Aqueous Parts Washers 101

What are aqueous parts washers and what do they do?

In short, they are washing machines that use water-based solutions (called chemistry in the industry) to clean metal parts from a variety of industries. They can also be used to clean parts made of other materials such as plastic or glass. But, regardless of the material, their primary function is cleaning.

Parts washers clean in different ways. There are parts washers designed specifically to clean a particular item or ones that can clean anything that fits into its wash bay. Some use a high-pressure spray while others use underwater immersion, agitation or a combination of all three. Some parts washers even use ultrasonic devices that emit sonic waves to clean parts that have complex shapes and grooves.

Parts washers also come in a variety of sizes depending on the type of part it is cleaning. Some are small and easy to move while others are large and meant to work in a fixed space such as in a factory or auto repair shop.

There are also several different types of aqueous parts washers, each designed with a specific purpose in mind. The type of system chosen all depends on its purpose. For example, the ammunition industry finds rotary drum washers essential in cleaning brass or aluminum shells during manufacturing. The aerospace industry often uses heavy-duty parts washers to clean wheel hubs for passenger jets. The automotive industry uses a variety of models both in manufacturing and re-manufacturing to clean anything from transmissions to engine blocks. Parts washers can even be used in businesses that have very stringent cleaning standards such as the medical or pharmaceutical industry.

Below are a few of the standard systems offered by Jenfab. Click on each to learn more about what they are designed to do:

At Jenfab, we specialize in manufacturing these types of parts washers. While we offer standard models, many customers require a high level of customization. This is common throughout the industry and many other parts washer manufacturers offer the same services. However, only Jenfab can design and build a completely custom parts washer from scratch to achieve a highly specialized purpose. Give us a call and see what we can do for you. 

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