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An ultrasonic cleaner, also called an ultrasonic bath or ultrasonic parts cleaner, uses high-frequency sound waves to dislodge debris and contaminants from items placed in a solvent or aqueous bath. It consists of a tank to contain the solvent and a transducer to generate sound vibrations. As the sound waves move through the liquid in the tank, they create microscopic bubbles that collapse, a process called cavitation. The resultant agitation scrubs the items in the tank and removes trapped debris from all surfaces, cracks, recesses, and crevices.
Ultrasonic cleaning can remove debris such as oil, grease, dust, dirt, wax, rust, pigments, fungus, and blood, among others. Items made of metal, plastics, glass, rubber, and ceramic are suitable for cleaning in an ultrasonic cleaner with a cleaning solution appropriate to the type of item and soil to be removed.
Ultrasonic cleaners are found in a number of environments, including medical and dental facilities, scientific laboratories, industrial manufacturing sites, and jewelers' workshops. They are commonly used to clean surgical instruments, dental tools, optical parts and lenses, labware and scientific instruments, manufacturing tools, machined workpieces, automotive parts, valves, electronic components, watch parts, and jewelry.
Cleaners come in a range of sizes and designs. A benchtop model is designed for cleaning small items and tools in a jewelry shop, laboratory, or clinic. Tanks can range in size from 1 pint to more than 7 gallons, and may be made of stainless steel. A stainless steel or plastic basket for holding items is usually included. Cleaners may include features such as a timer or a heater that warms the cleaning solution. An industrial ultrasonic cleaner is designed to hold large items or many items at once. Cleaning chambers can range from 10 gallons to more than 55 gallons. Multiple tanks may be installed to perform automated cleaning and rinsing operations. Some industrial cleaners also have drying systems.