German Machine Tools of America (Ann Arbor, Mich.) the North American distributor of BvL (Emsbüren, Germany), now offers BvL’s Niagara MO cleaning system. This two tank machine comes equipped with a flood spray cleaning system and revolving wheel technology. According to the company, the optional ultrasound cleaning ensures a high level of cleanliness, and all processing steps are carried out in a chamber. The fully glazed door is designed to enable operators to view the washing process. Rotating the baskets or workpiece holders from around the horizontal axes reportedly ensures all-round thorough cleaning. In addition, bath monitoring can be applied to the washer. The smallest machine’s footprint is 60 × 400 mm.
Niagara’s cleaning technology includes a holding fixture that revolves or swivels around the horizontal axis. The special nozzle frame cleans, and nozzle/nozzle frames can be adapted to the workpiece. Maximum permitted load and the permitted dimensions are adjustable.
Processing takes place in several steps, including washing spray cleaning, flood cleaning, injection flood cleaning and ultrasound cleaning. Subsequent steps include optional features such as demineralized water, drying with pneumatic pulse, hot air, circulating air and vacuum with infrared support if needed. Additional options and supplements include drying systems, handling systems, increased cleaning performance and increased spray pressure, bath maintenance and process reliability. Cascade guiding and floor drip trays are also available.
German Tools of America says the Niagra MO’s compact space makes it ideal for small parts in baskets or individual parts on workpiece holders. The system is said to work well for workpieces with complex geometric shapes.