Product Quality Cleaning Workshop


Our next PQCWebinar is approaching fast!

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Mike Valenti of Hubbard Hall will discuss how to Overcome the Challenges of Aluminum Cleaning on October 26th at 11 AM Central US Time.

Cleaning aluminum is far different and more challenging (one might say more aggravating!) than cleaning stainless steel.  Metal finishers worry about over-etching, difficult stains and damaging expensive aluminum.  This webinar will cover the basic principles that make aluminum unique, cleaners that remove stubborn contaminants and case studies on how to reduce the cost, complexity, and chemical consumption of cleaning aluminum.

Special considerations when cleaning aluminum:

  • How is the aluminum being used? Will a caustic soda based cleaner impact this?
  • What’s the contaminant you are trying to remove?
  • Is over-etched aluminum a concern?
  • Have you thought about post-cleaning waste treatment?

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Details of the Product Quality Cleaning Workshop

The 2021 Workshop is in the bag. We had a compelling, live and interactive online experience over the 16 hours of classroom and lab instruction.

Real-time cleaning exercises and demonstrations brought the attendees as close as possible to hands-on testing

What will this Workshop do for you in the future?

We offer this workshop every other year, typically. 

You can make better products and profits with better cleaning.

This workshop has been converted into a live and interactive online experience.

You will learn many practical ways to save money and how to avoid costly mistakes in cleaning.

Surely you want:

  • Consistently clean parts.
  • A positive reputation for your company. This often depends upon cleaning.
  • Technicians and managers who know how cleaning affects the bottom line.
  • To know how to troubleshoot cleaning problems.

The Product Quality Cleaning Workshop features:

  • 16 hours of continuing education
  • 8 hours of live and interactive class time
  • 8 hours of live and interactive time in the lab cleaning parts and discussing equipment, cleaners, and pro-tips

What they say...

Spontaneous comments from 2021

"You folks did a great job. You covered it all. Zoom seemed to work well, your tech guy should get a medal."

"I have to admit, you kept me on my toes throughout the event by always interjecting the direct importance of physics and chemistry on cleaning, that part was great."

"I thought the workshop was amazing, great job! I really enjoyed attending it and learned quite a few things as well. Despite it having to be virtual, I thought you all did a fantastic job at explaining and demonstrating everything for others to understand."

Comments from 2018

PQCW: What activities/information did you find most valuable?


"The various cleaning processes available which I can relay to customers."  - Mark

"lab activities & demonstrations - specifically the low-tech analytical techniques. ... Tying things to fundamental chemistry was very helpful." - 2018 Attendee

"One-on-one conversations" - Michael

"vapor degreasing (I had no previous knowledge)" - Chris

"FTIR, Raman, and fluorescence of surfaces" - Don

"Excellent workshop. I will recommend to others." - John

"All the lab activities were interesting & made me think about things I need to consider in my own lab work." - Carolyn


"Hands-on workshop was great. Standards discussion was informative. Overall great program, well organized!" - Mary

"As a chemist, I found the surface energy portions most valuable." - 2018 Attendee

"The general overview of cleaning and the introduction to cleaning processes [were most valuable]. I really enjoyed [the] foil testing explanation." - Rachel


Sponsorships are available for the 2021 PQCW. 

Sponsorship packages include:

  • One full registration for your representative to attend all sessions and lab experiences
  • One "host read" of your sponsorship during one of the sessions thanking you for your sponsorship and encouraging the attendees to visit your web page and contact your sales representatives
  • Recognition of your support in multiple LinkedIn posts and in our newsletters
  • Logos on the PQCW web site with links to your web site
  • Space in the virtual exhibit hall during the workshop


Product Quality Cleaning Webinars

Last Spring, the pandemic changed everything. One benefit was our introduction of the Product Quality Cleaning Webinars. Those excellent webinars are offered for your benefit free of charge thanks to the generous support of our workshop sponsors.


Many difficult and adherent residues require mechanical action and/or high emulsifying detergents. These are largely not feasible in automated washers, high-pressure, spray-in-air units and similar clean-in-place (CIP) systems. At these times, cleaning out of place (COP) is necessary. This may be manual cleaning like scrubbing or soaking, or use of an ultrasonic cleaner. Sign up to view our webinar (from Sep 14th) by Michael Moussourakis of Alconox Inc. who will highlight when COP cleaning is needed, cleaning qualifications and verification, and review of case studies.


Critical Cleaning of Cannabis and Related Botanical Residues

Register now to view our interview of Michael Moussourakis - the Senior Director: Technical Sales and Strategic Affairs at Alconox. He shared with us several case studies of Alconox's technical support in the expanding cannabis and botanical extract industry. Plant residues are incredibly complex and can be very difficult to clean, which makes this webinar a must-see for those worst-case cleaning scenarios.


Cleaning and Vapor Degreasing with OpteonTM SF80

PQCW hosts Chemours™, makers of Opteon™ and Vertrel™ specialty fluids, to discuss critical cleaning solutions, and Opteon™ SF80, a new, low-GWP hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) based cleaning fluid. Barbara, Ed, and Darren interview Kathy Colon, the technical sales lead for Opteon™ and Vertrel™ specialty fluids. 

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Essential Tools for Quality Management

Quality product requires effective, consistent parts cleaning. Andre Lohse Of SITA Messtechnik explains techniques and instrumentation (contact angle and bubble pressure) for achieving quality assurance and improving process management, including methods and instruments for bath monitoring and cleanliness inspection of parts.

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Don't be Foiled! Monitoring Ultrasonic Cleaning Processes with Hydrophones

Ultrasonic cleaning is a dynamic process, and there are ways to monitor it that are more responsive and informative than the traditional metal foil test. With ONDA technology one can systematically monitor and control each parameter that impacts the ultrasonic cleaning process. Barbara, Ed, and Darren interview Petrie Yam, manager of sales, marketing, and operations at ONDA,  

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Excellent Dirt! Standard Soils for Evaluating Cleaning Processes

Standard soils can be the fastest way - sometimes the only way – to show whether or not cleaning is effective. Excellent dirt is soil that is consistent. Excellent dirt is stubborn enough to distinguish differences in cleaning systems. In this PQCWebinar, Tanner Volek of the Cleaning Research Group at Sam Houston State University explains his work designing standard soils and then testing them under different cleaning conditions. Tanner Volek graduate with a B.Sc. in Chemistry and was a Staff Lab Tech in the Cleaning Research Group (CRG) at Sam Houston State University.


What is this Particle? And will it kill my part or assembly?

Join the PQCW team of Cleaning Lady and the Rocket Scientist Barbara and Ed Kanegsberg along with the Professor Darren Williams, as they interview Peter Feamster from JOMESA about Technical Cleanliness, Particle Counting, and Particle Identification using Scanning Electron Microscopy. If you are concerned with particle contamination, then this webinar is for you!

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Introducing the Manufacturing Cleaning Association

Learn about the newest association and the only one dedicated specifically to cleaning in the manufacturing sector.

Matt Gilmore will describe how the MCA will benefit YOU.
- Standardization - industry experts answering "how clean is clean?"
- Technical Support - publications, webinars, and virtual groups
- Networking - connecting at conferences, events, and online communities
- Employment - platform connecting members and employers


Building a Defendable Cleaning Process

The Cleaning Lady and the Rocket Scientist Barbara and Ed Kanegsberg along with the Professor Darren Williams cover one of the key topics from our Product Quality Cleaning Workshop - Building a Defendable Cleaning Process. If you’re in aerospace, electronics, medical, optics, automotive, metal finishing, or additive manufacturing, a defendable cleaning process provides confidence and saves money.

You need this webinar to
• Justify current cleaning processes
• Expedite process modifications
• Prepare for an efficient, effective validation
• Achieve successful audits and inspections
• Convincingly present the product to customers
• Cut production costs
• Improve yield, avoid product failure

Who should attend
• Engineering
• Operations
• Marketing
• Regulatory

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Reduce Downtime, Cut Costs in Aqueous Surface Prep Lines

Metal finishers rely on aqueous emulsifying cleaners for effective surface prep in operations like plating, anodizing, and galvanizing. The “pinch point” is the downtime and costs associated with changing out and disposing of the baths. Mike Valenti of Hubbard Hall explains how a combination of an effective emulsifying cleaning agent with new, efficient filtration can dramatically reduce process downtime, cut the cost of cleaning chemistry (reclaim 95% of cleaning agent!), reduce waste and energy costs, and improve product quality.

Discover Cyclic Nucleation

Cyclic Nucleation Process (CNp)

Gerhard Koblenzer and Hans Hauger of LPW explained the principles of CNp and contrasted the technique with ultrasonic cleaning.  They provided case studies and demonstrations from the “LPW Test and Service Centre for Critical and Fine Cleaning,” Aqueous cleaning systems designed with CNp technology have been successful in difficult (or seemingly impossible) cleaning situations such as Interiors of narrow tubes, blind holes, ornate parts, additive manufactured parts, porous surfaces, and surfaces that are easily damaged.


The Dirty Secrets of Cleaning Medical Devices

Jeff Phillips of Alconox discusses critical cleaning and cleanliness validation/verification with Barbara, Ed, and Darren. He explains how successful critical cleaning means setting up effective, consistent, documented cleaning processes. He provides an overview of what is involved in validation/verification. Learn about standards and work practices for cleaning process validation.


Cleaning with Modified Alcohols

This webinar answers these questions and more: What are modified alcohols? What types of soils do they clean? What equipment is needed for their use? How can I evaluate if these methods apply to my situation? Barbara, Ed, and Darren interview Christian Roesener and Michael Onken of SAFCHEM. 

Official Media Sponsor


Thank you Gardner Business Media, publisher of Products Finishing and Production Machining magazines, for your partnership as the official media sponsor of the Product Quality Cleaning Workshop.

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 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.