Parts Cleaning Digest

December 30, 2014 - "Newsletter "

Issue No. 1 (November 2014)

Big News!

Alliance celebrates 20 years in business

Alliance Manufacturing, Inc. was established in 1994 as the result of a spin-off from a parent company that produced stainless steel food processing equipment. Jeff Brouchoud, Ken Manninen, and a partner purchased the parts washer division assets of the company just before its acquisition by another corporation. Alliance made its debut at the IMTS (International Manufacturing Technology Show) in September of that year, in Chicago, IL, displaying the first generation of the Aquamaster line of parts washers. By year-end, Alliance had secured orders for five machines. While engineering a custom monorail system, Alliance pioneered the first split-style, removable canopy design.  Alliance was awarded a patent for this exclusive Full Access Canopy (U.S. No. 5,630,435). Alliance's testament to producing quality equipment is evident in the high number of repeat customers. To date, Alliance has sold over 700 machines both in the U.S. and internationally. Expansion plans are underway so stay tuned in! We will be unveiling information in upcoming newsletters.

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Jeff Brouchoud (L) and
Ken Manninen (R)


IMTS 2014

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Now that the dust has settled, we are happy to announce that our 20-year anniversary exhibit at IMTS 2014 was a success. We unveiled two new/updated models this year. The Aquamaster CB-2400XE is a new design of conveyorized belt washer, introduced in 2014. The Aquamate RT-3600 is a top-loading cabinet washer which was updated with new features in 2014. We would like to thank all of our existing customers and friends that stopped by to see us. For the newcomers, we look forward to serving your future parts cleaning needs.



Environmental Impact of Water-Based Parts Cleaning

In the modern manufacturing world, protecting our natural resources and environment are in the spotlight. During the Industrial Revolution there was a rapid depletion of fossil fuels and other resources. Various manufacturing processes had negative impacts on our environment, of which some are still apparent today. Contamination of water bodies and ground soils by chemical processes was common. Currently, there is a heightened awareness toward conserving our fossil fuels and water supply as well as protecting soil, water and air quality.

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Early parts cleaning systems utilized harsh solvents to loosen soils and debris from dirty parts. Many of these were petroleum-based combustibles such as kerosene, gasoline, and lacquer thinners. These solvents are highly flammable, volatile, and dangerous to workers. In addition, proper disposal of solvents such as these can very costly. Before understanding the impacts, factories often disposed of solvents into streams and onto the soil, damaging the local ecosystems. As a result, government regulations regarding solvent use and disposal were implemented to help protect our environment. Even though some of the early methods of cleaning were effective, health risks, chemical cost, and disposal costs have made them a less-attractive method for parts cleaning.
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With the introduction of water based (Aqueous) detergents, many of the negative environmental impacts of solvents can be eliminated. Modern water-based chemistries are formulated for removing a wide variety of soils from a multitude of materials, such as steel, aluminum, brass, copper, glass, plastics and much more. Effective water-based cleaning is achieved through the correct combination of water/detergent, mechanical scrubbing (spray impingement), and heat. Impingement force of the water, working in conjunction with a water-based detergent, breaks the bond between the contamination and the substrate material. Water-based cleaning can be performed in either a batching process, or parts can be placed on a conveyor for inline cleaning. One of the major benefits to cleaning with water is the fact that the cleaning fluid can be recirculated for multiple wash cycles. Depending on the contamination being removed, water can be filtered for reuse. Oils and other floating contaminants can be removed with the use of oil skimming or coalescing equipment. Other types of contaminants can be removed from the cleaning fluid with a variety of filtering solutions


Through advances in water based cleaning chemistries and education in industry, cleaning with water has become widely accepted as a preferred method for cleaning manufactured parts. Cleaning with water and water-based parts cleaning fluids can be cost-effective and an environmentally friendly alternative to solvents.


Featured Application

Cleaning Plastic Packaging Components

Machine model:

Aquamaster CB-1400D
Part to clean: Plastic packaging dunnage for food, beverage, and pharmaceutical companies
Contaminant: Food/beverage residue, dirt, dust, and and sand
Cleanliness required: Visually clean
Dryness required: Residual moisture acceptable
Process: Wash, blowoff
Industry: Medical/Pharmaceutical/Food
Machine type: Conveyorized Belt (Dunnage)
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Alliance can manufacture washers capable of cleaning returnable dunnage.


Can Your Company Benefit From an Alliance Parts Cleaning System?

If you've got dirty parts, the answer is yes. Alliance parts cleaning systems are currently being used for a wide variety of applications. Please spend a few minutes completing a Parts Cleaning Survey to request a quote from one of our Sales Engineers.



What is Wisconsin's leading agricultural export (by dollar amount)?

A) Dairy products    B) Beverages    C) Animal hides    D) Soybeans
(Answer at bottom)
The agricultural industry can benefit from parts cleaning equipment manufactured by Alliance. Alliance has sold machines for cleaning farm implement components to fertilizer containers.


About Us

Alliance Manufacturing, Inc. specializes in the engineering and manufacturing of water-based (aqueous) parts cleaning equipment for the industrial products market. Our engineers have developed a full line of aqueous parts cleaning systems, including belt, chain, monorail, front/top loading cabinet, indexing, return-to-operator, compact cell, rotary drum, oil removal equipment, and customized machines engineered for specific cleaning applications. Alliance holds a patent for the first split-style, removable canopy design, the "Full Access" canopy, which allows for easy interior access for maintenance and process adjustment. Our machines are designed with corrosion-resistant materials for lasting quality and customer satisfaction. Aqueous parts cleaning equipment was developed as an environmentally safe alternative to solvent-based systems. Alliance Manufacturing, Inc. was established in 1994 in Fond du Lac, WI.

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We offer parts cleaning solutions for many applications!
Alliance Manufacturing, Inc.
1368 Capital Drive, Fond du Lac, WI 54937
Trivia answer: B
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