Andrew is the boss and owner of Sonic Solutions. Having started the business in 2005 there isn’t much that he hasn’t seen or helped with in the world of ultrasonic cleaning and can therefore talk on the subject authentically and from a position of real experience.
Andrew's Latest Articles
Trial Clean For Futamura Group
We’re Now Working With Denso Marston
Sonic’s Customer Base Has Gone International!
We are very happy to announce that our customer base has now expanded internationally.read more
We’ve Re-certified Our ISO: 9001!
We’re Staying Hot on Health & Safety!
Industrial Parts Cleaning… Buying vs Hiring vs Outsourcing, Which Is Best?
Industrial (Plastics Recycling)
A case study on how we created a HUGE direct cost saving of over £75,300 per annum on replacement plastic extrusion filters.read more
Aviation & Auto
Light aircraft like Cessna and Hawker Beechcraft have a specialised heat exchanger that periodically blocks up internally with carbonised oils and greases. and externally in the fine aluminium heat dissipating fins from airborne particulates.read more
A large UK printing company coating auto fabrics were having a problem with the coating curing onto their chtome anilox roller and blocking the cells.read more
Precision Engineering / Oil & Gas
A leading Scottish oilfield technology company make electrical sensors for the artificial lift systems sector of the oil industry.read more
One of the UKs leading Rail operators had an issue regarding the large electronic cables, power sockets and internet lines that run between the train carriages.read more
Oil & Gas
One of the largest oil companies had a problem with one of their oil wells. This oil well had a very high sulphur content which made the separation of oil from sea water using hydrocyclones very difficult.read more
“My Corona” Update ! Time for life to start again
Four months ago I, along with many others, informed my customers and suppliers of how we were going to operate during lockdown. It seems like a lifetime ago, but now it appears that it is time for life to start […]read more
What is the burning issue? Sonic Solutions diversify and here is what we’re doing…
An indepth Look at all The Aspects of an Ultrasonic Cleaning Bath
In this blog post we literally take a deep dive into the various elements that make up an ultrasonic cleaning bath. We cover everything from the components of the bath itself, right through to the cleaning solutions we use so […]read more
Our Covid-19 response – The Measures We’re Taking to Support You
We outline the safety, operational, financial and communication measures that we’re taking to stay safe whilst continuing to support our customers through these challenging times.read more
What Parts do we Ultrasonic Clean for Plastic Recyclers?
Typically the parts we ultrasonic clean for plastic recyclers are the filters, the heat exchangers, the print rollers and other precision-engineered parts that have small holes or internal cavities that require cleaning. They are difficult, if not impossible, to clean […]read more
How we saved a Plastics Recycling Company over £75,300 per year
A leading UK plastics recycler started having their Erema hot melt lasered filter screens ultrasonically cleaned instead of replaced after burning off. This resulted in annual cost savings on replacement discs that THEY estimated at £75,328. In addition to these […]read more
How Much do Ultrasonic Cleaning Chemicals Cost?
One of the great things about ultrasonic cleaning is that it can be done to remove virtually every type of contaminant simply by varying the chemistry of the cleaning solution. Whilst this flexibility is one of the major benefits of […]read more
How Much Does an Ultrasonic Cleaning Bath Cost?
This is like asking how much does a car cost. It will depend on many things including: Size, power and heating levels Optional extras like filtration and oil skimming Inclusion of parts like baskets, lids and lifting gear The complexity […]read more
How Do I Get The Best Out of my Ultrasonic Cleaning Bath?
An ultrasonic cleaning bath does not operate in isolation so getting the best out of your bath means looking at three important and interconnected factors; the bath itself, the cleaning solution used in the bath, and the parts being placed […]read more
The Ultrasonic Cleaning of Precision Engineered PEAK Plastic & Stainless Steel Parts
In this recent project, we cleaned these precision-engineered parts. In this video, we take you through the whole process from start to finish. Look at how the result came out!read more
Visibility and Clarity
I was visiting a customer from the oil and gas industry recently. We do a lot of cleaning work for them, but we never know what is coming or when, or even necessarily what they want doing with it. Nobody […]read more
What Cleanliness Standards do You Work to?
Most companies that come to us for cleaning will usually have a specific cleaning standard they are looking to achieve. Some of these standards are historic, set up when the parts were first designed. One we were asked to clean […]read more
Live Long and Prosper.. with Corona!
We certainly live in interesting times and while this crisis will pass, we don’t know when and it’s unlikely we will return to how it was before. So how do we respond to these uncertainties? I am a member of […]read more
Ultrasonic Cleaning vs Jet Washing for Precision Engineers
Jet blast cleaning is the process of using a high-pressure water pump to generate a flow of pressurised solution (up to 40,000psi) which is passed through a small diameter orifice to form a coherent stream of pressurised fluid. This jet […]read more
Submersible Ultrasonics – Are they for you?
Submersible ultrasonics are quite simply, where the transducers are bonded to the inside of a sealed case, with a sealed conduit carrying electrical cables connecting to the generator or control unit. These sealed cases can be any size, dependent on the quantity and size of transducers they contain, and the desired size of the transducer holding case for the cleaning application.read more
FREE Trials – Why and What we offer !
Why we offer them So you the potential customer can see with your own eyes the cleaning standards we achieve and whether it meets your requirements So we define the cleaning process required such that It is repeatable We know […]read more
Essential workers and us
When the government advised a nationwide shutdown for all non-essential workers we did wonder if our cleaning was essential or not. We knew that parts we cleaned were vital to essential industries like power generation and pharmaceutical so after some […]read more
How does an ultrasonic cleaning machine work?
In this article we look at the 5 key components that make up an ultrasonic cleaning machine and explore what each of them does.read more
Angels! A case study of Ultrasonic Cleaning industrial supplies, damaged by Floods
A good customer of ours, a supplier of stainless steel pipework and fittings, was unfortunate enough to be flooded in the recent storm Ciara. The majority of their stock, valued at over £50,000, was contaminated with floodwater, and unsaleable. They approached us to see if we could help them salvage some of their stock to keep going.read more
When Ultrasonic Cleaning is not right for you what do you do ?!
We are ultrasonic cleaning experts, but we are very familiar with other cleaning methodologies, and even use some of them in house as an alternative to ultrasonic cleaner. So we have our own jet washer and vapour blaster. We’re also […]read more
Where does Ultrasonic Cleaning not work?
While ultrasonics can remove virtually any contaminant from any material they are particularly best suited to the following general situations: Removal of limited quantities of contaminant from hard surfaces; Removal of contaminant from hard to access openings and chambers; Removal of […]read more
How Does Ultrasonic Cleaning Work?
Ultrasonic waves are sound waves with frequencies greater than 20kHz. Their wavelength and wavespeed vary depending on the medium, or cleaning solution, they are formed in. Inaudible to humans, ultrasound waves are longitudinal waves that vibrate in the direction they […]read more
How much does ultrasonic cleaning cost?
We’re based in Yorkshire and the cry “ ’Ow much ?!” is a common response to quoting a price so we are used to explaining where our prices come from. However, we’ve never thought to explain our pricing in public […]read more
In-house or outsourced ultrasonic cleaning, what is right for you?
The pros of doing it yourself: You are in control, to do it when you want You can quickly decide if a part needs cleaning there and then so you can schedule downtime with ease. Keeping your process working […]read more
How to Remove Grease from Metals
One of the most common applications of ultrasonics is to remove high levels of grease on machine parts during production or manufacturing Cleaning grease without the aid of ultrasonics usually requires high levels of labour, strong chemicals and likely large […]read more
How to Clean a Circuit Board (PCBs)
Dust and dirt can seriously affect the performance of a circuit board, which are found in a multitude of different devices and machines, such as industrial machines, computers and mobile phones. Being such a delicate part you cannot hope to […]read more
How to Clean Heat Exchangers
How to Remove Cutting Oil and Swarf from Machined Parts
Most machined parts are left with oil and swarf residue after manufacture. This residue usually needs removing since subsequent coatings, assembly or use requires the absence of dirts and oils. Ultrasonics with its ability to clean recesses, threads and apertures […]read more
How to Clean Industrial Filters
Filters are usually fine mesh which is exceptionally hard to clean manually. Here again the very nature of the small size of cavitation bubbles and the implosion sucking dirt off rather than blasting media on, makes the cleaning more precise […]read more
How to Clean Anilox Rollers
When it comes to anilox rollers ultrasonic cleaning is almost universally recognised as the best process out there. The very nature of the small size of cavitation bubbles and the implosion sucking dirt off rather than blasting media on, makes […]read more
How to Specify the Level of Cleanliness Required ?
A lot of people ask the question “How clean can the process get these parts ?) However the appropriate question is “How clean do your parts need to be ?”. This is ALWAYS determined by the next process or use of the […]read more
What are the Key Factors in Successful Ultrasonic Cleaning
An Introduction to How Ultrasonic Cleaning Works?
Ultrasonic cleaning uses high-frequency, high-intensity sound waves in a liquid to facilitate or enhance the removal of foreign contaminants from surfaces submerged in an ultrasonically activated tank. Ultrasonic cleaning is a technology unique in its ability to remove contaminants that […]read more