Camshaft and Engine Block Cleaning – Case Study 21980

camshaft crankshaft engine block conveyor washers | Better Engineering
Conveyor Washer Engine Blocks
Conveyor Washer Engine Blocks

Background

This company is a leader in logistics and synchronous contract automotive manufacturing. They build a variety of highly complex sub-assemblies for automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s). Part of their manufacturing process involves camshaft, crankshaft, and engine block cleaning.

Cleaning Challenge

Cleaning transaxle parts after machining is imperative to ensure proper product functionality. This company needed an automated cleaning system for transaxle parts that could keep up with the number of units that are manufactured and are processed through the assembly line.

Solution

The solution was two identical conveyor washers with custom fixturing. One designed for camshaft cleaning with special fixtures to hold camshafts and crankshafts and the other for engine block cleaning. These systems wash, rinse, and dry 120 parts, or sets of parts, every hour (the next step is assembly). Electronic sensors and operator flag switches allow the conveyor to index to the next part.

Each system is comprised of two 60-inch spray modules (wash and rinse) and a heated dry module with a 10HP centrifugal blower.

Other features include a parallel chain conveyor, stainless steel construction with insulation, an inline filtration system and multi-stage particle filters, a marine cleanout door, door safety switches, a steam exhaust system, an oil/ water coalescer, and a central control station with PLC.

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Cleaning Automotive Components in a Work Cell – Case Study 22103

RTO Carousel Washer Automotive Parts
RTO Carousel Washer Automotive Parts

Background:

This company is a leading global manufacturer of automotive powertrain systems.

Parts Cleaning Challenge:

They needed a system to a variety of automotive parts that would fit within their existing work cell.

Solution/System:

C-5000-P-SS Carousel type cleaning system washes and dries ring gears, pinion shafts and differential housings. The system is manually loaded and unloaded from the same open, front station.

A 50” diameter turntable holds a total of 16 parts at any given time. It brings the parts through the wash and dry zones and stops each time a clean part is ready for pick-up.

Parts Washer for Engine Blocks – Case Study 20819

Rotor Engine Block Washer | Better Engineering
Engine Piston Carousel Washer

Background:

This car manufacturing company is at the leading edge of quality. Parts are constantly pulled off the line, cleaned and measured.

Parts Cleaning Challenge:

Parts have to be clean and dry before being put into a CMM (coordinate measuring machine) unit. The engine block in question is big, heavy, and complex.

Solution/System:

This RTO-R-4000 rotor parts washer spins the engine block on a horizontal axis so the contaminants (chips and oil) and the residual water are completely flushed from the blind holes and passageways. The system has a dolly that easily rolls into the spray chamber and locks itself into the rotor.

Engine Piston Cleaning – Case Study 22177

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Engine Piston Carousel Washer
Engine Piston Carousel Washer

Background:

This company is a leading global automotive parts manufacturer.

Parts Cleaning Challenge:

They needed a system to clean engine pistons that would integrate with their existing work cell and robotic automation.

Solution/System:

This RTO-3000 carousel system cleans diesel engine pistons inside and out including a cavity that only has access via two small, ¼” diameter holes. Parts are robotically loaded and unloaded from the same front position. The turntable indexes every 45 seconds moving the parts through the wash, rinse, and dry zones. Features of the system include: “Zero Degree” jets to blast into the hollow cavity area, locating repeatability of +/- 0.030” for the robot, all stainless construction, regenerative blower, steam exhaust & mist collector, insulation, safety light curtains, and more.