Reducing Cleaning Costs by More than Two Thirds
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The cleaning systems used on modern engine and gearbox production lines in the automotive industry have the highest specific energy consumption of all the machines on the line. This is a very good reason for considering a more efficient approach to cleaning.
Sustainability and resource efficiency are the topics of the moment. The automotive industry is investing billions in more fuel-efficient vehicles and alternative drive systems and, of course, in environmentally friendly production processes. However, cleaning systems rarely come under consideration and this may well prove to be a mistake, because the large cleaning machines used in engine and gearbox production are major energy consumers. The parts are sprayed with large quantities of a heated cleaning agent and then dried in order to remove it. In addition, during the high-pressure deburring process at pressures of between 300 and 600 bar, the cleaning agent heats up and then has to be cooled again.