The effectiveness of an ultrasonic cleaning or mixing operation depends on the proper positioning of the parts or samples in the bath. A variety of accessories are available to accomplish this. As a further consideration, bath maintenance equipment can lower your operating costs by prolonging bath life, protecting your investment in ultrasonic cleaning units and reducing waste.
Tovatech stocks accessories associated with the most common ultrasonic cleaning operations and offers assistance in selecting those that best support your requirements.
Here is a description of some common ultrasonic cleaning accessories:
Baskets are almost universally used in an ultrasonic cleaning tank to hold parts being cleaned because the parts should not come in contact with the cleaning tank itself. Baskets rest on supports so that they too do not come in direct contact with the tank bottom or walls.
Several basket configurations are available to satisfy various cleaning requirements. Some are constructed entirely of stainless steel wire mesh; some have solid metal side-walls. Variations include cylindrical fine mesh baskets used to hold small parts. These cylindrical baskets can be placed inside beakers.
Trays of plastic or metal are used to hold specially formulated solutions such as lubricants that must not be mixed with the ultrasonic cleaning solution. Parts to be lubricated are placed in the tray, which is placed in the tank so it is in contact with the ultrasonic bath. Cavitation action ensures the lubricant reaches every surface of the parts.
Acid resistant plastic tub inserts are used when aggressive cleaning solutions will damage stainless steel tanks.
Sieve rotation holders are specialized devices that fit into the ultrasonic bath for cleaning up to four analytical sieves simultaneously. Contaminants fall to the bottom of the tank, not into other sieves.
Cooling coils may be required to maintain ultrasonic cleaning baths below a certain temperature, as the ultrasonic energy itself causes the liquid to heat. They are clipped to the inside tank wall and are connected to a source of cold water such as a circulating chiller.
Bath maintenance accessories can quickly pay for themselves by prolonging the life of the ultrasonic cleaning solution and avoiding tank damage due to settling out of dirt particles. Examples include filtration units, oil skimmers and oil separators. Note that while most ultrasonic cleaning solutions are biodegradable, waste solutions contain contaminants and must be disposed of properly.
Beaker holders, test tube holders, tool holders, flask clamps and hook racks are examples of accessories designed to increase cleaning efficiency through proper parts positioning in ultrasonic cleaning tanks.
After ultrasonic cleaning and/or rinsing, parts may be air-dried or dried in various types of dryers or ovens. Tabletop sized warm air dryers are ideal for small delicate parts such as watches and jewelry. Industrial sized drying ovens are commonly used for larger cleaning operations.
Count on Tovatech LLC for professional assistance in helping you select accessories that help speed your ultrasonic cleaning operations, improve cleaning results and lower your cleaning costs.