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What is a parts washer device

Written by Mike Roberts. Posted in Gadgets

In the competitive field of automotive industry, each detail is extremely important and no error is accepted. Especially for those who work in a just in time manufacturing company, having everything done at the right time is crucial, and any delay could mean losing important clients. The JIT system represents a production strategy which allows a company to create the exact number of products demanded, in order to increase profits and diminish as much as possible the waste of resources and funds. For this reason, the industry has perfected its methods, starting from the details: small parts washer machines have an important role and use complex processes and compounded agents, but the results are fast and efficient. The various equipment from a car manufacturing company consists for sure in a parts washer, a device used to eliminate contaminants which can appear during the creation process, such as dirt, grime, carbon, oils, cutting fluids, ink, paint or corrosion resulting after the manufacturing process.

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Initially, parts washers were tanks where water and detergents were mixed, and parts were sunken, so that the oils and stains would be moist, to ease the manual removal of dirt. In time, due to the evolution of technology, the equipment has improved and become automated, using complex devices and sophisticated solvents. In the automotive industry, parts washers have always been used in new manufacturing and remanufacturing processes, having the main purpose of cleaning, degreasing and dry parts regardless their size or volume. These parts are this prepared for the following steps of vehicle creation: inspection, surface treating, assembly, packing and eventually, distribution. The parts washers use various cleaning systems, and the most basic one uses the simple “sink-on-a-drunk” process, extremely similar to the ancient method: small pieces are simply sunk in a container, and the dirt is removed due to the chemical reaction between the solvents used and the oils. This technique is commonly used in small auto repair shops. On the other hand, there are also parts washers using extremely complex technologies and elaborated solutions: these have many cleaning stages and the parts must also go through handling systems. No matter the technique they use, these cleaning machines play an important role not only in manufacturing, but also in maintenance, repair and remanufacturing operations, because they are able to clean from the smallest items (such as screws or nuts) to larger ones: engines, wind turbine and so on.

Modern parts washers use high temperature and pressure systems to make the process as efficient and fast as possible, but they require performing component to support these procedures. According to the industry, many parts can be mixed (if they have the same material and features), in order to obtain the desired outcome. The washing process involves a sequence of steps (loading, washing, rinsing, drying and then unloading), and performing washers can support all these, through a computerized program which allows manufacturers to save not only time and money, but also man-power – a valuable resource in any manufacturing company.