkable New Cleaning Agent?” 

“It’s the best. All the big companies in aerospace, (or medical devices or telecommunications or….) use this fantastic cleaning agent.” You hear claims in advertising, from […]

Defeating Raoul—Azeotropes, The Physics of Cleaning Part 9

Blends have proven useful in improving cleaning efficacy while at the same time reducing concerns of worker exposure, environmental damage or flammability. However, in most situations, […]

Toxic Baby Burp

This is a call to action for all involved with US manufacturing! Cal/OSHA is proposing to set an airborne permissible worker exposure level (PEL) of 0.3 […]

California Cleaning – A VOC Exempt Substitute for HCFC-225?

What happens in Washington does not always come to Southern California. At a February 19, 2013 meeting held at SCAQMD (South Coast Air Quality Management District), […]

Micro Products, Macro Changes

A few weeks ago, Larry Adams asked if I’d like to comment about critical cleaning for  “MicroManufacturing Magazine “ (see The Power of Knowledge Acted On […]

EPA Changes Direction—Again

Sometimes, a change of direction is a good thing. The phaseout of HCFC-225 is set for January 1, 2015.  Restrictions will impact manufacturing because either you […]