Analytical Laboratory Services and Support
Science and Care truly Converge in KYZEN’s Analytical Laboratories located around the world. Our labs are equipped with the latest analytical equipment and staffed with a team of highly trained chemists to provide support to our customers worldwide. These resources are key to ensuring your robust process by profiling the wash bath and identifying unknown residues if they occur. They also play a vital role in the research and development of new KYZEN products and guarantee product quality on a daily basis.
To ensure the highest quality final products, all of our raw materials must meet strict quality standards before they are accepted for use in KYZEN cleaning products. Only the best ingredients can result in the best cleaning solution. Every single KYZEN Cleaning Chemistry is thoroughly tested before it even leaves the mixing tank and is only released for shipment once it passes the rigorous quality standards in the business. Every Product – Every Time.
KYZEN’s Analytical Labs provide our customers with unparalleled laboratory services to see them through a wide range of problems. Some of the services that our customers may take advantage of are:
* Wash Bath Profile – KYZEN has assembled and provides a Bath Profile Kit that our customers can use to collect bath samples over the course of time. Upon receipt of the samples by the lab, the physical properties of the wash solution are measured and analyzed. The properties measured may include pH, bath concentration, and soil loading. The customer will receive a written report showing how the KYZEN chemistry in their wash sump changes with run time. Understanding the changes the bath goes through over its life-cycle allows our customers to predict and schedule routine maintenance, saving them both time and money.
* Residue Identification – Understanding the composition of tenacious or unexpected residues helps our Sales Managers and Technical Services Engineers optimize our customer’s cleaning process. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), is a tool the Analytical laboratory uses to understand the organic nature of unknown residues.
Research and Development
KYZEN’s research chemists are continuously looking at ways to make the cleaning process better and easier to maintain. For example, developing new methods to monitor bath concentration or study a unique raw material to understand how it could impact cleaning.
- The R.O.S.E. test method has been the industry standard production line test for measuring the cleanliness of electronic assemblies for more than forty years. Cleanliness testing equipment provides an automated method for running the R.O.S.E. test. The automated R.O.S.E. test remains the current standard for conducting daily production tests for electronic assemblies.
- Ion chromatography (IC) is an analytical chemistry method that separates chemicals with an electrical charge, called ions. There are two main types of ions: cations and anions. Cations have a positive charge and anions have a negative charge. Chromatography is the process of separating chemicals from each other based on some property, in this case electrical charge. These ions are detected by measuring the conductivity of the solution passing through the detector, similar to the older ROSE testing but much more sensitive and can tell you what the contaminates are instead of just that there is a contaminate present. It is important to note that not all molecules can be detected using IC. They must be able to conduct electricity in a solution. IC helps our customers by being the only commonly used method to identify and quantify ions. This ability better allows our customers to understand the potential impacts on the reliability of their parts, and allows for quantitative measures of the impact different conditions have on their process. It can also be used to show the efficacy and value added by cleaning in a quantitative way.
- Millipore Testing – KYZEN’s Analytical Laboratories will perform gravimetric or Millipore testing on industrial sample parts during process development to gauge the effectiveness of the washing. This method looks for the particulates that remain on the part after cleaning. A solvent wash collects the particulates that are then filtered and weighed. The particles that collect on the filter paper are then analyzed microscopically to understand their size and composition.