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Star Trek fans, and even those with only a passing familiarity with the enduring science fiction series, are aware of the many amazing gadgets and technologies featured on the show. Many of these devices have actually become reality since appearing fictionally in the 1970’s. Examples include communicators (cell phones), hypospray injections (jet injectors), tractor beams (optical tweezers), and phasers (stun guns). There are, in fact, enough of these marvels to comprise an entire book on the subject.

The next sci-fi “treknology” that seems to be coming to fruition is the holodeck. UK-based company, Ultrahaptics has created a way to provide haptic feedback for holographic imagery by using ultrasonic technology.

The Star Trek Holodeck Image of the Star Trek Hollodeck

Credit: Image Courtesy of Memory-Alpha.Fandom.com

The holodeck concept, as depicted in popular sci-fi films and television shows, involves the simulation of objects and people by a combination of matter, beams, and fields onto which holographic images are projected. The simulations appear to be solid to the touch. The matter, described as "holomatter", usually disintegrates when the virtual-reality program ends.

The level of scrutiny given to manufactured parts has never been higher than it is today. Between the demands of lean manufacturing objectives and strict regulatory requirements, the parts you deliver must be absolutely free of defects, including contamination and debris.

Considering the importance of parts quality, it is a good idea for manufacturers who have not invested in parts cleaning to give that decision another look.

Manufacturers have a number of reasons for neglecting the area of parts cleaning, ranging from reluctance to invest in capital equipment to an unwillingness to disrupt current processes and procedures. Far too often, manufacturers do not realize that these simple objections are costing them a lot of money.

Here are four benefits of critical parts cleaning that all manufacturers should consider in order to promote cost savings and overall profitability:

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Blackstone-NEY Ultrasonics, a recognized leader in ultrasonic technology, will introduce a host of advanced cleaning solutions at the WITS 2019 in Wichita KS October 22 - 24, 2019. Visitors to Blackstone-NEY Ultrasonics Booth #543 will be introduced to several new products, technologies and services. Among the new technologies exhibited at the show will be:

AgiSonic® Ultrasonic Parts Washer: Constructed of all stainless steel, a robust ultrasonic cleaning machine designed for heavy duty parts washing with vertical parts agitation.

PROHT Sonic Tank: Ultrasonic cleaning tanks and housings are constructed of stainless steel with a Duplex Stainless transducer radiating surface to significantly extend transducer life.

GMC Series: Ultrasonic cleaning systems available in two sizes, the larger of which can accommodate parts with one dimension up to 35 inches and weighing up to 125 pounds.

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Manufacturers of medical components and assemblies are subject to an extremely high degree of scrutiny. Products used in this industry are critical by nature, and problems with defects or contamination can have life or death consequences. For this reason, medical manufacturers are under growing pressure to ensure that their products continue to meet ever-increasing stringent standards for cleanliness. Ultrasonic cleaning technology provides an excellent option for medical manufacturers who need to meet critical cleaning needs.

Sterility has always been important with medical devices. Critical cleaning of medical component parts is becoming a more widely recognized area of focus in medical equipment manufacturing because of the growing recognition that sterility alone does not assure product safety. Sterilization is frequently performed after final cleaning, but unfortunately residuals of even deactivated biological entities pose a long-term threat to patients if these residues are not removed. This is problematic for a variety of medical items such as body implants.

Blackstone-NEY Ultrasonics, a recognized leader in ultrasonic technology, will introduce a host of advanced cleaning solutions at the SUR/FIN 2019 in Rosemont, IL June 3 - 5, 2019. Visitors to Blackstone-NEY Ultrasonics Booth #11204 will be introduced to several new products, technologies and services. Among the new technologies exhibited at the show will be:

AgiSonic® Ultrasonic Parts Washer Cleaning constructed of all stainless steel, is a robust ultrasonic cleaning machine designed for heavy duty parts washing with vertical parts agitation. Available in three standard sizes, each system incorporates an air powered agitation platform that facilitates loading, unloading, and agitates parts with a 6" stroke up to 15 times per minute. The AgiSonic parts automatic filling and liquid makeup (from a customer supplied source), pump and single bag filter, and an overflow weir skimmer and automatic oil removal system, and a lift-off lid. Ultrasonic time, cleaning tank temperature warm up, filtration and oil removal are all digitally controlled using a touch screen interface. Completely self-contained and requiring a three phase power supply hookup, the largest machine can accommodate a platform load up to 500lbs.

The AgiSonic parts washers are ideal for automotive, aerospace, medical and general industrial applications. These systems can operate in the harshest industrial environment or in precision cleaning applications.

CTG will introduce a host of advanced cleaning solutions at the Eastec 2019 in West Springfield, Massachusetts May 14 - 16, 2019. Visitors to Cleaning Technologies Group Booth #3219 will be introduced to a number of new products, technologies and services including the LeanJet Cell-Jet cabinet washer for point of use, as well as batch cleaning where very little floor space is available. This spray washer was designed as a low cost, down and dirty, industrial quality wash station utilizing medium pressure spray impingement and compressed air to clean and dry your parts.

We will also introduce the AgiSonic® Ultrasonic Parts Washer Cleaning, a robust ultrasonic cleaning machine designed for heavy duty parts washing with vertical parts agitation constructed of all stainless steel.

Cleaning Technologies Group (CTG), a world leader in providing cleaning and waste minimization technologies, will introduce a host of advanced cleaning solutions at the China International Machine Tool Show (CIMT) in Beijing, China April 15 - 20, 2019. Visitors to Cleaning Technologies Group Booth #W3-B212 will be introduced to a number of new products, technologies and services including the LeanJet RB-2 Aqueous Immersion Cleaning System, which uses a patented washing and rinsing process and the CleanVeyor Ultrasonic parts washer.

Kevin Pahl

Kevin Pahl has joined the sales team at Cleaning Technologies Group, LLC as a Regional Sales Manager, effective January 2019.

“Kevin comes to us from the Ransohoff Engineering department with years of experience in parts cleaning and a strong ambition to succeed in sales" – Jeff Mills, VP of Ransohoff Sales CTG, LLC

Kevin started at Ransohoff as a Design Engineer in 1992 and worked his way through several Engineering management roles over the next decade.  After a period in the aerospace industry as Purchasing Manager, he returned to Ransohoff and held a position as Sr. Project Manager in Engineering. 

Join CTG in congratulating Kevin on his promotion.

Jared Moore has joined Cleaning Technologies Group, LLC as a Chemical Sales Manager, effective March 2019

"Jared comes to us with a strong chemistry back ground and has the ambition and drive that our growing organization desires but also the superb customer service skills that our customers demand" – Jeff Mills, VP of Ransohoff Sales.

Jared is an experienced Sales Executive with a background in chemical sales. Jared has worked in surface finishing for over two decades – working closely with clients to overcome the challenges of cleaning both metallic and non-metallic surfaces. Jared resides in the greater Cincinnati area with his family and is active in service and mission work of New Life Chapel (Chemistry degree from Miami University as well as Certified Electroplater-Finisher certification from the NASF).

Please join us in welcoming Jared to the CTG family.

Robotic automation is bringing the benefits of workflow efficiency and higher productivity to a wide range of processes and industries. Parts cleaning is one process that can be improved significantly through a variety of ways to automate parts washing. Blackstone-NEY Ultrasonics brings the advantages of robotic automation to ultrasonic parts cleaning with their innovative Robosonic robotic parts cleaning cell technology.

Blackstone-NEY is the industry’s trusted name for ultra sonic cleaning equipment technology designed to provide efficient and environmentally sound parts cleaning solutions for challenging applications. The Blackstone-NEY Robosonic system takes ultrasonic cleaning to a new level with precision cleaning and maximum efficiency in a robotic cleaning cell.

This new automated parts cleaning system offers flexible parts processing through the integration of a collaborative robot. The collaborative robots are designed to safely stop in the event of contact with a human operator.

This highly customizable robotic cleaning cell can be designed with the latest intelligent functions such as force sensing and iRVision (Integrated Vision) for optimal automation capability.

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