There are several factors that affect ultrasonic cleanings, but perhaps the most important is the object you are cleaning. Ultrasonic cleaning is an effective cleaning solution for a number of items. From small pieces of jewelry to large engine parts. Even electronics can be cleaned this way.
Factors such as cleaner frequency, cleaning temperature, tank size, soaps, and detergents will all vary based on the cleaning application. When choosing an Omegasonics ultrasonic cleaning tank for your business or personal use, it is crucial to consider the many variables of ultrasonic cleaning.
Ultrasonic Cleaning Frequency
Different frequencies are recommended for cleaning different parts. For example, lower frequencies offer a more aggressive clean that is ideal for removing hard dirt, whereas higher frequencies create a gentle cleaning process for more delicate items. The most common cleaning frequencies range from 25kHz to 80kHz.
One thing to look out for when using ultrasonic cleaners is resonance. Every object you wash has resonance frequencies at which the object naturally vibrates. If the object being clean reaches and remains in resonance for too long, damage can be done to the object.
Ultrasonic Cleaning Temperature
The temperature setting on your ultrasonic cleaner is directly related to how quickly the machine will complete the cleaning. Ultrasonic cleaner temperatures are typically set somewhere between 100℉ and 150℉. Many other factors are affected by the temperature at which the cleaning is set. Higher temperatures result in more cavitation because the viscosity of the cleaning solution is lowered and there is less dissolved gas in the solution.
Size of Ultrasonic Cleaner Tank
Choosing an ultrasonic cleaner is no easy task. Omegasonics has any size you could need, including custom tanks, but you first need to identify what size tank you are looking for. If you plan on cleaning larger part loads, you will want a larger tank. If you only need the ultrasonic cleaner for smaller part loads, a smaller tank should work just fine. Overloading your tank will decrease cavitation reaching the surface of the parts needing cleaning and, inevitably, a less effective and inconsistent clean. This is why we always recommend discussing your needs with one of our experts to ensure you get the perfect fit.
General all-purpose cleaners are not effective in ultrasonic cleaners because they tend to break down in high temperatures and during cavitation. Omegasonics cleaning agents are formulated specifically for ultrasonic cleaning and will not break down during cavitation. Cleaners with lower pH, such as 10.0, are best for cleaning more delicate items, whereas a higher pH around 11.3-11.8 is perfect for more general items like glass and plastic.
If you are interested in learning more about ultrasonic cleaners, give us a call at (888) 989-5560, and one of our experts will help you find the perfect machine and cleaning agent to suit your needs. Or, if you would like to learn more about our ultrasonic cleaners and cleaning agents, you can click here. Also, remember, if you don’t see a machine on our website that you think would fit your needs, we also offer custom builds. To learn more about our custom-built tanks, please click here.