Using an Oil Coalescer with an Aqueous Parts Washer

Using an oil coalescer with an aqueous parts washer can be beneficial for effectively removing oil and other contaminants from the cleaning solution. An oil coalescer is a device that helps separate oil or hydrocarbon-based contaminants from water. Here's how it works:

  1. Aqueous Parts Washer: An aqueous parts washer is a cleaning system that uses water-based solutions or detergents to remove dirt, grease, oil, and other contaminants from parts or components. It typically consists of a tank or basin filled with the cleaning solution, along with a pump or agitator to circulate the solution and facilitate cleaning.
  2. Oil Coalescer: An oil coalescer is a component or attachment that can be added to the aqueous parts washer. It contains specialized materials or filters designed to attract and capture oil droplets suspended in the cleaning solution. The coalescer works through a combination of physical filtration and adsorption.
  3. Coalescing Process: When the contaminated cleaning solution flows through the oil coalescer, the filters or materials inside the coalescer trap and capture the oil droplets. These droplets gradually combine and form larger oil droplets, which rise to the surface of the solution due to their buoyancy.
  4. Oil Separation: Once the oil droplets reach the surface, they can be easily skimmed off and collected in a receptacle next to the coalescer. This process helps separate the oil from the aqueous solution, allowing for its proper disposal or recycling.

Benefits of using an oil coalescer with an aqueous parts washer include:

  1. Enhanced Cleaning Efficiency: The oil coalescer helps to remove oil and hydrocarbon contaminants effectively, improving the overall cleaning efficiency of the parts washer.
  2. Extended Solution Lifespan: By removing oil from the cleaning solution, the oil coalescer helps to prolong the lifespan of the aqueous solution, reducing the frequency of solution changes and saving on operational costs.
  3. Environmental Compliance: Separating oil from the cleaning solution ensures compliance with environmental regulations regarding the disposal of oil and hazardous waste. It enables proper disposal or recycling of the oil and reduces the environmental impact.
  4. Maintenance and Equipment Protection: Removing oil and other contaminants from the cleaning solution helps prevent the accumulation of residues on parts, equipment, and the washer itself. This can reduce maintenance requirements and extend the lifespan of the parts washer.

Before installing an oil coalescer, it is important to ensure compatibility with your specific aqueous parts washer system. Consult the manufacturer's guidelines or seek expert advice to select and install the appropriate oil coalescer for your setup.