Clean Source Newsletter

Volume XVI, Issue 1 - January 2018

Rugged critical cleaning and surface preparation processes can keep your manufacturing process ahead of the competition. Contact us at BFK Solutions. We help you thrive in fast-changing times.

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Feature Article

Rosie, Robots, and Critical Product Cleaning

Barbara Kanegsberg, BFK Solutions

Everyone in manufacturing – men and women - can benefit from the experiences of “Rosie the Riveter,” an icon of the World War II era.  I was reminded of Rosie while reading a thought-provoking article on LinkedIn that reviews fifty ideas to watch this year. Some trends are disturbing in terms of manufacturing, critical cleaning, productivity, and job security.

Is your career in danger of being automated out of existence? Will your manufacturing activities lose relevance in the near future? Read on to learn about predicted problems. Even better: discover solutions!

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Parts Cleaning Conference and Expo
Ed and Barbara Kanegsberg  are pleased to participate in the Parts Cleaning Conference and Expo, April 2 – 420019 in Cleveland OH.  Check out the current lineup of speakers

We will do two presentations. Hear us discuss “Fixtured Success” before lunch and “Look before you Leap” after lunch on Wed April 3rd.  We will also have a booth at the Expo. Stop by to say hello and ask questions.

Learn by doing!
The next Product Quality Cleaning Workshop (PQCW) at Sam Houston State University is May 13 – 14, 2020.  Ed and Barbara Kanegsberg of BFK Solutions will again team with Darren Williams of SHSU. It’s fun, intensive, and gets you in great shape to make your cleaning process – and your manufacturing facility – shine. Stay tuned for more information. Find a quick recap of the 2018 Workshop at

 From a PQCW participant:
“Since taking the class I have frequently referred to the class slides and benefitted from my new cleaning consultant and testing relationships.”
Chris W.  (Corning, Inc.)

Critical Cleaning Handbook – a must for Superior Product Cleaning
Order your copy of The Handbook for Critical Cleaning Second Edition, Volume 1: Cleaning Agents and Systems and Volume 2: Applications, Processes, and Controls, B. Kanegsberg and E. Kanegsberg, editors, CRC Press 2011. Options: hardbound, paperbound, and electronic formats.

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 30 years 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 CleanSource or in our column for Product Finishing or Production Machining. And, because we respect the privacy of our clients and colleagues, we’ll identify you only if you ask us to.