Ultrasonic cleaning and thermal deburring systems sometimes work together for best results. You may need to wash off machined parts following deburring because of the oxidation that results from the ignition of metal burrs. Washing parts in a liquid bath removes the fine oxidized powder that comes to rest on the surface of your deburred parts. JAYCO Cleaning Technologies explains why parts may need an ultrasonic bath after thermal deburring.
Thermal deburring and ultrasonic cleaning have three important factors in common. Understanding these three factors will clarify the practical benefits of combining ultrasonic cleaning and thermal deburring to achieve excellent results.
First, they both access hard-to-reach places. Thermal deburring fully engulfs machined parts in a flammable mixture of hydrogen and oxygen before ignition, thereby leading to complete oxidation of any burrs within certain physical limits. Parts wholly immersed in an ultrasonic bath come out clean, and every square millimeter of the exposed surface no longer has leftover oxidized powder on it. A fluid wash creates a sparkling clean workpiece.
Second, each process is very efficient. Thermal deburring goes from start to finish within two to three minutes. Some machines let you process multiple workpieces at a time, while others have rotaries for processing several pieces in a row. Ultrasonic cleaning, as a follow-up process to deburring, completely removes oxidation on the surface between 5 to 20 minutes. The timing of these processes depends on the size and material of workpieces.
Third, ultrasonic cleaning and thermal deburring are very consistent. Computers tightly control the high heat, tremendous pressure, and the gas-to-oxygen mixture within the deburring chamber. This leads to remarkable consistency from one workpiece to the next. Next, precision ultrasonic frequencies combine with appropriate chemical solutions to deliver the ideal wash to finish workpieces and clean away oxidative powders.
Stainless steel and aluminum are two metals that benefit the most from ultrasonic cleaning after thermal deburring. Stainless steel is durable enough to receive an acid solution wash after deburring. Aluminum requires a neutralizing agent because it’s more porous than stainless steel. After washing, both stainless steel and aluminum parts should look brand-new without any blemishes, burrs, or powder covering any part of the workpiece.
JAYCO Cleaning Technologies specializes in ultrasonic cleaning and thermal deburring machines. Call us today at (513) 737-9600 or contact us online to discuss which equipment is right for your industrial processes.