Solvent Ultrasonic Cleaning Helps Porvair Filtration Meet Customer Specs

SOL XP at Porvair Filtration

An explosion-proof ultrasonic cleaning system satisfies customers’ preferences for flammable solvents employed during initial cleaning processes for new and reconditioned stainless-steel filters, reports Jeff Bernier, Quality Manager at Porvair Filtration Group in Caribou, ME.

“Solvent ultrasonic cleaning falls into our passivation cycle as a means of improving the corrosion resistance of our 316L stainless steel filters by removing ferrous contaminants like free iron from surfaces, and restoring them to their original corrosion specifications,” Mr. Bernier explains, adding “many of our chromatography customers expect it.”

Solvent Ultrasonic Cleaning Replaces Aqueous Solutions

“Our explosion-proof ultrasonic cleaner allows us to safely use flammable solvents versus previously employed non-flammable aqueous solutions for initial cleaning,” Mr. Bernier says. 

“Grade A isopropanol alcohol and pharmaceutical grade acetone are the preferred solvents.  However, they require specially designed ultrasonic cleaners as well as compliance with strict safety standards.

“These include the National Electric

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How to Use Industrial Ultrasonic Cleaners for Heavy Parts Degreasing?

A Tova Pro industrial ultrasonic cleaner
A SHIRACLEAN industrial ultrasonic cleaner

Heavy parts degreasing engines and other heavy, complex machinery components can be accomplished quickly and effectively by cavitation action in industrial ultrasonic cleaners. This post provides guidance on the benefits of ultrasonic cleaning, how to use an industrial ultrasonic cleaner, and how to get the best performance from your industrial ultrasonic cleaning equipment.

But first….

Why Use an Industrial Ultrasonic Cleaner?

Cleaning and degreasing heavy parts can be accomplished several ways. Commonly used options include high-pressure steam cleaning and degreasing, solvent-based wash tanks and high-pressure sprays. 

Common disadvantages of these options in addition to being time-consuming is that they are unable to penetrate and remove grease and other contaminants lodged in cracks, crevices and blind holes found in complex-shaped industrial parts.

Yet another disadvantage is that solvent-based wash tanks and sprays may introduce environmental concerns both in terms of use and solvent disposal.

In contrast…

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How to Pick the Best Ultrasonic Cleaner

How to Pick the Best Ultrasonic Cleaner:

Selecting the best ultrasonic cleaner for your job should involve the same careful thought processes you’d go through when making other important purchasing decisions – such as an automobile or computer. What features are important to you?  Balancing “must have” with “nice to have” applies to any significant purchase. 

This post provides 10 tips on how to select the best ultrasonic cleaner by explaining features that may (or may not) be useful to your particular circumstances. It covers:

When you arm yourself with answers to these points you are well on the way … Read the rest

How to Use an Ultrasonic Cleaner in Your Hair Salon

Ultrasonic Cleaners for Hair Salons &. Barbers

Some states are adopting regulations requiring ultrasonic cleaning and sanitizing of tools used in hair salons and cosmetology salons.  New Jersey, for example, requires a designated area for cleaning and disinfecting implements and tools, an ultrasonic cleaner for metal implements and tools, a clean, closed receptacle at each work station so soiled implements and tools can be completely immersed in an enzyme solution prior to cleaning and disinfection, and a clean, closed receptacle for storage of sanitized implements and tools at each work station.

Nothing surpasses an ultrasonic cleaner for removing dirt and contaminants from any equipment that can be safely immersed in water.  Healthcare facilities have long relied on ultrasonic cleaners to remove blood and tissue from surgical instruments prior to disinfecting and sterilizing. A compact ultrasonic cleaner such as Elma’sE30H model available from Tovatech easily fits on a bench or tabletop in a designated cleaning area in a … Read the rest

Ultrasonic Cleaner Parts Boost Cleaning Efficiency

Ultrasonic Cleaner Baskets

Your investment in an ultrasonic cleaner pays dividends in terms of faster, more thorough cleaning enabling you to increase throughput in your business and, we hope, improve your profitability.  In this post we describe how ultrasonic cleaner parts such as baskets and accessories contribute to your bottom line.        

Overview of Ultrasonic Cleaner Parts

The objectives of your ultrasonic cleaning operations governs the parts you should have to accomplish the tasks.  Here’s what we’ll cover in this overview:

Why Use a Basket for Ultrasonic Cleaning?

Cleaning baskets may be an optional accessory when buying an ultrasonic cleaner.  That’s because many users may already have baskets. Ultrasonic cleaner parts baskets are needed for two major reasons:

  1. Parts
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Using Solvent Ultrasonic Cleaning To Remove Machining Oils and Particulates from Piece Parts

L3 Harris EDD (Electron Devices), Torrance, CA, manufactures products such as traveling wave tubes, xenon ion propulsion systems, electronic power conditioners and microwave power modules for a variety of space and defense applications. “Solvent ultrasonic cleaning is used to remove machining oils and particulates from piece parts and brazed assemblies at various stages of the assembly process including preparing surfaces for a subsequent coating,” says Cathy Barnes, the company’s Senior Materials and Process Engineer.    

Explosion Proof Ultrasonic Cleaners Meet Strict Safety Standards

“While ultrasonic cleaning using volatile solvents yields outstanding cleaning results, cleaning with low flash point flammable solvents requires extreme caution including compliance with  National Electric Code (NEC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), our plant safety personnel and local fire regulations,” Ms. Barnes says. “For compliance our Torrance facility uses two SOL XP explosion-proof ultrasonic cleaners supplied by Tovatech.”

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Large Ultrasonic Cleaner Selection

Large Ultrasonic Cleaner Selection

A large ultrasonic cleaner is a close cousin to an industrial ultrasonic cleaner but is selected to clean (you guessed it!) large parts.  Or a large number of parts in the same cycle.  An obvious characteristic of large ultrasonic cleaners is cleaning tank dimensions (and therefore cleaning solution capacity) to accommodate the parts, either in size or number, that you need to clean.  We invite you to read this post for other important considerations in selecting a large ultrasonic cleaner.

If you’re not familiar with the power and versatility of ultrasonic cleaners, please take a few moments to review the 10 Tips for Selecting the Best Ultrasonic Cleaner.… Read the rest

The Ultimate Industrial Ultrasonic Cleaner Guide: How to Select the Right Industrial Ultrasonic Cleaner

How to Select an Industrial Ultrasonic Cleaner

Industrial ultrasonic cleaners come in many sizes, shapes and features.  This guide will help you pick the equipment right for you. 

What is an “Industrial” Ultrasonic Cleaner?

You might think an industrial ultrasonic cleaner must be “big” because it is handling industrial products.  Not necessarily so.  Your industrial parts washer size (or cleaning solution capacity) is governed by the size of parts you are cleaning.  They are offered as benchtop and floor mounted models. 

Another consideration to keep in mind is the duration of your cleaning cycles.  Long-term cleaning cycles (i.e. operating continuously over a work shift) mean your unit should have a heavy-duty tank to prolong service life.

An example is the heavy-duty, Elma xtra TT series benchtop industrial ultrasonic cleaner with tank sizes from 0.79 to … Read the rest

The Ultimate Guide for How Ultrasonic Cleaning Works

How Ultrasonic Cleaning Works - The Ultimate Guide

In Ultrasonic Cleaning, an Historical Perspective, author Timothy J. Mason notes “The development of ultrasonic cleaning dates from the middle of the 20th century and has become a method of choice for a range of surface cleaning operations.” This helps explain why, according to a Fortune Business Insights report, “the global ultrasonic cleaning equipment market was $604.8 million and projected to reach $783.1 million by 2027.”

The Basics of Ultrasonic Cleaning

A way to describe how ultrasonic cleaners work is likening them to an automatic dishwasher, but with some added refinements.  An automatic dishwasher, much the same as an ultrasonic cleaner, combines water and a detergent to remove grease, grime and other contaminants from objects being cleaned. 

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Lab Applications for Ultrasonic Cleaning Equipment

Lab Applications for Ultrasonic Cleaning Equipment

Elma – the specialists for ultrasonic technology work in close cooperation with the customers to develop new ultrasonic cleaning processes for laboratory applications, such as analyzing, sample processing and cleaning of laboratory instruments. The range of our ultrasonic units is optimized for use in laboratories. The Elma units are indispensable both for research and for the practical use in the lab to find solutions for problems and to get reproducible test results.

Elma offers various different types of ultrasonic cleaners. Each series consists of units of different sizes. They are designed for special applications and meet the requirements of the everyday work in a lab.

Practical accessories facilitate the handling, and specialized additional equipment expand the range of possible applications, e.g. for sieve cleaning.

The cleaning of laboratory glassware and laboratory instruments is a crucial task in any lab. Elma offers a family of chemical cleaners which can be used … Read the rest