Ian Melin-Jones

Ian Melin-Jones

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 07:15

New ultrasonic lines for meticulous cleaning

Turbex (www.turbex.co.uk) will launch at MACH 2018 its ProLine 2 range of automated cleaning lines, intended for applications where a very high level of precision cleaning is needed. There are four variants in the modular, fine and ultra-fine cleaning line range - Easy, Auto, Semi and Auto+. Available in five tank sizes, they offer different levels of capability including semi-automatic handling and also cater for various component weights and production quantities. The Auto+ model includes a noise reduction enclosure that doubles as a clean room interface.

A hallmark of these machines is multi-frequency ultrasonics, enabling a single transducer to generate two different ultrasonic frequencies. Cycle times can be significantly shorter and there is the added advantage that dis-similar components and materials can be processed in the same tank. An additional feature of ProLine 2 is the option of side-mounted ultrasonic technology for special component geometries. Different drying systems are available including hot air, infrared and vacuum to allow optimum processing of different materials.

All products, which range from bespoke, multi-tank cleaning and drying lines down to small bench-top units, are aimed primarily at high-end manufacturers in the optics, medical, and precision manufacturing industries. However, the aerospace, automotive, nuclear, electronics and general engineering sectors are also target markets.

2017 12 12 070135A new Turbex ProLine 2 high precision, automated cleaning line.

Global and targeted cleaning in a single process

To be promoted for the first time in the UK will be targeted cleaning, rinsing and drying technology in a single chamber machine. It works alongside global spray-flood action, coupled with highly controllable kinematics and rotatable ultrasonic transducers. The targeted / global tandem process is intended for efficient and reliable removal of swarf, oil and other contaminants from difficult-to-reach areas such as undercuts, blind bores and intricate channels.

Aimed in particular at manufacturers in the hydraulics and diecasting industries, it addresses the problem of accessible surfaces of complex components being over-cleaned before the cleanliness of interior contours meets the required specification.

Central to the new process is a tool positioning system into which the parts to be cleaned are fixtured. Via integrated nozzles in specific locations to suit the components, water or air is guided directly to bores, channels, holes and other difficult areas to be cleaned. Newly developed central bearing kinematics with dual-channel rotary feedthrough assist projection of the cleaning medium, making it flow with a high degree of turbulence.

Currently, targeted cleaning is available on the JAVA and PALMA machines. Other benefits of the process include lower process temperature and hence energy savings, shorter cleaning times, reproducible quality and reduced consumption of cleaning chemicals. A video showing the principle of targeted cleaning and drying may be viewed at:www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA4-kmbHH7U

2017 12 12 070154Schematic of the Turbex targeted cleaning system.

Processing of larger components

A heavy duty Turbex aqueous washing machine will be on the stand from the supplier's AC-range of front-loading, spray washing and rinsing models. They have proved particularly popular in the UK for degreasing, precision cleaning, phosphating, paint removal, descaling and de-rusting. Manufactured from stainless steel, the AC programme comprises both single- and multi-stage units with options for one, two or three process tanks. Standard sizes range from one to three metres in diameter, although larger machine sizes are available.

These PLC-controlled machines provide a high level of cleaning performance due to ingenious design principles combined with high spray pressures and liquid flow rates achieved by the powerful pump. The spray system, also of stainless steel, rotates around a fixed load that can weigh several tonnes. Acoustic as well as thermal insulation protect operators from undue noise and heat.

Air blast and hot air drying stages are optional, as is gas instead of electric heating. Other optional accessories include steam extraction, automatic refill, an oil skimmer or separator and a detergent dosing unit. A manually operated spray lance with its own impeller pump can also be supplied, allowing particularly awkward soils to be removed. Alternatively, temporary use of the equipment as a manual spray booth is possible.

Ultrasonic tanks

Completing the exhibits will be models from the Turbex range of bench-top and floor-standing ultrasonic cleaning tanks, which can be used stand-alone, as bench-mounted units or as part of an integrated modular cleaning system.

Available in a variety of sizes, they feature a welded stainless steel tank, double lid with thermal and acoustic insulation, thermostatically controlled indirect heating in the side walls, and an electronic control with digital time / temperature display. A level guard cuts off the heating and ultrasonics if there is insufficient liquid in the tank.

A variety of options is available, such as stainless steel work baskets, filtration, a storage tank with oil separator, and a hot air dryer.


Rear Admiral Philip Greenish received the award of Honorary of the University for services to engineering

INNOVATIVE engineers are vital to the UK’s future prosperity, said Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Academy of Engineering when he received his honorary award from the University of Huddersfield.

Rear Admiral Philip Greenish, a former Royal Navy officer who has been RAE CEO since 2003.  After receiving his award, the Rear-Admiral saluted the role played by the University of Huddersfield in many areas of technical advance.

He said that: “In these challenging times, it is engineers that are leading the way in addressing so many of society’s needs, including the needs of the economy.  The UK’s future success would depend on engineering innovation, researcher and entrepreneurship.”

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The Honorary Doctorate was bestowed by University of Huddersfield Vice-Chancellor Professor Bob Cryan – himself a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering – at one of the November sequence of awards ceremonies.

The oration describing the career of Rear Admiral Greenish told how, as an engineering graduate, he served with the Navy for almost 30 years, beginning as weapons engineer in destroyers and frigates, with his career culminating in promotion to Rear Admiral with responsibility for engineering, personnel and front-line logistics support for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

“Philip is passionate about engineering,” said Professor Cryan.  “He is positive about the progress that has been made in the understanding and appreciation of engineers and engineering by government, but is determined to increase the recognition of engineering in UK society more generally.”

Rear Admiral Philip Greenish
Philip Greenish joined the Royal Navy in 1969 as he started an engineering science degree at Durham University.  He graduated in 1972 and spent much of the next 15 years in destroyers and frigates or in design and support roles ashore, including a spell working for the Canadian Navy in Nova Scotia.  

Later jobs were mostly in the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall.  In his final role, as a Rear Admiral, he was responsible for engineering, personnel and logistic support for the front-line of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.  He is a graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies.

The Academy has grown significantly under his leadership with a vision to put engineering in the heart of society where it is in reality, if not yet in perception.  The Academy’s elected Fellowship of outstanding engineers provides leadership across all fields of engineering.  With the UK facing a difficult future, its role, and the role of engineering, has never been more important.

Philip sits on Southampton University Council and is a Board Member of EngineeringUK.  He has served on two research councils, was a founding trustee of the Science Media Centre and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.  He was appointed CBE in 2003.

The University of Huddersfield – Inspiring Tomorrow's Professionals
The University of Huddersfield has a growing reputation as an inspiring, innovative provider of higher education of international renown.  Recognised as a leader in enterprise and innovation, the University has been the recipient of the Times Higher Education’s University of the Year Award and Entrepreneurial University of the Year and was awarded a Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.  In the 2015, the University achieved 5 star status from international ratings organisation QS Stars in the areas of teaching, internationalisation, employability, and for facilities and access.   It is currently number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications and recently became one of the few universities in the UK to be awarded the ‘Gold’ standard in the Government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework.  

The University annually welcomes over 19,000 students to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across subjects covering…

…the sciences, engineering and IT
…health, education and the social sciences
…business, management, law and accountancy
…architecture, design, humanities and the arts.

The University of Huddersfield’s researchers are dedicated to solving the problems and answering the questions posed by industry, science and society as a whole.  Its research is showcased by internationally-recognised centres of excellence, strategic industry relationships and a commitment to providing state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.  

The Chancellor of the University is His Royal Highness The Duke of York, KG, and the Vice-Chancellor is Professor Bob Cryan CBE.


Precious Metals Dealer Launches New Innovative Web Site

First Capital Gold, a global dealer of precious metals and coins is pleased to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website.

2017 12 04 191523"We are excited to unveil our new website and the improved experience it provides for our clients,” said Mary Jones, Director of Public Relations for First Capital Gold. "The new website is built on an enterprise-level platform that will support our efforts as we continue to grow our services and online presence giving our clients unparalleled access to key investment information on precious metals."

Visitors to FirstCapitalGold.com will find a design update and enhanced client experience that taps the latest technologies to provide a more personalized experience across all devices.

The new website is built on an enterprise-level platform that will support our efforts as we continue to grow our services and online presence giving our clients unparalleled access to key investment information on precious metals.

Mary Jones, Director of Public Relations

"The new site is an amazing step forward to what will ultimately become an unrivaled platform for our clients and investors," said Jones.

About First Capital Gold

First Capital Gold is a precious metals brokerage firm based in Los Angeles, California. It enable investors to purchase precious metals they physically hold, convert IRA accounts into eligible metal products as opposed to merely owning them on paper. Additionally, First Capital Gold is considered the leader in Precious Metal IRAs. Including gold and other precious metals in client retirement portfolio lowers their risk by diversifying from paper assets, thus hedging against the economy and inflation. 

Source: First Capital Gold

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