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 […]

Process Flow

29 people coming to dinner? No problem! I thought it was all under control. The apple and pumpkin pies were cooling nicely. The turkeys were out […]

Active California Advisory System Needed –  1 ppm PEL for NMP

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board recently adopted a Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) of 1 ppm for N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP). This PEL will be legally-enforceable throughout California. Because there […]


Yellow, Orange, Gold – Rust! Beautiful as autumn colors, desirable as a patina on some sculptures, terrible on manufactured parts. Corrosion compromises product quality, both by […]

Standards and Regs (and Lions and Tigers and Bears – Oh my!)

Standards and safety/environmental regulations shape the way product is manufactured. Here’s a “heads-up” about new and ongoing activities: Cleaning of Surfaces (ISO Working Group) Medical Device […]

The Physics of Cleaning, Part 8: Builders

Oil and water do not mix (at least not readily); so how can manufacturers successfully remove oil from product using water? The key is in the […]

Too Much of a Good Thing

“All things are poison, and nothing is without poison; only the dose permits something not to be poisonous.” This 16th Century statement by Paracelsus states that […]

Compatibility  – You Can’t Rely on Eye Charts

“The surgery was a success but the patient died.”  As a manufacturer, you are the surgeon. Think of the product as your “patient.” The goal of […]

Breaking News: More Restrictions on HCFC 225 for Cleaning

Think you know all about the HCFC 225 phaseout?  Think again. Here’s a heads-up about a distinct change in the EPA position regarding the phaseout of […]