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Ultrasonic Cleaning Services

What is Ultrasonic Cleaning?

Ultrasonic cleaning is a process in which high frequency vibrations create millions of microscopic cavitation bubbles that thoroughly clean parts of all shapes and sizes. Parts are submerged in a prepared cleaning solution, where these vibration-induced bubbles effectively scrub away surface contaminants and provide a clean final surface. Ultrasonic cleaning can be used on most materials, including metals, plastics, ceramics, glass, and rubber. 

By working with Arrow Cryogenics for ultrasonic cleaning, you can get your parts thoroughly cleaned, inside and out, and reduce or eliminate the need for hazardous cleaning chemicals in your workplace. Request a quote on ultrasonic parts cleaning services or contact us to learn more.

How Does Ultrasonic Cleaning Work?

The key components in ultrasonic cleaning are ultrasonic waves, or sound waves that are transmitted at frequencies far beyond the range of human hearing. Special ultrasonic transducers are placed in or attached to the bottom of a tank, which is then filled with a prepared liquid cleaning solution. The transducers translate electricity into ultrasonic waves, vibrating speaker cone-like mechanisms at a specific high frequency (generally between 25 kHz and 170 kHz); these waves create millions of microscopic bubbles in a process known as cavitation.

A part is submerged in the cleaning solution, and cavitation bubbles collect on its surface. Once the bubbles reach a certain size, they pop, collapsing violently in on themselves and releasing small, powerful bursts of plasma energy. These infinitesimal plasma bursts collide with, agitate, and remove tiny particles of foreign substances from the part surface. This process happens thousands of times per second, and ultrasonic cleaning harnesses this energy to quickly and completely strip away contaminants of all kinds.

Because the bubbles are so tiny, ultrasonic cleaning is a very gentle process. And, as the bubbles will cover the entire surface of the part and infiltrate even the smallest cracks, crevices, blind holes, threads, and other features, ultrasonic cleaning is an effective method of cleaning the entire part, inside and out. 

Ultrasonic Cleaning Can Remove:

  • Dirt
  • Dust
  • Grease
  • Oil
  • Carbon deposits
  • Fingerprints
  • Polishing compounds
  • and other contaminants

Ultrasonic Cleaning is Ideal For:

  • Cleaning components in a wide range of shapes and sizes
  • Removing tightly adhered particles from solid surfaces
  • Penetrating blind holes, cracks, and recesses
  • Thoroughly cleaning complex parts

Arrow Cryogenics' Ultrasonic Cleaning Capabilities

Arrow Cryogenics utilizes some of the most advanced ultrasonic cleaning equipment available. We have several ultrasonic parts cleaners stationed inside cleanrooms, where they’re used for precision parts cleaning for highly sensitive or clean-critical applications like essential medical devices. Other ultrasonic cleaning systems, in non-cleanroom environments, feature different cleaning solutions for different types of parts and different cleaning requirements.

Depending on the material(s) from which your parts are made and the contaminants that must be removed, we select the most appropriate cleaning solution. for your parts’ cleaning needs.

Contact Us for Ultrasonic Cleaning & More

Request a quote on ultrasonic cleaning for your parts and components, or contact Arrow Cryogenics for more information. Sample processing is available.

We also offer cleanroom medical parts cleaning and vapor degreasing services.