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Aqueous cleaning of manufactured parts/components: establishing the role of solution quality

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Parts cleaning has gradually replaced solvent based cleaning during the manufacturing of parts and in maintenance workshop as a much more sustainable and cost benefit technology. In this study, the performance of aqueous parts cleaning was evaluated using two industrial parts cleaning systems. One system was equipped with a microfilter and oil skimmer to prolong the cleaning solution lifetime and the other was a generic parts cleaning system, which was not equipped with any contaminant control devices. It appears that aqueous parts cleaning could offer a high degree of cleanliness suitable for most typical maintenance workshops. However, the cleaning equipment used was critical to successful aqueous cleaning. The use of a microfilter and oil skimmer can reduce the amount of residuals left on parts and significantly extend solution life.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Pettigrew, L. & Nghiem, L. D. (2011). Aqueous cleaning of manufactured parts/components: establishing the role of solution quality. International Journal of Sustainable Manufacturing, 2 (2/3), 127-140.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84858191015

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/engpapers/2697

Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 127

End Page


  • 140

Volume


  • 2

Issue


  • 2/3

Abstract


  • Parts cleaning has gradually replaced solvent based cleaning during the manufacturing of parts and in maintenance workshop as a much more sustainable and cost benefit technology. In this study, the performance of aqueous parts cleaning was evaluated using two industrial parts cleaning systems. One system was equipped with a microfilter and oil skimmer to prolong the cleaning solution lifetime and the other was a generic parts cleaning system, which was not equipped with any contaminant control devices. It appears that aqueous parts cleaning could offer a high degree of cleanliness suitable for most typical maintenance workshops. However, the cleaning equipment used was critical to successful aqueous cleaning. The use of a microfilter and oil skimmer can reduce the amount of residuals left on parts and significantly extend solution life.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Pettigrew, L. & Nghiem, L. D. (2011). Aqueous cleaning of manufactured parts/components: establishing the role of solution quality. International Journal of Sustainable Manufacturing, 2 (2/3), 127-140.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84858191015

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/engpapers/2697

Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 127

End Page


  • 140

Volume


  • 2

Issue


  • 2/3