MecWash Systems of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, has been selected by its longstanding partner, SMC UK, to build a powerful and bespoke MWX400 parts washing machine to meet their stringent precision cleaning standards. SMC UK has been working with MecWash for over two decades, purchasing their original machine parts washing system in 2001. Paul Jarratt, sales manager at MecWash, said: “We were delighted SMC UK recognise the value in the results and service that MecWash had provided over the years.”
The initial machine that SMC UK bought was the MIDI 400, specifically designed to clean the complex and intricate parts manufactured by SMC UK. The processes included flood and spray wash, flood and spray rinse, hot air drying and the final stage of vacuum drying. The team at SMC UK used a separate ultrasonic system to unsettle the contamination on the components. The MIDI was recommended to the team at SMC UK because of its reliability and effectiveness at cleaning hydraulic and pneumatic systems, designed to clean complex shapes of fixtures and parts.
Stuart Knox, production engineering manager at SMC UK, added, “The Midi system was very effective over a long period, and the service and maintenance from the team at MecWash had been consistently excellent. Speaking with Paul, the MWX was the most appropriate choice.’
“An important aspect of the purchase was the ultrasonic options of the MWX400. The incorporated double ultrasonics process vastly improved the speed and cleanliness in key areas,” said Stuart.
The double ultrasonics work at frequencies of 40khz and 25khz. The latter is the most common frequency used in industrial applications, and the most powerful. The lower frequencies create bigger bubbles with a bigger bang on implosion. Higher frequencies, including 40 kHz, are more effective for targeting the smaller particles. Together, these frequencies combine to achieve high cleanliness by loosening the most tenacious of contaminations within the components.
SMC UK also added the Aqua-Save option to the MWX400 to reduce water consumption. Aqua-Save is a wash water recycling system that helps to maintain pristine washing, rinse quality and reduce the need for water changes and effluent disposal, making the cycle more efficient, cost effective and environmentally sound.
The ultrasonics and Aqua-Save features of the MWX400 parts washer has helped to drive efficiency at SMC UK
MecWash machines are some of the most advanced, connected parts washing systems in the world. The connectivity within the MWX400 facilitates remote servicing, condition monitoring, fault diagnosis, maintenance and management. This offered SMC UK new ability to programme and monitor the washing process.
Stuart Knox continued: “The Human-Machine Interface (HMI) process has hugely improved our ability to programme the modification of the washing cycles. Now, we have the options of having 25 programme slots instead of five, as well as a maintenance I/O override.”
John Pattison, managing director at MecWash, commented: “Since the original purchase by SMC UK, the technological capabilities of our systems have greatly progressed. The connectivity system is built around a host of sensors covering pressures, temperature, flow, energy usage, proximity and vibration that provide the ability to monitor the condition of the machine including fault diagnosis, and are capable of being remotely serviced.
“The pneumatics we buy from SMC are critical for our machines and to have SMC return to MecWash to buy another machine is fantastic news. Repeat business, especially over the course of decades, shows a MecWash customer is one for life. This is a key aspect of the MecWash approach that we are very proud of,” said John.