Production Machining

MAY 2018

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?????? Cleaning The Right Chemistry :: 45 The Right Chemistry Can Improve a Parts Cleaning Process e correct combination of factors should help meet production, quality, personnel safety and environmental requirements. I n an industry in which production time, volume and quality are critical, it's increasingly important to ensure that metal parts obtain desired results and meet estab- lished specifications. Since metal parts cleaning is fast becoming the industry standard, facility managers must become well-versed in the extensive cleaning processes and chemistries available that will provide the perfor- mance level required. It is essential for these managers to learn the differences between aqueous and solvent cleaning solutions, and the advantages and disadvantages of using each approach. Metal parts need to be cleaned after they are manufactured to remove oil, chips and other soils before they can be moved to a surface treatment such as coating or plating. ey also sometimes must be cleaned to meet inspection and cleanliness specifications, and to prepare them for packaging/assembly. Requirements set by manufacturers might include critical performance, reliability, process requirements and personnel safety. Recent increased demand for quality and reliability calls for continuous improvements. Superior cleaning perfor- mance (aqueous or solvent) requires cleaning compatibility with substrates, process efficiency and environmental compliance, as well as worker safety. :: Cleaning performance is directly related to the selection of the cleaning equipment and proper chemical process. Here is a metal part before cleaning (left) and after cleaning (right). Contributed by Joe McChesney

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