With the number of maintenance chemicals and standards out there, it can be a little overwhelming trying to figure out whats the right chemical to use on your equipment. There are two types of cleaning that are pertinent for oxygen equipment, cleaningand disinfectingwith oxygen compatible cleaners and cleaning equipment for oxygen service. 1. Cleaning with oxygen-compatible cleaners Oxygen can react with any residue, particles, dirt, oil, grease or other contaminants that are left on the surface of equipmentwhichis in directcontact with oxygen, such as the cylindervalve orsurface. The body of a cylinder or a regulator for example, should be cleaned with chemicals that will leave noresiduebehind thatmaycause an interaction with oxygenthat may result in combustion. 2. Cleaning equipment for oxygen service Surfaces that come into direct contact with oxygen, such as the valve opening on a cylinder, the inside of a cylinder oranoxygen connection must not only be cleaned with an oxygen compatible
By Dave Marquard, WEMCO Tech Chair If I had anhourto solve a problem and mylifedepended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask five minutes. ----- ALBERT EINSTEIN, DECEMBER 19,1917 Much has changed over the past century since Einstein made this observation. But one fact has not changed: how well you define a problem determines how well you solve it. I have had the distinct honor and privilege of writing this column for several years now and none of them havebeen more important to me than this one. This is because none of us have ever faced a personal and business crisis in our lifetimes like COVID-19. I was a cop in Ohio before I started my businessesand I thought I had seen everything too horrible to mention. But this disease is different. It has touched the lives and businesses of everyone on this planet in a way that challenges and frightens on a scale I never imagined possible. So how do we best manage our welding businesses
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