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UCM Smart solution for efficient precision cleaning

Editor: Steffen Donath

In numerous industries and markets, companies are faced with increasing demands regarding the cleanliness of their parts. These can often only be met with high precision cleaning processes.

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Thanks to the modular concept of the UCM SmartLine, multi-chamber immersion cleaning systems can be individually designed for a wide range of applications. The electrical and control system is already integrated in each module.
Thanks to the modular concept of the UCM SmartLine, multi-chamber immersion cleaning systems can be individually designed for a wide range of applications. The electrical and control system is already integrated in each module.
(Source: UCM AG)

UCM has developed the new cost-efficient ultrasonic cleaning series UCM Smartine. Based on standardised modules, it includes integrated electrical and control systems for cleaning, rinsing, drying, loading and unloading processes, as well as a versatile transport system. The modules can be configured to create customised extendable systems for preliminary, intermediate and final cleaning.

The Swiss company UCM AG is a division of the SBS Ecoclean Group that specialises in fine and precision cleaning. With its newly-developed UCM Smartline series of multi-chamber immersion cleaning systems, the company is responding to a trend that has been emerging for some time in a number of industries and which is increasingly gaining momentum. Due to new and more demanding product requirements, changes in manufacturing, bonding and coating technologies, as well as stricter environmental regulations in some sectors, the demands on component cleanliness are constantly increasing. Among others, companies from the medical sector, watch & jewellery industry, optics, precision & micro technology, automotive & supplier industries, machine tool manufacturers and the coating industry are faced with the challenge of meeting these stringent particulate and film cleanliness specifications with reliable processes at competitive prices. A similar situation can also be observed in the MRO (maintenance, repair, overhaul) sector from industries such as aerospace, electronics, medical engineering, etc.

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Thanks to the cleverly designed modular concept of the new UCM Smartline, highly-compact ultrasonic multi-chamber immersion cleaning systems can be built with three to nine cleaning and rinsing stages for preliminary, intermediate and final cleaning, the company states. As a result, the system can be individually configured for a wide range of applications and adapted to changing market conditions at any time. Twin and triple modules are available for the process steps “cleaning & rinsing”, or “cleaning, cleaning & rinsing” and can be combined as desired. With an additional module, a two-stage fine and precision rinsing processes can be integrated with cascaded reverse osmosis or demineralised water.

The ultrasonic cleaning modules, which are heated and fitted with a filter circuit as standard, can also be adapted to suit a wide range of applications. This enables the use of single (25, 40, 80 kHz), dual (25/50, 40/80 kHz) as well as multi-frequency ultrasonics (40/80/120 kHz). The ultrasonic transducers are placed at the bottom and/or on one side of the tanks measuring 370 x 420 x 390 mm (L x W x H). The parts are dried by infrared radiation heat, hot air or under vacuum. Depending on the application, these drying technologies can also be used in combination. The loading and unloading stations of the UCM Smartline can be arranged either at the front or at the side, depending on the space available and plant layout for optimum material flow.

Inside the system, the parts are conveyed by a standard automatic transport system with servo drive. This enables the transport speed to be adapted according to the parts being cleaned. As a result, the parts are handled extremely gently during processing. In addition to preventing damage and scratches on sensitive workpieces, it also prevents components from rising to the surface.

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