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How To Pick the Best Ultrasonic Cleaner

To pick the best ultrasonic cleaner first define exactly what it is you want your ultrasonic cleaner to do. Be familiar with the properties or characteristics of what you are cleaning or the desired results. Are you cleaning highly soiled metal parts such as engine components? Do you require ultrasonic energy for sample prep in the lab? At iUltrasonic our stable of ultrasonic cleaners from leading manufacturers allow you to select just the right unit when you want to pick the best. Our scientists are ready to help when needed. 

Other help can be found on our iUltrasonic blog posts that provide many examples of how ultrasonic cleaners are employed.

Here we introduce you to five suppliers (in alphabetical order). You'll learn about offerings from:

  • Branson
  • Crest
  • Elma Ultrasonic Cleaners
  • L&R Ultrasonics
  • Sharpertek

As you read through these offerings keep in mind our opening sentence that relates to what you expect from your unit. Among the points that you need to establish are included

  • cleaning tank capacities and dimensions. Next come operating features such as
  • a simple on-off switch
  • sophisticated microprocessor controls for cleaning time, cleaning solution temperature, ultrasonic frequency, and ultrasonic power
  • cleaning features such as pulse, sweep and degassing

You'll get a better understanding of these and other features to be considered by studying our post on  selecting and using an ultrasonic cleaner.

One more thing: Before getting into a description of these manufacturers' offerings keep in mind that picking the best ultrasonic cleaner is but part of the overall picture. Also to be considered is the proper ultrasonic cleaning solution chemistry. We offer suggestions on this critical topic in our ultrasonic cleaning solution tutorial post.

Pick the Best Ultrasonic Cleaner from These Manufacturers

Branson Ultrasonic Cleaners

Comparing Elma and Branson Ultrasonic Cleaners Established in 1946 and headquartered in Danbury, CT, Branson Instruments was founded by Norman G. Branson to make use of ultrasonic energy in industry. Cleaning equipment was added to the line in 1953. In 1984 Branson became a part of St. Louis-based Emerson, a Fortune 150 company.

Branson’s line of table top cleaners contain components found on its industrial systems used in automotive, electronics and the metalworking industries.

Units provide the all important sweep frequency capability needed for fast, safe, thorough cleaning throughout the bath.

They are also widely used to meet medical and laboratory standards and are safe enough for delicate electronic parts and jewelry.

A popular example of Bransonic tabletop and benchtop ultrasonic baths is available in 5 sizes from ½ to 5-1/2 gallons. All are powered by 40 kHz transducers ideal for most common cleaning tasks.

Each model can be purchased in four different configurations:

  • A Mechanical Timer
  • A Mechanical Timer plus Heat
  • A Digital Control and Timer
  • A Digital Control, plus Heat and Timer

For more information on Branson ultrasonic cleaners, please call the iUltrasonic cleaning pros.

Crest Ultrasonic Cleaners Crest Ultrasonic Cleaners

iUltrasonic is proud to represent Crest Ultrasonic Cleaners in the United States.

Established in 1961 Crest markets ultrasonic cleaners worldwide. Its products are recognized for exceptionally high performance and outstanding cleaning power.

Benchtop units offered on the iUltrasonic website all feature exceptionally uniform cleaning by a sweep mode that varies the operating 45 kHz frequency ± 3 kHz thus avoiding potentially damaging hot spots and harmonics along with dead zones with low or no cleaning action.

All models are provided with a lid that helps reduce noise and cleaning solution evaporation. Heaters, timers, degas, and variable power along with other optional accessories let you tailor your unit to the cleaning tasks you perform.

Check the specs of the Crest ultrasonic cleaner models on our website and compare them to your cleaning requirements. If there are questions you are welcome to contact us for help in making your decision.

Elma Ultrasonic Cleaners Elma Ultrasonic Cleaners

Established in Germany in 1948 to produce ELectric MAchines for the watch-making industry Elma has grown to a worldwide organization providing ultrasonic cleaning equipment, cleaning technologies and environmentally friendly cleaning solution chemicals. Elma products are used for

  • mixing, dissolving and dispersing samples
  • watch cleaning
  • PCB manufacturing and repair
  • precision optics, cleaning delicate glassware and jewelry
  • automotive, aircraft and marine engine manufacturing and servicing, and
  • other heavy industrial equipment applications.

Quality is the top priority at Elma. All Elmasonic units have stainless steel cases that are both robust and easily cleaned, and carry up to a 3-year warranty. A wide range of accessories are available to meet specialized applications.

Depending on the models, Elma offers operating functions include sweep, pulse, dynamic sweep/pulse, variable temperature and power, and dual frequencies. These features enable users to select their ultrasonic cleaning systems to precisely meet their particular requirements.

Large scale users of Elma ultrasonic equipment can also select rinsing and drying stations to increase throughput and efficiency.

Learn about the choices and specifications for the broad range of Elma ultrasonic cleaners for the home, the hobbyist, for large and small business and industrial applications – all available from iUltrasonic.

Our experts are ready to answer your questions and recommend Elma products and cleaning solution formulation that meet your exacting requirements.

L&R Ultrasonic CleanersL&R Ultrasonic Cleaners

Based in New Jersey but with a global reach, L&R Ultrasonics has built a reputation for quality and commitment since the earliest days of ultrasonic cleaning technology.

L&R ultrasonic cleaners are run through a comprehensive 14-step quality inspection procedure before released to the marketplace as part of a quality control program that assures they pass our stringent requirements.

The L&R Quantrex ultrasonic cleaners proudly offered by iUltrasonic are available in 6 solution capacities from .5 to 6.5 gallons and operate at 43 kHz to provide superior strength cleaning and fast, efficient sample preparation – performance that becomes evident as soon as the equipment is activated.

Compact and ideally suited for countertop use L&R Quantrex ultrasonic cleaners are constructed with a vinyl-clad metal wrapper for ease of cleaning and feature stainless steel tanks. Units are covered by a 2-1/2-year warranty on materials and workmanship. 60-minute timers and covers are standard; units can also be fitted with optional heaters.

Visit our L&R Ultrasonic pages for more information on the quality Quantrex ultrasonic cleaners offered by iUltrasonic plus the small but powerful PC3 cleaner ideal for home or hobbyist use.

Sharpertek Ultrasonic Cleaners Sharpertek Ultrasonic Cleaners

Dating from 1998 and headquartered in Pontiac, MI, Sharpertek began as a consulting firm in engineering and now manufactures ultrasonic cleaning systems and related technology on a global basis.

Sharpertek ultrasonic equipment is found in both residential and industrial settings, the latter for companies engaged in the manufacture, repair and rehabilitation of equipment and devices whose performance is impaired by accumulated dirt, grime, grease and similar contaminants.

The scientists and ultrasonic cleaning professionals at iUltrasonic have selected for your consideration 8 Sharpertek tabletop ultrasonic cleaners in cleaning solution capacities from .2 to 10 gallons.

These economically priced units are designed with features that make them ideally suited for the removal of performance-inhibiting residues from any piece of equipment – whether you operate a small engine repair shop, restore jewelry or clean instruments in a medical laboratory.

Sharpertek benchtop cleaners operating in the normal mode are also ideally suited for sample prep in pharmaceutical and related research labs.

Check out the line of Sharpertek ultrasonic equipment offered on our website to see if one of these units meets your requirements, or call us for expert advice.

Can’t find what you Need? Ask us.

The iUltrasonic website we’ve assembled is a representative roster of popular ultrasonic equipment models, both in cleaning solution capacities and operating features.

Because we are authorized representatives of these manufacturers we also have access to other equipment they provide. So, if you can’t find what you need on our site please give our experts a call. Chances are we’ll help you find the best ultrasonic cleaner to solve your cleaning challenges.

We also invite you to download a copy of our FREE guide to ultrasonic cleaning applications. Just complete the form on this website.


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