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Fancy a DIP?
Fancy a DIP?
Keywords: Components, Cleaning
The Washmaster Superdip (WMSD) compact cleaning system from Ransohoff plc has been developed to meet the needs of manufacturers with component washing headaches. Economy, ease-of-use and low maintenance are just some of the priority factors that are said to have been integrated into this innovative machine (Plate 6).
Plate 6 The WMSD compact cleaning machine from Ransohoff plc, offering economy, ease-of-use and low maintenance, with optional high performance ultrasonic cleaning also available
Owing to their versatility, “dunker machines” are a commonly used type of wash plant, and the WMSD continues the theme of flexibility. The “all-purpose” nature of the WMSD ensures that manufacturers are able to rapidly process a wide range of components, either as batches or as individual piece parts.
The Superdip machines, constructed from 304 stainless steel, are said to guarantee thorough cleaning of all types of components via a combination of immersion and agitation, generating spotless results. This is further enhanced if users decide to incorporate optional ultrasonic transducers that can be immersed in the wash solution. These are manufactured by Ransohoff's sister company, Blackstone-Ney Ultrasonics, a leader in the ultrasonics field, and would be advisable if precision cleaning is required of components with difficult-to-access features.
The robust WMSD comes in three sizes of machine. The smallest in the range houses a stainless steel mesh basket measuring 530 by 380 by 200 mm that can take a maximum load of 40 kg, while the largest machine has a 1,020 by 760 by 200 mm basket, accommodating loads of 135 kg. With a 50-100 mm agitation stroke and a variably controlled agitation frequency, rapid processing is reportedly guaranteed.
The Superdip range is also extremely compact in terms of footprint, with even the largest machine, which features an 840 l tank, measuring just 1,320 by 1,525 mm. Standard features include digital temperature control, automatic liquid level detection and a weir tank and sparge pipe. Other options include a process timer, in-line fine filtration, a hand held spray gun, a skimmer for tramp oil removal, a seven-day time switch and high performance 25 or 40 kHz ultrasonics.