The Ultrasonic Immersion Parts Washer Advantage

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The Ultrasonic Immersion Parts Washer Advantage

What is the ultrasonic immersion parts washer advantage? This specialized form of cleaning industrial parts is exceedingly proficient at streamlining the process of contending with tough buildup and eradicating stubborn contaminants. In many cases, dirt, debris, grease, oils, powders and other substances are stubbornly attached, requiring even more than a standard wash. Many parts made of metals, plastics, ceramic material, glass, rubber and more must also be handled very carefully. So, removing tough, unwanted substances without damaging the parts themselves can pose a real challenge.

Adding the ultrasonic factor to the washing process is particularly advantageous when cleaning medical equipment and devices, automotive parts, aerospace components, intricately machined parts, and much more. The key is cavitation.

The “Ins and Outs” of Ultrasonic Parts Washing

“Ins and Outs” is surprisingly apt when referring to an ultrasonic immersion parts washer because the cleaning solution is moved in, out, around and over all of the parts being cleaned. It’s how the solution is moved that seems like something out of science fiction.

Parts are fully immersed into the cleaning tank that has been filled with the washing solution. When turned on, the power supply, an ultrasonic generator, produces AC electrical energy and converts it into energy that powers the heart of the unit, an ultrasonic transducer. The ultrasonic transducer is a component made up of a backing, a radiating plate and an “active element.” Typically, the active elements are piezoelectric crystals. The crystals transform the electrical oscillations emanating from the generator into pressure pulses against the transducer’s radiating plat, causing it to act as a diaphragm, sending the ultrasonic vibrations into the cleaning solution.

Then come the bubbles. In the most extraordinary phase, the ultrasonic energy creates “cavities,” or voids which are then trapped as bubbles in the liquid. The bubbles form somewhat gradually until they then implode in a burst of intense energy against the part’s surfaces and break the contaminants loose, to be rinsed away. The precise level of cavitation is dependent upon what frequency is generated. High frequencies, up to 200kHz, result in smaller cavitation which is suitable for pieces with more intricate surface features as well as fine grooves and undercutting. Frequencies as low as 20 kHz yield larger and stronger bubbles, ideal for larger parts with heavy buildup of contaminants.

The Advantage of Variety

RAMCO’s ultrasonic immersion parts washer line offers systems of various sizes and shapes. They can be configured any number of ways from single to multi-tank systems. The proper unit and configurations are dependent upon the sizes, weights, attributes and tolerances of the parts to be cleaned. This, in addition to the volume of the tank, will, in turn, be a determining factor in a) how many watts of ultrasonic power per gallon, and b) how many ultrasonic transducers are required for the job as well as their placement.

Furthermore, the ultrasonic immersion parts washer may be part of an integrated setup that includes passivation or another washing regimen.

There’s added variety in that RAMCO’s ultrasonic parts washers are compatible with both aqueous (water-based) or solvent-based cleaning preparations. Which solution is sued will depend upon the parts to be washed and the types of contaminants to be removed. Here, the effectiveness of the cleaning process is governed in part by the temperature of the cleansing bath. While higher temperatures tend to produce faster results, care has to be taken to ensure that the temperature in compatible with the parts to be washed.

Another advantage is that the ultrasonic process can be combined with other processes to effect more efficient overall cleaning of particularly difficult parts or those that may need special handling.

The Expert Advantage

When a company has been around as long as RAMCO – over 90 years – there are a few conclusions one can draw. First and foremost, there’s nothing we haven’t seen and there’s nothing we’ve been unable to achieve for our clients. Our team of engineers and technicians conduct an in-depth analysis of every aspect of our clients’ demands. It is the clients’ washing and finishing requirements that dictate semi or fully automated systems designed to save time and reduce labor costs. A programmable system, if appropriate, can involve the simple pressing of a button to initiate an entire series of cleaning procedures that go from start to finish. Either way, RAMCO’s team will bring all of the elements together and arrive at the optimum configuration for a complete parts washing system.

Partnering with RAMCO’s experts continues after system installation. We’ll provide the necessary operator training and help with any and all required certifications. It’s also a given that all machinery, regardless of type, requires periodic maintenance and preventative maintenance can help catch things that need to be addressed before they become serious. RAMCO is always there for our clients with ongoing advice and support.

See what the RAMCO advantage and an Ultrasonic Immersion Parts Washer a can do for your business. Contact the RAMCO factory at 800-553-3650.

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