August 4, 2022
When traditional cleaning methods such as soaking in chemicals, hand scrubbing and manual scraping don’t deliver the desired results, ultrasonic technology offers an alternative. The key question becomes, which parts are best cleaned with an ultrasonic cleaner. The cleaner has to be selected with the right characteristics, but beyond that, ultrasonic cleaning is more effective for some parts than for others. Although ultrasonic cleaners can clean almost anything, which cleaning methods should be used for specific parts can be determined by looking at the advantages and benefits that ultrasonic cleaners provide.
Staff Time Allocated to Cleaning Parts Can Be Reduced
Most industrial processes have cleaning requirements, and even if the cleaning is done mainly with machines, employees have to spend time on these cleaning tasks. Ultrasonic cleaners are completely safe and don’t need supervision. The employees can load the parts to be cleaned into the cleaning tank, set a timer and come back later to unload the completely clean parts. If reducing staff time spent on cleaning is important, these parts should be cleaned with ultrasonic cleaners.
Time-Consuming Manual Cleaning Can Be Avoided
Many traditional cleaning methods require either a manual pre-cleaning process, manual cleaning afterwards to remove remaining contaminants, or both. Manual cleaning is time-consuming and costly. Ultrasonic cleaners don’t need pre- or post-cleaning. If manually cleaning parts is taking up a lot of time, perhaps those parts can be better cleaned with ultrasonic cleaners.
Personal Injuries and Damage to Parts Can Be Eliminated
Manual cleaning with sharp tools can injure employees or damage parts that need to be cleaned. Sharp scrapers can produce puncture wounds and can scratch part surfaces. A correctly selected ultrasonic cleaner eliminates the possibility of employee injuries because the process is completely safe. If the right frequency is used, parts that are cleaned with an ultrasonic cleaner will be completely cleaned and undamaged.
Parts Never Have to Be Cleaned Twice Due to Incomplete Removal of Contaminants
Tough greasy dirt and baked on deposits are often hard to clean and traditional cleaning methods can fail to clean parts completely. The effectiveness of ultrasonic cleaners can be increased for these applications by heating the cleaning bath and adding mild detergents. If many parts have to be cleaned a second time, perhaps it’s time to switch the cleaning method used for those parts to ultrasonics.
Production Downtime for Cleaning Can Be Reduced
Even if traditional cleaning methods deliver adequate cleaning performance, they typically take a long time. If equipment parts have to be cleaned, the equipment is out of service for that time. Ultrasonic cleaners work quickly and can often save considerable cleaning time. Equipment can be back in service faster, reducing downtime and improving production line performance. If a lot of time is spent waiting for equipment parts to be cleaned the traditional way, it may be time to consider using ultrasonic parts cleaners.
No More Equipment Failure Due to Improperly Cleaned Parts
Production equipment parts often have to be cleaned so that the equipment can continue to operate efficiency. If parts are not properly cleaned the equipment may not function as needed or may break down completely. If equipment is being taken out of service due to improperly cleaned parts, consider cleaning those parts with ultrasonic cleaners. Ultrasonic cleaners will remove surface contamination completely and ensure production equipment can operate with clean parts.
Kaijo Helps Customers Select the Right Ultrasonic Cleaners
With over 60 years of experience in ultrasonic technology and extensive in-house expertise, Kaijo can help customers select the right ultrasonic cleaners they need. In addition to basic characteristics such as the right frequency, adequate power and transducer configuration, Kaijo can advise on which parts might be the most suitable for ultrasonic cleaning. With Kaijo’s expert guidance customers can be assured their ultrasonic cleaners will provide benefits they expect. Contact Kaijo for a free consultation to discuss the specific cleaning requirements for your application.