5 basic steps to identify and solve a NDT aqueous cleaning issue, and a troubleshooting guide with common problems and solutions
By David Geis, Product Manager
Cleaning parts using aqueous solutions are usually only one part of a much larger manufacturing process. When a problem arises in the process, technicians and engineers need to trace the source of the problem and determine the best solution.
Sometimes a problem will appear immediately after the step causing it. In those cases, troubleshooting can be simple and straightforward.
Other times, problems will only appear after several more processing steps. In these cases, tracing back the root causes can be difficult.
In this article, we outline 5 basic steps you can take to identify and resolve an issue with your aqueous cleaning system, and give you a list of common problems associated with water-based cleaners along with solutions for each.
5 Steps to Resolve an Aqueous NDT Cleaner Problem
- Identify: Identify the stage in the process where the problem first becomes apparent. Closely observe that stage to find out what makes the problem visible.
- Find the source: Starting with the identified stage where the problem becomes apparent, work backwards through the process and closely observe each stage to identify the source of the problem.
- Monitor: When the stage causing the problem is found, monitor that stage to find out if the problem is transient, if it is periodic or if it is inherent to the process.
- Dig deeper:
- If the problem is transient or temporary, identify whether any materials or conditions have changed. Sometimes a simple change in material can introduce unforeseen problems.
- If the problem is periodic or sporadic, observe the environment and nearby process stages. Sometimes seemingly unrelated operations can influence each other to create a problem.
- If the problem appears to be inherent in the process stage, collect as much information as possible. Evaluate whether the problem can be eliminated by changing the stage where the problem originates, or by changing the stage where the problem becomes apparent. Determine whether subsequent process stages would be affected.
- Take action: Based on the information you have, implement the best solution to the problem.