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RAMCO Equipment Precision Cleaning and Surface Treatment

MK Precision Cleaning and Surface Treatment Line

This customer required precision cleaning and surface treatment of several different families brass components. The system had to clean all organic soils and fine particulate from deep within fine holes as well as coat the components for corrosion protection. Proprietary cleaning and treating chemicals had to be used in accordance with the customers specifications. A four stage processing system was developed at RAMCO involving turbo/filtration with ultrasonics.

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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 positionand 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 ourMultipleRollover 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.

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The system was built for manual transfer with the ability to upgrade to full automation at a future date. To accomplish this we used AutomationReady. AutomationReady allows a basic system to be upgraded to automatic transfer at a later date without modification. Automation cable ready receptacles are installed in the control panel (see below). Internally all transfer functions are wired to a cable ready receptacle. When you want to automate the articulating walking arm assembly is bolted on and the mating cable connector(s) plugged in. All transfer functions are now controlled by the automation PLC. It’s as simple as that! Automation Ready is the safest most cost effective way to invest in a system. It gives you the flexibility of grooving in and tailoring your operation (easily adding features or stages if required) before locking in to automation.

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