Water – DI vs. RO

Preceeding blogs have described two ways of reducing the ionic content of water for use in washing and rinsing applications.  Although both reduce ionic content, the process commonly called “De-Ionization” uses a treated resin to capture ions while the “Reverse Osmosis” process uses a semi-permeable membrane.  Choosing between the two in the design of a cleaning process …

Lubricants and Coolants – “Vanishing” Oils?

“Vanishing Oils” are often considered as an alternative to more conventional lubricants in light duty stamping and forming operations.  The conception is that these formulations actually “vanish” eliminating the need for cleaning once there is no longer a need for lubrication.  True, depending on circumstances, they may reduce or eliminate the need for cleaning but in fact, …

Applications Notes – Ultrasonic Filter Cleaning

Filters used to filter air, water and chemicals in industrial processes can cost thousands of dollars and more.  Some filters are intended to be renewable by cleaning.  Other filters, even some considered “disposable,” can be recovered for re-use using ultrasonic cleaning techniques. A filter, as we discussed in earlier blogs (search “filter”) is a device …

Ultrasonic Cleaning – More About Baskets and Fixtures

This blog is in response to recently received reader questions regarding the best designs for baskets and fixtures used in ultrasonic cleaning applications.  The blog Reader Questions – Baskets for Ultrasonic Cleaning addressed previous questions.  Today’s question concerns the use of metallic fasteners in the construction of baskets and fixtures to hold parts for ultrasonic cleaning. The …

Adequate Part Agitation Facilitates Cleaning – Stroke

Inadequate or improper agitation of parts in a cleaning tank is a common problem in industrial cleaning.  Agitation, if properly applied, can be a very powerful aid to cleaning.  The result of improperly applied agitation, however, can range from disappointing to disaster. The basic reason to agitate a part in a cleaning tank is to provide or …