Ultrasonic cleaning involves immersing the item to be cleaned in a tank of liquid which is then hit by high-frequency sound waves. These waves create a scrubbing action to get items clean without the need for harsh chemicals or abrasives that could cause damage to delicate components.How Does It Work?
An ultrasonic cleaner uses a transducer to convert high-frequency electrical energy into high-frequency sound waves. The sound waves are passed into a tank of liquid; this in turn creates lots of small bubbles which, as they appear and collapse very fast with intense force , cause a scrubbing action called cavitation. This action then lifts the dirt off the surface of the item.
Using this process means that it's possible to clean things like threads and hinges, getting into all of the gaps and cavities that would be difficult, if not impossible, to clean using other more traditional methods without causing damage.
Depending on the type of item being cleaned, other factors can come into play in the cleaning process. Some items can be cleaned ultrasonically using plain water, for example, but for tougher tasks the addition of a detergent and/or heat to the process can aid the effectiveness of the ultrasonic cleaner equipment and speed up the cleaning process.What Can Be Cleaned?
Ultrasonic cleaning can be used across a whole range of industries in both maintenance and production situations. Small bench-top, units can be used in cleaning jewellery, for example, or in laboratory and medical environments in order to clean and sterilise instruments.
Larger units can be found in industry to clean components before assembly, or in workshops to clean machine components or even whole engine blocks as part of maintenance and rebuilding. The advantage of using ultrasonics in all of these situations is that it cleans thoroughly but gently. This makes it a good alternative to things like sand-blasting, which can abrade the surface of the item.
To find out more about ultrasonic cleaners and what they can do for your business, take a look around the site or give our team a call to discuss your requirements in more detail. They will be happy to help.
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