Removing various undesirable materials from component parts is a common requirement for many manufacturing processes. An investment in parts cleaning equipment has the potential to pay for itself exponentially in terms of increased output, process efficiency, and product quality. In order to gain the most from your parts cleaning equipment investment, choosing the right system for your new product line is extremely important.
It is important to understand that no specific cleaning method works for every part. There are many dependable parts cleaning options available. Answering the following six questions will help you determine which equipment will be the best choice for your process.
What type of parts do you need to clean?
Your choice of cleaning equipment will depend upon whether the parts are a solid piece or made up of an assembly of components. The types of surfaces - rough, smooth, or textured - should also be considered.
What kind of material is the part made from?
The material or materials parts are made from should be considered. Different types of detergents and parts washers are necessary for the proper cleaning metal, plastic, steel, stainless, cast iron, brass, copper, and other types of materials.
What is the size of the parts to be cleaned?
The weight and dimensions of the parts to be cleaned is an important consideration. How the parts will need to be handled should also be considered.
What needs to be removed from the parts?
Depending on the type of soil and debris that needs to be removed from the part, some parts cleaning equipment will provide a more effective option than others. Metalworking fluids, oil, grease, carbon, paint, rubber, and varnish are examples of soils that can be removed.
What volume of parts will be cleaned?
Determining the volume of parts that will need to be cleaned on a daily basis will provide an idea of the energy level that will be needed and what required cycle time will be available.
What level of cleanliness required for the parts?
Some product components require a higher degree of cleanliness than others. In products for the medical industry, the highest degree of cleanliness is required, which may mean that a combination of processes will deliver the best results.