The Science Lab
The Role of Citric Acid in Parts Cleaning
Although most people think of citrous cleaners as everyday household degreasers, such as GooGone or Lemishine. Citric Acid is actually a very different but even more useful industrial cleaner. Unlike everyday citrous products, Citric Acid is actually a poor degreaser or oil removing chemistry. However, Citric Acid is great at a variety of other industrial applications. It does a wonderful job at removing oxides caused by environmental exposure. Studies by NASA and others have shown Citric Acid to be a greener and safer alternative to Nitric Acid when passivating stainless steel. It can also effectively and safely remove surface rust and descale your parts washer during regular PM’s!
Want to know more about the role of Citric Acid in parts cleaning? Watch this 15 minute Tech to Tech session with KYZEN’s Jason Schwartz as he goes over the properties, processes, and results of Citric Acid in parts cleaning.
MCA: Who, What, Why
The Manufacturing Cleaning Association (MCA) was established in September 2019 after almost 10 years of discussion and preparation and has since become a thriving organization filled with cleaning experts. Gardner Business Media founded the MCA along with other industry-leading companies to fulfill a need for cleaning knowledge across the entire industry. Repeatedly the question had been posed, “How clean is clean” by manufacturing experts throughout the industry. The Manufacturing Cleaning Association was formed to help answer just that question.
Through months of planning and strategic work, the MCA began signing foundational members in December 2019. Founding members included Brulin, Glaser, Hubbard Hall, JAYCO Cleaning Technologies, JOMESA, and KYZEN. Each of these companies has brought new insight into what the manufacturing world needs, as well as top experts in their fields. Some of these experts serve on the board of directors and help steer the association toward cleaning excellence. Our very own Sherry Stepp serves as the President of the MCA and brings her 25+ years of experience to the executive committee. The MCA has brought together a diverse group of individuals and companies all looking to create a better community and share experiences as well as providing intelligent cleaning answers.
The MCA is always looking for new members to add to its already robust community. Becoming a member allows you access to exclusive networking opportunities, technical education, industry standards, and professional connections. If this sounds like something that could be beneficial to you or your organization, click here to read more about the membership process.