Maintain Plastic Injection Molds with Ultrasonic Cleaning

Injection Mold Maintenance Tips

According to a blog post by Rex Plastics, “A small and simple single cavity plastic injection mold usually costs between $1,000 and $5,000. Very large or complex molds may cost as much as $80,000 or more. On average, a typical mold that produces a relatively simple part small enough to hold in your hand costs around $12,000.”

For cost reasons alone injection mold maintenance should figure high on a list of priorities for companies involved in producing injection-molded parts.  This post describes how the power of ultrasonic cleaning preserves investments in costly injection molds without causing wear or the use of harsh chemicals

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How to Clean and Restore Mobile Devices and PCBs

Ultrasonic Electronics Cleaners Support Strong Market Growth  

The consumer electronics market size was valued at over USD 1 trillion in 2020 and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of more than 8% from 2021 to 2027, according to a Global Market Insights report.   It defines electronics as computers, laptops, mobile devices, smart wearables, TVs, appliances, etc.  Ultrasonic electronics cleaners contribute to reliable operation from manufacturing through servicing these products.

Common to most if not all consumer electronics products is the ubiquitous printed circuit board or PCB.  That’s why PCB fabricators or those who sell or service equipment incorporating PCBs and other delicate electronic components include an ultrasonic electronics cleaner in their equipment inventory.

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Introducing the Elmasonic Select Line: Programmable Cleaning, Five Ultrasonic Modes

Elmasonic Select ultrasonic cleaners available from Elmaultrasonic feature 5 ultrasonic modes to simplify task setting and supervision for parts cleaning and maintenance, sample prep, and solvent degassing plus up to 4 commonly used programs for quick call up and reproducible results. 

  • 5 ultrasonic modes for powerful, rapid, thorough, reproducible cleaning and mixing
  • 3 cleaning cycle parameters:  mode, temperature to 80⁰C/176⁰F, and timer to 6 hours
  • Store up to 4 programs for quick call-up and reproducible results
  • Brilliant digital display clearly shows all operating parameters
  • Audio/visual signal at cycle completion
  • 11 tank sizes from 0.7 to 24 gallons
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Industrial Ultrasonic Cleaners

An Industrial Ultrasonic Cleaner Specification Guide

The ultrasonic cleaning equipment market is expected to exhibit a 3.3% CAGR by 2027 backed by increasing global adoption of industry 4.0 (the 4th Industrial Revolution), according to a report in  Fortune Business Insights™  “Industrial Ultrasonic Cleaning Machine Market” 2022 focuses on short-term and long-term trends affecting the market landscape.  Industrial ultrasonic cleaners play an important role in the economy.  This post will help you pick a unit that best meets your requirements.

What is an “Industrial” Ultrasonic Cleaner?

Industrial ultrasonic cleaners are defined by task, not size.  Industrial sonic cleaners include bench and tabletop units all the way up to multi-gallon floor mounted units. 

It’s what these units must do vs. their size that’s important.  So let’s begin our specification guide.

When to Specify an Industrial Ultrasonic Cleaner

To start with industrial ultrasonic cleaners are employed for tough and often long-term cleaning cycles.  These units may be required to continuously operate for hours and must be designed to meet these rigorous operating conditions.

Here’s a start on points to consider:

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Ultrasonic Cleaning to Remove 3D Printing Mold Support

Use Ultrasonic Energy to Remove 3D Printing Mold Support

Ultrasonic cleaning is fast and safe way to remove mold support and other surface contaminants from simple and complex 3-D printed parts.  Results are far superior to time-consuming water soaking and the risk of possibly damaging part geometries if manually cleaned using brushes.  Here you’ll learn how 3-D printed parts are made, then how ultrasonic energy is used to remove 3D printing mold support from your parts.

How 3-D Printed Parts are Made

3D part printing techniques use a variety of plastics and resins.  Examples include ABS, PLA, polyamide (nylon), glass filled polyamide, stereolithography materials (epoxy resins), silver, titanium, steel, wax, photopolymers and polycarbonate.   

A popular technique combines two moldable thermoplastic formulations such as ABS for the part itself and PLA for removable mold support.  This is a quick means to produce highly complex configurations.

In this instance a key to the efficiency of the process is fast, safe removal of the PLA mold support without risking damage to the ABS part.  An ultrasonic cleaner is proven far faster, safer and more effective than water sprays or manual scrubbing.

Other techniques called SLA (stereolithography) and LFS (low force stereolithography) use lasers to build the part without the need of mold support. In these cases uncured resin on the finished product requires removal best accomplished by ultrasonic energy.

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How Can I Use Flammable Solvents in an Ultrasonic Cleaner?

First, let us congratulate you for asking this question.  Any time flammable solvents are used for cleaning purposes there is risk of fire or explosion due to ignition of volatile vapors by a flash source.  Ignition can occur from any source due to spills or as flammable solvent vapors spread.  This post explains how you can safely use flammable solvents in an ultrasonic cleaner.    

An example of a widely used flammable solvent is isopropyl alcohol (IPA).  References to its use are presented in this post.

Things to Know about Flammable Solvents and Ultrasonic Cleaners

Before you select and use an ultrasonic cleaner for your application(s) you should be familiar with options available as well as other factors that go into the decision process.  Here you will learn about 

  • the definition of “flash points”
  • flash points of commonly used flammable solvents
  • where ultrasonic cleaners are used with flammable solvents
  • ultrasonic equipment options when cleaning with flammable solvents
  • other safety precautions when using flammable solvents in an ultrasonic cleaner
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Why you Need an Ultrasonic Dental Cleaner

Why you Need an Ultrasonic Dental Cleaner

An ultrasonic dental cleaner is a critical necessity if your dental practice employs reusable dental instruments.  Examples include mirrors, probes, burs, excavators and forceps.  These and similar instruments must undergo rigorous cleaning and sterilization procedures. 

Ultrasonic dental cleaners are also required for

  • cleaning molds
  • removing plaster and cement used in fashioning  bridgework
  • cleaning implant hybrid prosthesis and similar restorative procedures  

The key word here is ultrasonic dental cleaning because there are other options.  Here you’ll learn why you need an ultrasonic dental instrument cleaner.

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Ultrasonic Cleaner Accessories

How Ultrasonic Cleaning Accessories Improve Efficiency

From cleaning your house to getting more utility from your automobile the right accessories can make a big difference.  So it is with your ultrasonic cleaner.  Small investments in the right accessories can pay big dividends in cleaning results, faster throughput and in expanding the services you can offer.  This post describes a selection of the many ultrasonic cleaning accessories available from Elma Ultrasonic Cleaners and how they can improve your efficiency.

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How to Clean Hot Melt Adhesive Guns and Spray Paint Nozzles

How to Clean Hot Melt Adhesive Guns and Spray Paint Nozzles

Firms using hot melt adhesives and spray painting as part of daily routines know that cleaning their equipment after use can be more cost effective than constantly replacing precision components.  A cursory Google search discloses common cleaning recommendations include soaking in solvents and running wires through openings.  Here we describe how ultrasonic energy can clean hot melt adhesive guns and spray paint nozzles in minutes and more thoroughly than manual methods.

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How Ultrasonic Cleaning Speeds Aircraft Engine Maintenance

How Ultrasonic Cleaning Speeds Aircraft Engine Maintenance

Rigorous procedures are spelled out in maintenance manuals for aircraft engine parts, whether jet, turbine or piston. Ultrasonic energy plays an important role both for cleaning and nondestructive testing (NDT) operations by aviation maintenance technicians (AMT), aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) organizations and airlines’ own maintenance facilities.  Here are examples of how ultrasonic cleaning speeds aircraft engine maintenance.

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