Parts washers play an integral role in manufacturing, especially on machined parts and bonding surfaces. Prior to coating, sealing, painting, and welding, parts washers help remove contaminants generated from fabrication to facilitate stronger bonds.
But, for a reliable bond to form, the surface must not only be free of particles, it must also be chemically clean. Thus, quantifying and analyzing parts washer effectiveness in removing chemicals is the key to ensuring the desired surface is achieved.
The importance of monitoring cleaning processes in preparation for bonding is becoming increasingly necessary as sealing processes are rapidly replacing traditional mechanical fasteners and gaskets.
However, when sealing, the surface must be clean and clear of contaminants to guarantee the bond. The Surface Analyst monitors and optimizes washer systems to ensure the part comes out chemically clean and ready to hold a reliable bond.
Surface Analyst Applications for Parts Washers
- Verify readiness for sealing applications such as FIPG
- Optimize components of parts washers: part placements, solvents, duration
- Check incoming material from suppliers prior to washing
- Quantify washer performance
- Analyze parts for uniform cleanliness
- Identify spent water
- Detect the presence of oils—both water-soluble and hydrophobic
- Ensure chemical cleanliness prior to laser welding
- Compare and choose different washer systems
- Evaluate detergent effectiveness
- Detect presence of corrosion inhibitors after wash
Call BTG Labs today to learn more about optimizing parts washer performance.
Read the case study about an automotive manufacturer who improved their cleaning process with the Surface Analyst.