What’s Suddenly Causing a Cleaner’s Short Bath Life?

As published in Products Finishing Magazine, September 2017 issue.

Q. My cleaner is suddenly experiencing a short bath life. Did something change?

A. The very short answer is, “yes.” However, exactly what those changes could be is a much more nuanced answer than you might expect. They may be changes in the substrate, the oils used in manufacturing, or in some cases a combination of factors that have impacted the entire process line. Given the numerous possibilities, I recommend reviewing all other variables before assuming that the culprit is the cleaning chemistry itself. Doing so will save you time, money and lots of frustration.

With that said, it would seem logical to immediately lay blame on the cleaning chemistry. But hear me out. We can quickly turn rectifiers, heaters and agitation on and off without much work. Flip a couple switches or turn some valves, and boom, you’re in business. However, the moment you decide to pour chemistry into the tanks, the only way to reverse that decision is by making another extremely costly decision: dumping and making a new bath. Therefore, it is always best to start with the basics, and there’s nothing more “basic” than the substrate itself. READ MORE.