Parts Washer cleans complex, 6-sided components.

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U-Jet III, with triplex pump, produces water pressure to 1,015 psi and delivers flow rates to 13.00 gpm. With sonic velocities to 1,100 ft/sec, washer incorporates horn nozzle-design to create controlled cavitation in washing solution. Equipment includes 200 V, 3-phase, 60 Hz electrical system; 4-axis PLC-controlled robot; automatic tank filling system; 0.15 mm wire-mesh chip filter; and oil skimmer. All operations are controlled by PLC controller.

Original Press Release:

Sugino U-Jet(TM) Delivers High-Pressure Water with Controlled 4-Axis Cavitation for Superior Wash and Cleaning of Large, Complex-Machined Parts

Schaumburg, Illinois. Washing and cleaning machined parts of cutting fluids and loose chips has always presented problems to manufacturers. Low-pressure wash systems can barely clean cutting fluids and clear parts of loose debris and chips. Medium pressure systems to 500 PSI can cut fluids and flush most other contaminants but are no guarantee against compacted chips and turnings that can break loose and cause erratic operation and possibly lead to warranty failure of the component.

Building on their extensive experience with high-pressure water-jet cutting and metal deburring systems and in controlled water-cavitation technology, Sugino has developed the U-Jet III high-pressure water washing system that John Fischer, National Sales Manager for Sugino Corp., reports takes water washing out of the "washboards and river rocks-era" into the 21st century, and significantly improves water-washing operations over existing systems.

A semi-flexible system that can be adapted to clean a family or similar parts, the U-Jet III is used to wash up to six sides of the most complex components such as machined aluminum cylinder heads, engine blocks hydraulic manifolds and other similar critical components where a chip or contaminant could create serious operational problems and warranty issues once in service.

Currently the U-Jet III is being evaluated for use in the medical industry to clean products ranging from hypodermic needles to prosthetic devices.

With a triplex pump producing water pressure to 1,015 PSI and delivering it at a maximum flow rate of 13.00 GPM with sonic velocities to 1,100 ft./sec., the U-Jet III incorporates Sugino's patented horn nozzle-design to create a controlled cavitation in a washing solution to clean the most complex parts.

The part to be cleaned is submerged in a washing solution while the 4-axis PLC-controlled robot directs the nozzle jet precisely into the most complex shape and cavity. The cavitation created by the nozzle design drives the washing solution to flow through the tightest formation and threadlike passage with great force and turbulence to remove the undesirable contaminants.

"The U-Jet's 1,000+psi water pressure is virtually double all medium-pressure water washing systems," reports Fischer," but it is the cavitational flow that separates the U-Jet from other water washing systems."

While U-Jet can consistently clean chips and contamination from machined parts to 0.1 mg. contaminate level, actual results have produced parts that were reported to be "absolutely clean"!

All washing/cleaning operations are controlled by a Mitsubishi PLC controller that interfaces all phases of production.

The U-Jet III can complete the part processing operation in one set-up. A work area can accommodate parts measuring 20" x 10" x 8" and weighing up to 22 lbs.

Depending on the size and cleaning complexity of the part, the U-Jet can run 30 - 100 normal cycles per hour and typically up to 250,000 - 500,000 parts per year.

As a precautionary measure to protect its vital components from the working environment and extend the service life of the U-Jet, Sugino isolates the washing/cleaning-area from the machine zone by a stainless-steel barrier, thereby enclosing vital machine components in a protective zone. This feature also eases accessibility for routine maintenance.

Standard equipment includes a 200V 3Ph 60Hz electrical system, a 4-axis PLC-controlled robot, an automatic tank filling system, a 0.15mm wire-mesh chip filter, an oil skimmer and more.

Optional equipment includes a fully programmable Fancu CNC-controlled gantry system, a second clean water tank, a 5th axis part-rotation fixture, workpiece detection, a signal tower, a remote start switch, a 460V 3Ph 60Hz electrical system and more.

U-Jet III Specifications:
Power: 10HP (7.5Kw) Pump Motor
Length: 123"
Width: 80"
Height: 122"
Weight: 9,000 lbs.

Sugino Corp. manufactures and distributes automatic electro-pneumatic, electric, pneumatic and ballscrew CNC Selfeeder® drilling units from 1/4-HP up to 7-1/2 HP, lead-screw Synchro-Tapper® tapping units, CNC Self-Centers(TM) and Self-Units(TM) drill/tap machining centers, 5,000 & 10,000 PSI Jet-Flex Center® high-pressure water deburring systems, and other equipment and systems for metalworking production.

For more information, contact: Mr. John Fischer, National Sales Manager, Sugino Corp., 1700 Penny Lane, Schaumburg, Illinois 60173. Phone: 847/397-9401. Fax: 847/397-9490
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