Ultrasonic Cleaner Uses

Ultrasonic Cleaner Uses in Business and Industry

According to Future Market Insights the Ultrasonic Cleaning Market will be worth US $3.2 billion by 2033, citing market forecasts predicting a CAGR of 5.3%. FMI comments that this growth is “driven by rising demand for environmentally friendly and efficient cleaning solutions, alongside notable technological advancements.”  It notes “ultrasonic cleaning is more cost-effective than traditional cleaning methods.” 

In this post we share with you a few of the many ultrasonic cleaner uses in business and industry and delve a little deeper on selecting and using an ultrasonic cleaner.

Examples of Ultrasonic Cleaner Uses

Here are a few of the many examples of ultrasonic cleaner uses found on our website:

Now that you have an idea of the many ultrasonic cleaner uses, here’s a brief tutorial.

Elmasonic P Series Ultrasonic Cleaners
Elmasonic P Series

How Ultrasonic Cleaners Work

Somewhat like an automatic dishwasher an ultrasonic cleaner combines water and a detergent – collectively called cleaning solution concentrates – to remove grease, grime and other contaminants from objects being cleaned.  

Cleaning solution chemistries are tailored to specific cleaning challenges, and are described later in this post.

Unlike high-pressure water sprays used in automatic dishwashers, ultrasonic cleaner uses depend  on the power of imploding microscopic bubbles in a process called cavitation. 

Understanding how ultrasonic cleaning works calls for an understanding of equipment components.  A Google search for these cleaners will reveal that models and pricing range all over the map.  At the basic, however, these units consist of: 

  • Tanks to hold the cleaning solution.  Tanks should be of stainless steel; their volume depends on the size of objects being cleaned
  • Ultrasonic transducers that create the cavitation and that are bonded to the bottom of the tank
  • A generator to power the transducers
  • Controls that range from a simple on-off switch to sophisticated microprocessors that govern cleaning time, sweep, pulse, degassing, temperature, ultrasonic frequency , ultrasonic power, auto safety shutoffs and other refinements 

Ultrasonic cleaning equipment ranges from small tabletop units to huge, multi-gallon industrial cleaners.  The capacity of the cleaners has little or no bearing on the features they can offer.  A good place to start is reviewing our post ultrasonic cleaner selection and operating tips.

Key Points to Resolve on Ultrasonic Cleaner Uses

Regardless of the size of your business, or the cleaning challenges to be solved, an ultrasonic cleaner can represent a sizeable investment. 

One of the most important issues to resolve supporting ultrasonic cleaner uses is the size of the unit you need to accomplish the task.  By “size” we mean the dimensions and capacities of tanks in which ultrasonic parts cleaning is accomplished.

Five key points come into play and are covered in our post on selecting an ultrasonic parts cleaner size.

Another key point is using the proper cleaning solution in your unit.  As noted earlier, selecting the right cleaning solution chemistry is critical to achieving satisfactory results. 

Most commonly used chemistries fall into three categories: alkaline, acidic and neutral. They are usually supplied as concentrates so a little goes a long way. 

When formulated with non-toxic biodegradable ingredients, spent solution disposal concerns are eased.  Manufacturers provide dilution and cleaning temperature recommendations.

More on this is covered in our post on selecting an ultrasonic cleaning solution.  The large variety offered  helps to increase the number of ultrasonic cleaner uses.

Accessories to Increase Your Throughput

Ultrasonic cleaner baskets with open mesh bottoms

Having the right tools makes the job go easier, so the saying goes.  The same applies to increasing the effectiveness of your ultrasonic cleaner uses.  Product offerings by ultrasonic cleaner manufacturers  may indicate accessories that come with the unit or are optional. 

For more on this see our post selecting ultrasonic cleaner accessories.

In Conclusion

We hope this post helps you appreciate the number of ultrasonic cleaner uses across business and industry while providing useful information on selecting a unit for your operations.  As further assistance, our scientists have compiled a list of answers to frequently asked questions we receive on this topic. 

In addition our ultrasonic cleaning learning center videos can be helpful in getting the most out of your ultrasonic cleaner. 

And you are always welcome to contact us for unbiased advice on selecting a unit to handle your requirements.

About Rachel Kohn

So how did an MIT Ph.D. end up selling refrigerators? When I figured out that a lot more scientists buy lab refrigerators than innovative leading-edge instruments. I hope that my many years of lab experience will help you find the right equipment for your work. Before co-founding Tovatech I worked in business development and project management at Smiths Detection, Photon-X, Cardinal Health, and Hoechst Celanese. And before that I spent 12 years as an R&D chemist at Hoechst Celanese and Aventis working on advanced drug delivery systems, polymer films and membranes, optical disks, and polysaccharides. Some day, eventually, I’ll make enough money to develop an innovative technology that will change the world. Read More