Collaborating With The Centre Of Ultrasonics And Warwick University

As a member of the Centre for Industrial Ultrasonics (CIU), Ultrawave is always looking for new ways to enhance its products through research and development.

Aqueous ultrasonic cleaning has long been recognised as an effective and environmentally friendly method of cleaning. Ultrawave supplies to a wide range of industries such as healthcare, automotive, medical device manufacturers, defence and many others. Ultrawave’s products are used to clean items as diverse as surgical instruments, automotive components, food processing equipment and gas turbines.

"In a world where focus is on reducing energy consumption and to engineer products in a more efficient manner, we at Ultrawave felt it was important to analyse the overall efficiency of our cleaning baths. This will allow us to supply efficient products and reduces energy use for our customers,” says Graham Scutt, Design Engineer at Ultrawave.

Ultrawave collaborated with the CIU and 2 undergraduate physicists at Warwick University: Jack Fawcett and Ben Brown. The students were given research briefs from Graham with a large focus on how equipment design can impact cleaning efficiency. In addition, Ultrawave provided the students with a IND2850D ultrasonic cleaner for the full research period which has enabled the students to conduct physical testing alongside computer modelling.

"Our hope was that we could find more ways to ensure that our products continue to give the best cleaning results, whilst also backing up the science behind the technology and aiding undergraduate students with their research. Jack and Ben are both extremely capable and intelligent; they seized the projects from the start and came up with their own project plans on how to best approach the problems in question. They brought an enthusiastic and positive attitude from the start,” says Graham.

The students compiled their results in comprehensive reports which interpreted the complex models and testing results in a clear and concise manner. By using these reports, images and computer simulations, the students were able to present their findings to the team at Ultrawave. "They impressed us with their grasp of the brief and their understanding of the problems and they were able to illustrate their findings in a way that could aid us in further implementing them,” said Graham

By collaborating with the CIU and students at the Warwick University, Ultrawave is able to share its expertise with the students and assign research projects which also aid continuous improvements to Ultrawave's precision ultrasonic cleaning equipment.