EFFICIENT CLEANING AND DRYING OF COMPLEX PARTS
Global and targeted cleaning in a single process
Companies that manufacture components of complex design face the challenge of how to remove swarf, oil and other contaminants efficiently and reliably from difficult-to-reach areas, such as undercuts, blind bores and intricate channels. Often, easily accessible surfaces are over-cleaned before the cleanliness of interior contours meet the specifications laid down by the customer.
To address the problem, German firm Mafac has introduced a new, targeted cleaning, rinsing and drying system option for its industrial cleaning machines, which are sold in the UK through sole agent, Turbex. The system is aimed In particular at manufacturers in the hydraulics and diecasting industries.
Central to the new process is a tool positioning system (TPS) into which the parts to be cleaned are fixtured. Via integrated nozzles positioned to suit the components, water or air is guided directly to bores, channels, holes and other difficult areas to be cleaned. Newly developed central bearing kinematics with dual-channel rotary feedthrough assist projection of the cleaning medium, making it flow with a high degree of turbulence.
Currently, the new targeted cleaning process is available for Mafac’s JAVA and PALMA machines. Other benefits of the process include lower process temperature and hence energy savings, shorter cleaning times, reproducible quality and reduced consumption of cleaning chemicals.
A video showing the principle of Mafac targeted cleaning and drying may be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA4-kmbHH7U