Ultrasonic Parts Cleaners Help Utilities and Power Plants Keep the Lights On
Compressors, engines, turbines, valves, rings, sensors, actuators and any components used to produce natural gas, gasoline or nuclear power require extensive maintenance to remove heavy deposits of greases, oils and dirts. Ultrasonic washers provide utility maintenance staffs with a technologically superior tool that removes these heavy contaminants from external and more importantly internal thread, cavities, tubes and blind holes to extend their production life between maintenance cycles.
The large compressors that utility companies use to move natural gas through pipelines and into storage need extensive maintenance. Both the compressors themselves and the engines that drive them require regular cleaning of parts such as valves, rings, sensors and actuators. Unwanted deposits have to be dissolved, grease and grime have to be cleaned off and contaminants have to be removed.
Utilities companies cut oil, grease and costs with ultrasonic cleaning technology.
Southern California Gas Company has been delivering natural gas to its customers across the region for more than 140 years. Michael Towne, the Operations Supervisor for 33 years at the company’s Valencia facility, oversaw the use and maintenance of five 5500 horsepower compressor engines that moved 250 million cubic feet of natural gas per day from pipelines to storage fields two miles beneath the earth’s surface. The amount of oil, grease and dirt that built up from the large size and high power of these engines made their care and maintenance a continuous, time-consuming effort requiring harsh chemicals and laborious hand scrubbing. The purchase of one of Omegasonics’ machines significantly changed that.
What used to be a job for three or four people became a task easily completed by one person in the same amount of time.
If it comes off of the machine, we’ll clean it in the ultrasonic cleaner, and it comes out perfectly every time. We bought one machine for this facility in 2006 and it still runs every day. We never needed to purchase an additional machine to get the work done. We used expensive grade 8 nuts and bolts and saved a lot of money being able to clean and reuse them rather than buy new ones. But the labor cost savings alone were big enough to justify the purchase.– Michael Towne, Retired Operations Supervisor, Southern California Gas Company
Get high quality, consistent results that save you money.
- Significantly decreases labor time required for most maintenance and repair jobs
- Eliminates hand scrubbing
- No employee training required
- Uses only safe, chemical-free solutions
- Eliminates the need for toxic waste removal or other expensive services
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