Product Quality Cleaning Workshop

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Who Should Attend?

The workshop is geared to manufacturers and assemblers of high value products in areas such as metals, electronics, optics, microelectronics, aerospace/military, medical devices, and products produced by additive manufacturing.

What you will Learn

The workshop gives you the tools to achieve optimal critical and precision product cleaning processes that enhance manufacturing quality and productivity. You learn how to monitor current cleaning processes and to troubleshoot cleaning problems. You will be equipped to make informed choices about cleaning agents, cleaning processes, analytical tests, and suppliers/contract manufacturers.

Workshop Topics

  • Value-added processes for general cleaning, precision cleaning, critical cleaning, surface preparation, and contamination control.
  • Selecting your optimal cleaning process: cleaning agents and cleaning equipment (solvent and aqueous)
  • Avoiding product damage
  • Understanding surface tests and monitoring
  • Choosing analytical tests that do the job
  • Navigating safety / regulatory hurdles
  • Cleaning to specifications and cleaning for quality

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Special Features

  • Non-commercial, practical training
  • Real-time cleaning demonstrations
  • Hands-on training in surface monitoring and cleaning techniques
  • Demonstrations of analytical techniques
  • SHSU sponsored, continuing education certificate

About the Instructors

Barbara Kanegsberg, President of BFK Solutions, LLC, is a recognized expert in critical/industrial cleaning and contamination control. She develops critical cleaning processes, conducts validations, and resolves product-related regulatory issues. Barbara is a member of the ASTM medical device Cleanliness Testing Task Force and a US Expert to the ISO/TC 209 WG 12: She has a master degree in biological chemistry, and is co-author of the two-volume CRC Handbook for Critical Cleaning.

Ed Kanegsberg, Vice President of BFK Solutions, is a chemical physicist and engineer who troubleshoots and solves manufacturing production problems in medical device development and in other high-value products. He is a recognized consultant in industrial cleaning process design and process performance with decades of experience helping companies transition from prototype to production. Ed has a Ph.D. in physics and is co-author of the CRC Handbook for Critical Cleaning.

Darren Williams, Professor of Physical Chemistry, Sam Houston State University, has 18 years of experience in cleanliness verification processes. His university research is applied to industrial process issues solvent selection, surface preparation, surface cleanliness, and analytical instrumentation. Darren Williams has a Ph.D. in chemistry and is trained in six sigma process improvement. He has authored over twenty articles, two chapters, and filed two patents related to cleanliness verification.


  • May 16-17, 2018, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
  • One Attendee - $1100 Includes 2-day hands-on conference, lunches, coffee breaks, vendor demos. See below for full details.
  • Group Rates - $1100 plus additional registrations at $950 
  • Sponsorship Registration - $1800 for a table top display along with one registration (additional registrations at $950).
  • See the sponsor page for full details.


We have secured a block of rooms at the university rate ($92.95 + tax) at the University Hotel. Tell them you are with the Product Quality Cleaning Workshop. 

Our newest hotels in Huntsville are the Fairfield Inn and Suites, Hampton Inn and Suites, and Holiday Inn Express. If searching on your own, be sure you are reserving a room in Huntsville TEXAS and not Alabama. 

Contact Us

Barbara and Ed Kanegsberg
BFK Solutions LLC, (310)459-3614 

Darren L. Williams
Sam Houston State University

Sponsorship Opportunities are Still Available - (but not much longer)

Official Media Sponsor


We are pleased to announce that Gardner Business Media has joined the Product Quality Cleaning Workshops as our official media sponsor.

Gardner Business Media is the premier publisher in the manufacturing sector and publishes brands that serve all aspects of discrete parts manufacturing. Products Finishing (application of coatings) and Production Machining (small parts machining) magazines are just two of those properties that have been serving their respective fields for decades. Once a quarter a Parts Cleaning Section is published between both magazines which provides the market the latest trends in technology along with best practices for cleaning professionals. This section publishes to over 50,000 subscribers and is the only trade journal in the US focused on industrial cleaning applications.

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