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Ecoclean: Solutions as Diverse as the Tasks in Industrial Parts Cleaning

Component cleaning

Whether degreasing, classic component cleaning or high-purity applications – the  demands on cleaning solutions have increased in all areas of the manufacturing  industry. Ecoclean is responding to these changed market requirements with an even  broader and more modularized product range. The focus here is on higher cleaning  quality, improved costs, and more energy-efficient processes. 

Component cleaning is an essential manufacturing step in all industrial sectors to  ensure requirement-compliant downstream processes and high, stable product  quality. Regardless of the industry, new and modified products, increasingly compact  and complex geometries, an ever-greater variety of materials, and workpiece  dimensions ranging from one millimeter or less to several meters all contribute to the  fact that the spectrum of required cleaning applications is more diverse today than  ever before. The demands on the process and the cleanliness to be achieved vary  depending on the production stage as well as on the product and industry. For  example, in the final cleaning of high-tech components, including those for the  semiconductor industry, medical, sensor and analysis technology, and precision optics,  particulate contamination in the nanometer range and nanolayers of residual film  contamination must be removed. In contrast, in general industry, for example, with its  very different areas and components, the first task is often to clean off large quantities  of chips and machining media. Frequently, factors such as high throughput  requirements, heavy workpieces, a widely varying range of components and short 

delivery times also play a role. In addition, cleaning must in any case be economical,  energy-efficient, and resource-efficient. 

Adapt cleaning solution to the task 

To optimally adapt a cleaning solution to the task at hand, other product and company specific criteria must be considered in addition to the cleanliness specifications to be  met. This requires a manufacturer whose product range offers corresponding flexibility  in terms of the cleaning media to be used as well as the plant and process technologies.  As a full-range supplier of future-oriented, flexible, and energy-efficient solutions for  industrial component cleaning, Ecoclean and UCM, the Group’s division specializing in  precision and ultra-fine cleaning, cover the entire spectrum of wet-chemical processes  using water-based media, solvents and modified alcohols. This means that cleaning  processes and systems, including the most suitable process and drying technologies  for both batch and individual part cleaning, can be very efficiently tailored to product and company-specific requirements. Process design is carried out in the company’s  own test centers, with cleanroom test centers with adapted plant and measuring  technology available for tasks in medical technology and for high-purity applications. 

Modular system makes special chamber systems available more quickly 

With a broad range of standardized chamber systems for cleaning with water-based  media, solvents, and modified alcohols, as well as a wide variety of process  technologies such as spray and high-pressure cleaning, ultrasonics, injection flood washing (IFW), vapor degreasing, Ultrasonic Plus, Pulsated Pressure Cleaning (PPC) and  plasma cleaning, Ecoclean covers most cleaning tasks in general industry as well as the  automotive and supplier sectors. However, applications that required individually  designed special equipment, for example due to component dimensions, throughput  requirements, cleanliness specifications or other company-specific factors, have  increased significantly in recent years. To reduce the design effort required for this and  shorten delivery times, the plant manufacturer has developed the innovative modular  systems EcoCvela for water-based cleaning and EcoCstretch for cleaning with solvents or modified alcohol.

component cleaning

For the solvent systems, the modular concept includes four  working chamber sizes with diameters from 750 to 1,200 mm and equipment with  several flood tanks. For individual cleaning processes, the systems can be equipped  with all process technologies available for solvent cleaning.  With the EcoCvela, the diameters of the modular working chambers vary from 650 to  1,500 mm. In addition, the plants can be equipped with several working chambers and  flood tanks. In these highly flexible plants, various process technologies and systems  for efficient heat recovery also ensure short process times and energy-saving  operation. For very high cleanliness requirements, both plant types can also be  supplied with the corresponding high-purity equipment. 

Modular solutions also for multi-bath ultrasonic cleaning 

In the area of multi-bath ultrasonic cleaning systems, solutions consisting of  standardized modules are also offered in the form of the UCMBaseLine,  UCMSmartLine, UCMPerformanceLine and UCMHighLine model series. With the  modules for the process steps cleaning, rinsing, PPC, drying, loading, and unloading, as  well as a flexible transport system, cleaning systems for a wide range of applications  can be configured and commissioned cost-effectively and easily. This is also supported  by the fact that the electrical and control technology is already integrated. For high purity applications, the systems are designed with the appropriate equipment and for  operation in or connection to a cleanroom.  

With its further diversified portfolio, Ecoclean enables companies from all industrial  sectors to meet changing cleaning requirements not only in an economical and stable  manner, but also in a resource-saving and future-oriented way. 

The modular EcoCstretch concept was developed for solvent cleaning applications that  previously required special equipment with complex design and long production times.  Among other things, it includes four working chamber sizes and several flood tanks.

Special plants for water-based cleaning are covered by the modular EcoCvela with  working chamber diameters up to 1,500 mm as well as several flood tanks and, if required, several working chambers. For energy-efficient and fast cleaning processes, the plants have effective heat  recovery and can be equipped with different process technologies.

With the multi-bath ultrasonic cleaning systems consisting of standardized modules,  here a UCM PerformanceLine, cleaning solutions can be individually configured, for  example for ultra-fine cleaning and high-purity applications.

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