MecWash systems are used to clean a wide variety of hydraulic components which typically demand the highest quality of component cleaning and drying.
This is achieved with the MWX400 cleaning systems (replacing the well known MecWash Midi) which combine ultrasonics with high flow washing, rinsing and vacuum drying. For many applications ultrasonics are the key to removing fine particles and attaining cleanliness specifications.
For some manifolds however, our direct jetting approach delivers better results and targets problem areas of the blocks. The dedicated jetting functionality comprises jets rotating with the component, targeted on the most inaccessible internal galleries and blind holes, flushing them out as the part rotates.
HYDRAULIC CONTROL VALVES
HUSCO International, a global leader in the development and manufacture of hydraulic and electrohydraulic controls, has invested in fifteen MecWash Midi component cleaning systems for their sites in the UK, US and China. The Midi and its replacement system, the MWX400, clean hydraulic control valves used in off-highway applications, including agricultural machinery, materials handling and construction, to the exacting standards demanded by HUSCO’s customers around the world.
HydraForce, a major manufacturer of innovative hydraulic components including hydraulic screw-in valves and electro-hydraulic controllers, needed to invest in a new cleaning system to meet capacity increases and stricter cleanliness requirements. The products are used in industry and the mobile market, among other things for tractors and attachments, harvesters, wheeled loaders, excavators, lifting and conveying equipment, as well as hydraulic ramps. With the constantly growing demand for their hydraulic components, HydraForce had to expand its manufacturing capacities.
HYDRAULIC MANIFOLD CONTROL VALVES AND POWER UNITS
Related Fluid Power, a leading designer and manufacturer of hydraulic manifold control valves and power units, installed a MecWash Midi at its production plant in Fife to ensure its manifolds and component parts meet the highest levels of cleanliness demanded by today’s hydraulic systems. The MecWash Midi, and its replacement MWX400, are designed to process complex and intricate machined or pressed parts that require very high standards of cleanliness, surface finish and dryness.
Contamination management begins with the manufacture of the individual components and extends throughout the entire process chain up to and including the final assembly.
Even particles as minute as 100µ can be removed by using a combination of bespoke detergents and wash features such as ultrasonics, high flow flood and spray washing and rinsing. This guarantees that contaminants such as swarf and machining coolant used in the component manufacturing process won’t be present in the final pneumatic system.
BRAKING AND AUXILIARY AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS
IMI Precision (formerly IMI Norgren) are an established MecWash customer with a number of MecWash aqueous cleaning systems, including a bespoke system which proved central to the cleaning processes of this world-leading pneumatic component manufacturer.
The company’s Fittings Division produces mainly brass components that are destined for the commercial vehicle sector. These are used in safety critical braking and auxiliary applications which call for the highest levels of component cleanliness.
The Clean Pneumatronic Systems Division of KV Automation, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of pneumatic components, installed a MecWash Midi to clean and dry very complex parts. The majority of the range of pneumatic components are bespoke items destined for micro-electronic, precision measurement and instrumentation applications.
Significantly, the cleaning process is situated in a large scale clean room separated from the manufacturing area, allowing the cleaning process to play the optimum role during manufacturing.