Category Archives: Lab Tales

Common Misconceptions About Oil Removal Using Oil Coalescers

Preceding blogs have described oil removal techniques for industrial cleaning in some detail.  It would be nice if this was always a simple consideration - but it is not! The case for using an oil coalescer is pretty clear cut as … Continue reading

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Cleaning – When Things Go Wrong

When everything is going well and final inspectors are finding nothing but acceptably clean parts, cleaning can be a pretty boring part of the overall production process.  As soon as a dirty part shows up, however, it seems that cleaning … Continue reading

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Measurements – What is an Ounce? Units of Measure

We all know that an ounce is a unit of weight, right?  There are 16 ounces in a pound, 2,000 pounds in a ton and so on.  However, in another convention, there are 8 ounces in a cup, 16 ounces … Continue reading

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What Makes A Cleaning Requirement Challenging?

The preceeding blog discussed what is probably the “granddaddy” of all cleaning challenges – burned-on carbon.  But, as those of us who have been in the cleaning business since Noah launched the ark know, there are a bunch of other … Continue reading

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Challenging Cleaning Applications

The technology of parts cleaning is a very sophisticated science today.  Most cleaning challenges can be met with the proper combination of equipment, chemistry and technique.  In my 45 year involvement with parts cleaning, I have seen many twists and … Continue reading

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Flammability – More Things You Should Know – LFL and UFL

Although, fortunately, we seldom encounter flammability issues in cleaning, it’s a good idea to be familiar with some of the terms like Upper and Lower Flammability and Explosive Limits for the sake of safety. In the preceding blog, it was … Continue reading

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Applications Notes – Ultrasonic Filter Cleaning

Filters used to filter air, water and chemicals in industrial processes can cost thousands of dollars and more.  Some filters are intended to be renewable by cleaning.  Other filters, even some not considered disposable, can be recovered for re-use using … Continue reading

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Ultrasonic Cleaning – More About Baskets and Fixtures

This blog is in response to recently received reader questions regarding the best designs for baskets and fixtures used in ultrasonic cleaning applications.  The blog Reader Questions – Baskets for Ultrasonic Cleaning addressed previous questions.  Today’s question concerns the use of metallic … Continue reading

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Water – De-Ionoized – Right and Wrong

This blog explores some common mistakes made in the application of de-ionization hardware.  Although a properly engineered and installed de-ionization system will prevent these potential mistakes at the start, post-installation modifications by those less knowledgeable about de-ionizing technology don’t always … Continue reading

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Metrology – Concepts in Practice

Preceding blogs on metrology have introduced some basic concepts which can serve as food for thought.  Today, I would like to give you a couple of examples of the practical application of the concepts discussed so far in industrial cleaning … Continue reading

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