A Fond Farewell to John Fuchs

John Fuchs 2021

It is with great sadness for us to share that John Fuchs has recently passed away. John has been associated with Blackstone NEY Ultrasonics for 52 years in many different roles. He is also well known in the industry as the creator of this blog on the Cleaning Technologies website that covers many subjects on precision cleaning.

John was a recognized figure in the field of precision cleaning specializing in ultrasonics and cleaning processes. He held a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He was involved in the development and dissemination of new technology in the field of ultrasonic cleaning and processing. With an extensive knowledge of cleaning technology and ultrasonics developed through many years of experience, John had been involved in a number of developments in ultrasonic cleaning and other related disciplines. In addition, he authored numerous published educational articles on ultrasonics and presented major papers to many groups including The Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Precision Cleaning Conferences, NEPCON, NASA, Naval Weapons Center in China Lake, The American Electroplaters and Surface Finishers Society, The Society of Vacuum Coaters, The Ultrasonic Industry Association and The Porcelain Enamel Institute.

In the past several years he was heavily involved in the development of advanced aqueous cleaning techniques and processes to meet new cleaning challenges. John was a popular and lively speaker whose presentations used a variety of analogies and simple demonstrations to bring otherwise complex concepts “down to earth.” His “Slinky” talk, which demonstrated the fundamental concepts of ultrasonic cleaning, has been presented to literally thousands of seminar and conference attendees over the past 40 years and has probably done more than any other single presentation to educate people in the area of ultrasonic cleaning technology. John’s passion for teaching and the sharing of his knowledge has left all of us with a better understanding of cleaning. John will truly be missed.

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