Aqueous cleaning systems should be working at full capacity and important specifications should be considered when looking for quality performance. According to Production Machining Magazine, “the selection of the correct aqueous cleaning process should always start with a thorough understanding of the contamination that is on the parts as they are presented to the proposed cleaning system.”
The cleaning chemistry should be a high priority for consideration. Look for the right chemistry that can clean parts efficiently and removes the different contaminants that can build-up over time. An effective aqueous cleaning machine will use the least amount of chemistry at low temperatures. A machine that lasts with proper cleaning chemistry will help save money, the parts to be thoroughly and properly cleaned as well have a machine that functions at full capacity for a specified time. Other systems that use solvents for cleaning such as petroleum, need parts to be rewashed because they were not thoroughly cleaned. Aqueous systems effectively clean the parts of grease, metal and other contaminants quickly and effectively.
Aqueous solutions provide a safer environment during the disposal process compared to petroleum solvents which can be toxic and dangerous to worker safety. Aqueous cleaning provides an easy and less expensive cleaning process. How you manage your spent aqueous waste depends on the type of cleaning solution used, type of equipment, and the type of wastewater treatment system at your facility. According to Thurston County Business Pollution Prevention Program, it’s important to know It is illegal to dispose of any parts washer solutions into drywells, onsite septic systems, storm drains, or onto the ground.
Cost Effective/Safe Environment
A specification to look for is a solution that can help save money. Aqueous cleaning solutions and systems can be more expensive when it comes to start up costs. However, money is saved from reduced labor hours and from the disposal process that eliminates environmental hazards associated with cleaning solvents. It’s important to provide a safe atmosphere for workers and aqueous cleaning solutions are non toxic and safer for workers. Solvents such as petroleum are toxic and are hard to control because the evaporate into the air quickly. An aqueous cleaning system will be beneficial to save money in the long run as well ensure the safety of the workers using the systems.