Reliability of Plumbing Fittings – Threaded vs. Compression

Wherever there are liquids there are leaks – it’s inevitable.  Leaks, of course cost money in downtime and repair of industrial cleaning systems.  So, you ask, what is the best defense against leaks. Most leaks occur where one piece of plumbing connects with another.  A pipe to a valve, unions, connections to pumps and filters and …

Venting

The environment in the area of an industrial cleaning system is often not a “healthy” one for personnel or equipment.  Caustic and acidic cleaning chemistries rise as mist above cleaning processes along with humidity and heat.  Although our first thought is to protect personnel from these hazards, the equipment can also suffer serious consequences as a …

Ultrasonic “Double Boiler”

Maximum ultrasonic performance requires the most efficient transfer of ultrasonic vibrations from the ultrasonic transducers to the liquid in the process tank.  This is generally accomplished by applying ultrasonic transducers directly to the exterior surfaces of a tank containing the process liquid.  Transducer attachment techniques favor attachment to metals like stainless steel.  What if the chemistry to be used …

Cleaning Sintered or Porous Parts

Most surfaces that we encounter in industrial cleaning are relatively smooth and contiguous.  We have talked earlier about the difficulties of cleaning blind holes, threads, capillary spaces and other challenging configurations. The one surface we haven’t yet explored is that of a material that is itself porous.  Sintered materials including metal, ceramic, glass, plastic and …

Three Phase Power – Why and How

Three phase power is commonly used where large amounts of electrical power are required.  Examples are power transmission lines and large industrial machines which require considerable power.  What is three phase power anyway? Let’s start by thinking of a two wire transmission line as shown below connecting the source of alternating current power to the …