Benefits that can quickly pay off your investment costs
Industries that use large equipment arts must constantly clean clogs that come with the territory: Organic elements such as salt and limestone as well as thick fuel residues such as oils and tars.
Cleaning clogged parts slows down or shuts down production, which can cause millions of dollars in lost revenues each year.
For decades, power washing has been the best method available for cleaning large industrial parts. Today, however, Crest Oil and Gas introduces a new cleaning method—using thickness mode ultrasonic transducers—that promises many benefits beyond the reach of power washing.
By the time water and detergents reaches the far end of tubing within long equipment parts, a power washer’s spray force can decrease by as much as 80%. This weakened spray cannot dislodge stubborn clogs at the far inner ends of the parts.
During ultrasonic cleaning, the part is entirely submerged in a tank filled with the liquid, so up to 90% of ultrasonic cleaning energy reaches all inner and outer surfaces.
The superior cleaning efficiency of ultrasonics increases a facility’s uptime, because while power washing returns parts with contaminants than will soon create new blockages and clogs, ultrasonics delivers parts that are microscopically clean back to the production line.
Power washing blasts liquid at 30,000-40,000 PSI, with a nozzle-point speed equivalent to hundreds of miles per hour. A misdirected hose or unexpected splash-back can maim or even decapitate workers.
Ultrasonic cleaning eliminates these dangers by using a gentle, contained bath environment to surround—rather than splash—parts.
Elimination of damaged parts
When the jet force of power washing hits blockages inside a part’s tubing or sensitive components anywhere on the part, it creates a violent explosion that can burst a hole in the tube or bend the component.
Such force-caused damage cannot occur during ultrasonic cleaning.
Power washing can require 12,000 gallons of liquid or more per part washed. Each wash also requires treatment of liquid waste and extensive spray-area cleanups.
Ultrasonic tanks require only around 9,000 gallons of liquid—about 90% water and 10% detergent. And unlike power washing, the liquid in an ultrasonic tank is reusable between six and fifteen times. The system contains all waste, automatically collecting at the tank bottom or inside connected totes for easy haul-away.
Power washing of some large parts, such as heat exchangers for oil and gas production, can typically require nine hours per part, between cleaning time and the time required to clean up the area after washing.
Ultrasonic cleaning of a similar part typically requires four to six hours, with more time required only when the heat exchanger needs two separate baths targeting different contaminants.
More uptime, less cleaning time, no parts damage, less risk, and other benefits—when you consider all these advantages, it is easy to see that ultrasonic cleaning is a far superior solution to messy, force-based methods such as power washing. And that an Crest Oil and Gas ultrasonic cleaning system can pay for itself very quickly in the field.