Ultrasonic cleaners use sound waves and the cavitation effect of rapidly collapsing bubbles in a liquid bath to thoroughly clean objects placed in them. While ultrasound and the cavitation bubbles it produces will produce a cleaning effect by themselves, they are most effective when used in conjunction with a cleaning solution added to the water bath.
You may have heard about ultrasonic cleaning, a method of cleaning parts that are fouled with oils, build up, grime, debris and other deposits that uses eco-friendly detergents, and without harsh solvent chemicals that can damage the surrounding environment.
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If you’ve decided it’s time for your business to take advantage of the awesome power of ultrasonic cleaners, then your first and most important decision will be deciding what type of cleaner you’ll use. However, if you’ve never purchased an ultrasonic cleaner before, then it’s important that you learn about the different types of cleaners at your disposal.
While there are plenty of options available for you to choose from, you first need to decide which size will best fit your needs. Omegasonic’s ultrasonic cleaners come in three main categories: Table Top, Bench Top and Industrial.
Table Top Ultrasonic Cleaners
The smallest size ultrasonic cleaner is the table top size. If you are looking for something compact and portable, then the table top is the way to go. These cleaners provide easy storage when not in use and can be placed on a bench, table or shelf.
Table top cleaners have a maximum capacity of around eight gallons, and can run on as little as half a gallon of cleaning solution. Table top cleaners are ideal for working with items like surgical instruments, small gears, optical parts and bearings, and they are designed for the most delicate instruments possible.
Bench Top Ultrasonic Cleaners
If you need a little more volume or power when you’re cleaning, then a bench top ultrasonic cleaner might be your perfect solution. Bench top cleaners are slightly larger than table top cleaners and can pack more cleaning power.
Bench top units can hold up to 20 gallons of cleaning solution, making them ideal for high volume cleaning. These cleaners are also able to handle heavy duty cleaning and can be used for disaster recovery cleaning jobs from sites like natural disasters or fires.
Bench top cleaners sacrifice portability for more volume and power. While they can still be relocated if necessary, you will need more space to store these larger units between jobs.
The additional volume from the larger tanks make them perfect for automotive, machining, marine and 3D manufacturing.
If you have a dedicated work flow, high-volume needs and the extra storage space, a large capacity industrial cleaner may be the cleaning solution you are looking for.
The tanks of these units can contain as much as 1,000 gallons and can handle just about any cleaning job you can imagine. Oversized manufactured parts, large automotive parts, musical instruments and even large marine elements can all easily be handled by large capacity cleaners.
An extra benefit of larger cleaners is that additional stages can be added to them, as well as automation. If you have need for pre-rinsing, post-rinsing, drying or multiple cleaning cycles, these can all be incorporated into a large capacity cleaner.
Remember, however, that you need to have a dedicated work floor and often special power hookups for equipment of this size. Make sure to map out the installation location for your large capacity cleaners well in advance of purchasing.
Omegasonics has the Type of Ultrasonic Cleaner You Need
What size cleaner are you looking for? Table top, bench top, and industrial sized cleaners are all available from Omegasonics. If you are still unsure which one is the right one for you, take a look at what Omegasonics has to offer and contact us today with your questions!
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by Frank Pedeflous
Does your business or hobby involve spending hours of labor cleaning? Manufacturing, engineering, medical professionals and electronics fabricators all have one thing in common – they can benefit from the use of an ultrasonic cleaner. Each of these industries requires that parts specific to their businesses have some type of contaminant removed. In many cases, this requires hours sitting in a bath of harsh chemicals or time spent by methodically hand-cleaning parts. There is a better way. Consider the equation: Machine + Soap + Process as the solution to your cleaning issues.
The first part is the machine that is capable of doing the heavy lifting. Omegasonics offers many different sizes, shapes and powers of ultrasonic cleaners. This means that there is an ultrasonic cleaner out there that is perfect for the job.
Ultrasonic cleaners work by creating very small vacuum bubbles in a solution. These bubbles carry very high energies and temperatures with them. When they collide with a surface, they release that energy and it causes anything that might be stuck to the surface to be knocked away. Since these bubbles are very small, they attack contamination near the molecular level. This creation of the bubbles is called cavitation and it is what the machine is designed to do.
Once you have the machine, you need the solution in which to create its cavitation action. While cavitation is capable of doing all of the work by itself, eventually, (many applications simply use water as the solution) there are other options that can add some chemical assistance to the cleaning.
Solutions vary as much as the applications being used. What you need for your specific industry is up to you.
The best part about the solution is that you will submerge what you need cleaned into it. Since it is a liquid, it is going to get into every hole, corner, crack and opening that is on the part. This also means that the solution can bring cleaning power to every single surface of your part. Things that you could never reach using brushes, Q-tips and rags will come clean in the solution. Ultrasonic cleaners can get your parts cleaner than they have ever been simply because they work differently than most cleaning methods.
Ultrasonic cleaning solutions are also much safer and less caustic than many of the solutions that are used to clean parts. This generally means no complicated disposal or hazmat handling.
Finally the process of using an ultrasonic cleaner: pre-rinse, ultrasonic bath, post rinse and drying can be completely customized to meet your individual needs. There is a customized machine, solution and process that will work for just about anyone.
Once you have the process in place you won’t believe the time it will save you and the quality of the finished product.