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New Cleaning Chemistry Launched at SUR/FIN 2016


This year marked the 25th year Hubbard-Hall has attended the highly anticipated National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) SUR/FIN 2016 conference. In celebration, we launched our new family of organic acid cleaners at the show which was held from June 6-8th in the Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas. SUR/FIN is one of the most comprehensive manufacturing and technology trade shows that connects thousands of surface finishing professionals to the industry’s foremost business suppliers, latest innovations, and the most influential leaders. Throughout the 3-day event, members of our team enjoyed the multitude of educational conference sessions, keynotes, and being on the trade-show floor. 

We were particularly honored to be a part of the impressive educational program line up. Hubbard-Hall’s Senior Technical Service Engineer, Mike Valenti, had the opportunity to present during the ‘Light Materials Finishing’ session. The new type of cleaning chemistry discussed in Mike’s presentation is part of the new family of organic acid cleaners that we launched at the show. This product line has proven to increase productivity by 60%, and includes Aquaease 2289 soak cleaner, Aquaease PLA 915 spray cleaner, and Lusterbrite CBA mass finishing. The primary focus of Mike’s presentation was to educate the conference attendees on how to clean, deoxidize, and brighten non-ferrous metals in one step.

By combining these processes to one single step, manufacturers can increase productivity by 60% and possibly reduce waste disposal by thousands of dollars. Below is the abstract of Mike’s talk, “Improve Your Non-Ferrous Metal Surface Preparation”:

The cleaning and surface preparation of non-ferrous soft metals can require multiple and complex steps. Manufacturers using these alloys continue to require more efficient and less complex processes. This presentation will demonstrate how a novel type of chemistry can have a positive impact on process improvements through all steps of an operation, including cleaning, brightening, waste treatment, and maintenance of equipment. It will further demonstrate the ability to eliminate certain process steps traditionally needed to achieve the desired finish.

Some other benefits of switching to these new organic acid cleaners include reducing scale and sludge in the washer, elimination of toxic fumes, minimizing over-etching, and more. To learn more about the challenges with finishing non-ferrous metals and to see real life process examples of this new chemistry at work, click here to view Mike’s full presentation.

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