ILSA Vacuum Degreasing Metal Cleaning Systems

Distributed by Alliance Manufacturing, Inc.

ILSA IK20

ILSA IK40 Evo

Alliance Manufacturing, Inc., is the exclusive U.S. distributor for ILSA-MC Srl, an Italy-based manufacturer of enclosed vacuum degreasing machines specifically designed to clean and dry precision manufactured parts.

Vacuum degreasing is a process using solvent vapors to clean and remove contaminants from parts without the use of water or scrubbing. These closed-system parts washers are ideally suited for critical cleaning and drying applications with tight cleanliness specifications. Vacuum degreasing cleaning systems utilize safer solvents such as modified alcohols and aliphatic hydrocarbons, where cleaning and drying of parts takes place under either vacuum or pressure, and residual solvent is removed from parts upon completion. Solvent consumption and waste are minimal. With the growing concerns over traditional cleaning solvents, and recent bans on the use of certain chemicals such as TCE and nPB, manufacturers have worked toward finding safer alternatives. A vacuum degreasing cleaning system utilizes self-contained solvents, offering both environmental and operator safety.

Alliance can take closed-loop cleaning one step further than our competition.  We have the only contained system that can run Honeywell Solstice, a safe NON-VOC solvent which is NASA-approved.  Solstice is a non-volatile, employee-safe cleaner that is highly effective and has a GWP (Global Warming Potential) of less then one, which is an excellent sustainability rating.

Alliance offers three (3) ILSA models of cleaning systems: the IK Series, IK EVO, and IPK Series. The IK Series and IK EVO are for use with modified alcohol or aliphatic hydrocarbons and operate completely under vacuum. In addition, the IK EVO is designed for high productivity applications. The IPK Series utilizes chlorinated solvents such as perchloroethylene but can also be converted to a total vacuum configuration for using modified alcohol or aliphatic hydrocarbon solvents. All models are offered in a variety of sizes and can be custom configured for specific application requirements.

Applications for ILSA vacuum degreasing machines are numerous, including aerospace, automotive, medical, precision machined parts, hydraulic components, micromechanical parts, and more. ILSA machines are the solution to many precision cleaning applications including metal and many plastic components.

Please contact Alliance Manufacturing, Inc., (800-969-7960) to learn more about ILSA vacuum degreasing systems, or if you would like to discuss a precision cleaning application. You can learn more about ILSA’s machines by visiting their website at www.ilsa-mc.com

ILSA metal cleaning machines utilize the following safe materials for cleaning precision parts:

  • Modified alcohols
  • Aliphatic hydrocarbons
  • HFO (Solstice)

Vacuum degreasing systems are designed to replace these common vapor degreasing solvents: 

  • Trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • Perchloroethylene (Perc)
  • Methylene Chloride
  • Normal Propyl Bromide (nPB)
  • Hydrofluoro solvents (HFC/HFE)
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Vacuum Degreasing Case Studies

Vacuum degreasing metal cleaning is designed for precision and critical parts cleaning applications.  Industrial vacuum parts washers can clean with either modified alcohols or solvents.  These systems are preferred for n-propylbromide (nPB) replacement and as a Trichloroethylene (TCE) alternative. Typical processes can include wash, secondary wash, rust inhibit (optional), and vacuum dry.  Benefits include: low VOC (volatile organic compounds), low chemical consumption, worker safety, low corrosion, enhanced drying, compact footprint, and effectiveness cleaning challenging parts.

Vacuum degreasing parts cleaning is an environmentally friendly alternative to open-top vapor degreasing equipment. These systems are fully enclosed and offer low solvent consumption, low odor, and extremely low levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) among several other benefits. Vacuum degreasing is highly effective on cleaning turned parts, cleaning precision machined components, cleaning screw machined parts, and cleaning a wide variety of parts requiring precision degreasing. Vacuum degreasing is an excellent cleaning choice for removing coolants, chips, and other manufacturing soils from precision machined parts.

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Case Study #69

ILSA Application 1A
ILSA Application 1C
ILSA Application 1B
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Parts to be cleaned: Machined automotive components
Contaminants: Oil – emulsion
Model: IK50
Solvent used: Modified alcohol
Cycles per hour: 4
Chamber volume: 386 liters (102 gallons)
Basket dimensions: 480mm x 630mm x 300mm
Loading capacity: 200 kg (441 lbs)
Machine dimensions: 4300mm x 2400mm x 2960mm
Options included: Ultrasonics, additional tank for anti-corrosion protection by immersion, double fine filter, cartridge filter, double distiller, automatic loading/unloading.

Case Study #21

ILSA Application 1A
ILSA Application 1C
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Parts to be cleaned: Turned parts
Contaminants: Chips – emulsion
Model: IK400
Solvent used: Modified alcohol
Cycles per hour: 4-5
Chamber volume: 1820 liters (481 gallons)
Basket dimensions: 600mm x 880mm x 880mm
Loading capacity: 800 kg (1,764 lbs)
Machine dimensions: 5520mm x 2400mm x 3500mm
Options included: Ultrasonics, lateral flow

Case Study #25

ILSA Application 25A
ILSA Application 25B
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Parts to be cleaned: Fittings
Contaminants: Oil, chips
Model: IP100V
Solvent used: Perchloroethylene
Cycles per hour: 5
Chamber volume: 485 liters (128 gallons)
Basket dimensions: 460mm x 660mm x 210mm (18 in x 26 in x 8 in)
Loading capacity: 200 kg (441 lbs)
Machine dimensions: 3200mm x 2260mm x 3000mm (10.5 ft x 7.5 ft x 10 ft)

Case Study #30

ILSA Application 30A
ILSA Application 30B
ILSA Application 30C
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Parts to be cleaned: Medical pump body
Contaminants: Oil, dust
Model: IK20
Solvent used: Modified alcohol
Cycles per hour: 4-5
Chamber volume: 100 liters (26.4 gallons)
Basket dimensions: 320mm x 480mm x 200mm (12.6 in x 18.9 in x 7.9 in)
Loading capacity: 50 kg (110 lbs)
Machine dimensions: 1070mm x 1415mm x 2210mm (3.5 ft x 4.6 ft x 7.25 ft)
Options included: Ultrasound and lateral flow

Case Study #31

ILSA Application 31A
ILSA Application 31B
ILSA Application 31C
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Parts to be cleaned: Aeronautics components
Contaminants: Emulsion – chips
Model: IPK100
Solvent used: Modified alcohol or perchloroethylene
Cycles per hour: 4-5
Chamber volume: 500 liters (132.1 gallons)
Basket dimensions: 350mm x 1200mm x 350mm (13.8 in x 47.2 in x 13.8 in)
Loading capacity: 200 kg (441 lbs)
Machine dimensions: 3200mm x 2260mm x 2850mm (10.5 ft x 7.4 ft x 9.4 ft)

Case Study #33

ILSA Application 33A
ILSA Application 33B
ILSA Application 33C
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Parts to be cleaned: Springs
Contaminants: Oil, dust
Model: IK20
Solvent used: Modified alcohol
Cycles per hour: 4-5
Chamber volume: 100 liters (26.4 gallons)
Basket dimensions: 320mm x 480mm x 200mm (12.6 in x 18.9 in x 7.9 in)
Loading capacity: 50 kg (110 lbs)
Machine dimensions: 1070mm x 1415mm x 2210mm (3.5 ft x 4.6 ft x 7.25 ft)
Specific functionality: Spray application of protective antioxidant
Cleaning method: Vacuum degreasing is the preferred cleaning method for cleaning tightly nested parts that are handled in a batch process. Batch cleaning allows the machine to process many small parts at a time while reaching the contaminate from all angles. The distillation process unique to this type of cleaning system is able to provide the most consistent removal of various types of oils, whether water-soluble or petroleum-based. Vacuum is also energy efficient and very effective for drying nested parts.

Case Study #34

ILSA Application 34A
ILSA Application 34B
ILSA Application 34C
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Parts to be cleaned: Drilling tools
Contaminants: Oil, dust
Model: IK50
Solvent used: Modified alcohol
Cycles per hour: 4-5
Chamber volume: 380 liters (100.4 gallons)
Basket dimensions: 390mm x 600mm x 400mm (11.8 in x 23.6 in x 15.7 in)
Loading capacity: 150 kg (331 lbs)
Machine dimensions: 2800mm x 2260mm x 2800mm (9.2 ft x 7.4 ft x 9.2 ft)
Specific functionality: Ultrasound and lateral flow
Cleaning method: Vacuum degreasing was preferred for precision batch-cleaning of numerous metal parts arranged in a basket. Modified alcohols are effective in removing various types of oils from metal parts.

Case Study #35

ILSA Application 35A
ILSA Application 35B
ILSA Application 35C
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Parts to be cleaned: Small turned parts
Contaminants: Oil, emulsions, chips
Model: IK40
Solvent used: Modified alcohol
Cycles per hour: 4-5
Chamber volume: 180 liters (47.5 gallons)
Basket dimensions: (2x) 320mm x 480mm x 200mm (12.6 in x 18.9 in x 7.9 in)
Loading capacity: 100 kg (220 lbs)
Machine dimensions: 1600mm x 1800mm x 2400mm (5.3 ft x 5.9 ft x 7.9 ft)
Specific functionality: Ultrasound and lateral flow
Cleaning method: Vacuum degreasing was preferred for precision batch-cleaning of numerous metal parts arranged in multiple baskets. Modified alcohols are effective in removing oils and chips from metal parts.

Case Study #58

ILSA Application 58A
ILSA Application 58B
ILSA Application 58C
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Parts to be cleaned: Various manufactured parts
Contaminants: Oil
Model: IK100
Solvent used: Modified alcohol
Cycles per hour: 4-6
Chamber volume: 440 liters (116.2 gallons)
Basket dimensions: 400mm x 800mm x 400mm (15.75 in x 31.5 in x 15.75 in)
Loading capacity: 200 kg (441 lbs)
Machine dimensions: 3200mm x 2400mm x 2960mm (10.5 ft x 7.9 ft x 9.7 ft)
Specific functionality: Lateral flow
Cleaning method: Vacuum degreasing was preferred for high-volume cleaning of various metal parts contained in baskets. Modified alcohols are effective in removing oils from the parts with cavities and specific part features.

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