What Is a Parts Washer?
This is a term normally applied to aqueous cleaning equipment utilising brush, spray or immersion cleaning (either individually or in combination).
Parts washers can be of three, general types:
1. Manual equipment comprising a simple work station providing brush, spray and immersion cleaning. Cleaning is generally achieved using a combination of the chemical action of the solution and mechanical action provided by the brush.
2. Automated spray equipment. This is a cabinet with a lid that is raised to allow components to be introduced onto a rotating work basket. Wash solution is applied to the items via spray bars above and below the work basket and cleaning is achieved using a combination of the chemical action of the solution and mechanical action provided by the sprays. The cleaning solution can be heated to assist with cleaning.
3. Automated immersion equipment. This is an open tank with lift-up lid to allow work to be introduced. Wash solution is contained within the tank and workloads are introduced onto a pneumatically operated platform located above the solution. When the process is initiated, the workload is lowered into the solution and then agitated up and down to provide mechanical assistance to the chemical action of the solution. The wash solution can be heated to assist the cleaning action of the solution.