Ultrasonic technology delivers a more thorough clean
Ultrasonic technology possesses a quality their manual counterparts like water lack– the ability to bend. The bubbles generated through ultrasonic waves permeate an object’s every hard-to-reach nook and cranny and burst to loosen tough, built-up residue.
One major refinery in Ponca City, Oklahoma includes a hydrofluoric (HF) alkalization unit, which can cake service valves with iron fluoride and nickel fluoride scale. Traditionally, the equipment must be pH neutralized and then cleaned by sand-blasting.
Using Tech Sonic’s ultrasonic technology, equipment can be both neutralized and cleaned. In the case study for this particular project, an industry servicer utilized Tech Sonic’s green chemistries solution to neutralize the components and rid them of built-up hydrofluoric acid.
Equipment can be cleaned and returned to operation faster than ever
In the same case study, the duration of time spent cleaning the equipment was drastically shortened by employing the ultrasonic waves. In order to safely clean equipment using manual methods like water or sand, the valves had to sit neutralizing in soda ash for 10 to 12 hours.
In a test run of the ultrasonic technology, the servicer successfully neutralized and cleaned the equipment in 30 minutes to two hours—less than half the time of just the neutralizing segment of conventional processes.
Tech Sonic applications offer a more earth-friendly cleaning solution
Reducing water usage is not only environmentally responsible route, it’s also an economically wise decision. Tech Sonic applications allow clients to cut back on water usage and to produce less wastewater than conventional water blasting.
In documented cases, ultrasonic technology curbed companies’ water usage by more than 90 percent in North American and about 86 percent in Europe. This translated to savings of up to $5 million.
In addition, the company uses green chemistries to help loosen foulants, posing less of a threat to health and the environment.
Ultrasonic waves will tackle the grime without harming equipment
Water blasting, by its very nature, is an abrasive technique for removing plaque and built-up from equipment.
In one case study, a client attempted to remove FECO3 from heat exchangers using harsh chemicals and high-pressure water blasting methods. These methods not only failed to sufficiently clean the equipment, but also caused chemical stress fracturing of tubes, used immense amounts of water and destroyed several ‘rotating tips’ used to pressure-wash—an altogether destructive and expensive fix.
Ultrasonic vessels operate at a higher capacity than conventional methods
Once a Tech Sonic vessel reaches a job site, it can clean anything it can hold. Little additional manpower is needed to operate the ultrasonic technology, which means the vessels can run continuously until the contents are clean.
In one case study, a major refinery was able to clean more than 700 valves and 44 heat exchangers in a matter of 10 days. The speed and efficiency allows large volumes of cleaning to occur at a rapid pace—a quality crucial on a tight timeframe or in case of an emergency.
Tech Sonic applications put fewer workers at risk
Safety is paramount to continuing business; in any industry, the safety of workers deserves top priority. Tech Sonic vessels require only two people for operation—one for operation, the other for backup. By operating with a minimal workforce, Tech Sonic technology not only cuts labor costs by more than half, but also reduces workforce exposure to safety hazards.