Ultrasonic Cleaners: The Ideal Solution for Industrial Machinery Maintenance
March 21, 2023
Careful maintenance is essential for keeping industrial machinery running smoothly and this includes systematically cleaning all the parts used in a process. As dirt, debris and industrial waste products build up on machines, their efficiency drops and running costs rise while increasing wear and tear shortens the equipment’s lifespan.
Keeping machines as clean as possible is vital for the long-term health of your industrial facility. Unfortunately, cleaning larger items of industrial machinery is a challenging task if you stick to the most commonly used methods.
The Problems with Cleaning Machinery
The usual way to clean industrial machinery is based on manual methods using a variety of chemicals and solvents to loosen the dirt. These include scrubbing it off or using a pressure hose before rinsing the detritus. While this certainly works, two major problems make the whole process slower and more expensive.
– Disassembling complex machines for thorough cleaning of internal parts is costly in both manpower and downtime.
– Using industrial-grade chemicals and solvents can damage machines if used incorrectly and presents significant risks for the workers involved.
But while thorough cleaning might be a time-consuming task with genuine impacts on the bottom line, failing to give it proper attention will have even greater costs in the long run. Poorly maintained machinery will require more frequent repairs and will eventually have a shorter working life before an expensive replacement is needed.
Thankfully, there’s an alternative to traditional cleaning methods that solves the problems of time, safety, and expense while also keeping your machines perfectly clean and well-maintained. It’s based around ultrasonic parts cleaners and here’s what it involves.
How Ultrasonic Cleaning Works for Industrial Machinery
Ultrasonic cleaning involves placing the machine parts in a cleaning tank filled with either plain water or water mixed with a small amount of mild detergent. The fluid is then stimulated by ultrasonic sound waves created by a generator, which produces microscopic bubbles throughout the liquid. These bubbles agitate the dirt and gently remove it from the parts’ surfaces, all without needing scrubbing or harsh chemicals which can cause those safety issues and machine wear.
Ultrasonic cleaning is gentle, safe, and quick, but it also has several other benefits. First, the liquid can naturally flow into the interior parts of a machine, cleaning anywhere it can reach. This removes much of the need for disassembling complicated devices and makes ultrasonic parts cleaners an excellent solution for almost any kind of machine, large or small, including gears, motors, compressors, stamping machines and virtually anything else.
Second, the frequency of the ultrasonic waves can be changed to dislodge different types of contaminants, making it easy to tailor the cleaning to your own industrial needs. Depending on the dirt that needs removing, using a heated tank to heat the cleaning liquid can further streamline the process.
And finally, there’s no need to soak parts in a chemical or solvent solution before cleaning and no complicated clean-up process afterward involving disposal. The same cleaning tank can be used repeatedly without changing its contents, making the cleaning process much quicker and keeping scheduled downtime to a minimum.
Considering all these benefits, it’s clear that ultrasonic cleaning provides the ideal solution for all sorts of industrial facilities. Despite its simplicity and effectiveness, using an ultrasonic cleaning system that aligns closely with your process is still important.
Kaijo Provides Expert Guidance to Customers
Kaijo has been an innovative contributor and global leader in using ultrasonic technology for over 70 years. We provide expert guidance to customers to ensure they use the right industrial ultrasonic cleaner to meet their specific cleaning requirements. Contact Kaijo for a free consultation to discuss your specific cleaning application.