Ecoclean Inc. News Blog

Thank you for your interest in our company and products. In our Ecoclean Inc. News Blog you will find latest information about the company, the people behind the scenes and of course all about our innovative systems and solutions for industrial parts cleaning and surface processing.

Comprehensive Service Support for your Cleaning Equipment

Ecoclean Service Portfolio: Covering All Your Needs in One Comprehensive Plan

Comprehensive Service Support for your Cleaning Equipment

Ecoclean offers comprehensive service for all cleaning equipment beginning with the design and continuing to the implementation far beyond. Our eight service areas include:
 

Ecoclean Spares:
Life-cycle spare parts management of original spare and wear parts from in stock inventory delivered to your plant within 48 hours.
 

Maintenance & On-Site Service:
Personalized after-sales service maintenance at various levels including help desk and spare parts management.
 

Remote Service & Digitization:
Machine remote access and diagnostic technology to maximize uptime and customer satisfaction. The Ecoclean Service App provides fast and direct contact to your nearest Ecoclean Service Center.
 

Modification:
Equip your cleaning installation to meet the challenges of the future.
 

Hotline:
Cleaning technology specialists provide diagnostic support aimed at finding the fastest possible solution.
 

Training:
Comprehensive training programs from machine operation to maintenance.
 

Consulting:
Collaboration with our team of engineers and technical experts to maximize uptime and long-term sustainability of your cleaning equipment.
 

Energy Efficiency Solutions:
Boost your cleaning equipment‘s energy efficiency and reduce productions costs with an energy optimization scheme.

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Proper Machine Shutdown

Tips to protect and prolong the life of your cleaning equipment

Proper Machine Shutdown

If you are faced with a situation in which you need to shut down your cleaning machine for an extended period of time, certain steps should be taken in order to protect and prolong the life of your cleaning equipment and to ensure a smooth startup when it is time to resume production. The following tips highlight those steps for both solvent and water-based machines.
 

Solvent Machines
(Modified Alcohol, Hydrocarbon):

  • If the plant/machine power can remain ON:
    • All machines are designed to have a power consumption mode that will only run minimal facilities while ensuring the machine circulates to keep the machine in good working condition while not using significant power and resources
    • Ensure the washer remains in “Automatic” cycle for these options to function
       
  • If the plant/machine power CANNOT remain on:
    • Our solvent based machines can be powered down without any need for draining or additional unique steps
    • Ensure the machine is first cycle stopped
    • Ensure the machine is set to “base position” via the HMI
    • Shut down the machine via the HMI control
    • Push the machine E-stop button
    • Power down the main panel by engaging the power disconnect
    • Follow any lockout/tagout procedures you may have per your company policies
    • Close any external supply such as air and water by closing the supply line manual valves

 

Water-based Machines
(EcoCagile, EcoCflex, EcoCwave, 81W, etc.):

  • If the plant/machine power can remain ON:
    • For Robotic washers only:  These machines are designed to have a power consumption mode that will only run minimal facilities to ensure the machine circulates and maintains the minimal functions to keep the machine in good working condition while not using significant power and resources
    • Ensure the washer remains in “Automatic” cycle for these options to function
    • This will help to maintain and reduce the opportunity for bacteria growth in the wash baths
    • Add an Algicide or other recommended additives to minimize growth of algae and bacteria as precaution.  Ecoclean suggests discussing this with your preferred chemical supply company
    • For 81W, EcoCwave, and other water-based chamber batch cleaning washers, it is recommended to follow the instructions based on no power (see below)
       
  • If the plant/machine power CANNOT remain on:
    • The only way to ensure no harmful growth of unwanted agents in the washer is to completely drain the system.  This also will help minimize issues at startup of your equipment upon resuming production
    • This is suggested if the washer will remain stationary for more than 5-7 days.
    • Follow your supplied manual to properly drain your model of washer
    • After draining, please ensure that you also rinse the system out as best as possible with clean city water. 
    • It is recommended that the system be filled with water to the minimal working level and cycle the machine for 10-30 minutes
    • After the clean water cycling, follow normal draining procedure again
    • Upon completion of the rinse cycle and draining, ensure the machine is cycle stopped
    • Ensure the machine is set to “base position” or home position
    • Shut down the machine via the HMI control (if equipped)
    • Push the machine E-stop button
    • Power down the main panel by engaging the power disconnect
    • Follow any lockout/tagout procedures you may have per your company policies
    • Close any external supply such as air and water by closing the supply line manual valves
       

If you have any questions related to the above, or need support in any way, please feel free to contact our Customer Service Hotline at +1 855-200-3877.

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Proper Care of Your Cleaning Equipment

Protect your Cleaning Investment, Prolong your Machine Life and Increase Uptime

Cleaning your parts cleaning machine is an important step in your manufacturing process. If your machine production or cleaning processes are put on temporary hold, it is a perfect time to utilize for a thorough cleaning of your parts washing machines. We all know that when machines are stagnant, bacteria can grow and damage the machines or even raise health concerns. To protect your employees, your equipment, and improve uptime, proper preventive measures should be taken. Ecoclean can offer instruction and provide services for the proper care and maintenance of your machines.

While these pictures are not the same machines, the ‘Before cleaning’ image illustrates how regular use over time (or idle periods without cleaning) affects the surfaces and component inside of a parts washer. Like any other type of machine maintenance, cleaning should be performed regularly. The ‘After cleaning’ image represents the condition that your machine may be returned to with a thorough cleaning performed by one of our technicians.
 

Before cleaning

 

After cleaning

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Environmentally Friendly Parts Cleaning Solutions

Ecoclean Products and Manufacturing Processes are Designed with the Environment in mind

For solvent-based vapor degreasing that is environmentally friendly, the EcoCcore is the answer! The EcoCcore is a closed-loop, airless and airtight solvent-based cleaning system that meets the most demanding environmental requirements, does not clean with water and creates minimal waste. In general, Ecoclean parts washing systems are designed to be energy efficient. Other Ecoclean batch cleaning machines such as the EcoCcompact and the Minio 85C have a similar closed-loop solvent-based system that also does not use water and creates minimal waste. More details are provided on our cleaning and degreasing products page.

 

For aqueous single-piece parts cleaning that is effective, flexible and environmentally friendly, the EcoCagile offers numerous benefits:

  • Energy reduction features
  • Water reduction features
  • Variety of media and filtration options
  • Efficient ventilation and airflow designs
  • Space and footprint savings (facility impact)
  • Modular and re-deployable implications (capital impact)


Many automotive OEM’s trust and rely on the technology of the EcoCagile for meeting the increasingly demanding cleanliness requirements of new vehicle technologies. In addition, Ecoclean works with OEMs to support their business and sustainability goals.

 

The Dynamic Flow Control (DFC) dynamic volumetric flow control (DFC) developed by Ecoclean is a highly efficient and highly economical tool for energy saving available on water-based robotic washers. The Ecoclean DFC service product reduces energy consumption wherever fluids need to be supplied in a non-uniform quantity. The controller developed by Ecoclean can control the system more precisely and faster, and the power surplus of the supply system is greatly minimized or even eliminated. This not only saves significant amounts of electricity and thus CO2 emissions, but also makes it a major factor in reducing unit costs in parts production. 
 

Energy costs are a major component of production costs, but can be reduced significantly. For part cleaning systems, Ecoclean offers a wide range of services that will help you boost your equipment‘s energy efficiency. An extensive upgrade package is available and will greatly improve your energy balance. More information can be found in our brochure on energy savings.
 

Did you know that the Environmental Management System of our Centers of Competence in Monschau and Filderstadt (Germany) as well as our Group companies in Southfield (USA), Le Mans (France) and Oslavany (Czech Republic) have the ISO 14001 certification? ISO 14001 certification includes, for example, more efficient use of energy and raw materials, waste minimization and targeted risk avoidance. In addition, the certified companies are taking on more responsibility for environmental management and its integration into business processes.

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The Multitasking EcoCvelox

Modular CNC Solution for All-in-One Parts Cleaning, Deburring and Drying

The EcoCvelox is a game-changer due to the fact that it is a compact, modular CNC solution for deburring, cleaning and drying combined in one system. The EcoCvelox is flexible in that it allows modules to be added or removed as the manufacturing process changes. It offers short cycle times of 15 seconds per pallet (holding one or multiple parts) and an optimal ratio of process time to machine cycle time. It can accommodate a wide variety of part types and has a unique part handling system that allows for easy implementation of new parts. The system can accommodate automatic loading by gantry or robot, or manual loading. Loading can be done at opposite ends of the machine.



Cutting Tool Engineering recently interviewed Ecoclean about the benefits of the EcoCvelox and you can hear about the details here.

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We’re Here for You

Flexible Sales, Consulting and Service Solutions

During these rapidly changing times, Ecoclean has flexible sales, consulting and service solutions to meet your unique needs and circumstances remotely or onsite. From a ready stock of new or lease machines to remote service and project consulting we are ready to serve you.
 

 Stock Inventory – Parts Washers:  Ecoclean maintains an inventory of industrial parts cleaning machines that are available on short notice for immediate purchase or lease.

 Cleaning Trials:  Trails with sample parts in our Technology Center with precision cleaning systems, single-piece cleaning systems and batch cleaning system using various cleaning media such as water, non-halogenated hydrocarbons, modified alcohols and chlorinated hydrocarbons.
 Cleanliness Analysis: Our technical cleanliness experts can conduct a detailed cleanliness analysis according to VDA Vol. 19.1 including documentation to support your quality certification requirements.
 Parts Cleaning Service:  Parts Cleaning conducted in our Technology Center with precision cleaning systems, single-piece cleaning systems and batch cleaning system using various cleaning media such as water, non-halogenated hydrocarbons, modified alcohols and chlorinated hydrocarbons. If you have parts that need to be cleaned, they can be shipped to our facility and our technicians can conduct that work for you.
 Remote Service & Digitization: Machine remote access and diagnostic technology to maximize uptime and customer satisfaction. The Ecoclean Service App provides fast and direct contact to your nearest Ecoclean Service Center.
 Remote Project Consulting: Collaboration via telephone or video with our team of engineers, sales, project managers, applications and technical experts to evaluate your project and cleaning needs.
 Ecoclean Spares: Genuine Ecoclean spare and wear parts packages, including pump repair kits, shipped from an on-site inventory and delivered to your plant within 48 hours to ensure machine uptime.
 Maintenance & On-Site Service: Personalized after-sales service maintenance at all levels, including emergency service or assistance with machine startup if your production has been on temporary hold. To ensure a smooth startup, continued production and the optimal performance of your washer, our technicians can assist with the proper startup procedures.
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The Increasing Demand for Parts Cleanliness and Increasingly Complex Solutions

Overview of Industrial Parts Washers

Overview of Industrial Parts Washers

Industrial parts washers are used to clean and degrease products (in process or finished) in preparation for further processing, be it machining, stamping, drawing, coating, etc. or assembly and shipping.  As parts are created during the manufacturing process, machining oils, chemicals, particles, grease, dirt and metal chips adhere to their surfaces and get lodged in different areas.  Removing these contaminants is essential to the quality of the final product (for example it is important to have a clean and oil free surface before the application of a finishing coating).

Parts washers are commonly used in large volume manufacturing plants that machine precision products.  Commonly washed parts are CNC machined parts, metal bolts, nuts, screws, washers, rivets and industrial fasteners made of steel, stainless steel, aluminum, brass, copper, titanium and specialized alloys.  Any residual chips, oil or grind slurry left from the forming processes (cutting, grinding, stamping, etc.) can be problematic and costly during later assembly and installation, and could lead to reject costs and loss of business for the supplier.

Parts washers vary in complexity and price to meet the part cleaning process requirements.  Simple washers can use a spray or immersion process, while more complex washers deburr, wash, rinse and dry the parts.  Automatic parts washers use computer controllers and conveyors to load, clean, dry and unload parts to save time, money and labor.

The increasing demand for burr-free and immaculately clean components, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems, engines (blocks, heads, camshafts and crankshafts), pump and valve housings, nozzles for fuel injection and other applications, transmission parts (housings, gears, timing, etc.), steering and brake parts as well as other mechatronic components is constantly increasing as we see more stringent specifications.  Minor dirt particles in an older system may not have caused an issue, but the same dirt particles in a modern system could cause a mechanical breakdown.  Manufacturers and suppliers must utilize strong cleaning processes and equipment to maintain consistent compliance with OEM and industry cleaning requirements.

There are different types of automated industrial parts washers and they are based on four basic technologies used in washing operations: Aqueous, Hydrocarbon Modified Alcohols and Steam.  Within each media type, there are numerous variations and configuration options such as immersion, flow-through, agitation, tumbling, hot-air or vacuum drying, and single or multi-chamber systems.

Different cleaning requirements can be categorized by means of the chemical term polarity (how well the electrons of a molecule are balanced in the molecule structure). Oils and mineral spirits are non-polar substances, while water is a polar substance. One of the main principles of determining which cleaning agent to use is “like cleans alike”, meaning that water will be better cleaned with water and oil will be better cleaned with oil.

More discussion to come on each of these types of industrial parts washers.

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Our EcoCvelox Wins Gold for the German Innovation Award 2020

The All-in-One Solution for Deburring, Cleaning and Drying

EcoCvelox wins German Innovation Award

The EcoCvelox wins gold from the German Innovation Award 2020!  The EcoCvelox is modular CNC solution that combines deburring, cleaning and drying into one compact system. To win the honor of gold, EcoCvelox was evaluated in the category, “Machines and Innovation” within the competition class “Excellence in Business to Business”.

The evaluation criteria that guided the jury in the winner selection process for the innovation award was based on technical quality and function, innovation level, cost-efficiency and user benefit. The jury states that with the increasing cleaning requirements worldwide across industries and the importance of the flawless function of components in subsequent processes, that reliable and process-secure deburring and cleaning are critical. While component processing is normally performed in two separate systems: one for high-pressure water deburring and the other for the cleaning of the component, the EcoCvelox now for the first time combines these steps in one system.

Some of the benefits of this innovation, states the jury, are decreased cost due to reduced rebuild and retool time, as well as decreased disruption in future component operation.

You can find out more details as well as a link to learn more  about the EcoCvelox on the solutions area of our site, as well as link to learn more on the German Innovation Award.

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The Basics of Parts Cleaning

Factors that Determine the Best Parts Cleaning Method

The Basics of Parts Cleaning

Parts cleaning is an integral step of manufacturing processes across all industries, such as aerospace, automotive, optical, medical and others. It is used before many different processes, for example surface finishing or shipping final product. Part characteristics such as dimensions, shapes and material as well as the contamination and final application influence the cleaning method to be used. Taking all these factors in consideration we can determine the cleanliness requirements, type of equipment and processing cycle needed to properly clean the parts. The objective is to perform the cleaning to achieve a specific requirement level set by the customer or industry and often the results are quality control tested. A cleaning process that is custom designed for the cleanliness requirement ensures the result is appropriate for the application and that sustainability and efficiency are considered in the allocation of company resources. 

The cleaning process varies depending upon what application the part is being used for (automotive, industrial, medical, optical or other) and if it is a finished product or if it is going to be further processed. For example, metal parts that need to be coated need to be free of contamination from the machining process, such as metal chips, dirt and grime and coolant that adheres to their surface. Removing these contaminants is necessary to ensure the quality of the final product such as powertrain parts for the automotive industry. Contaminated surfaces can cause imperfections in coating processes.

Organizations such as the ASTM International develop and publish technical standards for a variety of industries.  They develop specifications and test methods or practices to ensure compliance within an industry. Once elected, these standards and practices become a requirement leaving the manufacturer responsible for meeting the quality benchmark.

An important consideration in achieving the desired cleanliness requirement is understanding the type of contaminant that needs to be removed.  A contaminant is an unwanted substance on the surface of the part.  Oil, dirt, grime, metal shavings, chips, paint, or other substances are built up due to machining or other activities.  There are classifications for this build-up that start with the base material. The illustration is a representation of build-up on a metallic surface.  The classifications include the base material, deformed boundary layer (measured in micrometers), reaction layer, sorption layer (both measured in nanometers), and the contamination layer (measured in micrometers).

Cleanliness requirements can vary greatly across various industries and applications. Whereas some parts may only need to be rinsed, parts being produced for industries like medical, optical and electronics must meet very high cleanliness requirements. Such cleaning methods will involve highly specialized machinery and controlled environments to minimize contamination.

Sometimes other considerations, such as environmental regulations, floorspace and the availability of other resources can influence the best cleaning method. Through the advancement of technology, parts cleaning can address these specialized needs.

There are various types of cleaning systems and machines to accommodate the many factors described above. More discussion to come on each of the types of industrial parts washers that meet the various types and levels of cleaning required by today’s manufacturers.

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