Barbara Kanegsberg

April 2020

Nethmini Ariyarathna – Vacuum Cycle Cavitation Cleaning

How will the world meet the manufacturing, critical cleaning and surface quality requirements of the future? One way is through the efforts of young people who look at the practical aspects of science. One such person is Nethmini Ariyarathna of the Cleaning Research Group at Sam Houston State University. Nethmini […]
March 2020

Of Mice and Medical Devices – Cleaning, Disinfecting and Sterilization

Imagine that you manufacture medical devices. As a final step, the devices are placed in an autoclave; and sterilized using an approved, validated method. Next, you open the autoclave. What do you see? A mouse on top of the devices! YUK! The mouse may have been sterilized. The devices may […]
February 2020

What’s in a Name? – Cleaning Agents

Cleaning agents have truly amusing trade names! However, the name is not the molecule; and mixtures with similar trade names may behave very differently. I’ll give you some tips to understand the chemicals or mixtures behind the trade name. Choose the right cleaning agent, and you make critical product cleaning […]
January 2020

Two Terrifying Cleaning Questions

We were helping a client set up cleaning evaluations at a provider of cleaning equipment; and the client received a questionnaire asking for details. The first question: what manufacturing steps occur before the cleaning process to be evaluated? The second question: what’s the next step in manufacturing after the cleaning […]
December 2019

Frozen River

November 2019

Great Ways to Learn about Critical Cleaning, Part 2

To achieve and maintain world-class manufacturing, many of you ask how to become a Cleaning Lady. This is not surprising, because critical product cleaning is essential for successful assembly, for effective coating, and for product quality and reliability. In Part 1, I covered ideas ranging from articles and podcasts to […]
October 2019

Great Ways to Learn about Critical Cleaning, Part 1

Manufacturers ask how they can become a critical cleaning expert. I am not aware of college major called “Cleaning Lady.” Therefore, in this two-part feature, I’ll show you how to find good resources. I will explain the benefits and limitations of those resources and show you how to use them […]
June 2019

Cooked Soil

Dr. Darren Williams and Ethan Debrosky, Sam Houston State University And Ed Kanegsberg and Barbara Kanegsberg BFK Solutions LLC If you put a few drops of a water-soluble metalworking fluid on a metal surface, it wipes right off. After machining, removing residue of that same oil often requires aggressive cleaning. […]
May 2019

Residue

Residue is the enemy of a properly-functioning product. Manufacturers demand a “perfectly clean” surface. We are experts in critical cleaning – but critical cleaning is not the same as achieving zero residue. Rather than aiming at a perfectly clean surface, aim for the right cleanliness relative to subsequent storage, assembly […]
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