Clean Harbors is the exclusive provider of the Tech Sonic cleaning technology for the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries throughout North America. Clean Harbors Tech Sonic cleaning removes heavy and light bitumen, tar, asphaltenes, polymers, grease and other petroleum products from any metal item through immersion in a scientifically engineered ultrasonic tank.
Tech Sonics works on principles similar to sound wave activity. Electrical energy is converted to mechanical energy through piezoelectric effect created by transducers generating cavitation bubbles throughout a liquid medium (containing a combination of specialized chemicals). It generates pressures up to the equivalent of 10,000 psi, temperatures up to the equivalent of 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and ultrasonic streaming of 400 km/hr. This effectively separates the contaminant from the surface without damaging a component.
Cavitation bubbles are not limited to the exterior of the object being cleaned. They will form and function inside components with hollow interiors up to 2 feet in thickness. This ability results in reduced downtime as disassembly and reassembly of components are not always required. This is particularly valuable in closed loop systems where components are not able to be shipped off site for maintenance unless they are contaminant free.
Clean Harbors offers mobile tanks for turnarounds and can operate long-term lease tanks on customer sites. Your parts can also be transported to a Clean Harbors Tech Sonic cleaning facility for processing.