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Using High Foam Detergent in an Automated Ultrasonic Cleaning Line

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

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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Silicon Oil

Cleaning Silicone Grease Residue Build Up in a Parts Washer

Q. Our parts washer uses a 2.5 hour cycle following a manual wash. A build up of silicone grease is observed. Our preference is to reduce manual cleaning. Is there a cleaning agent available that can remove silicone grease that would be compatible with a parts washer using water as the cleaning agent?

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Citric Acid Passivation – Safe, Effective, Easy

Surface contamination interferes with formation of protective oxide coating on stainless steel thereby leaving it open to corrosion. The stainless steel needs passivation.

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Alconox, Inc. at Cosmoprof North America 2018

Join Alconox, Inc. at Cosmoprof North America in Las Vegas, July 29-31, 2018.  When you’re at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, stop by booth #41455. Alconox, Inc. cosmetic cleaners make short work of titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, silicone and other hard-to-clean residues. Our fast-acting, fragrance-free cosmetic cleaners also remove dyes, petrolatum, and fragrances even in the most demanding cosmetic cleaning applications.

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Medical Device Cleaning: Martensitic Stainless Steel

Q: We use Alconox on the medical device parts we manufacture that need cleaning before shipment. Alconox detergent is working in an excellent way with austenitic stainless steel parts, but is not working that well with martensitic stainless steel. Actually, at the end of the process cleaning martensitic steel, we notice some marks on the material. Any recommendations?

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How to Clean Laboratory Glassware

Clean laboratory glassware is essential in all laboratories. No scientist, engineer, laboratory technician, or analyst has time to fail an experiment because of contaminated glassware.  

Good, well-built, precision detergents (like the Alconox, Inc. portfolio of course) can make up for quite of bit incomplete, inefficient or incorrect glassware cleaning techniques.

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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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Risk Based Limits and Pharmaceutical Cleaning

Q. We are moving from LD50 data to ADE (PDE) limits based on HBELs. This is allowing us to eliminate disposables for low-risk products.  How do I know which can be manually cleaned and which needs to be in a washer? Can manual cleaning be validated?

A. Many pharma and biotech companies have been moving to Health-Based Exposure Limits (HBELs) meaning Acceptable Daily Exposure (ADE) or Permitted Daily Exposure (PDE) limits as detergent residue limits.    

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Cleaning Laboratory Glassware for LC/MS

Q. What is the best way to clean LC/MS glassware?
A. We have published a whitepaper on the formal LC/MS glassware cleaning procedure. Contact us at cleaning@alconox.com for a copy.

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