Clean Source, The Official Journal of the Cleaning Lady and the Rocket Scientist

Volume XVIII, Issue 7 - September 2021

Both manual and automated cleaning have the capacity to be astonishingly wonderful, dreadful, or something in between. Let’s discuss moving your critical product cleaning to “astonishingly wonderful.”

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You [Barbara] and Ed are such a positive force in the world. It is also a breath of fresh air to see how you interact with, and educate people. When you and Ed came to Optiforms for consultation it was a very rewarding experience with many eye-opening lessons coupled together with humbly graceful personalities! Cheers!

Dustin Lysiak, Optiforms

Feature Article

Manual cleaning or automated cleaning - Which is better?

By Barbara Kanegsberg, BFK Solutions

As the cleaning expert, I’m asking you. Which is better, manual or automated cleaning?

An automated process may allow the manufacturer to demonstrate consistency or precision, but the process may not be the correct one for the application. If the manufacturer does not have a defined cleaning goal, it is possible to end up with an irrational, albeit automated cleaning process that is precise but terrible. What does terrible mean?

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Complimentary Webinar: Overcome the Challenges of Cleaning Aluminum
To summarize: Cleaning aluminum is a royal pain. Discover how to make cleaning aluminum less painful and more productive. Register for the webinar featuring Mike Valenti of Hubbard-Hall with the Product Quality Cleaning Workshop team of Dr. Darren Williams of SHSU, and Barbara and Ed Kanegsberg of BFK Solutions. The live, interactive online program is Tuesday October 26, 2021, 8 AM Pacific.

“Cleaning aluminum is far different and more challenging (one might say more aggravating!) than cleaning stainless steel. Metal finishers worry about over-etching, difficult stains and damaging expensive aluminum. This webinar will cover the basic principles that make aluminum unique, cleaners that remove stubborn contaminants and case studies on how to reduce the cost, complexity, and chemical consumption of cleaning aluminum.

“Special considerations when cleaning aluminum:

  • How is the aluminum being used? Will a caustic soda based cleaner impact this?
  • What’s the contaminant you are trying to remove?
  • Is over-etched aluminum a concern?
  • Have you thought about post-cleaning waste treatment?”

Another Complimentary Webinar: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Barbara and Ed Kanegsberg will present: “What Could Possibly Go Wrong? The Process of Process Change” at the November meeting of the Surface Finishers Educational Association (SFEA). There’s a lot more to changing cleaning and surface prep processes than picking the chemicals and process equipment. You can’t just turn the process over to a vendor and trust that they will take care of it. We’ll show you savvy ways to take control and avoid costly pitfalls. The program will be presented on-line, live and interactive on November 11 2021, 5 PM Pacific Time. Everyone’s invited!

Cleaning Lady and Rocket Scientist at SMTA Cleaning and Coating Conference
Ed and Barbara Kanegsberg will explain the “Impact of New Regulations Restricting Availability of Cleaning Agents and Process Chemicals on Safety/Critical Electronics” on Thursday October 7 at the SMTA High Reliability Cleaning and Conformal Coating Conference in Dallas Texas. Barbara is a member of the Technical Committee for the Conference as well as a speaker.

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.