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A Guide to Industrial Ultrasonic Tanks and How to Select the Right One

Ultrasonic tanks are an important piece of equipment for many industrial and commercial applications. These devices use ultrasonic frequencies to clean and degas submerged objects. They’re ideal if you need to thoroughly clean or degrease components on a regular basis.

Ultrasonic tanks come in various shapes, sizes, and configurations, so it’s important to determine which specifications meet your needs.

In this guide, we delve deeper into how ultrasonic tanks work and how to choose the right tank for your specific application.

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What Are Industrial Ultrasonic Tanks And What Are They Used For?

An ultrasonic tank (or ultrasonic cleaner) is a piece of equipment that uses high-frequency waves to clean objects. The tank, also known as an ultrasonic bath, is filled with a cleaning solution, usually an aqueous solvent, and the item to be cleaned is completely submerged in the liquid.

The tank is fitted with an ultrasonic transducer which produces ultrasonic waves that travel through the cleaning fluid. The waves create bubbles which grow and collapse in a process known as cavitation. This generates a scrubbing action that removes contaminants from the surfaces of objects.

An industrial ultrasonic cleaner is gentle enough to not damage delicate parts or components, but ultrasonic energy is highly effective at removing stubborn contaminants like grease, oil, dirt, and grime. An ultrasonic cleaning system is a safe and effective alternative to traditional cleaning methods, and it can be used on a variety of materials including metals, plastics, and ceramics.

Industrial ultrasonic tanks are commonly used in the automotive, aerospace, medical device, and semiconductor industries. They can be used to clean a wide variety of objects, including engine parts, machinery components, medical implants, musical instruments, firearms, electrical circuit boards, and much more.

What Are The Benefits Of Using An Industrial Ultrasonic Tank?

Industrial ultrasonic tanks offer several key benefits. Traditional cleaning methods, such as scrubbing with a brush or using harsh chemicals, can damage delicate items. Ultrasonic tanks offer powerful cleaning action but are gentle on delicate items. Because industrial ultrasonic tanks don’t require the use of harsh chemicals, they are safe to operate and environmentally friendly.

Another benefit of using an industrial ultrasonic tank is that it offers precision cleaning. When cleaning by hand, it’s often difficult to remove contaminants, for example, from crevices or internal surfaces. In an ultrasonic tank, objects are submerged, so the cleaning action of the soundwaves reaches every surface of the object, providing an extremely thorough clean. l methods, such as greasy or caked-on dirt, can be easily cleaned with ultrasonic waves.

One more benefit of ultrasonic tanks is that they can fit seamlessly into a production process. Multi-tank units can be installed at the appropriate points and can even run continuously.

How To Select The Right Ultra Sonic Tank For Your Needs


One of the first things you'll need to consider when choosing an ultrasonic tank is size. The size of the tank will be determined by the parts you need to clean and the amount of space you have available. If you're cleaning large parts, you'll obviously need a larger tank. But even if you're cleaning small parts, you'll still need to make sure there's enough room in the tank so that the ultrasonic waves can reach all sides of the parts.


The material your ultrasonic cleaning machine is constructed from will also affect its performance. High-grade stainless steel is the most popular choice for ultrasonic tanks because it's durable and easy to clean. Be wary of using tanks made from low-grade stainless steel or other materials, as you will likely have to replace these units more regularly. 


When selecting an ultrasonic cleaner, it’s important to get the right setup for your needs. For example, for a continuous production process, a multi-tank setup is ideal. You might have one tank for cleaning, another for rinsing, and another for drying. Depending on your application, you might need additional stages such as an extra rinsing tanks or a passivation step.


An industrial ultrasonic cleaning tank offers many benefits over traditional cleaning methods. They are gentle on delicate items, effective at removing difficult-to-clean residues, and environmentally friendly. Does the process of buying the ideal ultrasonic cleaner sound overwhelming? Our experts are always on hand to help. Ultrasonic Power Corporation produces a full range of ultrasonic tanks constructed from high-quality, durable stainless steel and can even customize units for your application. Get in touch today to find out about the perfect solution for your needs. 

No Job Too Big or Too Small

Ultrasonic Power Corporation’s ultrasonic cleaning systems are constructed to handle any job. From six ounces to 2000+ gallons these systems are engineered and manufactured to meet your specifications. Our ultrasonic cleaning systems deliver the same repeatable performance from the smallest machined part to the largest engine block - and everything in between.

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