Cleaning Fundamentals

Cleaning Fundamentals

There are several major keys you’ll need to unlock the best doors for a cleaning process. Here are some of the questions you’ll need to ask about cleaning fundamentals to find the right fit for your operations.

What You Need to Know:

  • Part size, shape and material
  • What does the part (or parts) look like? Do they have recessed areas, pockets, holes or threaded blind holes? These can be difficult.
  • How many different parts are there that are going to be going through the same cleaning system
  • Are there any specific part restrictions that you are aware of?

Answers:

  • Conveyor type and capacity (lbs. per sq. ft.)
  • Width and height of the tunnel
  • Spray nozzle and manifold location
  • Type of nozzle(s) to be used for the application

Note: Sample part evaluations and processing samples will verify the machinery’s configuration.

What You Need to Know:

  • Production rate. How many pieces or parts per hour?

Answers:

  • Length of tunnel sections or spray zones
  • Speed of the conveyor
  • Pump sizing and spray pressures @ gpm/ @psi
  • Overall size and machine layout

What You Need to Know:

  • Soils and contaminants or debris to be removed from part(s)
  • What are the desired results or specifications that need to be met for an acceptable finished part?

Answers:

  • Stages and spray zones needed to meet expectations (e.g. wash, rinse and blowoff; or wash, rinse, deionized rinse [DI] and hot air dryer)
  • Cleaning compounds and/or inhibitors
  • Special options or features (ie. bottom sweeps, oil separation, chip screens, fixturing or indexing type of conveyor)

Note: Spot free results need Deionized (DI) rinsing

  • How big is “small” when cleaning to tight cleaning specifications?
  • How big is a micron?

Advanced Deburring & Finishing can be your guide to these and other cleaning fundamentals. Speak with us today for more information about our products and recommendations on matching the right equipment to your applications.