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    Alkaline Cleaning of Stainless Steel: An Overview

    Published: 01 January 1973

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    An overall view of alkaline cleaning of stainless steel is presented by this paper. It deals with the advantages of alkaline chemical cleaning and the requirements that must be met by properly compounded alkaline solutions.

    The importance of proper rinsing and water management is included for the interest of metal manufacturers and fabricators. A brief discussion on waste treatment is also included.

    A study of the relationship between cleaning costs and profits as they affect the production manager is explained in detail with a formula presented for determining unit cost.


    stainless steels, cleaning, detergents, alkalies

    Author Information:

    Rauscher, R. A.
    Manager, Metal Industries Division, Oakite Products, Inc., Berkeley Heights, N. J.

    Committee/Subcommittee: D12.14

    DOI: 10.1520/STP41370S