Have you found that dirt costs you time, money, quality and even sales? Did you know that dirt costs up to 10% of total manufacturing costs when the costs of disposal and loss of productivity are included? Sonic solutions, your cleaning experts recently flew out to the annual Parts2Clean exhibition in Stuttgart. Our aim was to work with and learn from industry leaders in various fields.
We pride ourselves on providing you with the most cost-effective, time-efficient and first-class cleaning service. Our dedicated team are pushing the boundaries with what is possible, improving and innovating the way we service and clean your goods. Following the trip, Andrew Taylor has summarised 5 key takeaways to help you decide what is best for your business
- Dry-ice blasting
Often referred to as the coolest kid in town! Dry ice is the frozen solid form of carbon dioxide. In pellet form it is accelerated in a pressurized air stream and blasted at the surface in order to clean it. It is like other media blasting such as sand, soda and plastic bead blasting, but it leaves no residue since the frozen CO2 simply evaporates.The efficiency and effectiveness of this procedure depends on the thermal conductivity of the substrate and contaminant. The main benefits of this method include:Reduces downtime, non-abrasive, environmentally responsible, can be used in situ, increase in efficiency and no secondary waste.
This is a solution for every application in industries such as the automotive, general equipment cleaning, aerospace and aviation, power generation and Oil & Cas. However, it can only be used on dry particulate contaminants.
- Robotics in jet washing
This method of cleaning is pioneering change across many fronts. Robotics serve a whole host of industries such as the Oil & Gas, aerospace, automotive and power generation. Robotics allows for a fully inclusive, automated handling system. Previously, the main problem with jet washing was being able to get the jet on the precise surfaces and areas that need cleaning, particularly when different parts needed cleaning. This innovative technology is seriously changing the game. Robotics allow for precision engineering parts to be cleaned scrupulously and effectively, with the jet being repositioned to accommodate the differing sizes and shapes of items being cleaned. The main benefits of this method include:Ensures a high quality, precision engineering process, the turnaround time is very fast, very little manual intervention and very effective.However the robotics mean that it is currently a very costly cleaning method.
- Ionic cleaning
This cleaning method uses positively and negatively charged ions/cations to attract dry contaminant from the surface of smaller items. The airborne particles are then extracted from the cleaning chamber. This method is fantastic if you need to clean small, non-metallic parts. This cleaning method serves a multitude of industries such as the medical industry. Examples of where this can be used are rubber seals and plastic ball bearings.The main advantages of this method are:VERY effective method of removing small, dry particulates and there is no secondary waste. This is a sustainable form of cleaning.
- Chemical cleaning
There have been major improvements in solvent-based chemicals. Traditional chlorinated solvents are now almost a thing of the past. Developments include solvents which degrade hydrocarbons to harmless gas and water. This works especially well when trying to remove cutting oils. There have also been massive improvements in the consumption of hydrocarbons with effective solvent usages less than 5% of the content of the waste being removed! The main benefits of this method include:Great cleaning results with little secondary drying required, very low effective consumption of the base solvent with improved recyclability and solvent consumption as low as 5% of the total contaminant being removed – a much more sustainable and environmentally friendly method than traditional solvent cleaning processes.
- Ultrasonic cleaning
There has been a major shift in recent years with more and more specialisation within ultrasonic cleaning coming through. There are now fewer general purpose ultrasonic manufacturers. This is being accompanied by more modular multi-stage processes allowing some standardisation of individual elements but a customised overall process of various stages. This is being accompanied by increased mapping of objective system parameters like temperature, conductivity, pH and particulate which is pushing the boundaries and raising standards across the board. Sonic Solutions are developing apace through our investment in;
- State of the art, surface measuring equipment
- Ultrasonic meters allowing us to verify the capability and performance of our machines;
- Training our teams in line with adherence of cleaning to higher specs. Our staff receive a wealth of training to ensure your parts are cleaned to your high standards.
For you, this means we are continuously redefining and enhancing our cleaning processes and systems. Ensuring higher quality control and making sure your parts are returned to you cleaned to the highest standard possible.