This Tube Washing System is designed for precision cleaning, rinsing and drying of automotive tubing in large quantities. The tubes are batched in baskets in lots of up to 3000 per load. The baskets are then loaded into positioned between two sensors on a conveyor section. The operator simply presses a start button on a conveniently located remote control panel and the system takes over from there. It automatically indexes, washes, rinses and dries each basket of tubes. The transfer system employed uses multiple arms to allow for simultaneous indexing of baskets.
The photo below is of the front of the machine and includes the stainless steel automation guard and remote operators control pedestal (to the left).
The machine is built using the modular RAMTOUGH construction of the CM Series . Nema 12 panels with lockout-tagout disconnects are provided at each stage for ease of maintenance and diagnostics. All electrical panels are manifold piped with hard conduit to a single point electrical main disconnect switch. A remote air conditioned housing is provided to protect the ultrasonic generators from factory heat, humidity, and soil.
The heart of each system is the adroit use of the elevator within each processing chamber. The elevator is used to transport components into and out of each chamber. However, its most important function is to position and move the components within the working zone. It is this aspect of its function that allows RAMCO systems to achieve superior results in washing, rinsing and drying. We call this Dynamic Flow Combination. The effect of Dynamic Flow Combination is better coverage of component surfaces, more consistent results and accelerated processing times. The elevator used to sequence powerful ultrasonic cleaning and turbo/agitation washing. The turbo/agitation washing removes gross contaminants and the ultrasonic cleaning the finer and/or more resistive contaminants. The result of this very effective processing routine is faster cleaning and more effective processing. The steps are sequenced with digital cascading timers for agitation washing and ultrasonic cleaning phases. The ultrasonic stage can be set to provide vertical oscillation of the work during the sonic cycle. A selector switch is provided for static ultrasonic or oscillating ultrasonic modes. And using our MultipleRollover feature the dual mode process can be repeated for any number of preset “rollovers”. The RAMCO ultrasonic system provides superior ultrasonic washing action over conventional (static) systems by moving the work through the peaks and nodes of the wave energy.
The consistency delivered by the automation enhances part quality and reduces failures down the assembly/test line.