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Steam Cleaning

Setting the Benchmark in Eco–Friendly Part Cleaning

| Author / Editor: Doris Schulz / Dominik Stephan

The new steam cleaning process ensures a rapid and reliable removal of particulate and film-type contaminants
The new steam cleaning process ensures a rapid and reliable removal of particulate and film-type contaminants (Picture: Durr Ecoclean)

In today’s industrial scenario where ‘energy efficiency’ and ‘eco-friendly’ are key phrases for innovation and success, Durr Ecoclean has developed a new cleaning technology, which is not only chemical free but has also proven to be cost efficient.

With its EcoCSteam system, Dürr Ecoclean has developed a new eco-friendly cleaning technology that reliably removes both particulate and film-type contamination from parts and surfaces of diverse materials without any use of chemicals. The performance of this innovative steam cleaning method is based on the use of saturated steam plus an airflow accelerated to a high velocity. Apart from its ecological advantages, the process can be easily automated and excels in economic and quality aspects.

Trend Towards Eco–Friendly Technology

In industrial part and surface cleaning, as in all other fields of manufacturing, the optimization of cost efficiency, sustainability and quality has gained increasing significance. The company’s innovative technology fully supports this trend. The new steam cleaning process ensures a rapid and reliable removal of particulate and film-type contaminants for example, oil, grease, emulsions, mold lubricants, chips, particles, dust and fingerprints, from any material without the use of detergents. Another advantage of this eco-friendly technology is that it lends itself easily to automation and can hence be integrated into manufacturing lines without any problem.

One Solution for Many Applications

In the past, cleaning large and heavy parts such as wind turbine transmissions, railway engine blocks and vehicle bogies, or boat and ship engines used to require extremely large and expensive cleaning equipment. For such applications the system opens up all-new perspectives in terms of cleaning quality and cost efficiency. Moreover, the process provides optimum results when it comes to cleaning mechanical items such as cylinder heads, housings and stampings.

It is likewise suitable for cleaning tanks, composite parts and sectional material as well as metal and plastic parts intended to be subsequently painted or coated. Compared to conventional solutions, it also provides

higher cleaning quality in less cycle time. This has been demonstrated in diverse applications both in and outside of the automotive industry.

Process Reliability Through Innovative Steam Generation

A key factor contributing to the effectiveness of the process is the new steam generation method developed by the company in cooperation with experts in this field. It is based on the principle of “flow-through” water heating whereby pressurized water is passed through a piping system comprising heater coils.

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