Ultrasonic Cleaning System suits medical/biotech industries.

Press Release Summary:

Measuring 75 x 24 x 37 in., Omni Biotek 1012 is 4-station system with ultrasonic wash, ultrasonic rinse, overflow final rinse, and HEPA-filtered recirculating hot air dryer. Wash tank, which can be equipped with ultrasonics from 40-170 kHz, has thermostatically controlled heat to raise solution temperature up to 150°F. Counter-flowing cascade rinse tanks help reduce water consumption, while drying chamber utilizes elevated temperature and rapid air movement.

Original Press Release:

New Cleaning Technology for the Medical Industry - Branson OMNI Biotek 1012

The Omni Biotek 1012 is a high performance ultrasonic wash, rinse and dry system that is specifically engineered for the medical and biotech industry. It is a fully-configured ultrasonic cleaning and rinsing system with a built-in HEPA filtered, hot air dryer. The equipment incorporates quality materials and workmanship along with features that enhance precision cleaning and drying capability. The Omni Biotek's array of features combined with a compact footprint makes it an ideal work cell system.

Precision cleaning is accomplished in the first station's ultrasonic wash tank. Dependant on the application, the wash tank can be equipped with a choice of different frequency ultrasonics ranging from 40 kHz to 170 kHz. The wash tank also has thermostatically controlled heat to raise the solution temperature up to 150° F.

Following the ultrasonic wash tank are two counter-flowing cascade rinse tanks. Fresh rinse water entering the final rinse tank overflows into the first rinse tank. This counter-flowing feature provides excellent rinsing while substantially reducing water consumption. The first rinse tank comes equipped with a choice of different frequency ultrasonics, ranging from 40 kHz to 170 kHz. The frequency choice tailors the ultrasonic rinsing ability to the application. The ultrasonic energy in the first rinse drives off any residual soils and cleaning chemistry to completely rinse fine details, blind holes, or crevices on the parts. The over-flowing fresh water final rinse in tank three assures thoroughly clean and rinsed parts prior to entering the dryer chamber. Both rinse tanks have thermostatically controlled heat.

The drying chamber utilizes both elevated temperature and rapid air movement to produce dry parts. The dryer chamber's recirculated hot air is moved through digitally controlled heating elements, and then through a high efficiency HEPA filter element before being returned to the chamber. The chamber is furnished with a 3" vent duct to facilitate moist air removal.

System Features
o Small foot print of 24"W x 37"H x 75"L (approx. 2ft x 3ft x 6ft)

o Four station system with ultrasonic wash, ultrasonic rinse, overflow final rinse, and high performance HEPA filtered recirculating hot air dryer

o Bright electro-polished 316L stainless steel wash and rinse tanks with radiused bottom corners to facilitate complete drainage and enhance cleanliness

o Cascading dual rinse tanks with notched overflow weirs conserve water while providing high performance rinsing

o Frame structure and exterior panels are all 304SS

o Tank dimensions are 10"W x 12"L x 10"D with capacity of 5.1 gallons each

o Dryer chamber dimensions are 10"W x 12"L x 18"D

o High performance dryer uses heated high velocity HEPA filtered air to efficiently dry parts

o The dryer's recirculated air is continuously HEPA filtered to remove particles down to 0.3 micron at 99.97% efficiency

o Branson's state of the art S8500 series ultrasonic generators and transducers provide consistent high watt density ultrasonic energy to the wash and rinse tanks, maximizing cleaning and rinsing effectiveness, and assuring the same cleaning and rinsing results time and time again

o A choice of ultrasonic frequencies is offered at 40, 80,120 or 170 kHz. Frequencies are chosen to match the cleaning and rinsing capability to the application. Watt densities are up to 100 Watts/gallon

o Pump and filter loop recirculates the wash tank solution and removes contaminates

o Digital temperature controllers provide precise control of the heated wash and rinse tank baths along with the dryer chamber temperature

o 304 Stainless steel plumbing and filter housing is standard. 316L sanitary plumbing option available

System Specifications
Electrical requirements: 208 or 240 VAC, 60 Hz
29 full load amps
Wash tank dimensions: 10"L X 12W X 10"D
Liquid capacity: 5.1 gallons
Tank material: 14ga 316L SS electro-polished
Heater rating, tank 1: 1600 Watts
Rinse tank dimensions: 10"L X 12W X 10"D
Liquid capacity each: 5.1 gallons
Tank material: 14ga 316L SS electro-polished
Heater rating, tanks 2 and 3: 800 Watts, 1600 Watts total
Dryer chamber dimensions: 10"L X 12W X 18"D
Heat, dryer: 3750 watts at 208 V AC
Maximum temperature: 250 °F
Air flow: 200 cfm
HEPA filter capability: 99.97% @ .3 micron
Rinse water flow rate: maximum .5 gpm
Ambient temperature range: 35°F to 95°F

How does ultrasonic technology work?
Ultrasonic scrubbing or liquid cavitation is the formation and implosion of microscopic vacuum bubbles that gently remove contaminate from a substrate. In conjunction with solvents and aqueous chemistries along with heat assist in emulsifying and containing contaminates. Ultrasonic cleaning is an encompassing technology, where many other scrubbing technologies are line-of-sight dependant. Ultrasonic sound waves fill the bath with alternating low and high pressure zones at frequencies of 20-180 KHz. During the low pressure zone, liquid molecules are pulled apart forming microscopic vacuum bubbles, and then on the high side of the ultrasonic wave, the bubble implodes. The implosion of the vacuum bubble releases energy, dislodging adhered contaminates from the substrate.

A typical solvent or aqueous process will consist of a cleaning stage, then a rinsing
stage, followed by drying. Fixturing of the substrates to optimize cleaning and
ergonomics for handling is critical, along with matching throughput requirements. Footprint, facilities availability such as water, power, air, ventilation, and drains also impact the selection of the best cleaning technology and equipment.

Overview of Branson Product Line

Aqueous Systems

The Branson OMNI Cleaning System is a fully-configured ultrasonic cleaning and rinsing system with a built-in dryer. The equipment incorporates quality materials and workmanship without unnecessary extras. It offers a full range of hard working features while occupying only a fraction of the floor space of comparable systems. All controls are mounted in a convenient control box and operate at 24 volts for safety.

The Branson FlexLine Cleaning System is a cost-effective modular ultrasonic cleaning, rinsing and drying system. The equipment incorporates quality materials and workmanship without unnecessary extras. It offers more features and capabilities than tabletop units and greater flexibility than fixed-configuration console units.

The Benchmark Series precision modular cleaning systems incorporate design features and design standards by which all other systems are judged. From state-of-the-art ultrasonic generators to the latest in process management, the Benchmark Series will meet your needs. They are designed from an end-user point of view. Quality, reliability, process flexibility, and serviceability are all designed in. Virtually any combination of cleaning, rinsing, and drying modules is available.

Solvent Systems

The Branson B252R Ultrasonic Vapor Degreaser is one of a series of environmentally sound, cost effective precision degreasers. It integrates state-of-the-art controls with maintenance practicality and small footprint in a standard ultrasonic vapor degreaser. It incorporates all of the important environmental and safety features typically found in larger units. All controls are clustered on a compact front-mounted digital control panel.

The Branson B-Series Ultrasonic Vapor Degreaser is the latest in a series of environmentally sound, cost effective precision degreasers. Branson, well known for ultrasonics, is also the global leader in solvent cleaning technology. The B-Series integrates over 55 years of degreasing experience with the demanding needs of a changing marketplace to offer you a functional solvent solution to your cleaning needs.

Branson offers a full range of ultrasonic cleaning equipment

The flexibility and range of all Branson cleaning systems allows you to select components and create the cleaning system that meets your needs, matching system features to your application requirements. Branson can assist in all aspect of developing the cleaning process parameters, testing the process, engineering the solution and implementing the entire process. Branson Ultrasonics Corporation provides detailed information and guidelines for optimal use of their cleaning & welding equipment for customers and interested persons.

Headquartered in Danbury, Connecticut, Branson Ultrasonics Corporation is the leading worldwide manufacturer of plastics joining equipment including ultrasonic, linear and orbital vibration welders, hot plate welders, laser IRAM welders, infrared welders, and spin welders for assembling thermoplastics. Branson also manufactures ultrasonic equipment for sealing and/or slitting thermoplastic textiles and films, food cutting and processing, metal welding, processing biological and chemical solutions, and precision commercial and industrial cleaning. Branson was founded in 1946 and is a subsidiary of Emerson Electric Co., St. Louis, MO.

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