Streamlining your manufacturing process is crucial for your bottom line. When all stages of production work in tandem, everything goes off without a hitch. You save time and labor costs while increasing your capacity. Is parts washing causing a hiccup in your production flow?
You need a parts washing system that can keep up, especially if you produce thousands of parts per day. Systems that are not up to the task cause delays as parts wait to be processed. Conveyor belt parts washers provide continuous throughput and can accomplish in-line feeding, so nothing gets stuck at the cleaning stage.
How Do Belt & Conveyor Spray Washers Work?
True to their name, belt and conveyor parts washers use a motorized belt to pass parts through the machine. Each machine uses sprayers to rinse and wash off parts. Conveyor belt washers tackle the required cleaning phases: washing, rinsing, drying, phosphating and sealing. Machines can be designed to repeat stages or use heated drying.
How Parts Pass Through the Machine
Inside a conveyor belt system are multiple stations built for each cleaning phase. Parts enter and exit through a tunnel opening. We can customize the size and material of the conveyor belt based on the parts and soils. Generally, parts move through a belt conveyor spray washer like this:
- 1. Parts enter a wash station. Sprayers release a cleaning solution to remove debris from the parts.
- 2. The conveyor belt moves parts from the wash station to a drain station. Stainless steel walls and rubber curtains separate the wash and drain stations, preventing spray deflection while the solution drains.
- 3. Next, parts move to a rinse station, where they are sprayed again.
- 4. Parts move through another draining station.
- 5. Lastly, parts enter a drying station. Ambient blow-off can be used when parts don’t need to exit completely dry. Heated drying is used when parts need to be dry upon leaving the machine.
All cleaning stages work simultaneously. As one group of parts exits a station, another group is brought into that station.
Materials & Belt Types
Conveyor parts washers are made of stainless steel; however, depending on the application, the conveyor belt can be made from other materials. Stainless steel is a standard, but belts can also be galvanized steel, plastic and specialty-coated woven mesh. They can be designed with cleats or made of Omni-Flex®, which allows for 90- and 180-degree bends. With a wide range of material choices, you can design conveyor parts washers to meet your needs.
Is a Belt Washer Right for Your Company?
Belt and conveyor parts washers are used in a variety of industries—from die casting to aerospace. Automotive and general manufacturers commonly use conveyor parts washers to clean wheels, transmissions, bearings, gears, machined parts and stampings. These machines easily accommodate oil skimmers and filtration systems. Their ability to clean oily and greasy parts is one of the many reasons large automotive manufacturers choose belt washers.
Conveyor spray washers process large volumes of parts, but that doesn’t change their effectiveness. These parts washers provide superior precision cleaning and drying.
It’s time to invest in a belt system if:
- 1. You need continuous throughput of parts. Conveyor belt spray washers keep parts moving through the machine and onto the next phase of manufacturing. Machines can be designed for in-line feeding to take parts directly from another machine.
- 2. You need to feed parts at a specific rate. Each machine can be configured to a rate you choose. Your parts washer will keep up with other production phases, increasing the efficiency of your processes.
- 3. You need to process parts at a high volume. Other parts washers can’t deliver on part volume. A belt parts washer can process thousands of parts per day. Parts move continuously through the machine so more are cleaned.
- 4. Your current cleaning process causes bottlenecks. You don’t want anything to stall production or cause products to back up in high-volume scenarios. Belt washers match the rate of your other processes so you reduce bottlenecks.
Ready to change the way your company works? Increase your capabilities and reduce delays when you add a conveyor belt parts washer to your floor.
Jenfab offers several customizable models, including mini belt washers, HD belt washers, drum and belt combinations and modular conveyor belt washers. We tailor the machine’s zone lengths, belt width, number of lanes and pump sizes to suit your needs.
The belt dimensions of our models are as follows:
- Mini belt washers: 6” to 12” belt
- Mid-size belt washers: 18” to 24” belt
- Large belt washers: 30” to 72” belt
Request a quote today or call (800) 524-9274 to talk to someone about your custom aqueous parts washer.