How Long Will Ultrasonic Cleaning Take to Clean My Parts?

The amount of time required for an ultrasonic cleaning system to clean a part depends on the system, the material the part is made of and the nature of the contaminants. Typically, industrial ultrasonic cleaners can complete common cleaning tasks between ten and twenty minutes.

While cleaning time depends on the power of system, the material the parts are made from and the degree of contamination also impact the cleaning time. For a light cleaning action, it may take just a few minutes. When cleaning parts that are covered with substantial deposits of hardened grease or carbon, cleaning will take much longer.

Frequency is also a factor that determines how quickly some industrial ultrasonic cleaners can take to clean. A high frequency (100 kHz and above) is ideal for cleaning delicate parts such as semiconductors, while a lower frequency (20 to 40 kHz) is ideal for cleaning more robust components like greasy machine parts. Cleaning parts under high frequency (which produces smaller cavitation bubbles and a gentler cleaning action) will take longer. On the other hand, a low frequency (which produces bigger cavitation bubbles and a more robust cleaning action) allows for quicker cleaning.

The power provided by a high performance ultrasonic cleaner is another factor that affects the system’s cleaning speed. A power that’s too low generates fewer cavitation bubbles and thus, cleaning time will take longer. Providing the right level of power for the specific size bath will produce the most cavitation bubbles, leading to the fastest cleaning action.

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What Is the Definition of Ultrasonic and Megasonic Frequency?

Sound exists at much higher frequencies, which includes both ultrasonic and megasonic ranges. While these may not be audible to human hearing, these frequencies can be used in practical applications in megasonic and ultrasonic cleaning systems.

So how do megasonic and ultrasonic cleaning systems work? When liquids and gases are subjected to high-frequency sound at powerful energy levels, it leads to the formation of microscopic tears in these mediums.

When megasonic or ultrasonic sound energy goes through these mediums, it causes the microscopic tears to form into bubbles every second, and these bubbles collapse quickly. This process is known as “cavitation.”

Cavitation bubbles are high-energy bubbles. As each of these bubbles forms and collapses quickly, it generates shockwaves. When you place an object into these cavitation bubbles, it tends to be subjected to the energy of these implosions. These cavitation bubbles are so powerful that they can dislodge dirt or other contaminants off the surface of the object exposed. This is the kind of phenomenon which both the megasonic and ultrasonic cleaning system approach utilizes.

The megasonic and ultrasonic cleaning approach is revolutionary. This cleaning approach is faster, more thorough and more efficient. Since megasonic and ultrasonic cleaning systems are contactless cleaning systems, they do not require the use of harsh cleaning chemicals or mechanical scrubbing as conventional cleaning methods do.

The ultrasonic and megasonic cleaning system approach are also environmentally friendly, since neither use cleaning chemicals. In conventional cleaning methods, they require the application of an involved chemical disposal system to meet compliance with environmental laws.

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How Industrial Ultrasonic Cleaners Enhance Aerospace Safety

Aerospace parts and components used in rockets and aircraft need to withstand the extreme temperatures and operating conditions in which they are normally used. Part of the maintenance requires that they are cleaned from contaminants and checked regularly to maintain their functionality. Cleaning needs to be thorough to ensure that they won’t malfunction during operation and put the passengers’ and crew’s safety at risk. Industrial ultrasonic cleaners are the better alternative in cleaning aerospace parts and components because they provide a more thorough and more efficient cleaning solution.

Ultrasonic cleaning systems work by generating an electric signal and converting it into sound waves inside the cleaning tank, which usually contains water (or water added with only a mild cleaning solution) and the part or component to be cleaned is immersed in it. With the ultrasonic sound waves travel through the cleaning solution, they produce pressure peaks and troughs.

Microscopic bubbles form in the pressure troughs and collapse in the peaks. These are called cavitation bubbles – high-energy bubbles that produce a powerful jet which removes contaminants from the surface of the object being cleaned. These bubbles can even clean inaccessible areas as well as irregular curves, holes and crevices of the contaminated aerospace parts, something which mechanical brushing cannot do. The result is a more complete and thorough cleaning action of these industrial parts.

Ultrasonic cleaning systems do not use harsh chemicals, intense mechanical brushing and pressure washing which are typical in conventional cleaning methods. With heavy contamination, conventional cleaning methods may not remove all the contaminants completely, and aggressive cleaning may damage parts or reduce their useful life.

High-Performance industrial ultrasonic cleaners deliver quick, thorough and comprehensive cleaning action that makes them suitable for a wide variety of cleaning applications. Since ultrasonic cleaning tanks do not involve the use and disposal of harsh chemicals, they are a safer and more environmentally-friendly choice for cleaning industrial parts.

Kaijo has a complete line of industrial ultrasonic cleaners and also provides expert help and assistance in helping customers use the right system for their specific application. For more details read the complete article, “How Industrial Ultrasonic Cleaners Enhance Aerospace Safety”. Call Kaijo at 408-675-5575 if you have questions or would like to get a free consultation.

Using Ultrasonic Cleaners in Disaster Restoration

Items recovered from disasters (like floods, hurricanes, and fires) are often covered with dirt, soot and mold. There are traditional cleaning methods for cleaning recovered items such as wiping, soaking in harsh chemicals or rough mechanical scrubbing. These methods may leave residue or cause damage to these items, while there’s little assurance that they would come out completely cleaned.

Ultrasonic cleaning system is the ideal alternative to the traditional methods in cleaning these items.

This system works by generating ultrasonic waves and the tiny cavitation bubbles in the water (or water mixed with a mild detergent). The bubbles form and collapse in time with the frequency of ultrasonic waves. When these bubbles collapse against the surface of the items being cleaned, they create a strong cleaning and scrubbing action, knocking off and loosening dirt and contaminants from the surface.

One of the greatest advantages of ultrasonic cleaning over traditional cleaning methods is that the former cleans the items thoroughly – even items with complicated shapes and hard-to-reach holes and crevices. It cleans effectively and precisely, without the risk of damage to the items being cleaned.

Choosing the right frequency is the key for successful cleaning. For robust items with hard surfaces, opt for the low frequency (26 to 38 kHz) which produces large, energetic cavitation bubbles for the robust cleaning action. For cleaning delicate items, choose higher frequencies (450 to 950 kHz) which generates smaller bubbles for gentler cleaning.

Adding mild but specific solvents to the cleaning solution is required only for cleaning more stubborn dirt and contaminants. This is to ensure rapid and complete cleaning of the items.

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How Ultrasonic Waves Are Produced for Industrial Cleaning Applications

Industrial ultrasonic cleaners deliver cleaning performance that is faster, safer, and more efficient than traditional cleaning methods that use chemicals. Along with being more effective, this method is more environmentally friendly since cleaning doesn’t require the use of harsh chemicals or mechanical scrubbing. Tiny cavitation bubbles generated by the ultrasonic system do the removal of impurities from a variety of parts and components, which range robust metal and ceramics to delicate semiconductors.

The three main components of the ultrasonic cleaning system consist of the ultrasonic generator, the transducer, and the cleaning tank.

The cleaning tank holds the cleaning solution as well as parts to be cleaned. It must be heavy and durable enough to withstand the cleaning action of the ultrasonic waves, and big enough to contain the biggest parts to be cleaned.

How do ultrasonic cleaners work? The ultrasonic generator produces the electric signal which, in turn, generates the ultrasonic waves via the transducer.

The function of the transducer is to handle the frequency and power produced by the generator to create the ultrasonic waves in the cleaning solution. When the ultrasonic waves travel through the cleaning solution, it creates compression peaks and troughs. The tiny cavitation bubbles form in the troughs where there is low pressure and collapse in the peaks because of high pressure.

When the bubbles collapse, each of them releases a small but powerful jet of liquid, which produce an intense cleaning action on the surfaces of the parts being cleaned. This effectively dislodges any contaminants and any other impurities from the surface of the part being cleaned. The microscopic bubbles can clean even intricate shapes and hard-to-access holes and crevices. Result is fast and thorough cleaning.


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Using Ultrasonic Cleaners for Medical Devices

Using-ultrasonic-cleaners-for-medical-devicesUltrasonic Cleaning Systems are often utilized to clean medical instruments, devices and implants that have delicate, high-precision designs and complex surface geometries. Medical devices typically have various sorts of contaminants and impurities that include carbon deposits, grease, chemical remnants, fungi and bacteria. Because of that, they often require thorough but also gentle cleaning at the same time – and ultrasonic cleaners are effective in addressing these requirements.

The technology used in ultrasonic cleaning systems employ the power of cavitation. When liquids are subjected to strong forces, they tend to fracture and form microscopic bubbles. When these small bubbles form and collapse (often millions of times every second), they create high temperatures and powerful impact over microscopic areas. These are the forces that are utilized by ultrasonic cleaners.

Ultrasonic cleaning systems use powerful high-frequency sound waves to agitate liquid placed in a cleaning bath or tank. This reaction causes cavitation bubbles to form. When medical tools are placed inside the cleaning bath, these microscopic cavitation bubbles form over the surface. As these bubbles form and collapse over the surface of the medical tools, they dislodge impurities from them, with pinpoint precision.

With an ultrasonic cleaning system, there is no need to use harsh chemicals or scrubbing that can undermine delicate medical devices and implants. Plus, it’s also cost-effective and environmentally safe. Ultrasonic cleaners ensure a powerful, thorough but also gentle and safe cleaning process for delicate medical devices.

Both the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the WHO (World Health Organization) recommend the use of ultrasonic cleaning technology for medical applications. Ultrasonic cleaners play a vital role to ensuring that medical devices and implants meet high levels of cleanliness.

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How Medical 3D Printing Benefits from Ultrasonic Cleaning

Hospitals, medical research centers and facilities produce 3D printed models of human body parts or internal organs to create prosthetics for the purposes of surgical procedure, diagnosis, or for educational purposes. Industrial ultrasonic cleaners are now being used to ensure that parts manufactured for medical use are ready for use.

3D-printed models of human body parts and organs are made with build material. The support material, on the other hand, holds the build material until the latter has hardened and self-supporting, and then the support material must be removed to ensure model accuracy. This is where industrial ultrasonic cleaners are used to provide precise cleaning without damaging the material being cleaned.

The ultrasonic cleaning system uses a generator that produces an ultrasonic electrical signal. The transducer, then, converts this signal into ultrasonic waves that travel through the cleaning solution inside the tank. Microscopic cavitation bubbles form from the waves, and then collapse in the pressure peaks.

The cavitation bubbles encounter the support material and effectively dislodge it from the build material. The great thing about ultrasonic cleaning is that it doesn’t cause any damage to the build material that is being cleaned.

Depending on the 3D model being cleaned, Kaijo’s industrial ultrasonic cleaners can operate at frequencies delivering the precise cleaning strength. Lower frequencies (26 kHz or 38 kHz) produce larger cavitation bubbles which perform a more robust cleaning action on typical 3D models. For more cleaning delicate models or models with fragile material, higher frequencies (450 kHz or 950 kHz) are used to produce smaller bubbles which deliver a gentler cleaning action.

Medical 3D models benefit from ultrasonic cleaning. First, it does rapid and thorough cleaning of support material. Second, it is free from human errors. Third, no harsh chemicals or scrubbing is involved. And fourth, disposal of wastes doesn’t require additional measures.

Kaijo can help hospitals and medical facilities realize the benefits of using ultrasonic technology with 3D printing. For more details read the entire article, “How Medical 3D Printing Benefits from Ultrasonic Cleaning”. For a free consultation or quote call Kaijo at 408-675-5575 or email