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MAFAC at the TecSa TALK of the Cleaning Excellence Center (CEC)

The first TecSa TALK in the new year provided exciting insights into the world of cleaning chemicals and their use in industrial cleaning. Tobias Lutz, Application Engineer at MAFAC and Arndt Puschmann from Borer Chemie AG have taken part in the expert panel on 15 February. Under the moderation of science journalist Wolfgang Hess, both exchanged views on the “Interaction of material and cleaning agent in the cleaning process”. Numerous interested listeners took part in the CEC online event and actively participated in the subsequent question and answer session.

The central topics of the one-and-a-half-hour discussion were the current market situation with an outlook on the next few years and the challenges that the cleaning industry will have to face as a result. Both Arndt Puschmann and Tobias Lutz noted a diversification of the market with new applications and the formation of niches. For example, the focus will shift from machining in the automotive sector to cleaning tasks for electronic components, such as those required by e-mobility. Increasingly, tasks will also arise in the medical and health care sector or in energy management. In general, the demands on component cleanliness continue to rise. “For us as a manufacturer of cleaning machines, this means that we have to constantly adapt our technologies to the requirements of the market. Increasingly, new cleaning processes as well as new machine functions and modules are coming into play. In order to securely position our products for the future, we will not only further develop them for new areas of application, but also adapt them geographically to new markets, such as for requirements in Asia or North America,” says Tobias Lutz.

Further issues have been:

  • The choice of the appropriate cleaning agent is either made based on experiments at the customer’s site or based on preliminary tests in the manufacturer’s test centre
  • For the most part, cleaning solutions for cleaning tasks already exist; new developments of cleaning agents are rather the exception
  • Single-chamber spraying systems are losing some market share; ultrasonic and other flooding processes, on the other hand, are still in demand
  • Due to surface roughness, castings continue to pose a challenge in achieving technical cleanliness
  • Process chemistry can also be used to enhance surfaces by removing oxidised areas, provided surface treatment is permitted
  • The development of cleaning agents is regulated by the REACH regulation
  • From an ecological point of view, the recovery of process water through oil separation and/or filtration is playing an increasingly important role
  • Verification of the cleaning process continues to be measured by the cleaning result
  • The demand for automated monitoring of contaminants and cleaning agents directly in the process is rising, increasingly due to the required verification in medical technology

You can find the next TecSa TALK date here https://cec-leonberg.de/termine/

Tobias Lutz, Application Engineer

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