• Customer: Manufacturer of machined and assembled automotive parts

  • Item to Clean: Cast aluminum lower block

  • Contamination: Water soluble coolant, chips

  • Cleanliness Required: Not specified

  • Dryness Required: As dry as possible

  • Production Rate: 34.5 second cycle time

  • Process Parameters: Wash, regenerative blow-off, ambient blow-off

  • Machine Type: Aquamaster CI-2400E (Conveyorized Indexing)

Customer Background

The customer is a manufacturer of machined and assembled automotive parts for engine, transmission, and suspension applications. They supply parts to several major automobile manufacturers.

Challenge

The customer needed a system that could clean and dry cast aluminum lower engine blocks for a major automobile manufacturer. The engine blocks contained various passageways and blind holes. The production rate was 34.5 seconds per part.

Solution

Alliance designed a conveyorized indexing cleaning system with part fixtures specifically designed to hold the customer’s parts in position for precise cleaning and drying of parts. In both the regenerative and ambient blow-off zones, the servo-driven indexing conveyor stops in precise positions to allow pneumatically actuated probing devices to dry the part cavities. This machine also incorporated step-down micro-filtration chambers with an absolute-rated bag cartridge in the second filter, a belt-type oil skimmer, guarding and light curtains at both the load and unload ends, a profile plate to prevent a mis-load, a dual exhaust fan system, and a solution heat auto-timer.

Cleaning Method

Aqueous cleaning was chosen because inline cleaning allowed for targeting the unique features of the parts, as well as to maintain the production rate. The customer also had two other aqueous washers, so this system fit in with their current process.

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