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MecWash keeps auto components clean

23 August, 2017

Component cleanliness is a key quality criterion in the motor industry. Requirements are becoming stricter as each vehicle generation launches. This is why more and more manufacturers are turning to companies such as Tewkesbury-based MecWash and its aqueous cleaning and degreasing systems to deliver precision results, as well as reduced costs.

With global emphasis being placed on reducing CO2 emissions and fuel consumption within the vehicle manufacturing industry, downsized engines which run efficiently with high power output are in demand.

John Pattison, managing director at MecWash, commented: “This trend for smaller engines has also been driven in the UK by rules that came into effect on April 1 2017 making it far cheaper to tax cars with the lowest CO2 emissions.”

He continued: “The automotive industry has noted cleanliness standards on component drawings defining acceptable particle size distributions for many years. What is changing is that these specifications are getting tighter and also the OEMs are enforcing these standards far more rigorously. In order to fulfil these much stricter requirements, many companies who manufacture components for the automotive industry are choosing our aqueous component cleaning systems, with great success.

“Many of our customers are serving several of the OEMs, each with numerous engine and gearbox variants, as well as ever shorter product life cycles. This means companies need a great deal of flexibility for individual part cleaning, which our systems can offer.”

The MecWash process combines rotating components in baskets, special fixtures or plastic containers about the horizontal axis. This means they can be utilised for different sized parts, making MecWash’s systems adaptable for manufacturers so they can support changing product lines as required.

The company also offers various wash processes; including simple rotational immersion and spray washing, or ultrasonics or direct jetting systems for complex components with blind holes, oil ways or water jackets. Each system is tailored to meet the complexity of the washing challenge.

MecWash’s systems are used to clean components destined for car makers such as Jaguar Land Rover, VW group, Aston Martin, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Fiat, Renault, Porsche and Mercedes.


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