You’ve got a big job ahead of you: stripping stubborn, old paint away from machined parts. Hours of work, scrubbing away with a wire brush, your head spinning with the odor of solvents that always seem to creep inside your mask no matter how good the mask is. If you’re not doing it personally, then you’re talking about one of your employees doing it, meaning lost time to labor and money down the drain. But that isn’t the case if you use an ultrasonic cleaner to do the job.
You’ve been thinking about, or have already purchased, a brand new ultrasonic cleaner from Omegasonics. You are getting ready to set your first batch of parts to be cleaned, and you realize you just aren’t sure how you should be putting the parts into your cleaner—or maybe you are an old hat, and you want to make sure you are getting the most out of your unit. Don’t worry; it is a common question. The short answer is yes, there are some tricks to ensuring that your parts come away as clean as possible and undamaged. Read on to find out the proper techniques for an ultrasonic parts cleaning.
by Frank Pedeflous
Ultrasonic cleaners are being used in a wide variety of industries. One you may find surprising is that they are being used more and more in the medical implant industry. Industry sites are even publishing articles on how to use them for cleaning reusable orthopedic instruments. That is because an ultrasonic cleaner can handle the challenge of cleaning medical implants to the high standards that are needed to keep patients safe and healthy.
One reason that ultrasonic cleaners are so effective for medical implants is that they can clean complex shapes very well. To clean using an ultrasonic machine, you submerge the implant into a bath of cleaner. This means that there is no surface on the implant that is left untouched.
The cavitation action that the ultrasonic cleaner provides can get to even the smallest of places simply by the nature of the solution cleaning medium and the cleaner. This is very important with medical implants. Even the slightest bit of contamination can carry complications on to a patient.
Intense Cleaning Action for Delicate Instruments
Medical implants are very precisely made. This is because of the nature their use. The human body can adapt to a lot of things, but certain materials must be used in order to avoid rejection and further complications. This means using a combination of structurally sound materials in conjunction with delicate ones in order to appease the body’s needs.
When cleaning these implants before use, a balance must be struck. The implant must be cleaned and all debris removed. Too harsh of a cleaning process could leave the implant damaged and defective. Ultrasonic cleaners are great at handling this balance.
A dip into an ultrasonic bath will ensure that any potential contamination is cleaned off without ever having a cleaning action harsh enough to damage the part. Cavitation cleaning can get tough jobs done without harming the product being cleaned.
Rinsing after Cleaning
Once the cleaning is done, a thorough rinse is also a must. Cleaning chemicals needed to remove any contamination would wreak havoc on a patient’s body. This means that a dip in a deionized water bath to get all of the detergents off is vital.
As with the cleaning process, an ultrasonic cleaner is the best way to ensure that the surface of an implant is rinsed properly after being cleaned. The rinse will reach all of the same places that the cleaning did and will ensure that no detergents are left behind. The finished product is a clean, disinfected and uncontaminated part ready to be used to improve the quality of life for a patient.
If you are still using outdated methods of cleaning your medical implants, why not take a look at what Omegasonics has to offer you? Our wide selection of ultrasonic cleaners and cleaning solutions will ensure that all of your medical devices are up to the standards that are needed to ensure a long and healthy patient life!
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 (table top cleaners and industrial 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.
More information about Ultrasonic Cleaning Machines:
- How to Buy an Ultrasonic Cleaner – Part 1: The Basics
- How to Buy an Ultrasonic Cleaner Part 2: The Options
- Ultrasonic Cleaning: Is There an Optimum Cleaning Frequency?
- ULTRASONIC CLEANING TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP (TCO)
- Putting It All Together – Ultrasonic Cleaning Systems
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.
More information on Ultrasonic Solutions:
- How To Choose the Correct Ultrasonic Cleaning Solution
- How Does an Ultrasonic Cleaning Solution Work?
- Water-Based Ultrasonic Parts Cleaner Solution Limits Waste Stream
- Ultrasonic Cleaning 101 – Solutions
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.
More information on the Ultrasonic Cleaning Process:
Contact our Team of Ultrasonic Cleaning Experts
Trying to find the best ultrasonic cleaning solution for your application or have other questions regarding ultrasonic cleaning? Contact our experts at Omegasonics by calling 888-989-5560, emailing us at Omegasonics@Omegasonics.com, or by filling out our online contact form.
by Frank Pedeflous
As this illustration shows, a bicycle has lots of parts. In order to keep your bike clean and functioning in top shape, you need to make sure that all of these parts stay clean and free from the dirt and grime the road can throw on them. One of the most effective ways to get all of these assorted parts clean is to use an ultrasonic cleaner. A small bench-top ultrasonic cleaner like the Omegasonics 7950 with its 7 gallon tank or the 1420 with a larger 14 gallon tank are the perfect machines for keeping your bike cleaned and lubricated.
How Does an Ultrasonic Cleaner Work?
Cleaning can be done by hand with rags and cleaners, so what makes using an ultrasonic cleaner so much more capable to take on the task of cleaning your bike? That all begins with knowing how an ultrasonic cleaner works. Those bike parts, particularly the cassette, are made in a way that they can be very hard to clean by hand.
Ultrasonic cleaners work by having the parts fully submerged in a cleaning bath. The bath is then excited by sound waves that create very tiny bubbles. Those bubbles contain a ton of energy and, as they impact the surface of the bike parts, they blast off all of the dirt, oil and grime with tiny hot jets. Since the bubbles are so small, they are able to get to every surface on your part, ones that you could never reach by hand.
The Process for Bike Parts
While you wouldn’t use the ultrasonic cleaner to clean the frame, it is perfect for drive train parts like the chain, derailleur, cranks, cassettes and even the pedals.
You would start by removing the parts from the frame of the bike. Make sure that any hardware that holds them in place goes along with the part. That can be cleaned as well. Give the parts a quick wipe and rinse to make sure that all of the excess dirt is off of them. This isn’t necessary but it will reduce the time needed in the ultrasonic cleaning tank.
Once the parts are ready, fill the cleaning tank with your cleaning solution of choice. A perfect selection would be one that can break up and carry away oil-based grime. The disassembled parts are placed into the basket that comes along with the cleaner and you can set the timer and walk away. Five minutes might be good enough to get a good cleaning done. If they aren’t as clean as you would like, you can set the timer to longer or place fewer parts in the bath at once.
When you use a good, free-rinsing degreasing product with a built-in rust inhibitor, there’s no need to rinse the parts once they’re removed from the bath. By coupling a little air to blow off excess moisture and the flash drying that occurs from the heated bath, the parts can go right back on the bike.