Volume XX, Issue 1 - January 2023

Welcome to the twentieth year, Volume XX, of Clean Source. Ironically, XX ( or No-No) also describes a confluence of circumstances that may make many essential cleaning agents unavailable or impractical. Not to worry, we’ll explain what’s going on and steps you can take right now to assure productive manufacturing.

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Feature Article

Interesting Times for Manufacturers

Barbara Kanegsberg and Ed Kanegsberg, BFK Solutions

“May you live in interesting times” is a thinly-veiled curse, one that no doubt resonates with manufacturers involved in critical product cleaning. In the United States, current interesting times arise from a confluence of multiple factors. One set of factors is the regulatory activities at the Federal and State level that impact PFAS “forever” chemicals. A second group encompasses regulatory activities under EPA Amended TSCA that is likely to restrict key cleaning chemicals. A third are business decisions reached by suppliers of cleaning chemistries in response to regulatory activities. Notably, 3M recently announced that they will discontinue manufacturing of all fluoropolymers, fluorinated fluids, and PFAS-based additive products. Some manufacturers doing critical cleaning in aerospace, medical, optics, and other high-value product have relatively recently invested time and effort to move to cleaning containing these or similar solvents. The reasoning being that the new processes would have fewer environmental restrictions than classic chlorinated or brominated solvents.

Living in interesting times is a curse. Understanding the details of these challenges to manufacturing is crucial to achieving a strategic response and perhaps to discovering productive opportunities. We’ll begin with forever chemicals, move on to other solvents, and conclude with a few steps you might consider. 

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Before and After in Finishing and Coating

Our article, “Two Terrifying Cleaning Questions” appears in the January 2023 issue of “Finishing and Coating.” Check out the magazine. Tim Pennington puts together a fine publication. 


Handbook for Critical Cleaning – A Practical Resource

Manufacturers tell us they find the classic two volume “Handbook for Critical Cleaning” to be a practical resource. Ed and Barbara Kanegsberg join dozens of contributing authors to explain how cleaning works. The book is not just lists of product features; we curated the contributions to provide you with information and perspective you can put to use right away to improve or change your cleaning processes. Learn more and take advantage of the current sale price.


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 decades 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 Clean Source or other publications. And, because we respect the privacy of our clients and colleagues, we’ll identify you only if you ask us to.