Volume XX, Issue 7 - August 2023

Why clean? That’s the most important question you can ask. Give us a call; we’ll help you find the most effective cleaning processes.

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“You and Ed are ageless with a wealth of knowledge and expertise with the ability to teach and train. So many people lack the communication skills that you and Ed have. In addition to educating clients on product cleaning you could educate them on the power of effective communications.”

Jean Mazolic, Owner, The Mazolic Group

Feature Article

Why Clean?

By Barb Kanegsberg and Ed Kanegsberg, BFK Solutions, and Prof. Darren Williams, Sam Houston State University

When we see clients, one of the first questions we ask is: Why? Why are you cleaning the part or component or product? How did you come to choose the cleaning process and cleaning chemicals? Why are you changing the process? Why are you looking at a particular type of new cleaning equipment?  We need to determine the cleaning and product performance goals. This involves understanding the stated goals and determining the actual goals. Once you understand the goals, it is easier to identify barriers. Because communication is perhaps the most difficult barrier to effective manufacturing, understanding the “why” helps in avoiding costly mistakes.

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Aqueous Cleaning On-Demand Course – Achieve Confident Product Cleaning

Understand the why and how of aqueous cleaning. Replace the mystique of aqueous cleaning with a clear understanding of how aqueous cleaning works. Replace worry with confidence. Have your employees take “The Aqueous Cleaning On-Demand Course” from the Product Quality Cleaning Workshops. PQCW Instructors Barb Kanegsberg, Ed Kanegsberg, and Dr. Darren Williams share the goal of making our courses educational, practical and fun. Benefits of the course include rational process selection and design, reliable cleaning, good process control, ability to nip cleaning problems in the bud, happy customers, and higher profits. To clear up any remaining mystery and to address your process concerns, the course includes one-on-one discussions with a PQCW instructor. 

Modified alcohols as an effective cleaning solution

The increasing regulatory pressure on fluorinated solvents as well as perchloroethylene are prompting manufacturers to look for alternative options. One viable alternative which is less known but definitely deserves attention is modified alcohol solvents. Register for the free PQCW webinar on Sept. 12 at 10am Central time, featuring Michael Onken of SAFECHEM as he joins PQCW hosts Darren Williams, Barbara Kanegsberg and Ed Kanegsberg. Learn about the unique properties of modified alcohols, and more importantly, how their use in airtight/airless degreaser can help you reduce operating costs, increase process safety and raise sustainability standards.


Regulatory alert

Comment period to EPA for Proposed Perchloroethylene Rule

This means you! Stop Kvetching! Stop gloating in private! Submit WRITTEN thoughtful comments, complaints, kudos, assorted grouses, glowing commentaries, success stories, monumental failures about the Proposed Perchloroethylene Rule to the EPA docket NO LATER THAN August 15th. Unlike Santa, the EPA has to respond. To access the rule and to make comments go to https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/risk-management-perchloroethylene-pce 

Cleaning Ferrous and Aluminum Products

Join the PQCW team on Oct 17 as we discuss methods for controlling aqueous process baths to optimize cleaning performance with Joseph Beckley and Thomas White of Northern Technologies Intl Corp. Register now for this free webinar https://shsu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SfSXVAKzQOunouB1KJoqBQ#/registration

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.