Cleaning Pipettes in the Laboratory

17 October 2018

Q. What are some best practices for lab cleaning of pipettes. We’re having trouble in our lab removing dried on residues. A. The principal concern for any scientist or technician working in the laboratory is that glassware, like pipettes, be free of interfering residues after they are cleaned. Unseen residues can wreak havoc on analytical results by inhibiting culture growth causing cross contamination, non-reproducible results and more.   

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Reducing Foam in Ultrasonic Cleaning

09 October 2018

How do we go about reducing foam suds in our 1% Liquinox ultrasonic bath? We have 3 ultrasonic tanks in our series process. Bath 1 has the 1% solution. Bath 2 and 3 are a rinsing cascade system with RO water only. The foam is building up in tank 1 and then transfers to tank 2.

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Pharmaceutical Cleaning: Choosing CIP Detergent  

01 October 2018

Equipment used in pharmaceutical manufacturing must be cleaned before each use, and the cleaning procedure used must be in accordance with good manufacturing practices (GMPs). There are different types of CIP including, single pass systems and recirculation system. No matter which type is used, Alconox, Inc. provides support to meet cGMP regulations and detergents ideally suited for CIP systems.

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Visit Us at Pack Expo 2018 with Comped Admission

27 September 2018

Visit Alconox, Inc. at PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2018, at McCormick Place in Chicago, October 14-17, 2018.  Mention Code: 72W43 for free registration to the event.  Once at the show, stop by Booth W-803 to receive our unique gifts, expert technical support for your critical cleaning applications, and detergent samples.

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Laboratory Cleaning: Best Practices Using a Household Dishwasher

17 September 2018

Q. Our lab just has a regular household dishwasher that we use to clean labware. I heard this is not ideal, but it's what we have. We're using Alcojet detergent, but the instructions say to turn it into a liquid by diluting....

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Alconox, Inc. at IMTS 2018

06 September 2018

Visit Alconox, Inc. at IMTS, at McCormick Place in Chicago, September 10-15, 2018.  Stop by East Building, Level 2, Booth #121340 to receive our unique gifts, expert technical support for your critical cleaning applications, and detergent samples. Our critical cleaning detergents are excellent in meeting the varying needs of the precision machining industry.  Whether it's ultrasonic cleaning of parts and tools, stainless steel passivation, aerospace manufacturing, or unclogging abrasive media in grinding or waterjet machining, we've got you covered. 

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Measuring Surface Tension without Tensiometer?

29 August 2018

Q. Is there any way to "eyeball" surface tension to see if it's dropping when roughly measuring concentration or bath life?   A. To numerically measure surface tension, you need a tensiometer and this is the recommended method. Tensiometers come in many varieties including...

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Using High Foam Detergent in an Automated Ultrasonic Cleaning Line

20 August 2018

Q. Can we use high-foaming detergents in an automated cleaning line? A. Yes, but using a high-foam detergent requires a rinse chamber that allows foam to rinse off and drain easily and completely. If the automated line uses initial spray rinsing right after the wash tank

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Best Detergent for Polyamides

14 August 2018

As you likely know, the Ixef® PARA is part of polyamide family and, as such, has an inherent chemical resistance. While Ixef® compounds display a good resistance to chemical reagents, the amide function in the resin matrix makes them sensitive to certain chemicals. Therefore, we like to recommend....

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Surfactant 101 – What are Surfactant Systems?

06 August 2018

Q. In your email you mentioned that Solujet and Citrajet have more sophisticated surfactant systems than a competitor's low foaming washer detergent - could you explain a little bit more what 'surfactant systems' are? A. Absolutely! Surfactants, or Surface Active Agents, are compounds that lower surface tension between particles, such as oil and water. In the oil and water example, a surfactant compound will contain hydrophilic and lipophilic molecules...

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