Maximizing the Ultrasonic Cleaning Process
Process works best when customized to meet the needs of each application.
Numerous effective cleaning methods are available to clean flat manufactured parts with little surface complexity or those that are grossly contaminated.
But when the parts are intricate—with blind or threaded holes, various contours or deep cavities—ultrasonic cleaning sets itself apart. This process creates vacuum bubbles that clean on a microscopic level. Because the small bubbles can get into tight areas, this method stands out when used in precision cleaning.
Generally, most ultrasonic cleaners use a water-based chemistry. While prevalent in the 1970s and early 80s, solvent-based chemistries such as vapor degreasers have become less common. Because water-based chemistries have more disposal options, they tend to be more environmentally friendly to work with. However, it is important to remember that while the soap and water by themselves may be fine, the contaminants that they remove may not be so environmentally friendly.