Letter from the President
Jeff Beard, MCA President
Hello. I am Jeff Beard the new president of the Manufacturing Cleaning Association. I have over 30 years in the precision parts cleaning industry and am humbled and honored to lead this organization. A special thank you to Sherry Stepp who turned over the gavel to me in December. Under Sherry’s leadership the MCA has made great strides. Can you believe we started a new organization in the middle of a pandemic and have weathered the storm? Sherry was the right leader at the right time.
You may ask “what do I get if I or my organization joins the MCA?” Quite simply, access to industry expertise. Access to hundreds of combined years of experience and expertise in the cleaning industry. As we grow the MCA community, the access to knowledge and expertise grows.
To my point of sharing expertise, please consider attending the inaugural MCA one-day event. “How Clean is Clean- Aerospace” will be held March 7 in Huntsville, AL. This is the first of 3 events planned for this year. In Huntsville, learn more about water generation and disposal, machining oils, cleaning of 3D printed parts, and cleanliness evaluation. The event is capped off with a solvent replacement roundtable discussion. More information on the event and how to attend can be found here.
Finally, have you heard 3M is exiting the fluoro chemical business by the end of 2025? This will cause customers using all types of precision cleaning applications to search for alternative technology. The MCA is a great place to start. Learn what questions to ask and gather starting point information. Ask for advice from a community that has completed an unknown number of process conversions in their work life.
MCA’s Inaugural Event – Registration Open!
Critical Cleaning in the 3D Printing Industry (Part 1)
Feb. 28, 2023 11 a.m. EDT
Marius Dräger, Staff Chemist, Alconox Inc. This webinar will cover the basics of critical cleaning and how it pertains to different 3D printing technologies. It will also touch on potential issues with material combinations and challenges inherent to the vast amount of materials existent in resin-based 3D printing. Case studies will be presented on the use of aqueous critical cleaning in the field.
NGL Cleaning Technology
About Us: Since 1978, NGL has been a pioneer in the development and manufacturing of precision cleaning products, with the aim of providing its customers with quality, reliability, expertise while reducing the impact of cleaning processes in terms of safety, health and the environment. Our application center is available to help you run trials and design the right cleaning process for your parts.
- 6 Subsidiaries
- 3 specialty centers: polishing pads (Nordic), decoating (GmbH), water treatment (CH)
- 70 employees
- 300 references
- 1,500+ customers
It specializes in the development of cleaning products and the design of cleaning processes for sectors with challenging requirements:
- Watch Making
- Cutting Tools
- Luxury items (glass frames, pens, leather goods, etc.)
- Precision Optics
- Ophthalmic Optics
Birger Krogh, Managing Director, NGL America Inc.
Nicolina (Nicci) Krebasch, Office Administrator, NGL America Inc.
Alejandro Lara, Application Engineer
Gary Andreski, Sales Director – Polishing
Michael McGinty, Sales Manager – Cleaning and Decoating
- Precision cleaning chemicals
- Passivation, citric or nitric chemicals
- Decoating chemicals (cutting tools)
- Stripping chemicals (Optics)
- Water treatment systems
- Cleaning Process monitoring device (UPC3000)
- Polishing Pads
Welcome New Members
Solvents Co. (Kingston, NY)
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News from the EPA
EPA Finds Trichloroethylene Poses an Unreasonable Risk to Human Health the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a revision to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) risk determination for trichloroethylene (TCE), finding that TCE, as a whole chemical substance, presents an unreasonable risk of injury to human health when evaluated under its conditions of use. The next step in the process is to develop a risk management rulemaking to identify and require the implementation of measures to manage these risks. Read more HERE!
Is Laser Cleaning Beneficial for Your Application?
By Tyler Wheeler, Product Manager, Ecoclean North America
Laser ablation is an economical and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional cleaning processes. However, depending on the amount and type of contamination to be removed and the geometry of the part being cleaned, laser cleaning might not be best suited for all cleaning applications. Read more HERE!
MCA Committees Need Your Help
Our committees are an essential part of our association. Without them, we cannot function or reach our goals. Please consider volunteering to be a committee member for an exciting opportunity to be a part of a growing and important community!
Technical Committee: Contact Mike Valenti, firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership/Events Committee: Jeff Beard, email@example.com
Education Committee: Darren Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marketing/Communications Committee: Lori Beckman, email@example.com
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