Industrial parts washers help to purify, cleanse, coat, remove oils and liquids, and smooth out and deburr materials before the next step in the manufacturing process. But industrial parts washers aren’t all the same; washers vary by size, load capacity, cleaning ability, reliability, and many other factors. Choosing the right configuration and size for an industrial parts washer is essential.
Key factors to take into consideration include the types of parts that will be cleaned, the material of the parts that will be cleaned, the size of the parts, the type of media that will be removed, and the number of parts to clean. The level of cleanliness required, the washing impact energy, and whether power washing or spray washing will be used are also key factors. Finally, consider the space needed for the part washer, part handling requirements, and the power source that will be used. All are critical considerations.
Multi-Stage Conveyor Vs. Modular Systems
There are inherent differences between multi-stage conveyor parts washers and their modular system counterparts.
Multi-stage conveyor systems are ideal for cleaning parts that are being fed from another production conveyor or off the back of a press. The benefits of multi-stage conveyor systems include predictability, reliability, and minimal ongoing maintenance needs. These washing systems have countless cleaning and drying stages to satisfy high-volume cleaning of parts.
For lighter and smaller parts, open wire belting is used. To clean larger and heavier parts, on the other hand, some washers come with chain-driven conveyor belts with slats or mounted cleaning fixtures. Multi-stage conveyor systems can be used in the middle of the manufacturing process or at the end to finish clean parts and ready them for packaging. This type of washer incorporates automation that allows companies to put them in line with other machining operations.
One thing to note: Surface treatment and preparation are essential first steps before the application of a coating. The performance of a coating is significantly influenced by its ability to adhere properly to a material.
Modular washer systems, on the other hand, are used when a manufacturer’s primary goal is the washing or rinsing of a part in a continuous process. These conveyor, or pass-through parts washers, are modular in order to provide flexibility and clean parts quickly. This single-stage system is used if the dryness level of the part is not important or if the part will flash dry.
Parts Washing Configuration Options
Depending on the manufacturing processes at hand, certain facilities would be wise to consider a washing system that has two configurations — clean/rinse and rinse/dry and clean/rinse/rust dip/dry. Most systems such as these can be modified to accommodate virtually all four-stage processes — those that fall outside the standard. Such machines are typically used in refined industrial applications that require a zero-residue result. Other washing systems may offer less or more flexibility depending on their cost and their ability to be retrofitted.
Since 1967, DeLong Equipment Co. has been helping industrial companies with their cleaning and processing needs. We strive to provide exceptional service to our customers in the automobile, aerospace, military, medical, rail, oil and gas, marine, metal stamping, and general fabrication and manufacturing industries. We can help you, too. Request a quote today.