New test center for parts cleaning in the USA
March 2013 – Parts cleaning technology leader Dürr Ecoclean has invested $2.5 m to expand its cleaning lab and test center in the USA. Customer cleaning trials can be conducted locally at the Wixom facility (Michigan) in a variety of Dürr manufactured parts washers using different cleaning technologies.
The results can be checked locally by Dürr with cleanliness tests and analysis. By eliminating the need to ship customer parts overseas to similar labs in Germany, a test process that used to take weeks can now be completed in days.
Dürr Ecoclean recognized the need to invest further in this expanding market and leverage its strengths in the supply of best-in-class chamber washers. While the USA test center can be used for cleaning trials and results analysis, customers have also hired Dürr to perform contract cleaning in its test machines. Contract cleaning services are ideal when a machine purchase or lease is impractical due to a short production run, or when cleaning a limited supply of prototype parts.
For several years, Dürr industrial washers in the USA were seen primarily as an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional vapor degreasing. While it is true that Dürr’s Green Degreasing™ technologies exceed stringent US standards and are even BACT-approved (Best Available Control Technology) for use in California, their aqueous line of chamber washers were rarely given focus in this country. Today, by contrast, Dürr’s USA test lab has three different aqueous cleaning models in which to conduct part trials. Additionally, there are two Green Degreasing™ chamber units for parts having residual oils, greases and chips. One unit degreases with non-halogenated hydrocarbons, and the other uses polar solvents.
Since the commissioning of the new test center in September 2012, Dürr Ecoclean USA has conducted over 40 trials and two companies have hired Dürr Ecoclean to perform contract cleaning in the facility (pay-per-batch cleaning).