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Ultrasonic Cleaners Preserve SCBA Equipment

Firefighters, rescue workers and other emergency response personnel work in dangerous conditions to save lives every day. These brave individuals rely on their equipment to keep them safe and enable them to bring endangered people to safety. One of their most vital tools is their self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), which allows them to breathe in conditions ranging from thick smoke to a space filled with toxic fumes. In order to keep this equipment functioning in peak condition, these workers need a cleaning system that removes any blockages or contaminants, while preserving the delicate materials.

What is SCBA?

A SCBA set contains three primary components: a high pressure air tank, a pressure regulator, and a mouthpiece or face mask. For those situations that require full face protection (smoke or toxic fumes), the set comes with a full face mask. In underwater settings, the SCBA goes by the familiar name SCUBA (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus). The regulator changes the pressure from the high pressures in the tank (up to 4,500 psi) to the normal sea-level air pressure (14.7 psi).

How an Ultrasonic Cleaner Works

An ultrasonic cleaner uses high frequency sound waves to “cold boil” a detergent solution. The primary components to an ultrasonic cleaner are the stainless steel tank, which holds the solution, and a set of transducers, which convert electrical energy into sound. The sound waves agitate the water in cycles of expansion and compression, creating millions of tiny bubbles. During the compression phase, the bubbles implode and release massive amounts of energy on a microscopic scale. This energy release breaks up the bonds of dirt and other particles on the object's surface without damaging the material.

SCBA Ultrasonic Cleaning Procedure

L&R Ultrasonics, a leading manufacturer of ultrasonic cleaners, recommends that those users who are cleaning SCBA equipment employ a special concentrated cleaning formula designed specifically for that purpose. The user should fill the tank two-thirds of the way with water, adding a quantity of cleaning concentrate specified by the label. The user should also perform a field disassembly on the breathing mask and place it in a stainless steel basket, eliminating any pockets of trapped air. At the end of the cleaning cycle, the user should rinse and dry the mask as usual, reassemble it and test it out according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Features of an Ultrasonic Cleaner

A 6.5-7.5 gallon ultrasonic cleaner such as this sonic cleaner or ultrasonic machine will very effectively clean 2-4 masks per batch. The temperature and time controls allow users to set the cleaning strength and duration to meet their requirements. The power of 40±3 kHz ultrasonic frequency can remove even the most stubborn contaminants. The optional stainless steel baskets protect the equipment during immersion in the bath.

For more information on finding an ultrasonic cleaner that meets your needs, contact the experts at iUltrasonic at 973-821-3406.


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