In metal finishing, every process step and control parameter is critical. Although most process steps are scrutinized, tracked, and analyzed, quite often rinsing may be overlooked.
The critical nature of rinsing can be measured in many ways such as component quality, process solution contamination, or overall line process quality. The metrics may vary from application to application. Naturally, the more critical the component being finished, the more important the rinsing aspect becomes.
Conventional wisdom says simply use as much water as possible. However, due to the high level of regulatory pressure and discharge restrictions, it is not allowed nor is it practical or economical. Therefore, it is important to optimize the process rinses and rinse flow while conserving water and reducing regulatory pressures.
The following outlines some simple suggestions to improve process rinsing while reducing water consumption. Read more.