An ultrasonic cleaner is a modern miracle cleaning tool which can be utilized for a wide variety of applications. From cleaning automotive parts to medical equipment and even jewelry and circuit boards; there are virtually no limitations to what an ultrasonic cleaner can address. In order to get the most out of it, an ultrasonic cleaner should be purchased on its ability to address the customer’s specific applications. There are wide variations of tank configuration and sizes along with various frequencies and functionality features such as dynamic wave sweep technology that should be considered. The power of an ultrasonic cleaner also important and is measured by (watts per gallon power). The cleaner you choose should be solely determined by the application it is asked to address. Gathering information and spending some time with a professional will ensure that you select the right fit for your needs. This is especially relevant to the world of ultrasonic cleaning.
How can I tell if my ultrasonic cleaner is working properly?
Even if you haven’t noticed a change in cleaning results, it is possible that your ultrasonic cleaner is not working to peak efficiency. Periodic testing is recommended to verify the optimum performance of the cleaner. There are various methods used to test the performance. One of the most common and easy to apply is “the aluminum foil test” where foil is placed on the surface of the cleaning bath. Tiny pin marks will appear on the foil as cavitation. The pattern and intensity of these marks will indicate performance efficiency. If there’s any suspicion that the cleaner is not operating to optimum efficiency you should call the factory to help you.
Ultrasonic transducers can be evaluated by measuring the capacitance and resistance. You can evaluate your ultrasonic generators by measuring input current as well as input power and output power. A result showing that the generator is drawing ideal power from the AC lines and delivering a strong signal to the transducer usually indicates that the cleaner is working properly. When in doubt, the test results can be measured against the original testing information that is usually recorded at the factory when the cleaner is calibrated.
What can you do when your parts are not getting as clean as they used to?
If your parts are not getting as clean as they use to, it is often assumed to be a problem with the machinery. The problem, however, can usually be traced to the process. There are many variables to the cleaning process. For example, changing the cleaning solution or chemistry can dramatically affect results. The temperature of the cleaning solution may be too low and need to be elevated. Perhaps there is an abundance of total dissolved solids in the cleaning bath affecting the efficiency of the cavitation process; in which case the solution should be filtered or changed out. Fluctuation in water levels can also affect the cleaning performance as well as cleaning tank parts load. There are many variables so it is therefore important that the established cleaning protocol pertinent to the application is recorded and followed precisely and consistently. This test will eliminate the procedure as the problem and point to a malfunction in the machinery.
Once processing protocols have been ruled out, it’s time to consult with the manufacturer. An ultrasonic cleaner provides “Ultrasonic Cleaning” results every time, providing the established protocol are followed without deviation. It should be stated that when the desired cleaning result is not obtained it is seldom due to a problem with the machinery. That would leave the cleaning protocols and or the equipment operator as the likely reason for the problem. Keeping this in mind can save countless hours of frustration, labor and energy.
For more than two decades, Ultrasonics International has helped businesses improve profitability by providing their clients with ultrasonic cleaning equipment that feature the latest advancements in wave sweep technology. Our ultrasonic cleaning equipment has a reputation for reliability and longevity. Utilizing the proper ultrasonic cleaning equipment saves money and improves cleaning processes. Cleaning results will be measurably better and less time will be required to complete the cleaning process. Production numbers go up and labor hours go down dramatically because multiple parts can be addressed simultaneously.
At Ultrasonic International Corp. we serve many industries including automotive, marine and government agencies and more. In addition to our wide selection of standard units we consistently and regularly custom-design equipment to suit the needs of the individual customer.
Contact our sales team today to see how our cleaning technology can help you maximize profits.