Industrial - Omegasonics on the Job
Racing engine building and service
Cooling system components
OMEGA CHEMISTRY USED:
OMEGASONICS SYSTEM USED:
Omegasonics Super Pro
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY CREATED:
Expanded business in cleaning coolers: oil, transmission, radiators
Elimination of chemical/aerosol products
Elimination of chemical delivery/disposal service
1 hour labor saved, piston set
TURN RIGHT FOR THE STRIP; TURN LEFT FOR WIK'S
Heading north on I-15 into Las Vegas, Russell Road is the first offramp as you approach the Strip. Turn right if you're coming for the typical pastimes. Turn left if you need top quality work on your racing and custom engines. Wik's Racing is west of the Strip, in the part of Vegas that looks more like your regular American town. Adam Wik has been in business for over 10 years, building and repairing racing engines, custom engines built-to-order and sophisticated street machines.
OFF-ROAD ENGINES REQUIRE FREQUENT SERVICE90 percent of Adam's business is off-road racers. Engines that go out of Wik's are put to the test across the American Southwest and Mexico, including the Parker 425 and the Baja 1000. The engines range from air-cooled VW four-cylinders to water-cooled small-block Chevy V8s for trophy trucks and Corvette 427 LS1s for unlimited class 1 cars. Every race or two, customers' engines head back to Wik's to be repaired, cleaned and made ready for the next match.
AWASH IN SOLVENTS
The demands of off-road racing pack oil and carbon deep into engine parts. "These engines have to go out like they're brand-new every time," Adam says, emphasizing the quality of work expected by his racing team clients. Adam used a solvent recycling service that came to his shop and exchanged his multi-gallon drums on a regular basis. Hot water spray tanks were part of the cleaning equation as well-all adding up to excess time, manual labor and chemicals.
INTRODUCING THE SUPER PRO
Adam learned about the benefits of ultrasonic cleaning and began doing research. "I looked into a few manufacturers but I was impressed with Omegasonics' reputation-they stood out," said Adam. "They have a great machine and were real easy to deal with." After a hands-on session with Omegasonics products at a tradeshow, Adam purchased the Omegasonics Super Pro with a 45 gallon capacity and 4000 watts of ultrasonic power. For his cleaning solution, he chose OmegaClean, an Omega Chemistry product that removes oil, carbon, and contaminants from a variety of metals. OmegaClean's buffers protect aluminum finishes and its silicates guard against flash rusting.
INTO THE TANK
Adam had a long list of difficult, dirty parts destined for his Omegasonics. Every carburetor went into the bath, along with pistons, crankshafts, rods and oil lines. "There's nothing like it for fine cleaning," Adam attested. "It gets into places you can't see." Foreign material washes out of ring lands and carbon deposits lift off piston tops. Overall shop productivity has improved with Omegasonics. As an example, Adam estimates one hour in labor savings when cleaning a piston set. "Anything you want clean ... it goes in that tank," he said.
GOOD NEWS SPREADS
The news about the cleaning power of Omegasonics has spread to other racing outfits in the area. "We have teams sending us their custom oil coolers, transmission coolers and radiators," Adam revealed. "That's a nice piece of extra business and a vote of confidence in Wik's Racing, thanks to Omegasonics.”