When you think of industrial cleaning equipment, one of the first thoughts that probably comes to mind is power. There is another significant factor when measuring the effectiveness of industrial ultrasonic cleaners, however, and that would be heat. Believe it or not, heat is actually the more important because properly heated cleaning equipment can significantly reduce the power needed as well as cut back on the cost of actual cleaning chemicals and supplies.
What is Clean?
Clean is defined as being “free from dirt, marks, or stains.” For most of us, especially in our homes, that is an adequate definition. In industry, especially in industries such as the restaurant industry, clean means far more. Equipment must be completely free of any germs or contaminants, and that does not happen by simply moving a dirty mop across the floor or running a dish under hot water from the faucet.
The food industry is just one industry, however, that relies on powerful cleaning equipment, such as ultrasonic cleaners. For instance, aerospace, automotive, engineering, medical, and pharmaceutical are all industries that use ultrasonic cleaning for various reasons. Most importantly, they all need equipment free of debris, rust, stains, and any contaminant, all of which are removed by these powerful cleaning machines.
Heat and Its Impact on Cleaning
Basic science tells us that all organic matter strives to be at the same temperature. For instance, you can freeze water, but if you put it back at room temperature, it will eventually melt and match the room’s temperature. The same can be said going the opposite way. You put a bucket of warm water in a cooler room, eventually, the temperature of that bucket of water drops to that temperature.
Heat itself is a form of energy, energy that can be used in the cleaning process. The hotter the water in the cleaning process, the more drastically the reaction rate. For instance, raising the temperature of water by only 17 degrees can double reaction rates in the cleaning process, which, in turn, accelerates the cleaning process itself.
Heat is also temperamental, especially in the cleaning process. The chemistry in the cleaning process can and will be altered if the heat is not properly matched to the detergents being used. Ultrasonic cleaners will keep the water tank at optimal levels at all times (between 130- and 180-degrees Fahrenheit) to ensure all contaminants are removed from the equipment. Best of all, most ultrasonic cleaning soaps are water-soluble, making disposal and personnel safety less of a concern.
One more benefit of properly heated water in your cleaning equipment is that violent spraying or agitation is not necessary. Properly heated water allows ultrasonic cleaners to gently clean your equipment, significantly reducing any chance of expensive parts being ruined during the cleaning process.
The benefit of working with a company like Omegasonics for ultrasonic cleaning systems is that your cleaning solution can be customized to suit your particular needs. While Omegasonics has various “standard” models, and they usually meet clients’ needs, sometimes customizations are needed for a client’s specific industry; customizations we are more than happy to make.
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