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Choosing Ideal Detergent for Cleaning Metal Parts

Q. We are currently writing a protocol for conducting a process validation activity for our cleaning procedures for metal parts after our machining manufacturing process. What are the differences between cleaning effectiveness of Alconox detergent for cleaning various metallic surfaces such as stainless steel, titanium and cobalt chrome? Also, does Alconox detergent effectiveness change based on contamination characteristics, surface geometry or any other factors?

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One Detergent for Mold Release and Circuit Board Cleaning?

Q: What types of Alconox, Inc. detergent would I use to clean a mold release agent? As an aside, is there any chance I could use the same detergent to also clean copper traces off a printed circuit board?

A: Yes! You may indeed be able to use one detergent in both these cleaning applications. But it will only work if the copper is not in the form of an oxide. Here’s why.

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Removing Cutting Oil, Linoleic Acid from Parts

Q: Some metalwork pieces have a residue of linoleic acid (traced back to the cutting oil) that remains after ultrasonic cleaning with Alconox® detergent. Will Alconox® will fully dissolve linoleic acid? Can you recommend a cleaning process to ensure complete removal of all linoleic acid residue from our parts?

A: Alconox® Powdered Precision Cleaner will not dissolve, but will emulsify, the linoleic acid on your machined parts. In order to get a linoleic-acid-free clean, increase

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Degassing Ultrasonic Cleaning Solution

Q. How would we determine appropriate degassing time for solution with ultrasonic cleaner? We are cleaning with distilled water with Alconox® detergent.

A. Degassing time varies with amount of dissolved carbon dioxide, which can vary. In general…

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How Long for Residue Free Ultrasonic Cleaning?

Q. How to determine appropriate cleaning time to clean parts with ultrasonic cleaner?

A. Observations and cleaning trials are the best way to determine appropriate cleaning time. Many people use 10 minutes as a cleaning time. For difficult residues…

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Choosing Temperature for Ultrasonic Parts Cleaning

Q. How to determine appropriate temperature to clean parts with ultrasonic cleaner?

A. In general, every 10 deg C you go up in temperature doubles the cleaning speed. The faster you want to clean the hotter you should get.

There is a theoretical optimal ultrasonic cavitation temperature at around 70 deg C depending on the exact concentration of detergent. Even though in theory cavitation…

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Cleaning Zinc Plated Metal Parts

Q. We would like to verify compatibility of zinc plated metal parts with Alconox. A. Zinc plated metal parts can be cleaned with Alconox detergent. Depending on the metal and whether there is any defect in the zinc plate coating, you can get galvanic reactions between the zinc and the underlying metal because…

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All About Rinse Aids

There are basically three kinds of rinse aids: Hydrophobic rinse aids that leave behind a residue, surfactants that wet surfaces and allow rinse water to sheet off a surface without leaving behind droplets, and acid rinses that dissolve insoluble alkaline salt residues.

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Remove Algae from Chiller System

Q. What is best product to remove algae from water chiller system?

A. It’s important to prevent deposits and clogs and maintain your chiller tubes according to the manufacturer’s directions. This will help them operate reliably and efficiently. To remove organic material and accomplish descaling, we recommend an acidic cleaner.

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Join Us at FABTECH 2016

Visit Alconox, Inc. at FABTECH 2016, November 16-18.  Enjoy unpaid access for you and your colleagues. Simply Click Here and enter the promo code, ‘FBGUEST’ for access. Stop by booth #C50060 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 […]

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