The Basics of Alkaline Cleaning in the Electroplating Industries

The most important phase of metal working, fabricating and finishing is cleaning.  Alkaline cleaning is the mainstay of industrial cleaning and may employ both physical and chemical actions.  Cleaners are many in number and vary in type and formulation.  Alkaline cleaners are specifically formulated (proprietary) chemical blends which consist of alkaline builder salts, surfactants, sequestering agents, emulsifiers and chelators .  Wetting agents, soaps and synthetic detergents, allow oil to be removed by displacing the oil from the surface of the part being cleaned by creating an emulsion win … [Read more...]