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Brix vs. Conductivity: Measuring Ultrasonic Bath Concentration

Several years ago, our plant was directed to use the Refractive Index as a method of letting us monitor bath concentration during ultrasonic cleaning with your Liquinox detergent. More recently, our factory in Asia switched to Liquinox and were directed to use a conductivity measurement to monitor concentration. I decided to measure our cleaning bath using both methods and found a discrepancy — the brix (Refractive Index) reading was slightly above 1% concentration, but the Conductivity reading was nearly 2% concentration.

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How to: Follow Alconox, Inc. on Social Media

Q: Where can I find Alconox, Inc. resources online? Are you on social media?

A: Yes! In addition to finding information at Alconox.com, you can find us on our official channels at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and on LinkedIn.

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Differences between Alconox and Liquinox

Q. Currently using Alconox, but are considering a switch to liquinox. We have seen less residuals with Liquinox, which is desireable. What are the recommendations and concerns with switching from Alconox to Liquinox? What are the difference in ingredients between the two?
A. Alconox and Liquinox are functionally equivalent cleaners, but are not chemically identical. Click to learn more and access the Liquinox and Alconox msds.

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Posted in Alconox, Ask Alconox, Laboratory, Liquinox, Manual Lab Cleaning, Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, Validation0 Comments

Ultrasonic Cleaner for Parts and Towels

I’m looking for a cleaning solution to use in our industrial ultrasonic cleaner that is similar to the old style competitor detergent. We use it occasionally for general cleaning, removal of machining oils, cleaning for high vacuum use, and to lightly etch the oxides off of copper. 

If we did a pre-mix and let it sit until use, how long would the formulations last before degrading?

Could we also use this mix for washing microfiber towels and foam sponges that have various waxes, polymer sealants and oils on them?

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Posted in Alconox, Liquinox, Metalworking & Precision Manufacturing, Uncategorized2 Comments

Lab Pipette Cleaning: Removing Wax

What is the best way for removing wax from pipettes and glassware? The best way to clean wax and petrolatum from pipettes is to use very hot 1% solutions.

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Posted in Alconox, Alcotabs, Cosmetic, Laboratory, Liquinox, Manual Lab Cleaning, Solujet0 Comments

Perchlorate Free Detergents

We are looking for a laboratory dishwasher detergent that does not contain perchlorates. One of our end users analyzes for trace levels of perchlorates, so we cannot have a detergent that has that type of impurities.

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Let’s Talk Detergent Foam

Q: Why is Liquinox not recommended for automated washer use?
A: It’s all about the foam. Liquinox® Critical Cleaning Liquid Detergent is a powerful emulsifier of organic and oily residues, and contains high-foaming surfactants. 

While making a mess may come to mind, there’s more at play…

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Manual Cleaning A 100 Gallon Mixer

Q: We are looking for detergent and process recommendations for manual cleaning of a 100 gallon mixer. We make one product in the mixer which contains water, modified food starch, acidic buffers, sucralose and preservative. Currently when cleaning, we boil for 1 hour at 90°C, then cool, drain and soak in cool water while using the mixing blades.  Scrub brushes and a spray hosing follows that. The mixer is made from stainless steel.

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Posted in Alconox, Citranox, Liquinox, Pharmaceutical2 Comments

RO Membrane Cleaning Best Practices

Q: We are cleaning heavy scale compounds of Ca, Mg, carbonates, phosphates and organic matter from reverse osmosis (RO) membranes. Can you tell us some cleaning best practices and recommend a detergent?

A. If the organic matter is significant, a two-step process, cleaning by re-circulation or soaking (re-circulation may be more effective) could be needed. If the organic matter is biologic in nature, we would recommend Tergazyme® Enzyme-Active Powdered Detergent which is both a powerful emulsifier along with protein enzymes. If the organic residue is more of an oily nature…

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Neutralizing Citranox for Waste Disposal

Q. We manufacture electronics and use Citranox to cleans oil off of a variety of machined parts. However, our Municipal Water District does not allow the disposal of spent Citranox. Can you recommend a neutralization procedure?

A. You will need 0.14 lbs, 0r 2 ¼ oz of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) to neutralize a gallon of un-used 1% Citranox solution to a pH near 7. Note that some of the acidity in Citranox may be depleted …

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