QuattroClean Cleaning Cell for Dry Selective Cleaning

Originally titled 'Cleaning Cell for Dry Selective Cleaning'

QuattroClean from ACI AG is an inline and automated cleaning cell designed to be integrated into a production line in small spaces or used as a stand-alone device.

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QuattroClean from ACI AG is an inline and automated cleaning cell designed to be integrated into a production line in small spaces or used as a stand-alone device. Components can be advanced into the machine using any common automation system. Standardized interfaces enable easy integration of the serial system controller into a master computer and all relevant process parameters are recorded and stored automatically or sent to the master computer as required.

Available in three different sizes, the cleaning cell carries out a dry, selective cleaning step on the surface to be measured. The cell is fitted with a carbon dioxide snow-jet system.

Liquid carbon dioxide is guided through the two-component ring nozzle of a snow-jet system where it expands upon exiting to form fine snow crystals, which are then bundled by a jacketed jet and accelerated to supersonic speed. A combination of thermal, mechanical, sublimation and solvent mechanisms take place as the jet impacts at -78.5°C on the surface to be cleaned. These four mechanisms enable the QuattroClean system to remove film-like contaminants, such as residues of cooling lubricants, processing oils and polishing paste or particulate contaminants, such as chips, flaky burrs and dust.

Together, with the gaseous sublimated carbon dioxide, the contaminants are removed from the cleaning cell by an integrated suction unit. On completion of the cleaning process, parts are completely dry and can be measured immediately.