MecWash System Boasts High Contaminant Removal Rate
September 10, 2013—MecWash Systems introduces BladeWash aqueous parts washers. Developed specifically for cleaning the internal cooling channels in turbine blades, this new technology is suitable for all types of turbine blades as well as other parts with internal bores and complex geometries. Originally designed for turbine blades made of nickel based super alloys, BladeWash completely removes the casting media used in the manufacturing process so that the blades may be used in an engine assembly. Flushing out the internal cooling channels in the blades, which could only be accessed via a very small orifice, has historically been challenging.
The wash process features a high flow rate designed for flushing components. The components are held in a very confined wash chamber, while water is pumped through and around the components at 265 – 475 gallons per minute (1000-1800 liters per minute) depending on the component and fixturing. At these high speeds, BladeWash provides a very powerful cleaning effect, and a highly efficient rate of contaminant removal.
The BladeWash system is built to the same robust specification as the rest of MecWash’s products yet occupies a small footprint. “This is another example of how MecWash listens to our customers and then develops a solution to their problems” said Bill Westbrook, MecWash Systems North American operations manager. “With its particularly high flow rate, the BladeWash is suitable for many applications that require powerful cleaning of components with internal bores or passageways.”
MecWash Systems offers a complete line of aqueous cleaning equipment proven effective for the most demanding cleaning applications in the aerospace, automotive, hydraulic, pneumatic, medical, and precision machining industries. MecWash cleaning systems can be found in the manufacturing facilities of some of the world’s most respected companies including Rolls-Royce, Goodrich, TRW, Caterpillar, Delphi, GE, Parker, SPS Technologies, Triumph, Eaton, and Woodward.
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