SW Dec 2015 - Page 68

PRODUCTS & PROCESSES Achieving the level best in surface preparation and cleaning By Nigel Willcock, Technical Specialist for abrasives at science-based company, 3M If the old adage ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’ is anything to go by, surface preparation and cleaning are the most important stages in surface engineering. Essentially they ensure the success of every subsequent stage, whether it be adhesion, fabrication or protection in the metal process industry. As with any metal process it is important to consider the circumstance of each application and what the desired outcome is. Here I will outline a number of potential situations and impor [