Today’s bicycle gear assemblies are complex, multidimensional mechanisms with a host of moving parts. Each component is essential to the smooth operation of the bike – and by their very nature, those components get dirty – whether it’s from grease, dust, oil or an array of other road contaminants. For bike assemblies to work properly, they must be kept clean—yet far too often, bicycle repair shops have relied on dirty, time-consuming hand washing to get the job done.
Today, there is a better path forward—ultrasonic cleaning for bike parts.
What Is Ultrasonic Cleaning?
A basic ultrasonic cleaner is a cleaning device that uses ultrasound (usually from 20-400 KHZ) and an appropriate cleaning solution to clean items. The ultrasound can be used with just water, but use of an ultrasonic soap appropriate for the item to be cleaned and the soiling enhances the effect. Cleaning normally lasts between three and six minutes.
Ultrasonic cleaners can be used for a wide variety of applications, including plastic parts, bearings, bolts, rubber parts, internal parts, plastic injection molds, transmission parts and final cleaning of all engine parts prior to assembly.
Ultrasonic cleaning can clean contaminants that include dust, dirt, oil, pigments, rust, grease, algae, fungus, bacteria, lime scale, polishing compounds, flux agents, fingerprints, soot wax and mold release agents and biological soil.
How Ultrasonic Cleaning Works
Within an ultrasonic cleaning tank, ultrasonic cleaning uses cavitation bubbles induced by high-frequency pressure (sound) waves to agitate a liquid. The agitation produces high forces on contaminants adhering to substrates like metals, plastics, glass, rubber and ceramics. This action also penetrates blind holes, cracks and recesses. The intention is to thoroughly remove all traces of contamination tightly adhering or embedded onto solid surfaces. Water or solvents can be used, depending on the type of contamination and the part.
The versatility of ultrasonic cleaning machines makes them an ideal choice for bike parts of all sizes and shapes.
Why Ultrasonic Cleaning for Bicycle Parts and Equipment Over Hand Washing?
When it comes to hand washing, the name says it all—and the costs are substantial on several fronts:
- Hand washing is labor-intensive; it physically taxes bike shop employees who are charged with manually cleaning parts.
- It is time-intensive; it takes time that could be spent on numerous other activities.
- It is expensive; equipment costs may be minimal, but labor costs associated with manual cleaning add up quickly.
- It’s not a consistent solution; some parts may end up very clean, while other parts may be extremely dirty, and hand washing alone simply isn’t enough to adequately clean them.
Ultrasonic Parts Cleaners for Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Shops from UltraSonic LLC
Ultrasonic cleaning machines from UltraSonic LLC are robust and dependable machines that clean bicycle gear assemblies, bicycle parts and other bicycle-related equipment at a fraction of the time and cost of hand washing. UltraSonic LLC cleaning machines are ideal for bicycle repair shops of all sizes. Moreover, our specially formulated ultrasonic bike parts cleaning solution helps ensure thorough cleaning every time.
Whether you prefer the easy-to-use 1300 (digital) or 1300M (manual) tabletop machines to clean bike gear reduction drives and smaller parts, or 2000 (digital) or 2000M (manual) tabletop machines for larger parts or high-volume usage, ultrasonic cleaners for bike parts from UltraSonic LLC will save you time and money, deliver significant ROI and help ensure efficient and profitable operations for years to come.
Recommended Ultrasonic Cleaning Machines for Bicycle Equipment and Parts:
Digital Control Tabletop Machines:
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Manual Control Tabletop Machines:
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Recommended Ultrasonic Cleaning Solutions for Bicycle Equipment and Parts:
- Moderate-duty ultrasonic bike parts cleaning solution*
- Multipurpose ultrasonic bike parts cleaning solution*
* Note: Copper and brass additive can be premixed by UltraSonic LLC upon request.
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