Conversion Checklist - Process
- Is the material of the parts compatible with the proposed process/chemistry?
- Will the cleaning be batch or continuous?
- Will the process be automated?
- What are the financial limitations on new equipment purchases?
- Is the new process labor intensive relative to the old process?
- Will the cleaning process affect the upstream or downstream
processes? (For example will a change in lubricants be needed
to be compatible with the new cleanser; will the time required
in the drier be compatible with current throughput rate?)
- Will the cleaning process harm the surface of the part?
- Will additional surface preparation be needed after cleaning?
- Is an acceptable and sufficient quantity of the new chemical
or equipment available at reasonable cost?
- Can current equipment be used as is (drop-in substitution)?
- Can existing equipment be retrofit for the proposed method?
- Is retrofit more economical than equipment replacement?
- Is the material of your existing equipment compatible with your
new chemistry/process? (For example, will there be corrosion,
embrittlement, chemical reaction, heat transfer difficulties,
or pressure containment?)
- Will scale buildup be a problem?
- Is sufficient containment available (shielding for spraying,
edges to prevent drips)?
- Is humidity control adequate?
- Are pumps adequate?
- Are closed-loop recycle and reuse practical within the process?
- Will the wastewater include biocides, foaming agents, or metals?
- Will contracts need to be changed to reflect new cleaning method?
- Will the product meet quality specifications including applicable
- Will customer require proof that specifications are met and,
if so, what kind?
- Is resistance to the changes likely?
- What type of training should be set up?
- Are incentive programs or monitoring programs appropriate for
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22 January 1999