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

Volume XVI, Issue 9 - September 2019

The Cleaning Lady and the Rocket Scientist understand the pros and cons of cleaning options. Contact us to find the best solution for your manufacturing challenges.

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I'm a chemist and a chemical engineer by trade. I'm a big fan of the 'Handbook for Critical Cleaning.' I originally bought the books for work-related finishing projects and they immediately became my #1 resource. The look behind the curtain into the chemistry was extremely helpful and refreshing. Content was easy to digest and not just intended for critical cleaning experts with 30 years of experience.

Dan Bloden, Product Manager Technical, TIGER Drylac U.S.A., Inc.

Feature Article

Soprano or Bass—What Ultrasonic Frequency to Use? Part 2: Being TACTful

By Ed Kanegsberg, BFK Solutions

As a professional in product cleaning, you probably have encountered the acronym TACT. The letters represent four key facets for effective cleaning, Temperature, Action, Chemistry, and Time. Action is the facet usually associated with ultrasonics. In Part 1, we focused on cleaning action and the relationship to frequency. However, ultrasonic cleaning involves all four facets. Read on and I’ll explain how the other facets play a strong, interactive role determining what frequency to use and in maximizing productivity.

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Product Quality Cleaning Workshop – Ultrasonics

The Product Quality Cleaning Workshop (PQCW), May 13 – 14, 2020 at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX. Try out critical cleaning processes, including new exercises and demonstrations with ultrasonic systems. Your reward is superior manufacturing productivity. Space is very limited. Reserve a spot now!


Can a Cleanroom fix a contaminated product?
A cleanroom is an essential tool – not an end in itself. Critical cleaning of the diverse, complex, high-value products that are produced in controlled environments is a different discipline than cleaning the cleanroom itself. This course, at the Fall meeting of IEST, Nov 11, 2019 in Rosemont, IL, teaches the essentials of product cleaning, including final cleaning and cleaning prior to activities in cleanrooms.


The Cost of Not Cleaning
Cleaning can be a costly process. But the consequences of elimination or shortcutting cleaning steps can be even costlier both in dollars and in reputation. Read our column in the August issue of Production Machining.

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.