Category: Seen and Solved

Navigating the Trichloroethylene Shortage: A Shift in Industrial Cleaning Practices

In recent times, the industrial sector has faced a significant challenge due to the abrupt halt in the production of trichloroethylene (TCE), a versatile solvent widely employed in industrial cleaning and degreasing processes. This unforeseen disruption has compelled businesses to rethink their approach to solvent management and explore innovative solutions to address the scarcity. Trichloroethylene… Read more »

Choosing the Right Cleaning Process: Navigating the Characteristics That Matter

Cleaning processes play a crucial role in various industries, ensuring the removal of contaminants to maintain optimal performance and longevity of components. This blog takes a closer look at the intricacies of different cleaning processes, shedding light on the essential characteristics that applicators need to consider. Let’s explore the factors that matter most when selecting… Read more »

How critical is cleaning in the process prior to phosphating?

One of the biggest wastes in a phosphating application is the productivity loss due to rejects & reworks. As with most multi-step chemical processes, having a clean contaminate-free surface is key to achieving a proper phosphate coating. This enables the reaction to proceed across the entire working surface area and ensures that the substrate is… Read more »

Enhancing Aluminum Treatment: Optimizing Bath Life for Quality Assurance

In the process of aluminum cleaning, managing zincate drag-in and avoiding blistering issues is important for ensuring quality. A customer case study reveals a solution that balances quality maintenance and cost-effectiveness, highlighting the importance of improving treatment processes. When a manufacturing customer consistently faced blistering concerns around the third metal turnover (MTO). Their innovative response… Read more »

Controlling Your Zinc and Manganese Phosphate Baths

To the uninitiated, the daily operation of a phosphate bath can appear daunting – perhaps even a bit convoluted. While temperature and concentration are common parameters for most chemical applications, both phosphate baths have added complexity acid points, acid ratios, dissolved iron, sludging, heating source, & more. In this post, we will highlight some of… Read more »

Concrete Corrosion is Every Collection System’s Problem

Concrete Corrosion. Mention corrosion and most people think rusting metal. True, but reinforced concrete also corrodes and deteriorates. How so? Reinforced concrete is the backbone of every wastewater collection system. Alkaline materials in the cement phase of concrete are extremely susceptible to corrosion. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is the root contributor to corrosion in sewer systems…. Read more »

Foam is Only Good on Beer and Latte

Do you know the chorus of this children’s song? “But the cat came back the very next day, The cat came back, we thought he was a goner But the cat came back; it just couldn’t stay away. Away, away, yea, yea, yea…” Like the kitty that kept coming back, thick foam on your aeration… Read more »

When to Take a Closer Look

Microscopic examination of mixed liquor can be a significant aid in the evaluation of the activated sludge process. The presence of various microorganisms within the sludge floc can rapidly indicate good or poor treatment. One of the operator’s primary jobs is to provide a favorable environment to support bug life. Knowing when and how to… Read more »

What are the benefits of iron phosphates compared to zinc and manganese phosphates?

Manganese and zinc phosphate coatings have been utilized as established solutions for over a century, delivering proven benefits in a number of applications. Beyond their mechanical benefits and anti-corrosion properties, these coatings create an optimal surface for paint adhesion by increasing the substrate’s total surface area with the crystalline coating that is formed. However, for… Read more »