This section provides an overview for ultrasonic cleaners as well as their applications and principles. Also, please take a look at the list of 23 ultrasonic cleaner manufacturers and their company rankings. Here are the top-ranked ultrasonic cleaner companies as of September, 2023: 1.Midmark Corporation, 2.Blue Wave Ultrasonics, 3.Ultrasonic Power Corporation.
There are two types of cleaning: chemical cleaning using detergents and solvents, and physical cleaning, using vibrations and mechanical energy.
Ultrasonic cleaners are devices that utilize the synergistic effects of both of these.
These devices are available in various sizes.
Small devices include inexpensive household devices used to clean eyeglasses and accessories, etc., those with built-in ultrasonic oscillators such as those used in laboratories to clean instruments and adjust chemicals, and those in which the ultrasonic oscillator is placed in a container of your choice (throw-in type).
Large-scale devices are mainly for industrial use, such as those incorporated into factory manufacturing processes.
The cleaning power varies depending on the ultrasonic waves generated, so it is necessary to select the frequency and detergent according to the application.
The Radio Law may regulate ultrasonic cleaners, so please follow the appropriate procedures according to the output, etc., when installing the device.
(Basically, ultrasonic cleaners with an output of 50 W or more require an application for a permit for high-frequency use equipment.)
Ultrasonic cleaners are mainly used for industrial purposes.
Primary applications include degreasing and cleaning metal parts and resins, removing abrasive particles and dust, cleaning precision metal parts, optical disks, and hard disk heads, final cleaning of glass substrates, and cleaning silicon wafers.
Ultrasonic cleaning is performed at low frequencies for metal parts and at high frequencies for silicon wafers.
Ultrasonic cleaners are also used for defoaming, degassing, dispersion, agitation, and crushing.
Sound is generated by vibrating objects.
When electrical energy is applied to unique ceramics called piezoelectric ceramics, the ceramics expand and contract.
The vibrations generated at this time are converted into sound.
If the frequency of this sound is set to 20 kHz or higher, ultrasonic waves are generated.
The ultrasonic vibration is applied to the sample to generate bubbles. When the bubbles burst, the microjet water flow generated by the impact (cavitation) is used to clean the sample.
Low-frequency ultrasonic waves are used to degrease and clean metal parts, resins, and precision metal parts.
The shock waves from cavitation can clean even stubborn dirt.
High-frequency ultrasonic waves are used to clean semiconductors and silicon wafers.
Cavitation is generated in different ways depending on the depth of the liquid and the type of liquid.
For ultrasonic cleaning, control of these factors is also essential.
Insufficient control may cause the diaphragm to deteriorate.
Manufacturers for sale include Honda Electronics, Nihon Seiki Seisakusho, SND, and KAIJO.
There are also used products available for purchase or rental.
*Including some distributors, etc.
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Blue Wave Ultrasonics is a manufacturer of ultrasonic cleaning equipment. Established in 1952, the company is based in Davenport, Iowa, USA. The company specializes in designing and manufacturing ultrasonic cleaning systems for industrial applications. Its industrial systems include single chamber unit, two stage clean/rinse, multi-chamber units, modular console and multi-chamber console systems. The company’s product range that includes ultrasonic cleaners, tanks, and generators, serves industries such as aerospace, automotive, electronics, hospital/surgical and molds/toolin. Blue Wave Ultrasonics offers services like technical consultation and customized solutions.
Ultrasonic Power Corporation was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Freeport, Illinois. The company is a global ultrasonic cleaning company, serving as a designer, developer, manufacturer, and distributor of ultrasonic equipment used in the aerospace, automotive, energy, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and music industries. The company maintains four product segments: industrial Ultrasonic Cleaners, Custom Ultrasonic Cleaners, Ultrasonic Cleaning Products, and Ultrasonic Cleaning Applications. These range from small cleaning tanks sized to hold a single PCB board to 204-gallon tanks capable of cleaning large machinery.
LAPMASTER WOLTERS’s roots go back as far as 1804 with the founding of Peter Wolters. Lapmaster was founded in Chicago in 1948 as a manufacture of lapping and polishing machines for the mechanical seal market, Lapmaster has grown to a worldwide solution provider for more than 20 industries like precision optics and advanced materials. Lapmaster serves many industries including automotive, semiconductor, electro optics, and medical devices. Lapmaster also sells many consumables including abrasive powders, lapping compounds diamond lubricants, and composite plates. Products include lapping, polishing, bore honing, buffing, grinding, and special purpose machines.
Ransohoff was founded in 1916 and is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Today, the company is a division of Cleaning Technologies Group. Cleaning Technologies Group is a provider of innovative process technologies to precision and industrial global manufacturing markets. Ransohoff is a manufacturer of aqueous and solvent-based parts cleaning systems as well as a complete line of recyclable aqueous chemistries and waste minimization technologies. The company serves market sectors including electrical components, optics, general manufacturing, heavy-duty trucks, and off-road vehicles. The company offers industrial parts washers, ultrasonic and megasonic cleaning systems, benchtop cleaning systems, and electronic cleaning systems.
Esma, Inc., has been a manufacturer of ultrasound cleaners, automated passivation, and Electroploshing equipment since 1972, utilized in the dental lab market and medical device applications for low-volume production of precision parts. The company in South Holland, IL 60473 USA, also manufactures a line of electropolishing equipment and corresponding electropolishing solutions. The company offers an approach to automating the ultrasonic cleaning process by transferring liquids to a single ultrasonic process chamber from individual heated storage tanks designed to re-use and filter the detergents, acids, and rinse water.
Qsonica, LLC is a Newtown, Connecticut-based manufacturer and developer of ultrasonic liquid processors founded in 2009 as a division of Misonix, Inc. The company primarily produces various Sonicator models such as the Q55, Q125, Q500, and Q800R. These are devices designed to create cavitation in liquids using ultrasound for industrial processes like dispersion, sonochemistry, and extraction. Qsonica also offers a range of flow cells, reactors and other accessories for their Sonicator line, which is used by client companies like Genentech, Pfizer, and IBM.
Duraline Biosystems Inc is a distributor of sterilizing equipment, founded in 1992. Their products include autoclaves, cabinets, valves, solenoids, and accessories for autoclaves. These products support the complete infection control sterilization process, proper waste disposal, and instrument cleaning needs. The company has an autoclave repair facility located in West Nyack, NY, where hundreds of sterilizers are repaired every month. Their clients are located across North America that includes dental & medical practices, ambulatory surgery centers, pharmaceutical facilities, veterinary hospitals, correction facilities, hospitals, and more.
Raytech Industries was founded in 1958, and is a manufacturer of small mass-finishing equipment and accessories located in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, They joined forces with Lyman Products Corporation to enhance the manufacturing capabilities and product lines which are sold through specialized distributors around the world. Raytech's products include machines for casting, stamping, fabricating, and processing gemstones. Their products include vibratory tumblers, magnetic finishers, and rotary tumblers. Each machine is designed to deburr, finish, and burnish. They also offer a range of media and compounds to be used with their machines for different finishing applications.
Leadsonics is a company located in Austin, Texas, specializing as a distributor of autoclaves, sterilizers, and ultrasonic cleaning products. Its product line includes readers, covers, baskets, glass beakers, and holders, as well as a range of ultrasonic cleaners suitable for various needs, spanning from portable solutions to industrial-grade equipment. The extensive selection of ultrasonic cleaners are designed to accommodate diverse budgets and requirements, providing options for homes, offices, and businesses alike.
Established in 1994, Seika Machinery, Inc. (SMI) has provided production equipment and engineering support services for the electronics and manufacturing industries. As a subsidiary of Seika Corporation in Tokyo, the company has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Atlanta, serving markets in the US, Canada, Mexico, and South America. Their services include sales and support for machinery and automation solutions, technical services, and local procurement for North American customers. The company also exports machinery, such as SMT and QA products to Asia, Japan, and Europe, leveraging its vast network to create new business opportunities.
Technic, Inc. was founded in 1944 and is headquartered in Cranston, Rhode Island. The ISO 9001:2015 certified company is a manufacturer of specialty chemicals, surface finishing equipment, and analytical tools used in electronics, industrial, semiconductor, and solar industries. The company’s Automated & Manual Equipment division produces automated processing equipment, manual finishing equipment, anodizing equipment, and parts and supplies. The company’s Engineered Powders division offers a range of materials including powder and flake from silver, gold, palladium, and other metals.
Endress+Hauser Group is based in Switzerland and has over 15,000 employees worldwide. Endress+Hauser manufactures measurement instrumentation and provides services for industrial process engineering. Endress+Hauser’s customers come from various industries including chemical, life sciences, energy, and water. Endress+Hauser’s products include those for level measurement, pressure measurement, software, industrial communication technologies, and liquid analysis. Endress+Hauser also offers services including project and commissioning, support and education, maintenance, and performance optimization. The company has an assortment of online tools to assist customers in services such as product selection.
BETA UTENSILI S.P.A., established in 1932, is an Italian manufacturer and supplier of workshop tools and industrial equipment, headquartered in Sovico, Monza Brianza. The company's product range includes over 16,000 tools for professional mechanics, catering to car repairs, industrial maintenance, and more. Among their offerings are the modular workshop equipment lines of Racing System (RS) C55 and Beta C45PRO, which include workbenches, modules, and more. They also provide various tools such as measuring and marking tools, cutting and general maintenance tools, plumbing tools, and power tools. These tools and equipment find applications in diverse industries, including automotive, aerospace, and mechanical engineering.
Western Optical Supply is an American manufacturer of professional eyecare equipment based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, founded in 1974. The company produces equipment including eyeglass adjustment tools, measuring instruments, illuminated polariscopes, and cutting pliers as well as consumables such as polishing rouge for use by ophthalmologists. It also creates supplies suitable for optical care storefronts and dispensaries including eyewear displays, lens ladders, and shop trays. The company manufactures its products in the US and Pakistan and supplies them both domestically and internationally.