Q: What is a parts washer and how is it used?
A: Most parts washers can be found in manufacturing or maintenance industries to clean parts or components. Some common areas they are used in are engine and machine repair shops. Typically, a parts washer is filled with several gallons of solvent from the near the top of the tank. It then pumps it at low pressure through a nozzle on to a metal grating where the components sit. Parts washers can utilize cold water, vapor degreasers, and conveyor type degreasers. Common cleaning methods are:
Features adjustable conveyor speed rate from 0-15 per minute. Low Water Shutoff, Stainless steel chip screen, 6 power cord and plug.
Solvents: Solvents work by dissolving dirt. Solvents include petroleum based solvents such as mineral spirits, and naptha, along with organic type solvents like trichloroethane, trichlorethylene, benzene, and xylenes.
Aqueous or Water Cleaning: Aqueous cleaners are normally pH neutral or alkaline water based solutions that break down and remove dirt from part surfaces using detergent and hot water.
Q: Why are solvent parts washer units a concern?
A: Parts washer that use solvents eventually become used up and must be disposed of. Used parts washer cleaning solutions are sometimes considered a special waste because they may be hazardous and are an industrial process waste.
Q: Are Hot Water and Detergents really able to clean as well as solvents?
A: Yes. In many cases hot water and detergent clean even better then solvents, leaving no residue or coating on your materials.
Q: What can be cleaned in a Water Based Parts Washer?
A: Water based washer units can do an effective job cleaning a variety of items ranging from small computer components to large transmissions.
Q: Is water based cleaning more expensive than using solvents to clean my parts?
A: NO. Most companies realize a savings when they convert to water based cleaning. Water and detergents are cheaper and usually there is no disposal cost. Environmental fees and costs associated with solvent usage are totally eliminated.
Q: Are water based cleaning wastes a problem to deal with?
A: NO. Water based cleaning waste is simpler to deal with. The cleaning solution can be disposed of in the sewer system in some municipalities. Check your local EPA guidelines for details.