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5 Ways a Commercial Ultrasonic Cleaner Reduces Labor Costs

In today's fast-paced and highly competitive business world, efficiency and cost reduction are top priorities for any organization. When it comes to cleaning equipment and parts, traditional cleaning methods can be time-consuming and labor-intensive, and often require the use of harsh chemicals, which can be costly in terms of both time and money. However, with the availability of commercial ultrasonic cleaners, businesses now have access to a highly effective and affordable cleaning method that can reduce costs and improve efficiency. 

Commercial ultrasonic cleaners use high-frequency sound waves to create tiny bubbles in a cleaning solution that gently remove dirt, grime, and other contaminants from the surface of equipment and parts. This method of cleaning is highly effective and efficient, as it can clean even hard-to-reach areas without the need for manual cleaning. In addition, ultrasonic cleaning is environmentally friendly as it uses only water and a mild detergent, reducing the need for harsh chemicals and solvents. 

In this article, we will explore three ways that a commercial ultrasonic cleaner can reduce labor costs for your business. Whether you operate in automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, electronics, pharmaceutical, medical, or any other industry that requires precision cleaning, a commercial ultrasonic parts washers can be a valuable investment for your organization. 

Large Cleaner With Walkway

1. Cleaning Is Fast and Thorough

With traditional cleaning methods, a chunk of costs go toward labor. And one of the primary reasons for this is the sheer amount of old-fashioned elbow grease needed to remove stubborn contaminants. Ensuring a part is truly free of dirt and debris can take an enormous amount of time, especially if it has a complex shape. Each nook, cranny, or groove has to be scoured somehow, with precise attention to detail. The time to complete multiple steps, including scrubbing, spraying, brushing, inspecting, rinsing, and more, can quickly add up. 

With a commercial ultrasonic cleaning machine, this is simply not a concern, and there’s no need to scrub, brush, rinse, or even dry your parts manually. In this cleaning method, the parts are submerged in a mild cleaning fluid. Within the fluid, microscopic bubbles constantly form and collapse in a process known as cavitation. This causes jets of liquid to remove dirt or other contaminants from every surface of the item being cleaned. 

There’s no need to turn the part over and over looking for that one smear of cutting oil that may have been missed; the bubbles from ultrasonic cavitation will form everywhere and remove everything that doesn't belong. And depending on the cleaning application, the process often takes as little as five minutes. 


Brass Fittings
Substrate: Brass
Contaminant: Calcium, black polypropylene (Injection molding process)
Process: BT 60H, 150°F, 5 minutes, UP 132-B 4oz per gal

Glass Tubes
Substrate: Glass
Contaminant: Microalgae (algae farm application)
Process: BT 60H, 140°F, 2 minutes, Brulin 815GD 10%

2. Disassembly May Not Be Required

When cleaning manually, there are spots in some parts that can't be reached by a scrub brush or sprayer, including spaces that are simply too small to work a tool into. As such, it’s often necessary to partially or completely disassemble an object to make it easier to reach components and crevices.  

But when using a commercial ultrasonic cleaner, the object is completely submerged, and the bubbles formed by ultrasonic cavitation will form anywhere the liquid reaches. As such, unless the sections you need to clean are watertight, there’s no need to dismantle, and the part can be left intact and simply submerged in the cleaning tank. 

3. Safety Costs Are Reduced

Traditional cleaning methods often involve the use of harsh and even toxic chemicals. The need to handle these substances can increase multiple costs, including those related to labor, training, record-keeping, personal protective equipment (PPE), insurance, and chemical disposal.  

When using a commercial ultrasonic cleaner, it’s an entirely different story. For most applications, the ultrasonic cleaning solution is simply water and mild detergent. This means you won’t require employees to work in a hazardous environment, reducing the need for hazard pay and additional training and record-keeping. It can also limit the amount of PPE required and lower insurance and chemical disposal expenses. 

4. The Process Can Be Fully Automated

While some industrial ultrasonic cleaners require that parts are manually moved from one stage to the next, it’s possible to have the whole process automated. This involves having a multi-tank ultrasonic cleaner, in which parts are moved automatically from one stage to the next. 

Aside from eliminating the labor involved in transferring parts, you avoid downtime due to worker breaks, meaning the cleaning process can run continually, if needed. 

Final Comments

A commercial ultrasonic cleaner is an excellent investment for businesses looking to reduce labor costs and improve efficiency. By automating the cleaning process, reducing the need for disassembly, and eliminating the use of harsh chemicals, ultrasonic cleaning can help businesses save time and money. 

Whether you are in manufacturing, healthcare, or any other industry that requires precision cleaning, by leveraging the power of ultrasonic cleaning technology, you can streamline your cleaning processes, reduce labor costs, and improve the overall profitability of your business. 

Not sure which is the ideal ultrasonic cleaning equipment for your organization? Get in touch with us today and a UPCorp expert will be happy to help!


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