Military & defence component cleaning

A wealth of experience and a variety of cleaning machine solutions make Turbex an ideal partner for your business. We have a long-standing reputation within the defence sector, where cleanliness and safety are crucial.

Turbex can help you

With something as important as defence, you need to put your trust in the experts. Turbex can provide a robust solution for cleaning military weapons, both large and small to aircraft and ship engines. Our unrivalled expertise across a range of applications in the Navy, Airforce and the Army, means we can offer a bespoke cleaning package tailored to you.

Defence applications



Engine components

Maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO)

Cleaning pre/post non-destructive testing (NDT)

Advantages at a glance


Environmentally friendly

A proven track record within the industry

Units and lines can be validated for each cleaning process step

Innovative design principles

Efficient cleaning process

High-quality manufacture

Stainless steel construction

Full after-sales support

Application support to ensure the optimum cleaning process

Ultrasonic cleaning systems

The intermediate and final cleaning of items such as aircraft turbine blades and nozzle guide vanes (NGV)  requires ultrasonic cleaning. This removes contaminants such as process oils, polishing compounds, particulate, and carbon residues. A variety of liquid maintenance options ensure optimum performance time after time, and an oil separator gives the ability to use de-emulsifying cleaners. The different tank sizes make the units suitable for use in a production or maintenance environment. 

Ultrasonic cleaning is ideal for removing large quantities of contamination and for cleaning tasks that require a multi-stage process. The two different multi-frequency fields ensure real flexibility for the range, which allows for high-precision cleaning or less arduous tasks alike.

Pro line auto machines

Spray wash

The AC range includes heavy-duty, aqueous front-loading, spray washing machines. They have proved incredibly popular for cleaning and degreasing large, heavy components. Manufactured from stainless steel, the AC programme comprises single and multi-stage units with options for one, two or three process tanks. Standard sizes range from one to three metres in diameter and up to 4-tonne load weight, although larger machine sizes are also available.

AC Single-Stage Front Loading Spray Wash machine

Precision cleaning with rotation

Turbex’s precision cleaning with rotation machines are perfect for cleaning components with complex geometry.

Our patented technology, which features the rotation of basket and nozzle systems in the opposite or same direction, sets global standards within the cleaning industry. Our machine models are each based on a high-energy principle, ensuring clean and efficient solutions tailored to your individual cleaning requirements.

The range includes the spray-flood systems of the PALMA and JAVA, and the spray cleaning systems of the ELBA, KEA, and PURA. The main characteristic of the JAVA and PALMA series is the patented cleaning and drying technologies.


With over thirty years of experience in providing highly advanced, tailor-made plants to the aluminium and plating industry, Turbex is now a leader in the field. Continuous development ensures that we achieve different technological solutions to create improved and more efficient processes for sectors where precision, fault-free operation is required. 

Tartaric sulphuric anodising (TSA) lines are becoming more commonly used in the manufacture of parts. They provide excellent corrosion protection and paint bonding properties for aluminium. Its automated control system ensures accurate film thickness. TSA offers a reliable and environmentally friendly anodising option and can be delivered as a new anodising line or as a conversion to older lines

Chemical cleaning

Defence maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations typically use chemical cleaning lines (CCL), which is the process of cleaning parts of turbine jet engines or auxiliary power units (APU). Their high technical and operational performance offers a user-friendly and efficient system.

Turbex has more than thirty years of experience in pioneering the next generation of fully-automated cleaning lines. We ensure that the latest technological innovations in improving performance, cost-efficiency, and environmental sustainability are applied. For this reason, these machines are the preferred choice by the most significant operations in the defence industry worldwide.

Non-destructive testing

Non-destructive testing (NDT) and component cleaning are closely related. Through our experience of cleaning, we have developed an extensive knowledge of the fluorescent penetrant inspection (FPI) process and the systems required. Our FPI systems utilise our know-how of automation and process control to provide consistency and traceability time after time.

Solvent cleaning

When a large amount of oil and grease needs to be removed, Turbex’s solvent cleaning machines can provide the right solution for your industry. Solvent cleaning produces optimum results every time, for a wide variety of operations. Whether it’s degreasing surfaces, or removing particles and contaminants – such as lubricants, swarf and corrosive residues – our range of solvent cleaning machines and detergents are more than up to the job.

Drying systems

A variety of drying techniques are available, including hot air, infrared and vacuum drying. Through discussion, we can advise on the most cost-effective drying technique for your application.

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