Advanced Cleaning: Relationship Between Conductivity, Surface Tension and pH

11 June 2019

Q: I am doing a conductivity study using Alconox detergent. I am seeing that the pH and Surface Tension listed on the COA differs between lots. Do you think these variables affect conductivity enough to alter my results? A: Here’s the short answer... Surface tension does not have any interactive relationship with conductivity; pH has a very small, essentially negligible interaction with conductivity; and concentration and temperature are much bigger causes of change in conductivity.

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Water Spots on Medical Devices After Washer Cleaning

28 May 2019

Q. We are washing stainless medical devices in a washer and are getting water spots. We are using Solujet and Citrajet. What’s causing this problem? A. Water spots typically occur because of two main reasons: the orientation of the parts in the washer is trapping dirty wash water and/or detergent dosing is insufficient.

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CIP

Static and Dynamic Spray Balls in CIP

27 May 2019

Q. What are the differences between Static and Dynamic spray balls in CIP machines? A. The typical considerations in using either static or dynamic spray balls in CIP (clean-in-place) are that....

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Alconox Inc. at MD&M East NYC 2019

23 May 2019

Visit Alconox Inc. at MD&M East 2019, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, June 11-13, 2019.  Stop by Booth 1139 to receive our unique gifts, expert technical support for your critical cleaning applications, and detergent samples. Our critical cleaning detergents remove an array of soils while leaving no interfering residues in applications for medical device reprocessing, […]

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alnochromix

What is Alnochromix?

22 May 2019

Q: I understand that Nochromix is no longer available and I am to contact Alconox Inc. for a replacement? A: That is correct. Alconox Inc. bought the formula to NOCHROMIX® cleaner and is manufacturing the identical product under the name ALNOCHROMIX™ oxidizing additive to sulfuric acid for glassware cleaning.

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Residual Chlorine on Printed Circuit Boards

16 May 2019

Q. We have found chlorine present on our printed circuit boards after ultrasonic cleaning and distilled water rinse.  As ultrasonic cleaning detergent, we’re using either Liquinox or Detergent 8, but are unsure which one was used on affected boards.  Could either be contributing to this issue? A. It’s highly unlikely that either detergent, or your cleaning process, is the source of the chlorine residue.  The cleaning process you described, if using detergent at recommended dilution levels, should successfully remove flux and process residues.  

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Replacing Isopropyl Alcohol in Pharmaceutical Cleaning

09 May 2019

Q. I’ve been told that we should no longer use isopropyl alcohol for cleaning our pharmaceutical equipment. What should we use instead? A. In pharmaceutical cleaning applications, isopropyl alcohol (IPA) is less than ideal. Alcohol will clean residues which are soluble in alcohol, but that is a limited range.  Using critical cleaning, aqueous detergents are a far more robust and will allow for more effective cleaning processes.

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Join Us at BIOMEDevice East in Boston

02 May 2019

Visit Alconox Inc. at BIOMEDevice East 2019, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, May 15-16, 2019.  Stop by Booth 729 to receive our unique gifts, expert technical support for your critical cleaning applications, and detergent samples. Our critical cleaning detergents remove an array of soils while leaving no interfering residues in applications for medical device reprocessing, medical device […]

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Advanced Cleaning Mechanisms: Detergency and Concentration

24 April 2019

Intuition, logic, and maybe even some experiences, can lead us to believe more detergent is better.  These everyday experiences where it might apply include your washing machine, dishwasher, or even your hands in the bathroom sink.  But, what is actually meant by better?  This is where concentration and detergency come into play, terms you may see in our literature and documentation, as well as our responses and solutions to cleaning challenges.

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How to: Remove Residual Silicone Oils

21 April 2019

Q. We are currently using a solvent and we want to switch to a safer product, such as a water-based cleaner.  Do you have a detergent that can assist in the removal of residual silicone oils that are left in medical device mold inserts manufactured using clear rubber material?   Will Alconox detergent work as your web page says without ultrasonic?

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