For over half a century ultrasonic cleaning technology has established itself for it’s productivity in virtually every industry. The ultrasonic cleaning process offers safe and effective cleaning of almost any object whether it’s shape is simple or very complex. It is the need for “precision” cleaning in many applications that makes ultrasonics the method of choice for safely removing contaminants from almost any part including those made from glass, plastic, ceramic, many other nonmetallic and metallic surfaces. Complicated or intricately shaped parts and those containing blind holes and/or cavities that would otherwise be difficult or even impossible to clean manually are easily accessed by the microscopic cavitation implosions created by ultrasonic energy. Even contaminants that may or may not be visible to the naked eye such as oils from fingers from the use or handling of parts are easily removed by precision ultrasonic cleaning. In most cases the cleaning process occurs with little or no labor outside the loading and unloading the parts into the machine itself.
The other half of the ultrasonic cleaning equation involves the selection of the chemical solution. Selecting the proper chemical to use in your ultrasonic cleaner is an important part of every successful ultrasonic cleaning application. Chemical formulations should address specific contaminants to be removed but must also not be harmful to the part itself. Many industrial cleaning agents that address specific contaminants and substrate materials, may contain components that actually inhibit ultrasonic cavitation and therefore should not be used. Solutions designed for ultrasonics contain agents that are specially formulated to enhance the ultrasonic activity in an ultrasonic cleaner. Increasing demands for aqueous solutions that are effective yet harmless to the environment and easy to discard make the cleaning chemical choice even more critical than ever.
As current manufacturing trends continue towards miniaturization and processes become more sophisticated the necessity for higher levels of cleanliness will become more and more critical. These trends will increase the need for precision and/or critical cleaning technologies therefore expanding the application of ultrasonics into more industry groups than ever before. New applications are created every day as newer technologies such as 3D printing become more commonplace and as more repair and maintenance operations integrate ultrasonics into their processes. The versatility of precision cleaning using ultrasonics can be utilized ranging from small 2 quart tabletop models to much larger tanks and consoles and beyond. See the list below for the ever increasing list of common applications.