The Science Lab
How to Choose the Right Chemistry for Your Metal Finishing Process
In an industry where production time, volume, and quality are critical, it’s increasingly important to ensure metal parts obtain desired results and meet specifications established. Since metal parts cleaning is quickly becoming the industry standard, facility managers must become well versed in the extensive cleaning processes and chemistries available that will provide the performance level required. It is also essential that they must learn the differences between aqueous and solvent cleaning solutions and the advantages and disadvantages of using each approach.
With that being said, it takes time and effort to find the right chemistry that meets your needs. Settling for anything less could be dangerous. Luckily, our Global Product Line Manager, Joe McChesney, can help!
Read his latest article “Choosing the Right Chemistry” which will teach you everything you need to know about finding which chemistry is right for your process.
Read Joe’s article here
A Closer Look at Stainless Steel Passivation And How You Could Benefit From It
There are many ways to keep stainless steel protected from corrosion. One popular way is to utilize a method called passivation. You might be wondering how that works or what it means. We’ve got answers!
Simply put, passivation, unless otherwise specified, is defined as the chemical treatment of stainless steel with a mild oxidant, such as a citric acid solution, for the purpose of the removal of free iron, or other foreign matter. Citric acid passivation treatment of stainless steel is intended to improve the corrosion resistance of parts made from stainless steels of all types.
The formation of the protective passive film on a stainless steel, also called passivation, will occur spontaneously in air when the stainless-steel surface is free of oxide, free iron, and other contaminants. After passivation with this process, parts are rinsed in clean water, and no further chemical treatment is required.
To learn more about the benefits of passivation, we invite you to download our informative document that explores how the process works and which chemistries work best. Additionally, if you are a veteran to passivation, you might wonder if the passivation has been done correctly. At KYZEN, we offer a Copper Sulfate Test Kit that provides the answers you need! Learn more below.
Download the Passivation Brochure here or Read more about the Copper Sulfate Test Kit
Meet Your Regional Manager
Jason Schwartz – Southern Regional Manager
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Jason has been with KYZEN for 8 years. While he has been a Regional Manager for various locations since he began, he currently lives in Nashville, TN and is the Southern Regional Manager. Jason has always had an interest in chemistry and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a B.S. in Chemistry. In his spare time, Jason enjoys golfing, rugby, and cheering on the Cincinnati Reds Baseball team. He also loves to travel and has been to a dozen countries on 4 continents (although interestingly he’s never been to Canada or Mexico!) and hopes to be able to expand that number soon. Another fun fact is that Jason has won Product Finishing’s 40 Under 40 Award after being nominated for his hard work. If you have any questions for Jason, do not hesitate to reach out. He will be more than happy to help!
Introducing Our New Tech 2 Tech Packages!
As you may or may not know, in July of 2021, our Tech 2 Tech program officially turned one! Once we hit this milestone, we thought it was only right to take a step back and look at the program to see how it could evolve (as all great things do in time). After a lot of planning, we are happy to share with you the next phase of the Tech 2 Tech program: Tech 2 Tech Packages!
So how was this created and what does it mean for you? Essentially, we examined the program as a whole and noticed we have a lot of content out there now. To be exact, we have over 50 educational videos since the premiere of the program. We wanted to find a way that everyone (including you) could benefit from all this knowledge, so we decided to group certain videos together into little bundles that focus on a specific topic (ex: Bath Life, Cleaning Basics, Corrosion Protection, etc.). We geared these topics for both the Electronics and Metal Finishing industry.
This now means that instead of scrolling through our library to see if we have presented on a certain topic, it’s now bundled together, served up and ready to be watched. The packages also include any relevant documents pertaining to the sessions so you don’t have to dig for those either.
If you haven’t been able to explore the packages yourself, now is the time! Additionally, if you are new to our Tech 2 Tech program, you can learn how it works by viewing our latest commercial and register for one of our sessions today at tech2techbykyzen.com. Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions!
View Our Tech 2 Tech Packages Here
25 Years of Process Care Services
For 25 years, KYZEN has proudly supported customers all over the globe with our process care services. These services help process engineers manage, monitor, and improve performance. Below are a wide array of services KYZEN offers.
Find out which product might be the right fit for your process by viewing what we have to offer below:
Analytical Lab Services: Our labs are equipped with the latest analytical equipment and staffed with a team of highly trained chemists to provide support to our customers worldwide. The Analytical Labs provide our customers with unparalleled laboratory services to see them through a wide range of problems. Our testing services include Wash Bath Analysis, FTIR Analysis, GC (Gas Chromatography) Analysis, IC Testing (Ion Chromatography), SIR Testing, Millipore Testing, R.O.S.E. Testing, and more.
Contract Cleaning: The contract cleaning service allows us to assist customers with a variety of issues to avoid cleaning system downtime, corrosion issues on metal parts, flux removal needs on no-clean parts, customer rejects with current cleaning process, and much more.
Atmospheric Chamber Testing: Atmospheric Control Chamber creates tightly controlled, programmable hot/cold and humid atmospheres that may induce corrosion, rust and/or failure for clean parts for any end-use. KYZEN offers this testing in response to the growing concern among industries about accelerated environmental, reliability and corrosion issues.
New Process Start-Up: The process of switching chemistries over to a KYZEN chemistry can seem daunting. However, we ensure that you gain the knowledge and training you need to effectively utilize your purchase. Our technically trained salespeople and/or engineers will help you with your initial fill, optimize the process parameters of the machine, show you how to check and maintain the concentration, and remain with you until the first batch of clean parts come off the line. We will also help remove any trace of the former product from your machine before KYZEN chemistry is fully installed.
On-Site Process Audit: By verifying and trending important operating parameters, you can detect problems early and prevent issues that may affect production and/or quality over time, ultimately providing better quality products for your customers. The engineering and field support team at KYZEN will come to you to review chemistry usage, rinse water quality, nozzle pressures and alignment, exhaust balancing, amperage draw for motors and blowers and more. If an on-site visit is not needed, we also offer conference call options with members of our clean team.
Process Development and Validation: With this service, KYZEN has made themselves available to help develop and validate your cleaning process from the beginning. We can recommend a cleaning process that fits your floor space, your budget, and your end result requirements. We also work with potential customers at no charge to design the best cleaning method, beginning from process development through validation of outcome.
Risk-Free Trial: Determine your cleaning process, verify, test and implement are the 3 steps we want you to follow before committing to a product or process. Our “try before you buy” concept is something that KYZEN believes is crucial. Our risk-free trial includes cleaning your product (from circuit boards to automotive and aerospace metal parts and everything in between) in our award-winning application laboratories where we can thoroughly evaluate a broad range of process solutions. We’re available to help setup and validate the process at your site – anywhere in the world!
Wash Tank Conditioning/Maintenance: KYZEN developed this particular service to combat the struggles with productivity and various processes. Delivering the right amount of chemistry at the right time and properly conditioning the wash tank is key to getting the most value. This proven approach reduces the cost of ownership while increasing production by providing consistent, reliable performance. Plus, conserving water and minimizing chemical use benefits the environment as well.
To learn more about our services, visit here.