Maximizing Cleaning System Overall Equipment Efficiency to Increase Throughput and Performance Reliability

October 13, 2020

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industrial parts washer

Washer system performance is traditionally based on visual appearance of cleaned parts and particulate removal. This is essential for manufacturing parts that will move against each other and endure stress (such as auto transmission components). Particulate removal is the greatest contributor to transmission lifespan improvements over the last 20 years. However, if we coat, seal, weld, or bond components after machining, manufacturers need to control the chemical cleanliness of a surface (removal of residues like cutting fluids/detergents). Utilizing contact angle measurements and TACT (Temperature, Agitation, Chemistry, Time) it's possible to maximize OEE and drive down uncertainty by proving surface cleanliness.

Primary Topics:

  • Principles of chemical cleanliness and its impact on adhesion processes
  • Optimization of washer configuration and chemistry through surface quality measurement
  • Maximizing predictability of post-washing processes such as adhesion or coating
  • Production-level process control to ensure performance reliability

Lucas Dillingham
Applications Specialist, BTG Labs
BTG Labs' Applications Specialist, Lucas Dillingham, has had 10 years of implementing inspection technology, writing specifications for manufacturing, solving production challenges, and commercializing new inspection technology in a variety of industries. The last three years have been focused on Aerospace bonding, coating, and sealing process development, supply chain control, process troubleshooting, and MRO / Sustainment deployments of BTG Labs’ Surface Analyst surface quality inspection systems.