Industrial equipments can get dirty easily, due to the constant use that they undergo, on the other hand, they might need some final touches in order to have a smooth finish. When such situations come, these equipments (parts) will need to be cleaned, for them to be in a better condition. There are machines which make the work easier by cleaning the parts perfectly. Such machines include the innovative aqueous parts washer.
What is this machine?
It is a washer, like a cabinet, which cleans the parts by hitting them with high-pressure spray coming from different angles as the parts rotate on a turntable like surface. This ensures that the parts receive an absolute cleaning
They use solvents that are water-based, and they might include alkaline chemicals, detergents, microbes, or a mixture of any of them. Rather than dissolving the solids or grease, these solvents employ agitation, soap action, heat and time to fracture dirt into tiny particles.
Manufacturers of these washers are enhancing the machines in order to make them sustain more water and for that, they will be conserving energy and waste. This will also help to reduce the expenses for running the parts washer and reduce the carbon footprint in the company.
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Methods Used by industrial aqueous parts washer
The most popular cleaning methods include the following;
- Manual Cleaning: The style of this washer is like a sink on a drum. They are appropriate for a low cleaning volume, which might take about 45 minutes in a day. These washers are also recommended for cleaning tiny parts whose contaminants can be washed out with a brush under low depleted pressure flow.
Automated Cleaning: They will best suit parts that need to be cleaned for more than of an hour in a day. The transitioning to an an auto cleaning will help save money. Under automated cleaning, there are 2 methods, which include;
- High-pressure Spray: They will splash water around the parts as it rotates on a turntable-like surface. This is the most preferred method for a part that has tough contaminants, including heavy oils and/or greases. They are also the most recommended for cleaning the outer surfaces.
- Ultrasonic Cleaning<: With this method, the parts are dipped into a cleaning bath that hit them using an ultrasonic energy in order to give out high energy bubbles. These bubbles will vibrate the contaminants off the surface of the equipments, which makes them extra clean. It is the most ideal for cleaning smaller parts, crevices and blind holes.
- Immersion Igitation: The parts are dipped in water and they are either pushed side to side or up and down on a plate. Hitting might take place under under immersion by high-pressure spray or by both. It is recommended for both interior or exterior cleaning or for contaminants that need soaking. However, it is not the best when you need high cleaning levels.
The ultrasonic is relatively more expensive than the other methods and it is the most preferred for a perfect clean.
Factors to Consider When Selecting The Most Ideal Method
- The parts’ design
- The material of the parts that you want to clean
- The cleanliness level required
- The parts’ size
- The soil characteristic that you wish to wash out.
The Cleaning Chemistry
The most popular cleaning chemistries for the innovative aqueous parts washer include specialty solvent and organic-based and petroleum solvent.The petroleum and organic-based break down or dissolves the contaminants as they clean. They can’t be used in an ultrasonic or high-pressure applications.
On the other hand, the specialty solvents direct niche cleaning actions and applications beyond the normal repair and maintenance. They are best suited for removing specialty paints and inks. Other specialty solvents are specifically created to rally some industry needs, such as the food industry.
Deciding on The Solvent To Use
Having known the types of cleaning chemistry/solvent available for the parts washer, you will be needed to consider some factors. These include the following;
- The Flashpoint: A flash point is the lowest temperature, where a solvent provides sufficient vapor to catch fire, when a spark or flame is existing. A solvent that has a higher flashpoint is the most ideal to use. Nevertheless, the higher the flash point, the lower the cleaning power and the slower the time for drying. You should therefore get the perfect solvent that is well balanced. Ideally, you could choose a solvent that has around 140 to 159. This state can be safe and still be able to clean perfectly.
- The VOC – Volatile Organic Content of the Solvent: Several locations will have their own policies related to the storage, usage, reporting and administration of VOC-centric solvents. It is recommended to use a no or low-VOC solvent, which will work perfectly and safely for you. However, they are relatively higher than the other solvents.
If you want to choose the most ideal cleaning chemistry for your cleaning process, you will begin by selecting the right method. Finding the right method for an innovative aqueous parts washer will save on the time needed to choose a chemistry.
The method you choose will highly determine the cleaning process. If you choose the right method, you will therefore need to consider a chemistry that is either;
- A Non-hazardous and is able to be reused or recycled.
- Able to to offer the most ideal encounter for the operator. This should be in relation to the risk, odor emitted and the general performance, or
- Proven to sustain its effectiveness over a long period of operation.
By this, you will be bearing in mind an aqueous cleaning solution that has a pH that ranges between 2 and 12. You could also choose a solvent that has a flash point of not less than 140, and doesn’t have any solvent that is included in the hazardous waste list of EPA.
Generally, as you choose your innovative aqueous parts washer, you will be needed to make a clear, and wise selection. This will be in the consideration of the solvent that will be used, the contaminant composition on the part and the level of cleanliness that you might need.