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54 SMT007 MAGAZINE I JUNE 2023 Feature Interview by Barry Matties I-CONNECT007 As the definition of sustainability evolves in the industry, one thing is clear: Process con- trol plays a large role in any definition. Cre- ating a stable process reduces the potential overuse of cleaning materials and it increases yields, thereby reducing scrap and helping the sustainability effort. I recently spoke with Tom Forsythe, executive vice president of KYZEN, about the cleaning process and automated bath control. Tom, what has my attention once again are your process control systems for the cleaning process. I'm sure you have installed hundreds of these since I first learned about it a few years ago. Sustainably Clean Yes, we have. Years ago, when sophisticated aqueous cleaning was born, it required the aqueous cleaning machines of the day to evolve, which meant a need to control a blend of two things—cleaning materials and water. at was a new concept. We all do it at home when we wash the dishes, but it was new for the indus- try. We originally developed those automated control systems because our customers were having a difficult time keeping their process operating properly. Without automated control and the water coming in and out, it can easily go from a stable to an unstable process or outside control limits in a matter of hours.

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